Cited as one of the most exciting and sought-after contemporary dancer-choreographers in the Philippines today, Ea Torrado is the founder and artistic director of Manila-based dance theatre group, Daloy Dance Company. She is a contemporary Filipina artist whose creations manifest in site-specific work, film, installation, improvisational performance and dance theatre pieces. She has been awarded the Alvin Erasga Tolentino Koreograpiya Award (2014), the Remedios De Oteyza Award for Choreography (2016) and Asian Cultural Council Grant (2017) for her works with Daloy DC. The company has also been nominated by Aliw Awards as Best Dance Company (2017), Best Classical Dance Company (2018), and Most Outstanding Contemporary Dance Group (2019) by Philippine LEAF Awards. Ea is also a member of the World Dance Alliance Philippines and The International Consortium for Advancement in Choreography.
Her works Dots (2013), Nga-nga (2013), Dysmorphilia (2014) and Pieces of Me (2015), investigate notions of personal confinement and showed non-linear stories where the characters attempt to journey from disempowerment to liberation and/or despair. Filipinas (2014) and Sisa (2014) commissioned works by The Lopez Museum and Library for the exhibit, “Complicated”, Canton (2014) and Silenced (2016), has politically charged themes that explored Filipino identity and feminism. Wailing Women (2017) is a continuation of her investigation of the inner space “loob” and its relationship with indignant narratives that are relevant to the healing of the Filipina. Her latter works---Encounters (2019) developed around the goddess sculptures of noted visual artist, Agnes Arellano, presented at UP Vargas Museum and UP-CAL Grounds; Howl (2018) in Neo-Filipino at The Cultural Center of the Philippines; Brown Madonna (2018) under 1SA Solo Arts Platform, Fringe Manila and The Japan Arts Foundation, Moonlight (2019) with P-Noise X Nordlys Arts Festival and Unearthing (2019) under The Manila International Performing Arts Market and Asian Gems in The Arts, both lyrically and viscerally with the politics of sexuality, collective rage, spirituality and the Sacred Feminine.
With Daloy DC, she has presented Walang Hiya Festival, Sayaw Galaw, Ugnayan Community Program and Tanghal at Talakay, all projects that tapped diverse Filipino communities by utilizing dance as a tool for personal and social change. Ea is also the founder of Daloy Movement, a guided and durational free-form healing dance practice originated and developed in the Philippines.
Nikaio "Niko" Thomashow (they/them/theirs) is a Filipino-American dancer, creator, and educator originally from the Northern Adirondack Region in New York. At age 15, they moved to New York City to train at the French Academie of Ballet. While living in NYC, Nikaio danced as a trainee with Rebecca Kelly Ballet and worked as the company's office assistant.
Nikaio graduated from Oberlin College of Arts and Sciences in 2018 with a degree in dance. Post-graduation, they spent one year working as a freelance dancer and instructor in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. Currently, Nikaio is working with Daloy Dance Company remotely - setting a piece, teaching, and organizing Ugnayan - as well as working as an intern for Elisa Monte Dance.
In January, Nikaio began pursuing a degree in Business Administration from North Country Community College, with intentions of completing an MBA. Nikaio dreams of opening their own venue that caters to hosting immersive mixed media performances. Their other passions include astronomy, singing, and going on adventures.
Jasper Narvaez is a professional contemporary dance artist currently based in London, working with Akram Khan Company in the production Outwitting the Devil. Born and raised in the Philippines, Jasper started dancing Philippine folk dance at the Philippine High School for the Arts - graduating with the Artistic Excellence and the M.A.R.I.A. Scholarship awards. He continued his training at the University of the Philippines and Ballet Philippines Dance School. He later on obtained his degree with First-Class Honours at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, majoring in Contemporary Dance. He has since worked as a performer, teacher and collaborator for companies and schools such as Akram Khan Company, AURA Dance Theatre, Jukstapoz Company, English National Ballet, Ballet Philippines, Ballet Philippines Dance School, UP Dance Company, Elevate Pilates Studio HK and various other independent artists in Europe and in Asia. He believes in telling stories, conveying ideas and concepts that could possibly affect and inspire in any way. He enjoys finding ways where the body becomes a cause for intrigue, ranging from the most concrete and literal to the vague and abstract - all within systems of explored intention and physicality.
