Using key elements of dance in ‘Unboxed’

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Body shape, movement, space, time and energy are what a choreographer always considers in creating a dance routine.

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Using these key elements, director Mara Aboitiz-Francisco gives the audience an opportunity to gain insight as to how dancers must adapt to a given performance space as they perform beside the viewers in a dance production thesis under the Bachelor of Performing Arts Dance Program of De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde (DLS-CSB).

Dubbed “Unboxed,” the production features professional dancer Ina Medina, along with DLS-CSB scholars Ani ng Dangal Awardee Olivia Bugayong, Philippine Dance Cup Competitor Jireh Cariaso and Pep Squad Member Kul dela Torre.

A product of Perry Sevidal Ballet in Manila and Alvin Ailey School and Steps on Broadway in New York, the director also shows how something which is often scholarly described is presented visually through movement.

Completing the production team are esteemed lighting designer Katsch Catoy, who has worked with the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP), Philippine Educational Theater Association (PETA), Repertory Philippines, Ballet Philippines and Tanghalang Pilipino and School of Design and Arts (SDA) students of various performing arts programs.

Unboxed will have performances on August 4 and 5 at the Black Box Theater, 6th Floor, DLS-CSB School of Design and Arts (SDA) Campus, Pablo Ocampo Street, Malate, Manila.

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