“Daloy’s distinct orientation is away from the conventional idea of what contemporary dancing is expected to be. Unafraid to explore awkward shapes or deal with simplistic narratives, the Daloy Dance Company presses forward in their offering of a very different kind of contemporary dance show for the Filipino audience.” – Wanggo Gallaga, Manila Bulletin
The process of Unearthing began four years ago, when the piece was commissioned as part of Sipat Lawin's Karnabal Festival for Social Performance Innovation and developed subsequently over the next two years in festivals and performance series around Manila and across Japan. The work is a choreographic exploration into the relationship between the carnal and the spiritual, the sacred and the sexual. Through intuitive movement investigations into first the sensuous, then the ecstatic, and finally, the mythic; Ea Torrado and Daloy's corps of dancers have assembled a fierce and primal homage to the filipino babaylan (the balance-bringing shaman-priestess) and to the ancient wisdom of the Sacred Feminine. The dance pushes pleasure forward unabashedly, pulling the dancers through a tantric spectrum of frenzied somatic release.
Unearthing transforms performance into community ritual, foregrounding the social being as a sacred being.
Performances: 2015 KARNABAL Social Performance Innovation, 2016 Dance MNL Festival, 2016 Mga Sayaw ng Paghilom Festival , 2016 Setouchi Trienalle, Asian Performing Arts Market, Japan, 2019 Asian Federation of Arts Venues, and Manila Performing Arts Market at Blackbox Theatre, The Cultural Center of the Philippines
Choreography by Ea Torrado
Dancers: Buboy Raquitico, Jomarie Cruz, Deborah Lemuel, Jovin Lazaro, Kennard Insigne, Arcelyn Lualhati, Julienne Depatillo, Jamie Paraiso and Joy Chrstian Adorable
Music by Joshua Timothy Gramaje
Video by Mervine Aquino
Lighitng Design by Katsch Catoy
Photo Credit: Michael Mitch Conzon
Duration: 1 hour and 15 minutes.
Excerpts: 20 minutes