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Colonial (2012)

Alvin Erasga Tolentino - CO.ERASGA Dance (Vancouver)

October 25 to 27, 2012

October 25 to 27, 2012

Quebec premiere

« In the process, Tolentino established himself as a daring virtuoso dancer, with his originality, exuberance, technical brilliance and powerful grace. » – THE PHILIPPINE CHRONICLE OF VANCOUVER

Following Field (Land Is the Belly of Man), presented at the MAI in 2004, Alvin Erasga Tolentino returns with a second solo piece, Colonial, a Montreal premiere. A veritable multi-sensory epic, this work of dance-theatre bridges a people’s colonised past and its contemporary ethnicity.

Inspired by Reynaldo Clemena Ileto’s book Pasyon and Revolution: Popular Movements in the Philippines, 1840-1910, Colonial is also a free and whimsical adaptation of Philippine history, revisited by the fascinating and unpredictable choreographer Alvin Erasga Tolentino. Revolutionary combatants and babaylan priestesses people this new work. Directed by Dennis Gupa, Colonial is a multimedia production backed up by gripping video images created by Jon Lasam.

A veteran of the international scene, Alvin Erasga Tolentino is also the founder and director of the company CO.ERASGA Dance. Acclaimed on every continent, his hybrid performances explore Asian culture and questions of identity in contemporary Western society. Founded in 2000, CO.ERASGA Dance has nearly a dozen works in its repertoire, including Expose (2011), Shadow Machine (2010) and She Said (2004). In addition to his work for the stage, Tolentino has made five dance films and videos, including SOLA, which won the “Grand Prix Video” of the International UNESCO Competition.

Press release

The Dance Current by Philip Szporer
The Gazette by Victor Swoboda, October 20, 2012
Bloody Underrated by Victoria Laberge, October 27, 2012
Philippine Canadian Inquirer

October 25th to 27, 2012

8 p.m.


$22 Regular
$18 Discount (Professionnal artists– Seniors 65 years and older – Accès Montréal cardholders)
$15 Student
$14 Group (10 persons and more)
$12 Student Group

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