Festival Accès Asie is happy to collaborate with Performance Curators Initiatives (PCI) to present Acts of reclamation. An online screening evening of five Filipino video dance using choreographic practice as a means of engaging, confronting, or dealing with various contexts of violence.
Meet us for an online live screening of the films followed by a discussion with the curators of Acts of reclamation Roselle Pineda and Louise Jashil R. Sonido.
Films to be presented are created by Sari Dalena (White Funeral), John Carlo Nova (Nagimaskan Mayyang You’re so delicious, Maria), Roselle Pineda (Sagot and Wang-Wang) and Gerone Centeno (Panighaw).
These films show the body as the main experience of trauma, ranging from domestic violence to social discrimination through state fascism and, through choreographic and cinematographic techniques, try to create spaces for their release.
With a ticket, you will receive a viewing link available up to 24 hours after the event, Thursday, May 13 at 7:30 PM. The event will be in English.
Roselle is a published curator, programmer and researcher. She teaches at the Department of Art Studies, University of the Philippines-Diliman, and is the Founder and Director of the Performance Curators Initiatives (PCI), the Aurora Artist Residency Program and Space (AARPS), and the Pangkat Gatilyo: Hip-Hop Theater Collective. She is currently enrolled in the PhD Creative Arts program at the University of Wollongong in Australia doing research on creative collaborations with indigenous peoples’ communities. Roselle is also the director of the video performances Sagot and Wang-wang.
Louise Jashil R. Sonido teaches at the University of the Philippines Department of English and Comparative Literature. As a teacher, scholar, multimedia artist, and cultural worker, she has a range of research interests transecting literary criticism, intellectual historiography, media and film scholarship, performance curation, and ethnographies of multimedia production. She is a member of the Congress of Teachers and Educators for Nationalism and Democracy (CONTEND-UP), the Concerned Artists of the Philippines, Aurora Artist Residency Program and Space, and the Performance Curators Initiatives. Louise is also the video artist for the video performances Sagot and Wang-wang.
Sari Dalena is a filmmaker and educator. She graduated from the University of the Philippines in Diliman with an undergraduate degree in Film and obtained her Master of Fine Arts (MFA) degree in Film Production at the New York University through a Fulbright Scholarship. She was the recipient of the Asian Cultural Council Fellowship and Tisch School of the Arts (TSOA) Graduate Fellowship. Her first full-length film, “Ka Oryang” was awarded Best Picture and Best Director awards at the Cinema One Originals Film Festival in 2012. Her other notable works include White Funeral (1997), The Guerrilla is a Poet (2013), The Women of Malolos (2013), and Dahling Nick (2015). Sari is faculty member and former Director of the UP Film Institute.
Myra’s pioneering work is considered instrumental in the formation of an independent contemporary dance community in the Philippines. Aside from her choreographic work, she initiated Contemporary Dance Map (2005) and the WifiBody Festival (2006) which produced and launched the careers of many choreographers who are contemporary dance’s most articulate and active practitioners in the Philippines. She currently co-curates the CCP (Cultural Center of the Philippines) Choreographers’ Series. Myra received the 2001 Alab ng Haraya (Flame of Inspiration) for Individual Recognition in the Performing Arts from the National Commission for Culture and the Arts and the Tanging Parangal from the City of Manila.
John Carlo Nova is an independent Director and Director of Photography. He is the founding Director of Victa Solutions Film and CineSambal Film Festival, which is a local film festival in Zambales, Philippines. His film entitled Shelter of Life won 3rd Best Film at the To Farm Film Festival in 2013. He has won Best Cinematography for Squatterina at the North Luzon Film Festival 2016 Featured in Cinema Rehiyon X, and Nagimaskan Mayyang (You are So Delicious Maria) was featured in CCDC Hong-Kong (Jumping Frames International Dance Film Festival 2019).
Jared is a dance artist and scholar based in Quezon City, Philippines. Originally a Streetdance and Hip Hop dancer, Jared was part of the UP Streetdance Club from UP Diliman. After finishing his master’s degree in Dance Anthropology, he joined Daloy Dance Company where he performed the company’s repertoire in local and international platforms. Since 2017, Jared has been pursuing an independent career as a dancer and choreographer. His most recent solo “They [a singularity] •” received the Jury Prize in the 4th Hong Kong International Choreography Festival. Jared is also an anthropology Lecturer in UP Diliman, and a Theater and Dance lecturer in Guang Ming College.
