Issue of January 8, 2017

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Free dance workshop slated
by Ofelia C. Empian

REVIVING GARDEN THEATER -- A big hit in the 70s as a cinema in Baguio, Garden Theater is now being revived by volunteers from the city led by local artists who envision to transform the facility into a shared space for artists as well as a sports training area for local athletes. -- Ofelia Empian



The revived Garden Theater in Baguio will host a free dance workshop featuring a Japanese dance art and a renowned Filipino dance artist on Jan. 15.

Dubbed “Dans Dis-course,” the event will be from 1 to 6 p.m. featuring dance workshops on Mikusano Mitakara and workshops to be led by Sammay Dizon. 

“Mikusano Mitakara means the Three Joyful Treasures. It is deeply rooted in shamanic culture and experience,” said local poet Florenda Pedro alias Dumay Solinggay.

Sammay or Samantha Peñaflor Dizon is a Bay Area-based choreographer/producer and interdisciplinary performance artist of Kapampangan, Ilokano, and Bikol descent born and bred in Carson, California/Tongva Territory and now reclaiming space in San Francisco with honor and gratitude to the Ohlone.

While free of charge, pre-registrations will be needed for the dance workshops. The mikusano mitakara gathering will be from 1 to 4 p.m. to be followed by the dance workshop by Dizon from 4 to 5 p.m.

After which, Dizon will have her performance, which is open to the public from 5:30 to 5:45 p.m.

Music and dance jamming will happen from 6 p.m. onwards.

Interested participants may register by sending a message to the Garden Theater Facebook page on or before Jan. 13.

Meanwhile, Pedro, an award-winning poet is also currently raising funds as she was invited to represent the Philippines for the Hyderabad Literary Festival in India, which will happen on the last week of January.

Tickets are now available for her performance “Crossing Boundaries,” a crowd-sourcing/fundraising performance to defray the cost of her airfare.

“I hope you can come and watch. I’ll be performing new pieces and some spoken word artist friends will be there too,” Pedro said on her FB account.

The event will be held at Cafe Yagam on Jan. 14 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets sell at P100 at Cafe Cueva, Cafe Yagam, and Mt. Cloud Bookshop.

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