The National Commission for Culture and the Arts-National Committee on Dance (NCCA-NCD), headed by Shirley Halili-Cruz, spearheads the implementation of Dance Xchange: The Philippine International Dance Workshop and Festival, from April 11-14.
The workshop will bring together the best dance companies and dance experts, both local and international, for a celebration of dance that includes activities such as an artists’ forum and dance workshops at the Puerto Princesa City Coliseum.
With the theme Cultural Connectivity Through Dance, the event aims to “strengthen the network among dance groups in the Asean and beyond; enhance knowledge and skills of the dancers, dance teachers and choreographers on dances of the different countries; showcase the unique dances of each country to enhance cultural understanding; provide venue for interaction and facilitate learning among dancers, directors, dance teachers, choreographers; and harness the potential of the Philippines to be a cultural destination in Asia.”
Dance Xchange is also being held in celebration of International Dance Day, held all over the world by the International Theater Institute on April 29, and the Philippine National Dance Week, which is marked on the fourth week of April as declared by Proclamation No. 154.
Expected to participate are dance companies from Japan, Hong Kong, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, England, Indonesia, Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia, Brunei Darussalam, Taiwan and Vietnam. They will be joined by 22 dance companies from all over the Philippines.
Call Shirley Halili-Cruz at 5272214 or 09175296946; or Rene Sanchez Napenas at 5272192 or 0928-5081057. Visit www.ncca.gov.ph.