Ralph Escamillan is a queer, Canadian-Filipinx performance artist/choreographer/teacher and community leader based in Vancouver, BC.
Starting at age 14, Ralph trained first in Breakdancing then explored a multitude of other street dance styles such as Popping, House, Waacking and Locking. His passion for dance expanded to include training in Ballet, Modern, Jazz and was a graduate of Contemporary Training Program Modus Operandi in 2015.
Ralph has worked/toured with Vancouver companies: Company 605, Co. Erasga Dance, Kinesis Dance Somatheatro, Out Innerspace Theatre and apprenticed with Kidd Pivot in 2014. He is currently on contract with Wen Wei Dance, Mascall Dance and was recently an guest dancer with Ballet BC.
With his company FAKEKNOT he creates work that strives to understand the complexities of identity using sound, costume, technology and the body. He is currently working on his second full length work ‘whip’ set to premiere at the MAI (Montreal) in spring of 2021.
Kevin Pajarillaga is a Filipino American, born and raised in Silver Spring, MD. He began his training at Citydance Conservatory in 2010. He then continued his training at Point Park University and attended SPRINGBOARD DANSE MONTRÉAL for two summers. Professionally he worked with companies including NW Dance Project, Yin Yue Dance company, Sonya Tayeh Dance, Bruce Wood Dance, PRIOREDANCE, and I.C movement project. He guest performed with Parsons Dance Company at NHSDF 2016, Dayton Contemporary Dance company, and Pittsburgh Ballet theater. He has originated roles with choreographers Felix Landerer, Ihsan Rustem, Yin Yue, Patrick Delcroix, Andrea Pena, Sarah Slipper, Maleek Washington and more. Kevin has had the pleasure to perform works by Crystal Pite, Victor Quijada, Lar Lubovitch, Andrea Miller, Alejandro Cerrudo and more. He is the associate director of Moving Forward Dallas, a non-profit dedicated to nurture the thriving young artists in Dallas. He has appeared in GAPs 2018 spring campaign “Experiment in Color” and in Apolla Performance Shocks campaign in 2017. He is the movement couch and choreographer for artist “BIG WILD”, Jackson. He has choreographed for NW Dance Project’s “In Good Company”, The Juilliard Schools’ senior showcase, the DREAMscape Gala, Booker T Washington Ensemble, and Wanderlust dance project. Kevin is the recipient of the "All County Performing Arts Awards" by the MCPS Arts Super intendant and the "All States Dance Award" at the Goucher College Dance Festival in 2011 and 2012.
Alvin Collantes is a Filipino-Canadian dance artist, certified Gaga teacher and photographer. He completed the Gaga Teacher’s Training Course in 2018 under the artistic direction of Bosmat Nossan with the generous support from the Ontario Arts Council’s Skills & Careers Development Grant for Artists of Colour and Canada Council for the Arts’ Career Development Grant. During the course, he participated in Gaga intensives and served as a guest at Batsheva Dance Company under the artistic mentorship of Ohad Naharin. He has been teaching Gaga around the globe including The Philippines, Germany, Sweden, Austria, Thailand and Canada. Alvin is also Kambo practitioner, meditation junkie and an animal in the dancefloor. He is an active contributor to the queer rave techno culture scene in Berlin and is an advocate for safe spaces to promote the value of celebrating freedom of expression, creativity and sensuality within oneself. In this time of crisis, Alvin took the moment to share his story online through “Dose of Pleasure: Movement Meditation.” These sessions is a mixture of his healing modalities including gaga, meditation, shamanism, sound frequency and rave culture. He works with frequency to channel a physical way of tasting what pains you and uses groove as medicine to acknowledge and cancel blockages. By riding the vibration of what you hear, he tunes into a deep sense of listening celebrating the flow of information that exist inside the body. Inside my process of riding, we meet pleasure, we understand passion from the depths of our pain, we start to harness the power of groove and discover what it means to set ourselves free.
