Achieving non-traditional collaborations within artistic genres, between the arts and other fields
Seven arts and culture organizations qualify for the Innovation Grants Project, a special program implemented by the board of directors of the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP).
Among the many organizations considered are Ballet Manila, Casa San Miguel, FilDocs Inc., Ramon Magsaysay Memorial Colleges, Marbel Inc., Sipat Lawin Inc., and The Performance Laboratory and Tuldok Animation Studios will receive grants to create and produce new works in various artistic disciplines and distribute new content on the arts using online technology, mixed and hybrid technologies.
Ballet Manila offers “Silver Linings: Ballet Manila @ 25, Hope and Dance in Extraordinary Times”. The project aims to celebrate the dance company’s 25th season taking into account the global pandemic, lockdowns and the complete shutdown of live performances. The project will feature reimagined presentations of classic pieces as well as new commissioned works specially developed for the film as the main medium. It will also include “Ballet Minis”, a series of dance shorts designed to reinforce Ballet Manila’s main strength of performing the classics with the Russian discipline Vaganova. The series highlights the best of the company’s classical, neoclassical and contemporary works. Each dance film will last approximately five to seven minutes, with extracts of full-length pieces.
The company is also planning a âSilver Linings Ballet Galaâ, specially designed for the new normal. Embracing the fact that the stage is changed and the medium is different, the gala will feature live performances from Ballet Manila studios, dancers houses and pre-recorded performances, which will be broadcast live on the Facebook page and YouTube channels. by Ballet Manila.
Meanwhile, Casa San Miguel’s proposal focuses on the concept of âSpringâ in different iterations through music, dance, visual arts and film. âSpringâ is a series of eight 10- to 15-minute episodes that will revolve around the renewal of hope, a celebration of creativity and how the arts have served artists and communities as a medium for reflection and healing.
FILDOCS, INC. hopes to continue the success of the âDaangDokyuâ film festival and consolidate the achievements of the virtual cinema festival to support and expand awareness of Filipino documentaries through various projects. The organization intends to produce and distribute “DaangDokyuDokBook”, which contains the full program including more than 45 documentary titles and movie details, as well as essays on the study and appreciation of contemporary Filipino documentary. . They also plan to have a virtual access library that will offer private viewings of documentary films featured in the âDaangDokyuâ program and collection.
A portion of the grant they will receive will go towards the development of the “DaangDokyu” website, which contains information on the Filipino documentaries featured in the festival, including creative and technical details, trailers, Q&A and other updates. The site also offers free access to the “DokBook” for one year, sections such as “Reality Check” with ideas from various experts, “Dokyu Scene” with ongoing developments in documentary filmmaking and “Artist Support “with updates and announcements. beneficial for the film industry.
Ramon Magsaysay Memorial Colleges, Marbelinc. offers “OpenStudio + OpenSeason [The Dancers are Absent but the dance is Not]Â», An artistic project undertaking non-traditional collaborations with artistic genres integrating the performing arts, visual arts, dance and cinema. It will present five dance shorts selected from the jury prize winners of the Teatro Ambahanon Director’s Prize competition, as well as an art installation to be installed at The Nest Art.[ist]s Incubation, the art space of Teatro Ambahanon
There is also the âSalamindanawâ film project, seeking to create an omnibus film that explores memory, space and the body. The special screening will be staged with poets from SOCSKSARGEN with impromptu pieces that will be played after each dance video. The project is also experimenting with the delivery and conduct of cross-platform community events and festivities using live and online technology.
Sipat Lawin Inc.’s Komunidad X collective enterprise tackles âE-mahiNASYON: Community Performance Innovation for Social Change Festival,â a three-year performance innovation development platform that began in 2020, the outbreak of the global pandemic, and will culminate in 2022, the year of national elections.
For its first edition in 2020, âE-mahiNASYONâ brought together 10 next-generation performance creators working and innovating performances with and within communities from different islands of the Philippines to collaborate with non-theatrical partners under the â Contemporary Ritual Makers Performance Platform. “Other themes that will be explored are climate change, new solidarities in times of physical distancing, educating citizens and voters, rethinking notions of nation, queer and queering, fighting against discrimination and the empowerment of women and children in times of national and global crises. Performances and documentation will be shared on kXchange.org, the leading virtual center for contemporary performance in the Philippines and is also an initiative of Komunidad X by Sipat Lawin Inc.
With the innovation grant extending to the regions, The Performance Laboratory Inc. gets a piece of the pie. In collaboration with Teatrokon: West Visayas Theater Network and CCP Kaisa sa Sining Regional Arts Center Partners in Negros Occidental, the Performance Laboratory, Inc. launches âAng Mga AlatesÂ», A series of four short plays addressing current and relevant societal issues and incorporating real-life stories brought about by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. This will be part of the weekly staged readings of plays written by emerging Negrense playwrights featured in The Blackbox Presents.
Producing a web series based on theatrical production is how the group explores and experiences the migration from one art form to another medium. The staged readings will be developed into full productions for the Kuris Theater Festival in 2021 and will be part of an online web series to be premiered next year.
Tuldok Animation Studios Inc. is creating an “Edutainment Package for Cultural Advocacy: Reinventing Cultural Advocacy Through Integrated and Synergized Edutainment (RISE)”, which includes two animated five-minute folk tales and one Pinoy komiks folk tale with a mobile application for an augmented reality component. The project aims to inspire Filipino artists to create captivating and world-class animated films highlighting Filipino myth and legends. Through this, the organization hopes to raise awareness of the abundant popular Filipino heritage through new modern storytelling using modern technology.
The Innovation Grants were the CCP’s calibrated response to the pandemic and its impact on the creative industry and artistic communities. Through this, the CCP hopes to achieve non-traditional collaborations within artistic genres, between the arts and other fields or professions to organize community-wide cross-platform events and festivities using new means of distribution. and dissemination.
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