Fil-Canadian dancer Alvin Tolentino stages "Paradis/Paraiso" on July 27

Filipino-Canadian choreographer and dance artist Alvin Erasga Tolentino will perform his critically-acclaimed solo dance piece “Paradis/Paraiso” in Manila on July 27, 2012.

Performing with Tolentino is French noise musician-composer Emmanuel Mailly. “Paradis/Paraiso” has been performed across Canada, France and Italy.

For this piece, Tolentino explores the “idea of paradise as an environment, or as a utopian place.”

“I decided to live the idea of paradise through my body, the idea of being able to see, to hear, to touch, and to taste all of these different paradises—of being really aware of my perception, my own feelings. I guess paradise lives inside of me. It’s in my own body. As a dancer, finding a way to express that is this piece.”

Tolentino last performed in the Philippines back in 2007 when he toured his solo piece “Field: Rice is the belly of man” across the country. He has also choreographed for Ballet Philippines.

 Born in the Philippines and raised in Canada, Tolentino founded Co.Erasga Dance Company in 2000 in Vancouver. Co.Erasga’s works address themes of identity and ethnicity in a global context through contemporary dance. The company has presented work across Canada and in festivals and venues as far as Scotland, France, Italy, Belgium, Singapore, Venezuela and most recently in Germany and Uruguay.

“Paradis/Paraiso” runs July 27, 2012 Friday 2PM and 7PM at De La Salle College of St. Benilde Blackbox Theater, 6th floor, De La Salle College of St. Benilde School of Design and Arts Campus Building, 950 Pablo Ocampo St. (formerly Vito Cruz), Malate, Manila. For tickets, please call 536-6752 loc. 113 or 0906-294-3895.

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