Joy Alpuerto Ritter
Joy Alpuerto Ritter was born in Los Angeles and grew up in Freiburg in Breisgau, Germany. In her youth she was trained in ballet, jazz, philippine and polynesian folk dance and graduated at the Palucca School in Dresden, Germany with a dance diploma. She started working as a contemporary freelance dancer in Germany with choreographers like Christoph Winkler, Constanza Macras, Heike Hennig and Yui Kawaguchi. During this time she expanded her repertory in urban dance styles like hip hop, breakdance and voguing and was active in the urban dance scene in europe. In 2011 she joined Cirque du Soleil as a dancer and aerial artist for the Michael Jackson Immortal World Tour. Since 2013 she has been a dancer and rehearsal director of the Akram Khan Company and the company Wangramirez where she continues her touring life all around the world. She has been nominated as "outstanding female dancer" (modern) in the Performance "Until the Lions" by the National Dance Awards UK. With her own solo work "Babae“ (2016) she has found international response as a choreographer and is one of the Aerowaves artist 2020. As a choreographer, Joy has been creating her own work that have been performed in Berlin, Los Angeles, London, Daegu, Seoul, Deltebre and Kalamata. She has also been collaborating with academic institutions like Salzburg Experimental Academy of Dance (SEAD), Dance Arts Faculty Rome (DAF) and Beijing dance academy, China.
Named Dance Magazine’s Top 25 to watch in 2020, Jay Carlon is a contemporary choreographer based in Los Angeles whose highly physical work is focused in experimental, site-sensitive dance theatre. Born and raised on California’s Central Coast, Carlon’s work is inspired by his background as a competitive wrestler while growing up the youngest of 12 in a Filipino, Catholic, and agricultural migrant-working family. In 2016, he started a multidisciplinary dance group called CARLON. Jay’s work has been presented in Los Angeles at REDCAT, The Broad Museum, Los Angeles Dance Project, Annenberg Community Beach House, LA Dance Festival, Electric Lodge, Los Angeles Performance Practice, homeLA, and Beach Dances; in New York at 92ndY and The CURRENT SESSIONS; in Phoenix at Breaking Ground Festival; in Monterrey, Mexico at Espacio Expectante; and in Bangkok, Thailand at Creative Migration. Jay is a performer and directing associate with aerial spectacle theatre company Australia’s Sway Pole, where he has performed at the 2014 Olympics, the 2016 World EXPO, and the 2018 Super Bowl. Carlon has also performed with the Metropolitan Opera at Lincoln Center, Palissimo, Oguri, No)one. Art House, and danced for Rodrigo y Gabriela on Jimmy Kimmel Live (choreographed by Annie-B Parson), in Solange Knowles’ art film Metronia (2018) choreographed by Gerard & Kelly, and was appointed Choreographic Associate for Kanye West's opera, Mary (2019).
Tiffany Mangulabnan is a New York City-based dancer, choreographer and director. She was born in Manila, Philippines, where she trained in dance - mainly at the Philippine Ballet Theatre Conservatoire and at Ballet Philippines’ CCP Dance School. She counts Enrico Labayen, Ronilo Jaynario and Katherine Sanchez-Trofeo among her most influential mentors. At fifteen she started dancing professionally with the Philippine Ballet Theatre, and danced as a principal with the company from 2010-2012, performing lead roles in ballets like ‘Swan Lake’, ‘Carmina Burana’, and others. In 2012 she moved to New York City, where she danced with Charles Askegard and Michele Wiles’ BalletNext for four years, creating roles in work by Mauro Bigonzetti, Brian Reeder, Katarzyna Kozielska, and others. In 2016 she co-founded the Brooklyn-based contemporary ballet company konverjdans with fellow dancers Amy Saunder and Jordan Miller, and has choreographed works for the company like ‘(Listening) Through Walls’ (2017), ‘You Can Be Baby Too’ (2018), and the James Baldwin-inspired ‘Nobody Knows Our Names’ (2019). She has also been busy freelancer in New York City’s contemporary ballet scene, dancing as part of companies like Gabrielle Lamb's Pigeonwing Dance, Gleich Dances, Indelible Dance, Emery LeCrone DANCE, Claudia Schreier & Co., Terra Firma Dance, and others.
