By Cooper Resabal
BONIFACIO GLOBAL CITY–.A new Bohol dance ensemble’s premiere performance in the country’s largest city-wide festival has met acclaim from an audience composed of distinguished guests and celebrities in the world of dance and the arts.
FRINGE PH, through its Manila Fringe Festival 2018, presentedthe Bohol Dance Project Company, a newly formed contemporary dance ensemble in Bohol developed through the collaboration of French choreographers and Boholano dance groups, as its featured artist last February 23, 2018 at Maybank Theater, Bonifacio Global City.
After performing three numbers for an hour and a half, the audience gave the ensemble of four Boholano dancers and a guest, a resounding applause and a standing ovation, some cheering and shouting, “Bravo!” The four Boholano dancers are: Jay Banquil, Jerrey David Aguilar, Marvin Ablao, and Yassie Nalo plus guest dancer and choreographer Rama Marcaida.
Sofia Zobel, president of the Steps Dance Studio, in a post about the Bohol Dance Project’s performance at the Fringe Festival Manila, said: “It’s been a while since I enjoyed a show like this one…Sincere, thoughtful, honest, and so much heart and soul!” She added: “Massive Congratulations Guillaume, Rama, Gardy and your beautiful dancers!”
Part of the appreciative audience were Philippine Ambassador to Greece Frank Cimafranca and his wife, leading choreographers Denisa Reyes, PJ Rebullida, Max Luna, EaTorrado of Daloy, Jeng Halili, and Larawan film director Loy Arcenas.
The program titled “A Blue Evening” showcased three original dance creations:“Blue Way”, choreographed by the Romanian guest choreographer Gigi Caciuleanu; “Mula Sa Kaibuturan”, danced and created by Rama Marcaida; and “Apat” specially choreographed for the company by Rama Marcaida.
The Bohol Dance Project Company, currently an ensemble of four Boholano dancers, is an initiative brought about by a series of dance workshops every summer since 2015 when French choreographers and dance teachers Guillaume Morgan and Nicola Ayoub, conducted two week-long trainings for local dancers and choreographers through the auspices of the French and American governments and the Provincial Government of Bohol