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CCP’s ‘Wifibody’ Competition to Be Held Online This Year

Good news, dance fanatics! WifiBody 2020 will push through this year!

As everyone from across the world adjusts to the “new normal,”  the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) has found a new way to promote Filipino arts and culture to a much wider audience. Throughout the course of the quarantine period, the country’s leading center for Philippine arts has been exploring online productions—and now, they will be holding an entire dance competition virtually! 

In light of the current situation, the CCP Choreographers Series has announced its call for entries for the 2020 WifiBody.ph—an annual dance competition for emerging choreographers that is usually held in the months of August through October.

WifiBody.ph dedicates itself to discovering new choreographic talent and featuring emerging choreographers curated by series directors Denisa Reyes, Myra Beltran, and Nes Jardin. (Read: How ballet legends Maniya Barredo, Alice Reyes, and Myra Beltran inspired and launched the careers of countless Filipinos)

Criteria for Joining

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Video screenshot from Wifi Body PH 2020

Here are the criteria for joining this year’s WifiBody: One must be a Filipino citizen; has not created a major full-length work, and; must be committed to pursuing choreography as a profession and contributing to the choreographic discourse in the Philippines.

Applicants also need to submit the following: A 100-word proposal of the work’s concept; identify the spaces to be used in the work; explain how the location contributes to the concept; and a one-minute movement study on video of the work. (Watch: Learn the basics of ballet—anytime, anywhere!)

The finalist will be given the opportunity to undergo workshops and mentoring for both dance and video.  Dance artists have until June 15, 2020 to submit their proposals for this year’s screening. Interested parties may send the 100-word proposal and the link to the video via email to [email protected]

The schedules for the other parts of CCP Choreographers Series, Koryolab and NeoFilipino, are yet to be announced. (Read: CCP premieres ‘Encantada,’ ‘Zsazsa Zaturnnah Ze Muzikal’ on YouTube)

Watch the video below for WifiBody 2020:

Revised Call for Entries WifiBody (virtual body) 2020

Submit your entry to the WifiBody 2020 Choreographers' Competition before June 15th! For this year's virtual edition, all finalists' videos will be premiered online via the Cultural Center of the Philippines on August 2020.Watch through to find out more! #WifiBody2020virtual #WifiVirtualBody.CRITERA FOR JOINING:• A Filipino citizen.• Has not created a major full-length work.• Is committed to pursuing choreography as a profession and contributing to the choreographic discourse in the Philippines.TO APPLY:• Submit a one-minute movement study on video of the work • Submit a 100-word proposal of the work’s concept (1) identifying the spaces to be used in the work and (2) explaining how the location contributes to the concept• Send the link to the video and the 100-word proposal to: ccpchoreoseries@gmail.com..WHAT WE ARE LOOKING FOR:• Choreographic work in solo or duet form• The location of the work must be the domestic space• We are interested in innovative propositions on the use of space, on the architecture of that space, and on the relation of the human body in both its kinesthetic and architectural possibilities in the proposed space.• We encourage a range of propositions on the treatment of the body – whether it is seen as an abstract form within the space, or a figurative rendering of the body performing domestic activities put together choreographically, or the body rendering feeling-states within the confines of the architectural space. • Emphasis will still be on the level of movement research and innovation.• We are also interested in the minute choreographic possibilities of the body, hence, it is not necessary that the full body be always seen on view on the video, but the body must be present in full within frame in the course of the work.• Props may be used but they are limited to the ones found within the domestic space. Transformations / re-configurations of ordinary items toward an abstract form are allowed and we encourage DIY innovation• We encourage you to use sound or music that you have the copyright to..IF ACCEPTED AS A FINALIST:• You will be given the opportunity to undergo workshops and mentoring for both dance and video.• Your final work will be a 6-8 minute dance on video. • There can be more than one space used within a domestic location in the entire work..THINGS TO CONSIDER….This is not a screendance initiative.This is still a choreographer’s competition.It is about choreography, about the writing on the body.Video shall be in support of the choreography of the dancing body.We are interested in your stories, and how you find a movement language to tell that story. See you at WifiBody 2020!

Posted by CCP Choreographers Series on Saturday, May 16, 2020

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