Paul is a multi-disciplinary mover with training in dance, yoga and martial arts. He is born and raised in New York (on Lenape Territory) and draws inspiration from a combination of influences including hip hop culture, embodiment practices and his journey of decolonization in the Filipino diaspora. Much of his work revolves around this exploration of history and heritage through movement. His works have been featured in World of Dance (2014-2015), Makilala TV (2016) and Queensboro Dance Festival (2019).
Paul has an M.A. in Organizational Psychology from Columbia University (2012) and yoga teacher certification from Yoga Vida (2020). He is an alumni of Mint Dance Company (2013-2018) and co-founded New York City based dance studio, House of Movement, in 2013. House of Movement aims to open doors to movement and discovery and provide a home for the east coast dance community.
Martina Manalo comes from a family of artists. She is the youngest of three siblings and began dancing at the age of three and started teaching at the age of fifteen. She then continued to dance professionally until the age of twenty-five dancing as a company artist and a member of the faculty in Ballet Manila. Manalo is also self-taught visual artist (photographer and painter), but better known for being an award-winning dance artist who graduated from the Commonwealth Society of Teachers of Dancing (CSTD) in the early days of her dancing career and after which, she has been professionally trained under the Russian-Vaganova Method. Manalo has garnered several awards from several different international dance competitions around the globe from 2003 until 2007 and has also been awarded by the Philippines’ National Commission on Culture and the Arts (NCCA) as a “Young Achiever Awardee for Dance and Ballet Excellence” in 2006 during the 2006 Global Excellence Awards. Alongside her teaching, she was also dancing for a local dance company in the Philippines and at the same time studied journalism at the University of Santo Tomas (UST), Philippines. Martina Manalo has also recently earned a few grants in 2018 and 2019 for an acting/movement and choreography residency in both Leibnitz, Austria and Sofia, Bulgaria. In addition, the artist has recently done her choreographic residency in Wales, United Kingdom in early 2019 where she has created works for integrating dance and Humanism and debuted her works in both London and Wales.
Chloe is a movement artist, gardener, and facilitator. She co-creates with musicians, artists, producers, and writers for a myriad of projects ranging from performance, workshop, film, documentary, archiving, garden building, mass demonstrations, and more. Her work hopes to continuously weave nature, art, and spirit.
When she is not dancing, Chloe gives nature tours for children and adults, and is the earth writer on ecology and activism for eco-business and local farm Bollywood Adventures in Singapura.
As a performer, she has danced professionally in Southeast Asia, Europe, North America, and Australia. She holds a PgDip in Asian Art from the School of Oriental and African Studies (London, 2016), BA in Arts Management completed through a full Dance Scholarship with La Salle Benilde (Manila, 2012), 200H Certificate in Hatha - Ashtanga Yoga from Tirisula Yoga (Singapore, 2017), and 20H Certificate in Trauma-Sensitive Yoga Foundations from The Trauma Centre (Australia/Singapore, 2019).
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Al Evangelista is an Assistant Professor of Dance at Oberlin College. Al is an interdisciplinary artist whose creative process engages with social justice and performance studies. His research identifies ways in which theatre and dance provoke and create change.
Al choreographed works at Steppenwolf Garage, Links Hall, American Theatre Company, Chicago’s Night Out in the Parks, Bharat Rang Mahotsav Festival, the University of Chicago, Moss Arts Center, Virginia Tech, and the University of Michigan Museum of Modern Art and Hill Auditorium.
Al also acted and performed at Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Adventure Stage Chicago, Haven Theatre Company, Chicago Opera Theatre, Moss Arts Center, as well as, danced in works for Dance Exchange, the Chicago Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago’s Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, The Inconvenience, Links Hall, among others.
Al trained with the Steppenwolf West program, American Conservatory Theater, and is a graduate of UC San Diego and the University of Michigan.
Chloe is a professional dance artist and teacher currently based in Manila, Philippines. She received all her foundational dance training at Steps Dance Studio, from the ages of 4-18, where she studied classical ballet, modern and jazz and underwent Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) Ballet Examinations until the Advanced 1 level. She also received scholarships for Steps’ Summer Dance Workshop from the Steps Scholarship Foundation from 2008-2011. Chloe then went on to study dance at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. It was at Tisch that she was first introduced to (and fell in love with) contemporary dance and improvisation. During her time in college, Chloe performed works by Charlotte Boye-Christensen and Renee Redding Jones and did summer intensives with Complexions Contemporary Ballet, Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet and Movement Invention Project (MIP). She received her BFA in Dance in 2014. After graduation, Chloe took a break from dancing and became a certified yoga instructor. She returned to dance in 2018 with local contemporary team REDph, and became a company member of Daloy Dance Company in 2020. When Chloe is not dancing, she is honing her career as a movement educator, teaching yoga and dance at several studios across Manila.
