May 30, 2009

The Igorot dances a paralytic

Biag Gaongen is currently my favorite male dancer in Ballet Philippines. He traces his ancestry to an Igorot tribe from Sagada in the Mountain Province, located in the Cordillera mountain range, which is also where Baguio City is nestled. During the 2008 Gawad Buhay! awarding ceremony back in February, Biag performed an excerpt of his role as Apolinario Mabini in the full-length dance "La Revolucion Filipina." Like Andres Bonifacio yesterday, Mabini was also a revolutionary against Spain's colonial rule and he wrote the Philippines' first constitution. He contracted an illness early in 1896, the same year the Philippine Revolution started, which resulted in the paralysis of his legs. All of Ballet Philippines' dancers are trained in classical ballet but every year they have at least one performance where the movements and choreography are closer to Filipino ethnic and tribal dances than ballet, hence the bare feet. I have to admit that I like those performances better than the classical ballet pieces—they are so much more primal and, therefore, emotionally powerful.

Biag Gaongen, a dancer of Ballet Philippines
Biag Gaongen, a dancer of Ballet Philippines
Biag Gaongen, a dancer of Ballet Philippines
Biag Gaongen, a dancer of Ballet Philippines
Biag Gaongen, a dancer of Ballet Philippines


We're off for the weekend (it's our 13th wedding anniversary on Monday!) so I'll see you all again in time for the City Daily Photo June Theme Day. The July poll is still ongoing and the results so far are very tight. I hope all the CDP bloggers will go to the forum to vote—your two choices can still make a big difference! Happy weekend, everyone!

16 comments:

m_m said...

Indded, amazing performance!
Regards,
m_m

Rambling Round said...

What a beautiful ballet, and Happy Anniversary!

James said...

Souds like a great ballet. Happy anniversary Hilda! Hope you and your hubby have a great weekend and
Hope you get some cool pictures to post.

Abe Lincoln said...

Just the photos you took makes it a powerful presentation.

Cezar and Léia said...

What a wonderful performance!
Great pictures!
God bless you
Cezar

Sharon said...

This looks like a beautiful performance.

Happy Anniversary!

marley said...

I'm dancing for joy! My computer hasn't let me open your blog for over a week! (who knows why?!) But now it does! I was getting withdrawl symptoms :(

Enjoy your weekend :)

Julie ScottsdaleDailyPhoto.com said...

Hilda, thanks for introducing a new artist. This sounded like a wonderful performance. Congrats on the wedding anniversary. Have fun!

Vogon Poet said...

Great photos of an interesting performance...

...and Happy Anniversary!

Jacob said...

This gentlemen would appear to be very talented.

Your pictures capture his grace and elegance very well.

Congrats on your anniversary and I hope you have a wonderful time!

Ursel said...

Happy Anniversary and I hope you are having a wonderful weekend.

Sally said...

I love this kind of dance as well.

Sorry I haven’t been around much lately – life’s busy!

Ken said...

Happy Anniversary!

George said...

Great pictures of the ballet! Happy anniversary and I hope you had a great weekend.

Fio said...

Amazing performance!
Happy anniversary :-))

Fabrizio - ikol22 said...

I am sure that this performance is very exciting if not moving ! --- I am late and I am sorry to wish you a very Happy Anniversary but I am sure you had a great day !!!!