Dance, for me and many people I know, offers limitless possibilities. We cannot deny its entertaining properties. Some turn to dance for fitness and exercise. There are others, too, who have explored dance for healing and wellness. Daloy Dance Company’s upcoming production is an exposition of the cathartic capabilities of movement with Mga Sayaw ng PAGHILOM: Healing Through Dance.
I am excited for this show because I know that it is born out of personal struggle. Interesting how challenges become surmountable with art and how strife can be choreographed into a celebration of life, a celebration of the person as victor. Toi, toi, toi, Daloy Dance Company!
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“This November, Daloy Dance Company in cooperation with Peta Theater Center presents Mga Sayaw ng PAGHILOM, a twinbill fundraising show featuring a current work – Pieces of Me, and an upcoming work – Unearthing. Only in existence for a year and a half, Daloy has made waves in the Manila art scene. Formed by artistic director Ea Torrado in April 2014, Daloy has performed in venues such as the Cultural Center of the Philippines, PETA Theater Center, as well as in unconventional sites and events such as Fete de la Musique in Intramuros, The National Book Development Board, and at the Malasimbo Lights and Dance Festival.
Daloy Dance Company constantly snips away at the strands that define dance, theater, improvisation and performance. The company produces works towards deepening human connection and celebrates the power of live physical performance. Mga Sayaw ng PAGHILOM is another testament to Daloy’s exploration of movements closer to everyday life, sharing the experience intimately with the audience. As a homegrown Filipino company, Daloy has produced critically acclaimed works that both question and celebrate society; such as Dysmorphilia, Canton and Himalaya. This time, the fundraising show focuses on healing through dance with a look to the past and a nod at the future.
Pieces of Me
Pieces of me delves into the universal struggle of personal relationships. A re-imagining of past works, this 1 hour long devised piece melds together the strongest pas de deuxs of choreographer and artistic director, Ea Torrado. The ensemble amalgamates the piece using structured improvisation. The work is tailor made for an in-the-round, personal experience. A timeline of moments of love, hurt, happiness, and self-discovery made to be shared – this work is incredibly approachable in its contemporary, human and gestural movement language.
Unearthing is a work in progress that was first shown at the Karnabal Festival earlier this year. It now moves forward into its next phase, integrating elements and a movement language inspired by Reiki, Qi Gong and Yoga. Unearthing explores and experiments with the idea of healing through generating, releasing, and re-channeling energy. The body remembers and stores history and trauma. The process of this work fearlessly aims to unearth and uncover the trauma and heal together, collectively, as one community through focused energy, movement and touch.
As a non-profit, independent company the revenue of this fundraising show will be allocated to support Daloy’s studio rental, travel expenses for upcoming tours and full mounting of Unearthing in 2016. Mga Sayaw ng PAGHILOM is showing on November 19 and 20 at the PETA Theater Center 3rd Floor Studio A and B. Tickets are at Php 1,500 and are inclusive of 1 Free Contact Improvisation Class Held every Saturday at 12 noon at the Erehwon Arts Center. Contact 09399269232 (Sarah) or 0998 985 9185 (Carla) for tickets. Come, dance and heal with us.”*
*Press release and photos from Daloy Dance Company