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.
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.
Himalaya premiered at the FRINGE Manila Festival at the Cultural Center of the Philippines’ Blackbox Theatre in February 2015 and DALOY DC USA PERFORMANCE TOUR 2016 in Pennsylvania, North Carolina and Baltimore. Canton was also performed at School of Design Arts, College of Saint Benilde Theatre in Oct 2016
Photos by Erickson Dela Cruz
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