Melani De Guzman
An LA native dedicated to staying in the Lenape Territory for awhile. Melani is a Filipino-Americanx multidisciplinary dance artist, actor, educator, community facilitator, and healer. The heart of her work is rooted in healing, sensual embodiment, and reclaiming ancestral lineages. She has integrated her diverse practices and collaborative partnerships into site-specific solo works, dance films, and movement offerings.
Melani reclaims her power and truth studying somatic movement practices, mysticism through astrology, community activism, and forever being a student. Her evolving purpose is to create potent and inspiring medicine- projects, initiatives, works, spaces, movements- to help elevate the way all bodies exist.
Ana Victoria Andres
Ana is a company member of Hotlegs Dance Co and has been with the group since she was sixteen. She has performed with them for local artists’ concerts, theater productions, and corporate shows. Ana is also a Daloy movement facilitator and a faculty member of The Addlib Dance Studio. Trained and constantly exploring in several dance styles, she has developed a unique flair to her movement and works.
ANNIELILLE “ANI” GAVINO (Dance Artist) is a Filipinx movement artist, choreographer, and teaching artist. Since immigrating to the United States, Gavino has danced with Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble, Dallas Black Dance Theater, Kun Yang-Lin/ Dancers (current), and has worked with legends such as Katherine Dunham, Donald McKayle, Baba Chuck Davis, Eleo Pomare and many others. As an interdisciplinary dance maker, she uses dance as a storytelling element for cultural connection, resistance, spiritual journeys, and community engagement. Her works have been supported by Dance Place, Fleisher Art Memorial, Barnes Foundation, Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance, Penn Museum, Dixon Place, Movement Research at the Judson Church, Small But Mighty Arts, Asian Arts Initiative, Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival, Leeway Foundation and Mapfund. Annielille is also a dance writer for thINKing Dance and an MFA candidate of Hollins University.
Annielille "ani" Gavino
Sophia "Sosa" Laurio
Born and raised in Manila, Philippines, Sophia “Sosa” Gamboa has always found a way with music and movement. She had immigrated to Vancouver, Canada at the age of 13 dating back in September of 2007. She attended and graduated high school at Kwantlen Park Secondary in Surrey, BC where she spent most of her Canadian life. Along with the struggles of fitting in and speaking a whole new language in a whole new land she eventually crosses paths with former mentor and choreographer, Ms. Angela Lowndes. Sosa was under Ms. Lowndes’ mentorship for 5 consecutive years training in various streetdance styles. In those years she has also been graced by the teachings and mentorship of other Vancouver Dance leaders such as: Now or Never Crew (Kenny Mugisha, Jhaymee Hizon, Jheric Hizon, Jeri Chien, Victor “Savage” Tran), Black Mamba Crew(DeNi Kang), (Groove Vancouver)Kofi Noumedor, Vancity Lockers(Kim Sato). Sosa’s range of movement and creativity ranges in both freestyle battles and choreography performance. She has also trained under Hip Hop dance OG’s: Elite Force/MOPTOP Crew(Henry Link, Bobby Mileage, Loose Joint, Buddha Stretch, Brooklyn Terry), Moncell “Ill Kozby” Durden, Ejoe, and more. She’s also trained under streetdance famous freestyle heads like Ben Wichert(Germany), Junior Boogie(Montreal), Shin(Japan) in Hip Hop, Mr. Youtube(USA), Chrybaby Kce(USA), HYPE Girl(USA) in LITE Feet. Sosa has participated in many local jams/ battles since she was 16 years old and has made it far into finals on multiple occasions and has also won victory for herself. In 2016, she embarked to learn a new style of dance stemming from Jamaican culture, “Dancehall” and was personally hand picked by mentor and Jamaican cultural ambassador Mikhail Morris and producer Judy Madaraz to be a part Vancouver’s very first Dancehall Theatre Production: “Dons & Divas: Blood, Sweat and Tears”. Shortly after the production, Sophia joined Fashion/Art/Dance Collective, “Immigrant Lessons” where she is given the space to explore deeper in depths within her roots, her place of origins and connecting that experience with dance to promote and advocate for cultural pluralism, activism and healing through the arts. During her time with Immigrant Lessons, she has gone from streetdance and over to the contemporary dance world guided by mentor and Immigrant Lessons’ creative director, Kevin Fraser as well as other amazing technically trained Vancouver dancers like Sarah Formosa, Zahra Shahab and Arash Khakpour. For the last decade, Sosa has trained, battled, and performed in international spaces such as: “RAW Artists Emerge” Fashion Show in Los Angeles, California, Manila Fringe Festival in the Philippines, “36 Chambaz of Style” in New York, USA. She hopes to further her knowledge in dance and Art hoping to someday give back to the children and people of her hometown in Las Piñas City, Ph by teaching and sharing the knowledge and wisdom she has acquired in this lifetime.
