Dance x Design: Another Filipino to Be Proud Of


“The highest heels I do are six-inches – but mostly only dancers can wear them, since they are used to being on pointe in ballet shoes. Their feet are arched.” — Christian Louboutin

It always evokes feelings of patriotism when a fellow countryman contributes something of significance to the world. Manny Pacquiao, Monique Lhuillier, Charice Pempengco, Pia Wurtzbach, Megan Young, Enrique Iglesias, Lea Salonga–the list goes on (including those who don’t even recognize their Filipino roots). This time, not only is a hot-blooded Filipino the costume designer of an international ballet show, he’s also an alumni of the MEGA Young Designers’ Competition. We’re doubly proud. Jeffrey Rogador dressed the dancers of Tangent, a ballet show that premiered at the Festival Theatre Edinburgh on September 23, 2016, eventually touring the rest of Europe and America. The dance itself, choreographed by Martin Lawrance, was inspired by the Argentinian Tango language. And as with all forms of art that must collide (in this case, dance x music x costume design x theater arts), the aesthetics of one bleeds into the other. “I have always been fascinated by the closeness and passion of the Argentinian Tango language and wanted to explore this in my own vocabulary,” Lawrance shares. “I have chosen what I think is a really wonderful piano arrangement by Marcello Nisinman of Piazzolla’s, Las Cuatro Estaciones Porteñas. (The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires). Each couple has their own story, taking different moods from the different seasons.” Learn more about the Richard Alston Dance Company here, and get updates on their latest shows here. Credits: Music Astor Piazzolla/Marcello Nisinman Las Cuatro Estaciónes Porteñas for Piano Solo Pianist Jason Ridgway Lighting Karl Oskar Sørdal

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