Ballet Philippines – founded in 1969 by Alice Reyes with the support of Eddie Elejar and the Cultural Center of the Philippines, is widely recognised today as a cornerstone of the Filipino cultural identity and acknowledged as the country’s flagship company in ballet and contemporary dance.
With a treasure trove of over 400 works, Ballet Philippines’ wide ranging, eclectic repertory is unparalleled in Asia. From full-length classical ballets and internationally recognized masterworks to indigenous works of Filipino folklore and social issues, the company weaves a colorful tapestry of the Philippine’s rich and diverse cultural heritage—uniquely and distinctly Filipino. As the Philippines’ premiere dance company, now in its 41st season, BP continues its vision of nurturing the best Filipino dance artists, in a year-long program of professional and developmental dance.
Joavien Ng (Singapore), Choreographer/Dancer, began her choreographing career in 1997, after graduating from La Salle School of Performing Arts in Singapore. Her works have since been presented by various Singapore and international arts organisations such as, Esplanade Theatre (Singapore), Singapore Arts Festival, Contemporary Dance of Fort Worth (USA), Little Asia Dance Exchange Network (Asia), Singapore National Arts Council, Singapore Art Museum, Utterly Art Gallery (Singapore), Ecnad (Singapore). Joavien Ng founded Crow Jane, a platform to explore and present solo and collaborative contemporary works.
Kae Ishimoto (Japan) Dancer, born into a family of accomplished traditional Japanese dancers. She began to study jazz dance at age five, however, and this led to her carving a place for herself as a dancer that was in contradiction to the Ishimoto family legacy. At age 15 she started pursuing modern and contemporary dance and took on these influences very deeply. Kae arrived in Tokyo at age 20 aiming to construct an original, genre-less style that suited her desire to synthesize various elements and traditions of dance. She studied Indian dance and theatre and was fortunate enough to meet the famed BUTOH dancer Yukio Waguri, with whom she has studied and performed since 2002. In 2003, she also joined the well-known contemporary dance company CO. Yamada Un.
Lirio Salvador (Philippines) New Media Installation Artist/Musician – a native of the Philippines, he has created a number of experimental instruments based on his own concept of ethno-industrial art/music. Lirio’s works reflect his thinking that its all about the merging of his native oriental culture and the present industrial environment that is slowly corrupting his native land. He creates his assemblage of musical instruments using day-to-day materials that are found in his environment, including bicycle gears, drain cleaning springs and stainless steel tubes. He attempts to integrate music, performance art, sculpture, and audio art, all into one. His band Elemento produces oriental industrial noises and experimental music using his own instruments that include strings, electronics, winds and percussion.
Masato Tsutsui (Japan), VJ/Programmer. Born in Tokyo in 1985, he started working as a VJ after graduating from high school. Masato has since been involved as a visual programmer for various productions in Japan and abroad. His works have been featured at “Metamorphose”, “SonarSound Tokyo”, “Electraglide”, “Fuji Rock Festival” and “Big Beach Festival” among others. As an independent programmer, Masato specializes in real-time and interactive image of the space production for commercials. He is also engaged as Technical Director at “Super de Luxe”, an alternative art space in Roppongi Hills.
Vincent Yong (Singapore), Choreographer/Dancer. He is the first Singaporean to graduate from the prestigious CODARTS in The Netherlands through the SHELL-NAC scholarship. He received the Most Outstanding Student and SIA Award of Excellence in the Arts. He has worked and studied with Michael Schumacher, Laura Bernasconi, Prof Dieter Heitkamp, MarianSarstadt et al and performed on international platforms such as the Holland Dance Festival and ITS Festival. He has toured Holland performing with award-winning dance company GatoBizar during his residency in The Netherlands.As a performer, Vincent enjoys collaborating with artists from other disciplines to find a common ground for expression to foster understanding and communication. Vincent is currently an adjunct dance lecturer for LaSalle College of the Arts and Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts and a certified Neuro-Linguistic Programming practitioner.