Thursday, January 20, 2011

Dance Forums brings back Itim Asu on Women’s Month

In line with the celebration of Women’s Month this March, the Dance Forum brings back “Itim Asu 1719-2009,” a contemporary dance based on Virginia Moreno’s play entitled "The Onyx Wolf / Itim Asu”. It was choreographed by Myra Beltran and it will be available for show buyers who wanted to stage the show in their respective venues and organizations.

According to Beltran, the dance show is ideal for women organizations and school who wanted to present this work for learning and fund raising purposes. Beltran’s choreography deconstructs and reinterprets this important work in a contemporary language. It creates fusion of historical heritage and women’s issues.

"The story of ‘Itim Asu’ is a play within a play, and contains the story of La Loba Negra, the Mexican wife of Spanish Gov. General Bustamante, one of the more ‘exceptional’ governor generals in the Philippines during the Spanish colonial era, and how she avenges his death,” Beltran added.

According to Beltran, the production only uses contemporary dance, video and sound design, and no speaking dialogues. Though their ways or presenting political and women issue’s she believed that they can translate history and its drama in every steps and movement that they will execute.

Presented by Myra Beltran's Dance Forum, “Itim Asu 1719-2009” features the work of filmmaker Sherad Anthony Sanchez, known for his internationally acclaimed "Huling Balyan ng Buhi.” His “Imburnal” won the Woosuk Best Film Award at the 10th Jeonju International Film Festival 2009, South Korea.

Sound designer Teresa Barrozo is responsible for the score of Brillante Mendoza’s award-winning movie “Kinatay.” Virginia Moreno was dubbed “The Empress Dowager of Philippine Poetry” by the late National Artist Jose Garcia Villa.

Beltran is the trailblazer for independent contemporary dance in the Philippines and her group, Myra Beltran’s Dance Forum, led the way in using alternative performing spaces for dance. She is founding director of the Wifibody Independent Contemporary Dance Festival and the Contemporary Dance Map Series.

Her dedication has pushed her initially solitary efforts into more than twenty years’ body of work and her dance studio, Dance Forum Space, has become an alternative performance venue that pushes experimental choreography and committed dance artists into new terrain in Philippine contemporary dance. Beltran has choreographed for local mainstream dance and theatre groups and has also collaborated with numerous artists of various disciplines in Beijing, Taipei, and US.

Add “Itim Asu:1719-2009” in Facebook. Interested showbuyers, organizations or schools may email or call 0917-526-9724.

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