DSCTA Faculty's Short Film Among the Official Selection of the First Choreomundus Dance Film Festival 

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Asst. Prof. Bryan Viray’s “Ella, A Female Morion” was selected as a finalist for the first Choreomundus Dance Film Festival (CDFF) 2022 held in Clermont-Ferrand, France from August 28 to 31 as part of the 10th anniversary of the Erasmus+ International Master in Dance Knowledge, Practice, and Heritage (Choreomundus) program. Out of 85 films submitted, only 13 were shortlisted for the competition and featured in the event. With the theme The Crises That Move Us, CDFF 2022 “embraces the challenge to open the platform for unseen bodies and unheard voices [...] while opening an innovative space to promote Dance as Intangible Cultural Heritage."

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In the 11-minute ethnographic film “Ella, A Female Morion”, Ella Mazon—a local from Mogpog, Marinduque—shared her devotion to making moryonan masks and portraying Longhina (a female Longhino) as part of the male-dominated Moriones Festival held annually during the Holy Week of the Lenten season. The film was originally produced for the Tuloy Po! project of the Likha-an Resource Center under the auspices of the Philippine National Commission for Culture and the Arts, Intramuros Administration, and Office of Former Deputy Speaker and Congresswoman Loren Legarda. The film’s international screening was made possible by the Philippine National Commission for Culture and the Arts Committee on Dance and the Choreomundus Alumni Conference 2022 Committee led by the University of Clermont Auvergne. The film trailer is available for viewing here.

As part of the Choreomundus International Dance Festival program, Asst. Prof. Viray, together with Choreomundus fellow alumnus and CDFF 2022 Founding Festival Director Shanny Rann, presented “Troubling the Training”, a dialogue on decolonizing and reimagining performance pedagogies. Here, they explored the ways in which local forms of knowledge have been overwritten by Western ways of knowing, while they reflected on their own journeys as educators educated in dance and performance locally and abroad.

The CDFF program can be accessed here.

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Mr. Brian Jay Ambulo and Prof. Bryan Viray with 

Junever M. Mahilum-West

Ambassador, Embassy of the Philippines in France Permanent Delegate, Republic of the Philippines to UNESCO

Asst. Prof. Viray, together with DSCTA senior lecturer Brian Jay Ambulo, also attended the third Choreomundus Alumni Conference was part of the three-part celebratory event for the 10th anniversary of the Erasmus+ Choreomundus program, which included the film festival and a series of workshops.

 

Mr. Ambulo joined Lara Bakhssar, María José Bejarano Salazar, Soultari Amin Farid,, Beatriz Herrera Corado, and María Peredo-Guzman in a roundtable discussion on interculturalism in artistic production and management; Asst. Prof. Viray joined Marie N’diaye, Shanny Rann, Ronald Kibirige, and Heather Van Niekerk on a roundtable discussion on decolonizing higher education.