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Bari-bari (2021)

Bari-bari is the ilokano for tabi tabi po (tagalog).  A Filipino expression that one says when passing through a place where elemental spirits may be, out of reverence and respect; as if saying, ‘We are only passing through; we mean no harm’.

The Philippines’ pre-colonial attitude of respect for nature. Nature worship and eco-conscious reverence to nature, and environmental awareness are deeply part of our Filipino cultural heritage. Through this multimedia collaboration between film, visual arts and dance, we are helping to collaboratively channel/steer the attempts of local communities at environmental stewardship towards awareness, and through creative production.

Bari-bari is a collection of 9 short dance films that combine interviews, folk and ethnic dances in Ilocos Region (and contemporary interpretation of these dances), and dances that arise from immersion with the land and waters in La Union, Ilocos Sur, advocating for environmental sustainability and regeneration. The premiere of the film series is on the Environmental Dances platform by Company Christoph Winkler.

Episode 1 will first be seen at the 2021 Fifth Wall Fest.

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Chino Neri

Director, Bari-bari

Chino Neri is Managing Director and co-founder of Kurrent, whose expertise in the video production industry comes from having worked in all its disciplines, acting as Cinematographer, Director, Editor and co-Editor, Executive Producer, and Post-Production Artist for several projects, including those that took him to Dongguan, China and across the United States of America, from California to New York. Having worn many hats gave him the courage to set out on his own.

 

And, it brought him the freedom to choose projects that stimulate his soul: stories that promote environmental advocacy, awareness and sustainability. His editing work includes documentaries like On the Brink: Unchartered Waters, which won the Conservation Award at the Ocean’s Film Festival in San Francisco and was screened at The 9th International Eco Film Festival in Kuala Lumpur in 2017. It premiered in the National Geographic Channel that same year.

  

As Co-founder, Post Production Head and Managing Director of Prodigy Ace Multimedia Inc. from 2012-2019, Chino has since brought his storytelling skills to La Union, producing work like the Soul Surfer's Podcast, the anti-coal PSA entitled Luna, and the celebratory videos of the country's winning surfers for the Southeast Asian Games 2020.

Ea Torrado

Director, Bari-bari

Philippine Tatler hailed her as one of the “Must-Know Filipino Talents in The Arts and Culture Scene in 2021”. Artist-healer Ea Torrado create contemporary pieces that engage both lyrically and viscerally with the politics of identity, society, sexuality, collective rage, grief, spirituality and healing. Her creations manifest in performance rituals, dance theatre, movement gatherings, site-specific work, installation and film.

 

She started producing and directing her own films in 2012; The Gray Area, a solo for Rhosam Prudenciado Jr., Wallflower with dancer Jan Parangat a film tribute to World Anti-Suicide Day, and Embracing (Im not Scared) with dance artist Clarissa Mijares. She also directed and performed Sisa, a dance film commissioned by The Lopez Museum and Library for the exhibit “Complicated” in 2014. And In 2017, UP Center for Women and Gender Studies asked her to make a film, co-directed with Brandon Relucio, it was called Silenced. She co-created a short film with Chino Neri and sound designer Neil Belen entitled Tethering during the 2020 lockdown in La Union.

Internationally, Ea has performed her own choreographies at Movement Research in NYC, Ho Chi Minh International Dance Festival, Low Fat Art Fest Thailand, Goyang International Dance Festival, Lively Arts Performing Arts College in Pennsylvania & North Carolina, USA, SensUnique Gallery in Ghent, Belgium for Sorry Not Sorry Festival and participated in Radical Contact, Scotland, Tanzplatform in Frankfurt, Tokyo Performing Arts Meeting in Japan, Asia Pacific Improv Festival and Southeast Asia Choreolab in Thailand. Her work has been supported by The National Commission for Culture and the Arts, , Goethe Institut Manila, Japan Foundation, Pineapple Lab, Fringe Manila Festival, The Cultural Center of the Philippines’ Neo Filipino, Myra Beltran’s Dance Forum, Steps Dance Project, WIFI Body Festival, Contemporary Dance Network Manila and Search Mindscape Foundation.

 

Ea received the Alvin Erasga Tolentino Koreograpiya Award (2014), the Remedios De Oteyza Award for Choreography (2016) and Asian Cultural Council Grant (2017), and is the founder and artistic director of dance theater group, Daloy Dance Company, which was nominated by Aliw Awards as Best Dance Company (2017), Best Classical Dance Company (2018), and Most Outstanding Contemporary Dance Group (2019) by The Philippine LEAF Awards.

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Directors: Ea Torrado and Chino Neri

Costumes Design: Leeroy New

Writer: Ea Torrado

Editor: Gabriella Fiore and Kurrent Multimedia Inc.

Cinematographer: Anjo dela Cruz

Drone Cinematographer: Jerome Acosta

Director of Photography: Chino Neri

Dance Artists: Eisa Jocson, Mia Cabalfin, Abee Manotoc, Precious Jewel Gacad, Rojan Khylle Rimorin, Jerwin Bryle Acosta

Project Manager: EM Meneses

Photographer: Renz Eryka

Production Assistant: Nicky Ancheta

Executive Producers: Daloy and Company Christoph Walker

Cooperating Partners: B-side Productions, Dalumpinas Oeste, Eco-rangers, Sanduli Dance Troupe and LORMA Colleges, San Juan Campus, KURRENT Multimedia Productions Inc., 

Funding Support: Goethe Institut Manila

Special Thanks:

Miguel Vargas, Rizza and Zia and Jeric, James Razo, Nina Sta. Maria, Diana Ross Castaneda,  Mr Kaypee, and Dr. Carol Macagba