With this, the Provincial Government of Abra (PGA), in cooperation with the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) conducted two-day choreographers’ workshop and orientation for street dance coaches of the province’s Kawayan Festival in March.
The workshop provided street dance trainers from the 27 municipalities an in-depth understanding with choreographic sequences, production design and the costumes.
Prof. Lordinio Vergara, executive council member of the NCCA Dance Committee, stressed that there is a need to learn more about folk- based and ethnic- based dance movements in order for the dancers to engage with understanding in their performances on the festival.
In a cultural street dancing, proper and appropriate costume is an important factor for an eye-catching performance, he said.
In his lecture on production design, Rommel Serano, Artistic Director of Kalilayan Folkloric Group, said that street-dancing costume designs and styles must be completely accurate, visually aesthetic and comfortable with the movements.
PGA also coordinated with Gener Caringal, Director of Cultural Affairs Office of the University of the East, who discussed dance choreography and composition.
Tonjie Mangao from the Philippine Normal University also discussed the principles of street dance competition.
The Kawayan Festival held every first week of March, features the rich culture of the people of Abra and showcases the bamboo (kawayan in Ilocano) which is the province’s one town, one product.
One highlight of the festival is street dancing competition among the different towns. (JDP/MTBB/CAGT – PIA CAR, Abra)
By Christian Allister G. Tubadeza