Marie Lloyd Paspe originally from Singapore, Toronto, and Boston, is a Filipina-American multidisciplinary dancer, singer, choreographer, and concept creator in Queens, NYC. Marie currently performs and tours with Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company based in Chelsea, NYC, choreographs her own works for stage and film, and teaches pilates. She has danced for Carolyn Dorfman, Renee Jaworski, Jae Mann Joo, and performed with Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. Marie graduated summa cum laude in Dance and Business from Fordham/Ailey 2016.
Using deconstructive designs, vocals, projections, textures, and abstraction; Marie creates with a matriarchal world in mind and a reclamative story that unfolds. Eastern heritage versus Western dance technique pose dissonant synchronicities that show up as painfully pleasurable ironies, reflecting both her Filipinx identity and its colonization. Her interests in dancemaking are deeply tied to making sense of Philipine identity within foreign spaces, and how juxtapositions of contemporary and traditional worlds can meet to learn from each other.
Marie’s work has been presented in Israel at Zichri Theater; various theaters such as Dixon Place, Queens Theater, Ailey Citigroup Theater, Reeds Arboretum, and Smush Gallery in NYC and New Jersey; and commercial work online for most recently EBY and Titov Label. Work samples can be found at https://vimeo.com/user82780815 and via Instagram at http://instagram.com/mmmlloyd.
Marie lloyd paspe
Rita Winder is from Manila, Philippines. She is currently dancing with the Hessisches Staatsballett in Wiesbaden, Germany under the direction of Tim Plegge and Bruno Heynderickx. She previously was engaged with Ballet Kiel from 2017 to 2019 upon moving to Germany after 10 years of dancing with Ballet Philippines where she received a Gawad Buhay Award for Outstanding Female Performer in both Classical and Modern Dance Production in 2016. Rita is also a graduate of the Philippine High School for the Arts. She works with different choreographers with repertoires ranging from classical ballet to contemporary. She loves working with different creators and artists come from diverse backgrounds and the exchange of culture and language through dance.
Alexis Convento is a Pilipinx-American producer, manager and curator between New York and Berlin, Germany. She is founder of the CURRENT SESSIONS, a platform for movement-based artists. Within her practice, she seeks temporality, embodied histories, diasporic consciousness, survival, soft power, and community. Alexis holds a BFA in Dance from Fordham University with the Ailey School.
Anne Michiko Tangi
Anne Michiko Tangi (she/her) is a multi-disciplinary mover, healer, artist and space holder. She identifies as an Asian American woman of Filipinx, Japanese and mixed European ancestry. Throughout her offerings, Anne applies the concept that with intention, all things can serve as tools to connect us to the most radiant expressions of ourselves. She fuses her favorite practices (dance, creative movement, yoga, meditation, energy work, affirming language, introspection, laughter, music and community building) to create holistic experiences that help participants connect with themselves and one another, tap into their freedom and celebrate who they are. Anne’s movement draws from contemporary dance, contact improvisation, Afro-diaspora dance, capoeira, yoga, social dance and Parcon Resilience. Originally from Louisiana, Anne has lived in/around the New York City area since 2013.