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The exactness of Agnes
Agnes Locsin instructs a dancer on how to deliver the right intensity and angle that a step requires. —CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

The exactness of Agnes

The rehearsal hall turns tense and the dancers stand still as Agnes Locsin critiques their execution of the steps. She slowly rises, touching her abdomen as she points to the exact spot where—and how—they must lift in order to deliver the right intensity and angle that the step requires. It’s clear that she has mastered her technique to a T,...

Dancers rebound with Alice Reyes Dance Philippines
Alice Reyes Dance Philippines (ARDP) artists in Erl Sorilla's "Kasadya" from Visayan Suite of Dances. —PHOTO BY ARMAND B. FRASCO

Dancers rebound with Alice Reyes Dance Philippines

Because the dance world operates on rather lean subsidies provided through donations by private entities or local governments, shifts in operations depend highly on socioeconomic situations. The pandemic just about crushed this art form, with theaters and other performance venues closing down, even curtailing dance companies’ additional sustenance from ticket sales, aside from denying dancers rehearsal and performance space.  Worse,...

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