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R E V E A L I NG Alvin Erasga Tolentino COVER PHOTOGRAPH:

Vincent Wong

BOOK DESIGN AND TITLE PAGE ILLUSTRATIONS: PRINTING:

Ben Didier

East Van Graphics, Vancouver

Russell Oughtred, Maria Christina Panis, Marial Shea and Khalilah Alwani

EDITORIAL:

Co.ERASGA Dance Society 1408-207 West Hastings St. Vancouver, BC V6B 1H7 Ph: 604 687 6185 info@companyerasgadance.ca www.companyerasgadance.ca Š 2013 Alvin Erasga Tolentino All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in retrieval system, or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording, scanning, or otherwise, excerpt brief excerpts for the purpose of review or publication without the written permission of the publisher and copyright owner. PUBLISHER: CO.ERASGA DANCE SOCIETY ISBN 978-0-9936015-0-7

PRINTED IN CANADA


A DECADE OF CHOREOGRAPHIC CREATION by Alvin Erasga Tolentino

1999-2010


To Nanay at Tatay. To all my other artistic collaborators in the period of 1999-2010. To all my dancers, past, present and future‌

IN MEMORY OF


CONTENTS 12

INTRO

19

SOLA

27 BATO-STONE 33 MINORI 39 VOLT 47 FIELD 53 SHE SAID 59 ORIENTIK-PORTRAIT 67 BODYGLASS 73 PARADISE-PARADIS 81

ADAMEVE/MAN-WOMAN

87 SHADOW MACHINE 91

BIOGRAPHY

93 ARTIST’S MANIFESTO 94 COLLABORATORS


Co.ERASGA Founded in 1999, Co.ERASGA is a contemporary dance company grounded in the principles of innovation, artistic integrity and social reflection. Supporting and contributing to the development of dance worldwide with a goal of empowering the visions of working dance artists, we share with others through diverse partnerships in education, dialogue, collaboration, dissemination and touring activities. Co.ERASGA has visited over forty different cities and communities outside Vancouver, and across four continents, to share the art of dance. Guided by the belief that dance serves as a vital physical medium for catalyzing social awareness and dialogue, the company creates works that has examine gender, identity and cross-cultural issues in today’s society. Co.ERASGA continues to seek new and challenging projects that provide opportunities to expand our practice of contemporary dance.

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Acknowledgements This book project is made possible by the generous bequest of my good friend and artistic supporter Marina Walter upon her death to Co.ERASGA. I wanted something to remember her by forever and this book shall represent her belief in my talents and her love for dance. I am forever grateful for having known her. Along the way, my collaborator in dreaming and realizing this book project through discussion, concept, design and layout has been Vancouver graphic designer Ben Didier who stayed patiently with my working method, as I gathered materials and made choices for what to include in the book. Thank you Ben. To Jeff Grayston of East Van Graphics who has supported Co.ERASGA for over a decade in printing most of our marketing materials and now for bringing this book to print, thank you Jeff. Thank you to all of the photographers who have worked with me over the years and captured the performance works that are photographed and included in this project. Brian Dedora, thank you for allowing the use of your poetic gift within this book. Thank you to our current Human Resources Committee members, Shauna Butterwick, Marilou Carrillo and Jean Fowler. As stakeholders in Co.ERASGA, you help me realize the principles, ethics, cohesion and vision I have for the company. For our exchanges and your meticulous editorial and proofing work, thank you Marial Shea, Russell Oughtred, Maria Christina Panis, and Khalilah Alwani.

