Himalaya (Choreography and Direction by Ea Torrado)
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 uses the music of Filipino world music band "Makiling" and 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.
Choreography by Ea Torrado
Music by Makiling
Costumes by John Carlo Pagunaling
Lighting Design byKatsch Catoy
Dancers: Ea Torrado, Zyda Baaya, Buboy Raquitico, Jomarie Cruz,
Ayumi Oquino, Jane Marco, Ricardo Magno, Jared Jonathan Luna
Performances: Fringe Manila Festival 2015, DALOY USA TOUR 2016
Photo credit: Erickson Dela Cruz