The fourth Bohol International Dance Workshop on contemporary and modern jazz dance opened at Bohol Wisdom School April 9 with 30 young dancers from all over the island province participating in the two-week rigorous training under three French dance artists and teachers, and will hold a recital on April 21, 2018, 6:00 pm, at the Bohol Cultural Center.
Professor Marianito Luspo, speaking on behalf of Kasing Sining Teatro Bol-anon Ensemble, welcomed the fourth advanced dance workshop participants and French faculty and choreographers headed by Guillaume Morgan, Nathanaelle Guisset and Karine Levine, at the opening held at Bohol Wisdom Gym.
The French faculty trainors are being assisted by Jay Banquil and Marvin Ablao, Jr., two among four other dancers who performed at the Manila Fringe Festival February 23, 2018, and who received a certificate from the UNESCO’s International Dance Council.
The four-member Bohol Dance Project’s premiere performance in the country’s largest city-wide festival early this year met acclaim from an audience composed of distinguished guests and celebrities in the world of dance and the arts.
The four Boholano dancers, product of dance workshops in 2015, 2016 and 2017 were: Jay Banquil, Jerrey David Aguilar, Marvin Ablao, and Yassie Nalo plus guest dancer and choreographer Rama Marcaida.
Daily in the duration of this year’s workshop, Guillaume Morgan starts with yoga meditation exercises for both physical and mental preparation to vigorous contemporary and jazz dance movements that follow under the tutelage of Guisset-Heriteau and Leven respectively.
The various yoga meditation poses and breathing exercises are intended to find “alignment” and prepare the body for the creative movements to follow, one of the assistants said.
In the opening day exercise that called for emphasis on certain body parts like the hips, shoulders, nose, hands, etc., Guisset-Heriteau reminded the participants that it is “important to know where your movement starts” and not just swing around aimlessly, and asked them to sometimes “surprise yourselves” with a new step.
The training schedule is from Monday to Saturday from 8:30 am to 12:00 noon with a 30-minute break, and held at the Holy Name University Covered Court.
A recital will be held on Saturday, April 21, 2018, 6:00 pm at the Bohol Cultural Center.
The workshop has been part of the Bohol Dance Project Company’s program to equip Bohol dancers with teaching skills in contemporary and jazz dances and choreography through exposure to noted foreign and national artists.
The 2018 dance training has been brought by Kasing Sining Teatro-Bol-anon Ensemble and Guillaume Morgan and Nicola Ayoub in cooperation with the provincial government of Bohol, Holy Name University .Bohol Wisdom School and Friends of Kasing Sining.
The Bohol Dance Project Company 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.(Cooper Resabal)