DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 01 May) — The University of the Philippines Mindanao Dance Ensemble will be staging its annual contemporary dance theater concert at 6 p.m. on May 5 at the Abreeza Mall.
Pagsalop Sa Adlaw, a photography in motion memoir, will feature dance pieces inspired by the photographs of Gene Boyd Lumawag, a photojournalist who passed away while in duty in 2004.
“This concert is our dedication to the works of photojournalist Gene Boyd Lumawag who was shot while taking a photograph of a sunset in Jolo,” said Gloryrose Dy – Metilla, artistic director, of the UP Mindanao Dance Ensemble.
She said that by giving life to photographs through dance, her group will be able to showcase the life of a media peace worker in Mindanao and also make a call to stop media killings.
Five photographs of Lumawag will be translated into contemporary and modern dance pieces. An exhibit will also be mounted in the venue.
University of the Philippines Mindanao Dance Ensemble is the resident dance company of the University of the Philippines – Mindanao.
The group, through its tireless artistic endeavors, focuses on exploring social commentaries, advocacies and experimental performances through neo-ethnic, contemporary and improvisation techniques.
Through dance, the group hopes to become an agent of conversation and spur discussion among the audience by storytelling through movement.
Pagsalop Sa Adlaw is supported by UP Mindanao’s Chancellor’s Committee on Culture and the Arts, Human Kinetics Department of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences; Mindanews, Switotwins Inc., AboitzPower, and Davies Paints.