Lorelei is a Filipino dance artist, wellness specialist, certified GYROTONIC® and GYROKINESIS® Trainer and Ayurveda advocate, renowned for her unique holistic approach to well-being and health. Lorelei majored in Dance at the Philippine High School for the Arts, where she honed her technique and discipline in the art. Over her 23 years of dance practice, she has her dedicated teaching, choreography, and performance to community projects focusing on socially relevant issues. One of her passions is teaching dance to under privileged youth and helping indigent seniors improve their mobility using the GYROTONIC® method.
Gebbvelle “Dingdong” Selga fell in love with dance as soon as he began his training at the Philippine High School for the Arts. Under the guidance of Philippine folk dance mentor Victor Flor, he pursued a major in folk dance, joined the Sanghiyas Pangkat Mananayaw, and graduated with honors in 2010. He continued his education at the University of the Philippines Diliman where he became a member of the UP Dance Company, participating in various local and international dance competitions and festivals. In 2016, his entry to the Wifi Body Dance Festival placed as one of the finalists, catapulting him to one of the country’s emerging choreographers to watch for. In the same year, he won the Trudl Dubsky Zipper Award for Choreography for his piece at the CCP (Cultural Center of the Philippines) National Ballet Competition.
Jmac Acol is Dancer Choreographer who is also a visual artist. He started his informal training hip hop in Cotabato City and moved to General Santos City to Study at Ramon Magsaysay Memorisl Colleges where he started training in Contemporary Dance with RMMC Teatro Ambahanon where he began doing Contemporary Dance choreographies. One of his works Muffled Headlines, was Presented at Wifiboďy.ph. Jmac is the cirrent Artistic Director of Jah Rules the hip hop arm of RMnC Teatro Ambahanon.
Jomatt, also known as “Prodigy” in the Streetdance scene, is a dancer and an emcee. He is one of Hip Hop International Philippines and Hip Hop International’s Internationally Certified Official Judges. Pushing the culture of Hip Hop and Streetdance he became a part of Original Flavor Crew, one of the Philippines Streetdance Community’s most prominent and influential Hip Hop Culture Upholders. Aside from being a freestyle dancer, he is also a Leader and Choreographer for Kinection, a premiere crew in the Urban Choreography Scene. He has handled, choreographed, performed, battled, and been in numerous events and shows, and represented and won some major competitions and battles inside and outside the country.
Edwin is a cultural worker and, a theater and performance artist. He traces his roots through theater activism. Edwin is currently the Performing Arts Program Head of SIKAD, a multidisciplinary art organization defending the rights of the urban poor. His works probe the issues of dislocation, suppression, and resistance. For example, his work Fours All, featured in the 2018 Asiatopia Festival: A World Reversed, was about labor migration while his A Feather Duster Got Into the Zoo for the 2017 SIPAF was about extra judicial killings. His recent works include Sa Digma ng Halimaw (The Monster’s War, 2018-2019) about the government’s sham drug war ; and Gapok (Brittle, 2016-2017), about forced eviction resulting from development aggression.
Gerone Centeno is a filmmaker and cultural activist member of SIKAD, a multidisciplinary art organization advocating for the rights of the urban poor. He co-curates SIKAD’s alternative cinema project, CINEMARALITA, which holds screenings and discussions in poor communities and other alternative spaces. He currently heads its film program where he has produced, directed, and edited short documentaries and an experimental film. His short documentaries entitled KAYOD (Toil) are a day-in-the-life profiles that intend to shed light on the struggles of hardworking semi-workers from the urban poor sector who are constantly prejudiced against by and neglected by an elite-ruled status quo. He is also a film editor whose works have obtained awards and nominations from Cinemalaya, Gawad Urian, Cinema One Originals, Philippine Movie Press Club, EDDY’s, etc.
Roselle Pineda – Curator
Louise Jashil R. Sonido – Co-Curator