The Bohol Dance Project Workshop for 2018 culminated its 2-week intensive dance and yoga training sessions with an intimate recital April 21 at the Bohol Cultural Center for 29 young dancers coming from five towns and four dance groups.
Wearing simple white shirts and black tights and shorts, the newly trained dancers exhibited expressive and disciplined movements that impressed the audience composed of some teachers, parents, local officials and cultural advocates.
This year’s dance workshop faculty included Guillaume Morgan, NathanaelleGuisset-Heriteau, and Karen Levine, all from France. The team included video artist Laurent Guisset who documented the workshop.
The group first showed a jazz number choreographed by Karen Levine, followed by two contemporary dance movements choreographed byNathanaelleGuisset-Heriteau. These were well applauded by the appreciative audience.
FlorettaSevilla Simpson, a Boholana now based in Australia, who flew all the way from Phuket, Thailand, to catch the dance recital, said she was quite impressed by the vigorous dancing presented and skillful moves. Sheexpressed a wish that they be shown to more people, especially the young, to draw inspiration.
On behalf of the Center for Culture and Arts Development under the governor’s office and the International Dance Project, the workshop participants were each presented a certificate by KasingSining Director LutgardoLabad, Guillaume Morgan, Guisset and Levince.
Labad also presented certificates of appreciation to the workshop teachers and choreographers, and token gifts from KasingSining and the Bohol province.
Each day during the 12-day workshop, Morgan first engaged the participants in a 2.5 hour yoga exercise session and meditation poses which ensure the body “alignment” and prepare the dancers for the 5.5 rigorous movements for the contemporary dance and jazz training exercises that followed under the tutelage of Guisset-Heriteau and Levine.
Among those who participated in the 2018 were dancers from the Jao Island Parish, Diwanag Dance Group, the KasingSining and the J.P. Tirol Center. There were also participants from Antequera, Baclayon, Maribojoc, Cortes and Tagbilaran.
This year’s batch included some who participated in the annual summer dance workshop held in 2015, 2016, and 2017.
In each of those years, some 30 students in Bohol participate in a two-week workshop onballet, contemporary dance and modern jazz, Pangalay (traditional Filipino dance), as well as floor barre, yoga, and drama, the Bohol Dance Project site says. “The 100-hour intensive program must be fully completed. All classes are mandatory,” it adds, before participants get a certificate.
“The pedagogical team strives to guide each student to his greatest potential,” KasingSining director LutgardoLabad said. “The International Dance Project supports those who wish to fully pursue an artistic career by offering them the possibility to earn their livelihood from it,”the dance project’s website further says.
The project has created “a strong dynamic among the young artists of Bohol and many of our students have started transmitting their knowledge to friends and youngsters.
With little money but lots of energy and hard work we have succeeded in creating a world-class dance program for Bohol,” the team says in its site. (Cooper Resabal)