“Himalaya’s movements and phrasing are fresh and innovative, energy levels are swift and consistent, challenging the dancers’ bodies to explore its limit..” – Tats Manahan, Inquirer Lifestyle
Festival Presenters: FRINGE Manila Festival, Cultural Center of the Philippines, 2015. School of Design Arts, College of Saint Benilde Theatre, 2016. DALOY USA PERFORMANCE TOUR, Pennsylvania, North Carolina and Baltimore USA, 2016.
Choreography and direction by Ea Torrado, Lights design by Katsch Catoy, costumes by John Carlo Pagunaling, Himalaya is a portmanteau of the Filipino words “himala” (miracle) and “laya” (freedom), Himalaya is a stylized dance that depicts the flowing unity between spirit/earth and culture/nature by drawing from two ongoing artistic and spiritual practices: research into movement-based meditation, and contemporary interpretations of Philippine folkloric traditions.
In the first instance, the piece develops ideas generated by daloy, a breath- and movement-oriented meditation conceived by choreographer Ea Torrado as a Philippine counterpart to the concepts of qi, flow, and prana. Second, Himalaya is a choreographic engagement with pioneering Filipino world music band Makiling Music Ensemble, whose work celebrates the abundance and resilience of the Philippines’ vast archipelagic natural world.
Photos by Erickson Dela Cruz
Articulated through Daloy’s distinctive movement language, Himalaya comprises fluid configurations of duos, trios, and larger collectives to interpret Philippine folkloric themes of bayanihan (solidarity), pakikipagkapwa (togetherness), and pagtanggap (acceptance, hospitality) in various ritualistic, communal, and festive modes of community. By linking breath and movement, self and other, the piece reflects and embodies the search for interconnectivity.
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