For the entire month of November, free screenings of dance films will be held at Dance Forum Space in Quezon City every Thursday night as a precursor to Corpus. This is a two-night show on November 29 and 30 featuring the choreography of Myra Beltran, Paul Morales, Ava Maureen Villanueva, Rhosam Prudenciado, Mia Cabalfin, and Jed Amihan.
Presented in cooperation with Airdance, Corpus opens the 11th year season of Dance Forum Space, headed by Myra Beltran, a pioneering force of independent contemporary dance in the country. Corpus serves as a choreographers' forum and provides dancers with an intimate interaction with the audience. The show connotes that the body and bodies are eventually placed together, creating a sequence. The bodies in sequence are then plotted in a matrix, but within it, it contains the idea of liberation, of rupture," she says.
She adds, "Aside from continuing the efforts of Dance Forum Space to further grow the movement of independent dance, this month-long event is also part of our efforts to sustain year-long activities related to independent dance. A few months ago, Wifi Body Festival 3, an independent contemporary dance festival, was held at the Cultural Center of the Philippines. Corpus is the next step after that, and it is also a ‘bridge' of sorts in preparation for next year's festival. We always want to keep the spirit and energy going."
In cooperation with Alliance Francaise de Manille, the films to be screened are as follows:
November 13, 8pm
L'homme qui dansedirected by Rosita Boisseau and Valerie Urrea
This video by Le Monde dance critic Rosita Boisseau (who was recently in Manila as a guest lecturer on Dance Journalism during Wi-fi Body Festival 3) and director Valerie Urrea combines performance excerpts with interviews to examine one theme: men in dance.
November 20, 8 pm
One Flat Thing, Reproduced choreographed by William Forsythe and directed by Thierry De Mey
Rhythm and discipline is showcased by director and musician Thierry de Mey brilliantly as he transposes onto celluloid William Forsythe's eponymous creation signed in 2000: in a huge warehouse, 17 dancers propel themselves on, under and around 20 metal chairs to Thom Willems' music.
Corps Accords, on Anna Teresa de Keersmaeker's April Medirected by Michel Follin
Michel Folllin documents the collaboration of Belgian choreographer Anna Teresa de Keersmaeker with composer Thierry de Mey as they embark on a new creation for the 20th anniversary of Keersmaeker's company Rosas.
November 27, Thursday, 8pm
Saburo Teshigawara, danser l'invisiblevideo by Elisabeth Coronel
This documentary films Japanese choreographer Saburo Teshigawara in his own words at work in Japan and France. Natural, wild landscapes, urban and industrial scenes and nightscapes round out Teshigawara's words, illuminate his tale of two decisive experiences in his life and clarify some of his concepts on dance as a way of relating to the elements, nature and the real world.
Video screenings are free to the general public. They will be screened at Dance Forum Space is at 36-E West Ave., QC (across the street from Facial Perfect Salon). For details, visit www.mbeltrandanceforum.com or www.airdance.com.ph, or call 0917-9374148 and 0917-526-9724.
Tickets to Corpus (November 29-30) are priced at P200. Student, senior citizen and group discounts available.