KORYOLAB (CCP Choreographers Series)



The Cultural Center of the Philippines



August 26 – 27, 2017 | 2:00 PM & 6:00 PM

Tanghalang Huseng Batute (CCP Studio Theater)




Daring. Different. Defining. Deconstruct. Dance.


From the pioneers of contemporary dance in the Philippines to the fresh new ideas from promising and aspiring artists, the CCP Choreographers Series is a three-part platform that addresses three levels of choreographers in contemporary dance: WifiBody.ph: a competition for emerging choreographers; Koryolab: a presentation of short, but completed dance pieces by mid-career choreographers; and Neo Filipino: a venue for established choreographers to create and stage major works.


The CCP Choreographers Series aims to keep the Filipino choreographer relevant to the cultural arts in Philippine society. We want you to think outside the box. We want you to move outside the box.


The CCP Choreographers Series launches with Koryolab – presentation of short, but completed dance pieces by mid-career choreographers in a black box space, mentored intensively by the pioneers in contemporary dance. Six young choreographers will be premiering new and evocative works in this first-ever Koryolab.


This year's showcase will feature new works by Jed Amihan, Reimar “Beauty” Balaga, JM Cabling, Al Bernard Garcia, Russ Ligtas and Erl Sorilla.




Ticket Price: Php 300

Discounts: 20% for Senior Citizens, PWD, Government and Military Personnel; 50% for Students

For reservation and other information, please call CCP Box Office 832-3704 / Ticketworld at 8919999.




al bernard garcia




Hailing from Tacloban City, Al Bernard Velarde Garcia is a graduate of the Philippine High School of the Arts (PHSA) and the Dance program of the University of the Philippines Diliman. He is an independent dancer, teacher, and choreographer, who is currently part of the pioneering dance faculty of Fo Guang College-Manila. He won the first prize at the 2012 Wifi Contemporary Dance Festival New Choreographer’s Competition, and recently choreographed for Ballet Philippines.







erl sorilla




The second out of three PHSA and UP Dance alumni in Koryolab, Erl Sorilla is currently a senior member of Ballet Philippines. Aside from performing with the company in their local and international shows, Erl has also been flexing his choreography muscles by creating new works for the company's junior performing arm, Ballet Philippines II, as well as a guest choreographer for competitive pieces in modern dance. Though he considers himself a freshman to choreography, one of his works, "Requiem to a Cygnet" for Ballet Philippines' Body Positive, was already nominated for the Gawad Buhay Award for Best Choreography in a Modern Dance Production.





jed amihan




Jed Amihan is no stranger to the independent dance scene, having been a pioneering member of Airdance, as well as one of its resident choreographers. Jed's choreographies for the company have been featured in local as well as international contemporary dance events, such as the 2016 World Dance Alliance- Asia Pacific and Korea contemporary dance showcase and conference, 2015 Yokohama’s Dance Dance Dance Collections – September Sessions, 2014 M1 Contact Contemporary Dance Festival in Singapore, and Japan Foundation’s MAU: Japan-ASEAN Dance Collaboration. Jed has also done some work for Transitopia Dance Commune facilitated by Jose Jay Cruz, which featured a film that made its way to the 2015 de Singel Festival in Amsterdam. Jed also does freelance work as a performer for film, theater, and musicals.




jm cabling




At the age of 24, JM Cabling’s resume already reads like a choreography veteran. A folk dance major from the PHSA, he graduated cum laude from the University of the Philippines Dance program. He has won numerous awards for his works, including 1st place in the NCCA SayawPinoy 2013 and 2013, and 1st place in the WifiBody New Choreographer’s Competition. He currently teaches contemporary dance for the UP Pep Squad and The Dance Conservatory, and is associate artistic director and a resident choreographer of the UP Dance Company.






beauty balaga





The only applicant in this year's Koryolab based outside of Manila, Byutii Balaga is a dancer and choreographer from General Santos City. The former principal dancer and dance master of RMMC Teatro Ambahanon, Byuti first came into the independent dance at the 2016 WifiBody.ph Choreographer's Competition, where her piece, "Man's Best Friend," won 3rd place. With arguably the most unique dance background in Koryolab, Byuti impressively has never had any formal dance training, and she is also the first and only transgender in Koryolab.





russ ligtas




Russ Ligtas is a multi-disciplinary artist living in Manila, the Philippines. If you've seen any of his works, you'll know that he's dipped his foot in sculpture, installation, video, and performance, investigating personal, environmental, and socio-political issues through autobiographical and intermedia forms. Unafraid to explore the unconventional and the grotesque, Russ is also a writer, a film actor, and choreographer. He is a recipient of the Alvin Erasga Tolentino Choreography Award and a fellow of the Asian Cultural Council Grant. His latest exhibit, entitled "Another World", was showcased at the CCP last March.