Dance artists have until June 15 to submit their proposals for this year’s Cultural Center of the Philippines WifiBody.Ph Virtual 2020 as part of the Choreographers Series.
Amidst the transition of CCP productions to online platforms for 2020, CCP Choreographers Series, which will be held in August through October, aims to use digital platforms to expand the reach of its programs to a critical mass of people for the promotion of contemporary dance through WifiBody 2020 and NeoFilipino 2020 virtual editions. The series will migrate to online platforms via YouTube, Facebook and Instagram.
Aimed at becoming the prime mover of contemporary dance expressions in Philippine society, the CCP Choreographers Series was envisioned by series directors Denisa Reyes and Myra Beltran with Nes Jardin.
The series starts with (1) WifiBody.ph, a competition for emerging choreographers; (2) Koryolab, a laboratory and showcase of experimental dance pieces by mid-career choreographers; and (3) NeoFilipino, a venue for established choreographers to create and stage major works in collaboration with artists of other art forms.
Criteria for joining this year’s WifiBody are as follows: One must be a Filipino citizen; has not created a major full-length work, and; must be committed to pursuing choreography as a profession and contributing to the choreographic discourse in the Philippines.
The location of the work must be the domestic space, employing innovative propositions on the use of space, on the architecture of that space, and on the relation of the human body in both its kinesthetic and architectural possibilities in the proposed space.
Applicants are encouraged to have a range of propositions on the treatment of the body – whether it is seen as an abstract form within the space, or a figurative rendering of the body performing domestic activities put together choreographically, or the body rendering feeling-states within the confines of the architectural space.
Emphasis will still be on the level of movement research and innovation. Minute choreographic possibilities of the body are also considered, hence, it is not necessary that the full body be always seen on view on the video, but the body must be present in full within frame in the course of the work. Props may be used but they are limited to the ones found within the domestic space.
Transformations / re-configurations of ordinary items toward an abstract form are allowed and DIY innovation is encouraged. The use of sound or music that one has the copyright to is also encouraged.
If accepted as a finalist, one will be given the opportunity to undergo workshops and mentoring for both dance and video. The final work will be a 6-8 minute dance on video. There can be more than one space used within a domestic location in the entire work.
Applicants need to submit the following: A 100-word proposal of the work’s concept; Identify the spaces to be used in the work; Explain how the location contributes to the concept, and; A one-minute movement study on video of the work.
The 100-word proposal and the link to the video will be sent via email to firstname.lastname@example.org.