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JFM in 2013

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2013 has been an interesting and busy year for JF Manila.  Aside from the yearly events such as Nihongo Fiesta and Philippines-Japan Friendship Month, JFM also presented events to celebrate the 40th Year of ASEAN-Japan Friendship and Cooperation.

Here are the some of the events in 2013:

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“Tohoku: Through the Eyes of Japanese Photographers” Exhibit held last January 30 to March 17, 2013 at the National Museum of the Philippines.

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“Uchusentai NOIZ Concert” held last February 23, 2013 at the SM City North EDSA Sky Dome during the Nihongo Fiesta 2013.

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“Time of Mime 2” featuring Iimuro Naoki held at the Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino (CCP Little Theater) last February 27 and 28, 2013.

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Pantomime Workshop with Mr. Iimuro at the Tanghalang Huseng Batute (CCP Studio Theater) last March 1, 2013.

Oshaberi Salon: Let's make "Nihongo Friends Book" (May 3, 2013)

Oshaberi Salon: Let’s make “Nihongo Friends Book” (May 3, 2013)

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Filipino dancer, Mia Cabalfin during the “Eiga Sai 2013” Opening Ceremony held at The Atrium, Shangri-La Plaza Mall last July 3, 2013.

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“unit asia Concert with Noel Cabangon” at the Music Museum last July 9, 2013.

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“Ukiyo-e: Art and Tradition” Exhibit Opening at the Museo Pambata last July 17, 2013.

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Printmaking Workshop for Kids by the Printmakers Association of the Philippines (PAP) last August 3, 2013 at the Museo Pambata.

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“Iza Kaeru! Caravan” held in Marikina City from August 2 to 3, 2013.

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“Restaurant of Many Orders” by the Hiroshi Koike Bridge Project held last October 16, 2013 at the Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino (CCP Little Theater).

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“Media/ Art Kitchen: Sensorium” Exhibit held at the Ayala Museum from November 7 to 24, 2013 featuring works such as “Mapping” by Fairuz Sulaiman (Malaysia).

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“Biya” by Manny Montelibano (Philippines)

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WSK.FM Radio at the Green Papaya Art Projects.

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Performance by Tetsuya Umeda in 413 Escolta.

Oshaberi Salon: Making your own Nihongo Christmas Card (November 22, 2013)

Oshaberi Salon: Let’s make “Nihongo Christmas Card” (November 22, 2013)

It has been a memorable year for JFM with all the new projects and collaborations.  Looking forward to more exciting events in 2014.

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A Breather or What Happened After the Last Post

The past weeks have been very busy — one project after another. Not really a neat beginning and end, but more like an overlapping of sorts. It was crazy tiring but it was worth it.

Our last post was about Japanese contemporary dancer Maki Morishita’s participation at the 4th WiFi Body Festival at the CCP just as she was about to arrive.  We met her finally on the day of her workshop at the CCP, a day after she arrived. Maki is an energetic, playful, and creative artist who charmed 25 young dancers into her special brand of contemporary dance.

Maki Morishita

Maki Morishita

She went through some “loosening” exercises, which eventually graduated into improvisation pieces. The CCP main lobby was full of life as the young (most of them 14-16 years old) gamely tumbled, stretched and ran through the CCP’s hallways.

Holding poses

Holding poses

Exercises in relaxation

Exercises in relaxation

Break Time

Break Time

The workshop ended with the students performing their self-introductions, with Maki following them.
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After her short showcase, everybody was very interested to see her performance. Maybe more interested and excited was the Filipino dancer she will be collaborating with, Rhosam Prudenciado.
Maki and Sam by the Bay

Maki and Sam by the Bay

 We still would have to receive the photos from their July 2 performance, but for now you would have to rely on my review that their performance was a whimsical, wonderful and uplifting collaboration. Maki first performed her solo, “Debutante”, a piece brodering between dance and drama; followed by Maki and Sam’s engaging piece.  It was a light piece which not only showcased their skills but also their personalities; providing a nice foil for the more “serious” pieces in the program (the mambubukid dance and the piece danced to Bach’s Air on G String were my favorites!).

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Dance Dance Dance

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Maki Morishita, "debutante"

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Dance is a wonderful thing — like, poetry in motion. Some are quite straightforward, while some are abstract. Contemporary dance leans toward the latter form, crossing the boundaries of dance, as most of us know it (ballet, chacha, folk — a set of dance steps), and performance art, which for me has meant public action with a strong statement.

The Japan Foundation, Manila is participating once again in this year’s WiFi Body Festival, the fourth year of the annual contemporary dance festival initiated by Myra Beltran, Paul Morales and their other partners in the Contemporary Dance Network Philippines. 

It has been nice to have witnessed the development of the festival from the time it started until its present programming. While building an audience for contemporary dance in the Philippines must still be an ongoing concern, the organizers of this festival should take pride in the talent that they have consistently featured and nurtured throughout the years.

This year, the Japan Foundation, Manila and the Embassy of Japan invited Maki Morishita, a Japanese dancer-choreographer,  to perform in the Festival. Needless to say, it will be a special performance on July 2, Thursday, 8PM at the CCP Little Theater. Not only will her performance be a new collaboration with Filipino dancer-choreographer Rhosam Prudenciado, Jr. (Grand Prize winner of the prestigious contemporary dance competition in Yokohama), it is also a one-night only affair, and an arts offering commemorating Philippines-Japan Friendship Month in July.

Scheduling conflicts aside (the JFM’s Eiga Sai also opens on the same day, almost the same time, at the Shangri-La Mall cinemas), we really hope that many people come and watch Maki Morishita and the BP II alumni. The artists will be seen live; in their strong, “fighting” forms —  the embodiment of Philippine and Japanese talent at their best.

The JFM is giving away (a limited number of) tickets to Ms. Morishita’s July 2 performance. So call 811-6155 to 58 now for these FREE tickets!

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