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Abstract: Choreographic workshops have consistently shaped the development of contemporary dance in the Philippines since it was introduced in the middle of the 20th century. Led by Filipino artists, whose aesthetics, critical, and material practices had been shaped by particular socio-political and economic realities, these workshops helped define what contemporary dance is in the Philippines. While this talk will trace such development in the context of postcolonial discourse, it will focus on a recent dance workshop in Bacolod, an urban centre in the central region of the Philippines, vis-à-vis contemporary dance practices in Manila where it first made its presence in the country.
Bio: Dr. Ruth Pison is Professor in the Department of English and Comparative Literature of the University of the Philippines, Diliman, where she teaches Philippine literature and literary theory. Appearing in numerous refereed publications, her writings on Philippine dance are deeply informed by discourses on postcoloniality, nationalism, and contemporary and regional cultures. She currently holds the York Centre of Asian Research’s “Research Collaboration Fellowship.”