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CCP to stage a live dance series pulsing with Filipino culture


CCP to stage a live dance series pulsing with Filipino culture

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FROM September to December, the Cultural Center of the Philippines will present the CCP Dance Series (Live!).  The production features a diverse line-up of choreographies flowing with Filipino culture created by National Artists for Dance Alice Reyes and Agnes Locsin, pieces by esteemed French choreographer, Redha Benteifour, and promising choreography works by young Filipino dancers.

The CCP Dance Series (Live!) will start with Pulso Pilipinas I, which aims to celebrate harmony in dance by promoting varied dance culture through works from many dance styles and places.  This dance production will take place at the CCP Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo on September 23, 2022 at 8:00 PM, and September 24, 2022 at 3:00 PM.  This dance performance brings regional dance students and professional dance artists together on the CCP Main Theater stage for groundbreaking choreographic works such as “Mamang Kutsero”, “We-Men” by Lester Reguindin, “Asong Ulol” by Denisa Reyes, “Moriones” by National Artist for Dance Agnes Locsin and “The Company” by National Artist for Dance Alice Reyes.

It will be followed by Pulso Pilipinas II: Alay nina Alice at Agnes, which will be shown at the CCP Main Theater on September 30, 2022 at 8:00 PM (Gala Night), October 1, 2022 at 3:00 PM and 8:00 PM and October 2, 2022 at 3:00 PM.  Alice Reyes and Agnes Locsin, two living National Artists for Dance, offer a selection of their classic works.  Agnes Locsin’s “Igorot,” “Moriones,” and “Elias at Salome,” as well as Alice Reyes’ “Carmina Burana,” are featured in this dance production.

The third production of this dance series, Premiere and Encores, is a partnership between the CCP and the French Embassy to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the diplomatic relationship between France and the Philippines.  It will run from October 28 (Gala Night) – October 29, 2022 at 8:00 PM.  The dance performance showcases works by well-known French choreographer, Redha Benteifour, as well as works by young Filipino choreographers such as Lester Reguindin, Erl Sorilla, John Ababon, AL Abraham, and JM Cabling.

Puso ng Pasko completes the CCP Dance Series (Live!) 2022 line-up.  The program is set to premiere on December 2, 2022 at 8:00 PM (Gala Night), and December 3, 2022 at 3:00 PM and 8:00 PM and December 4, 2022 at 3:00 PM.  It is an original full-length Filipino ballet based on the hit dance film production “Tuloy ang Pasko,” which captures the nostalgia of Lolo Val, an overseas Filipino laborer who spends his first Christmas under lockdown. His memories are from the 70s, depicting him and his barkada celebrating Christmas in the most Filipino way possible.  The choreography of this production was made by Ronelson Yadao with Erl Sorilla, John Ababon, Lester Reguindin, Bonifacio Guerrero, Al Abraham, and Danilo Dayo, accompanied with music by Ryan Cayabyab, National Artist for Music.

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