The Philippines’ premier jazz and contemporary dance group Douglas Nierras Powerdance performed at Maples Collegiate in Winnipeg this Saturday.
The show called ” Dances of Filipino Heart and Soul” brought Filipino arts and creativity to a higher level while taking the audience to a deeper understanding of Filipino culture and life through dance.
“Everyone thought they will see traditional Filipiniana dances in our performance. But I would like them to have a different experience. I want them to feel what it is like to live now in the Philipines, says choreographer and creator Douglas Nierras.
Douglas skillfully blends actual human body fluidity with 3D wall projected movements. The talented artists put to life on stage powerful heart-warming pieces with social relevance — some of them made the audience cry.
” Their performance was moving. I was crying in some parts– especially when they danced Yolanda”, said Mila Tamayo, who came to watch with her husband Jimmy. Mila, who is a big supporter of arts and culture, said she hoped more people watch this kind of shows.
“Yolanda” gave a glimpse of how super typhoon with said name destroyed Douglas ‘ beloved home town Tacloban and took away many innocent lives.
Another touching piece was the interpretation of Contemplaciones Sobre una Flor Filipina which tackles plight of Overseas Filipino Workers.
Joyce Catenza, who watched with her kids, said she was touched when the dancers swayed to the tune of Ogie Alcasid’s “Kailangan Kita” and Jolina Magdangal’s “Kapag ako ay nagmahal” which center about needing someone and finding true love. Talking before said performance, Douglas said he emulates his parents who are epitome of perfect love and devotion.
Dante Aviso, promotions coordinator says part of the proceeds of the ” Dances of Filipino Heart and Soul” was donated to the Philipines Canadian Culture and Arts Association of Manitoba. Evening’s masters of ceremony were Jef Reyes and Lourdes Federis.
Prior to the show, Douglas himself and Powerdance’ 11-member youth dancers/artists hosted a free workshop to interested community members.
After Winnipeg, the company will go around different cities of Canada and later on United States to perform. They were asked to come back to Montreal for another series of show after their initial successful performance.
Douglas Nierras Powerdance
“In Dancing, we don’t balance. We fly.”
Multi-awarded choreographer/director Douglas created Powerdance in 1998. Also known as Pinoy Pop Dance King, Douglas was also part of Whiplash and Hotlegs in the early 90s.
Douglas often based his masterpieces from his rich life’s experiences and believes in the power of movement to create awareness about social change.
Douglas and his Powerdance has represented the country on several occasions and has received multiple international recognition in the last 30 years.
In 1999, it bested dance companies from 73 other countries to win the Grand Prix at the 10th Saitama International Creative Dance Concourse in Yono City, Japan—the Philippines’ first and only grand prize for modern dance choreography.
Douglas Nierras has earned respect of the world in contemporary dance. His vision is teaching and sharing the art of dance and making it more accessible by involving the underprivileged youth who have passion for dancing.
Powerdance touring company from Right to Left (and order of designation); Railey Bugador (Scholar) Ronjie Gamayon , (Apprentice) Joshua Orbasido ( Apprentice), Cheska Quimno – (Apprentice), Ricmar Policarpio ( Apprentice), Jay ar Aguvida (Company Member), Katelyn Jacob (Junior Company Member), Ronald Policarpio ( Junior Company Member), Divine Dacles (Company Member), Froilan Antonio Dabalus ( Principal Member and Choreographic Assistant) and Ma. Christaliza Sawada-Dabalus (Principal Dancer and Rehearsal Mistress/Dance Captain) and Douglas Nierras (creator /master choreogpraher)
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