JUST three days after the successful restaging of Agnes Locsin's La Revolucion Filipina by Ballet Philippines at the Cultural Center of the Philippines last May 14, Agnes dug in her heels and began preparing for the fifth segment of her Alay Sa Puno Series.
This year she is presenting Bulak: Ika-Limang Galaw on August 29-31 at the Locsin Dance Studio Theater, home of the Locsin Dance Workshop.
This time around, Bulak (Flower) will feature Davao's favorite dancers Kris-Belle Paclibar M and Biag Gaongen.
Kris-Belle stunned Davao audience last year when she performed Sanga with Sonny Locsin. Biag, after recovering from a series of knee surgeries, will make a comeback performance in his adopted home and for his dance family. These two gems of the Philippine dance scene are among the country's best contemporary dancers today.
The Alay Sa Puno Series has developed an ardent audience as each year, the shows have progressed in quality and artistry.
Agnes admits to her dwindling capacity to choreograph, but under her tutelage has sprung developing choregraphers and she also collaborates with other established choreographers.
For Sanga, Agnes has chosen to collaborate with Alden Lugnasin, one of the country's leading choreographers today. Alden is currently the resident choreographer of Ballet Philippines and the Artistic Director of Ballet Philippines 2.
Alden is a "Locsin Baby", an endearment used for the dancers who trained with Agnes in the 1990's while she was director of Ballet Philippines 2 and later of Ballet Philippines itself. In his prime as a dancer, Alden performed the lead roles of Locsin's neo-ethnic works as well as the lead roles in the works of Alice Reyes, Denisa Reyes, Edna Vida, Jan Linkens, Claude Brumachon, and Redha Benteifour. As a choreographer, Alden and Agnes first collaborated in Locsin's Romeo & Juliet in 1997. Even while he danced for Ballet Philippines in the 90's, Alden was already creating innovative choreographies for Ballet Philippines 2. Alden's rise to the zenith of Philippine dance occurred in the 21st century as his creations were consistently featured in the company's concert season.
Aside from the three artists in Bulak, Agnes also invited Nonie Buencamino to perform in this 5th Puno Series. He needs no introduction with his portrayal of the villainous Miguel in the teleserye, "Walang Hanggan". Nonie will sing, dance, and act in Bulak. He’s not a stranger to the Locsin theater stage as Nonie played the mad man in Locsin’s Sayaw, Sabel staged here in September 2010.
Alden and Nonie also portrayed Mabini and Aguinaldo, respectively, in the world premiere of La Revolucion Filipina in 1996.
Bulak: Ika-Limang Galaw is a show not to be missed.
Mark the date: August 29-31, 2014 at 7 p.m. at the Locsin Danc Studio Theater, Quirino Ave., Davao City.
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