The Philippine Studies Group is pleased to support the visit of two of the lead dancers from Bayanihan, the National Dance Company of the Philippines.
Guest Artists: Bayanihan, the National Dance Company of the Philippines & Culture Philippines Ontario
Featuring the York Dance Ensemble, Artistic Director Susan Lee
Cardinal Points is a rich collection of dance works created and performed by members of the Department of Dance and guests that reflect the diversity of perspectives from around the globe, as well as from within the multiplicity of intersecting cultural, philosophical and personal imperatives.
Faculty members: Patrick Alcedo, Modesto Amegago and Tracey Norman
PhD candidates: Arpita Bajpeyi & Sebastián Oreamuno
Fourth Year BFA students: Rayn Cook-Thomas, Kéïta Fournier-Pelletier and Blythe Russell
About the Guest Artists:
Founded in 1956, Bayanihan, the National Dance Company of the Philippines takes its name from an ancient Filipino tradition which means working together for a common good.
Pamela Rose G. Corales is a core performing artist and trainer of the Bayanihan, the National Dance Company of the Philippines. For the past 18 years, she has travelled the world performing at dance festivals, winning international dance competitions, and promoting the Philippines through dance, music, and costumes. She represented the Philippines at the ASEAN Cultural Road Show that the Ministry of Culture of Thailand initiated. A member of the company’s research team, she is a lead teacher in the Bayanihan’s Teaching and Touching Lives Program. She is a faculty member of the Philippine Women’s University in Manila where she teaches for the Campus Life Sayaw (Dance) Workshop and Dance Academy.
Leo Laurence Lorilla is a core performing artist and a cultural ambassador of the Bayanihan, the National Dance Company of the Philippines. He has travelled the world with this internationally renowned dance company that is a grand prize winner of 14 world dance competitions. Born in the city of Koronadal of South Cotabato in the southern Philippines, he is the company’s fashion, costume, and set designer. For excellence in culture and the arts, the province of South Cotabato awarded him the Tubas Taliambong in 2011. He teaches physical education at the Philippine Women’s University where he received his BFA in Advertising
The 2023 activities of the Philippine Studies Group at the York Centre for Asian Research, York University are supported through funding from the Philippine Consulate General in Toronto.