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problems discontinuities between inner and outer man yes, ma’am man one man further, discontinuities between performer & audience so then; crossings “these expressions” not solo but sola; feminine A dancer…? “A handbag…?” same expression expressive the startled question containing also disbelief so start from here a man his body his voice a woman’s voice a score & between now moves; he hits himself with the sound of his hitting fumbles rolls into running & pumps himself basketball dribbling form lascivious to innocence dispersal of the body now suddenly gathered where hands horizontal bring focus only to his eyes beware the branch as sword angry while he rolls into a wound bind this together 3 times so the repetitions of 1 gather into vocabulary and press them into dictionary into unto round and down squeezed and so compressed as to generate heat and light the chemical change between inner outer so compressed as to condense sweat and breath their sound soprano undercurrent to score of daily press click click -Brian Dedora

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13


15


SOLA 1999


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BATO/STONE 2000/2001


BATO/Stone “Stone is the visible history of time feeding us through a calm and radiant presence.” -Isamu Noguchi

Presented in co-production by The Firehall Arts Centre DATES January 10-13, 2001 VENUE The Firehall Arts Centre | 280 East Cordova Street, Vancouver DANCERS Anne Cooper, Daelik, Ziyian Kwan, Daniel Lauzon, Jackie Nel, Alvin Erasga Tolentino ORIGINAL SCORE Noah Drew COSTUME DESIGN Jennifer Langman LIGHTING DESIGN James Proudfoot SET Jeina Morosoff and Don Cunningham

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MINORI 2001


33


VOLT 2002


39


FIELD 2003


47


SHE SAID 2004/2005


She Said Faith, Strength, Memory, Innocence Presented in co-production with The Firehall Arts Centre DATES February 9 -12, 2005 VENUE The Firehall Arts Centre | 280 East Cordova Street, Vancouver MUSIC Ted Hamilton CHOREOGRAPHY Alvin Erasga Tolentino DANCERS Delia Brett, Anne Cooper and Caroline Farquhar LIGHTING DESIGN James Proudfoot VIDEO D-anne Kuby Trepanier

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ORIENTIK/PORTRAIT 2005


59


BODYGLASS 2006/2007


67


4 0 X P 7 9 3 2 9 8 U 9 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0

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PARADISE/PARADIS 2008


PARADIS/Paradise Dedicated in memory of Larisa Fayad (1976-2007) Presented in co-production with Vancouver International Dance Festival in partnership with The National Conservatory of Music and Dance, Laon, France DATES March 25-26, 2008 VENUE The Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre | 181 Roundhouse Mews, Vancouver CONCEPTION & PERFORMANCE Alvin Erasga Tolentino MUSIC Emmanuel de St Aubin MEDIA ARTS Donna Szoke LIGHTING DESIGN James Proudfoot

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ADAMEVE/MAN-WOMAN 2009


81


SHADOW MACHINE 2010


87


91


93


Tarig Adam pg. 18, 28, 29, 62, 63, 69 (BOTTOM)

Olivier Bouton pg. 72, 76 (BOTTOM)

Anne Chaussat pg. 6, 75, 77

Daniel Collins pg. 40 (TOP RIGHT)

David Cooper pg. 8, 54

Merle Eddison pg. 43

Wayne Harjula pg. 32, 34, 35

Steven Lemay pg. 38, 40 (TOP LEFT), 46, 48, 58, 60, 61, 66, 69 (TOP), 76 (TOP), 92 (TOP)

Jeremy Lutter, Broken Mirror Prod. pg. 74

Gaetan Margot pg. 49 (TOP)

Chris Randle pg. 10, 42, 52, 80, 82, 83, 86, 88, 89 (BOTTOM), 90

Philip Richard-Authier pg. 49 (BOTTOM), 96

Carolina Soderholm pg. 40 (BOTTOM), 41

Alvin Erasga Tolentino pg. 26, 55, 68, 89 (TOP), 92 (BOTTOM)

Vincent Wong pg. 20, 21, 22, 23

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The operation of Co.ERASGA Dance from 1999-2010 was made possible through the generous assistance of The Canada Council for the Arts, The Province of British Columbia, The City of Vancouver, The Vancouver Foundation, The Koerner Foundation, The Hamber Foundation, The British Columbia Gaming Commission, and all the other arts organizations in Vancouver, nationally and internationally, as well as the individual patrons, donors and members.


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