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Vancouver, B.C.

Exploring artistic practices

By Ted Alcuitas

A collaborative artistic undertaking between Co. Erasga and Migrante BC called MigARTion will be presented on December 18 and 19,  2018 to celebrate International Migrant’s Day.

 

The community gathering and art exhibition will be at the Roundhouse  Community Centre in Vancouver.

The opening event will be from 7 – 10 PM on December 18 and the art exhibit will be from 9 AM 4 PM on December 19.

MigARTion is a community outreach project of Co. Erasga in partnership with the Roundhouse Community Centre and Migrante BC.

Through workshops with professional artists in voice (Jeremiah Carag), theatre (Dennis Gupa), dance (Alvin Erasga Tolentino), and visual art (Bert Montenora), a committed group of migrant workers have come together to participate in up to 14 sessions of artistic creation to express their personal stories of migration through the fine and performing arts. 

 

Jeremiah Carag

Dennis Gupa

Bert Monterona

This process will give critical agency among the participants, allowing their distinct voices to emerge within a space with an atmosphere of free will, joyous participation and critical public engagement. In this initiative, the artists and the migrant participants work together in exploring artistic practices and will integrate critical and empathic discussions on settler colonialism, history of migration, arts and the migrant and indigenous ways of knowing and being. 

About Co.ERASGA 

Founded by choreographer and dancer Alvin Erasga Tolentino in 2000, Co.ERASGA has a distinguished international reputation with its vision of hybrid dance, diversity and collaborations with other artistic practices and multimedia.

 

At the heart of Co.ERASGA is Artistic Director Alvin Erasga Tolentino, a Filipino-Canadian artist of remarkable commitment, talent and energy, whose diverse cultural background and heritage has been a driving force for much of the company’s work. In addressing themes that reflect Tolentino’s individuality, global awareness and ethnicity, Co.ERASGA exposes and explores issues of cultural identity, gender, hybridity, and promotes cross-cultural dialogue. 

Alvin Erasga Tolentino

Celebrating its 18th anniversary in 2018, Co.ERASGA has created critically acclaimed contemporary dance productions: SOLA, BATO/Stone, MINORI, Volt, She Said, Field, OrienTik/ Portrait, BODYGlass, PARADISE/Paradis, ADAMEVE/Man-Woman, Shadow Machine, EXpose, Unwrapping Culture, and most recently Collected, Traces and Still Here. 

About MIGRANTE BC 

A community-based organization committed to protect and promote the rights & welfare of Filipino immigrants and migrant workers in British Columbia, Canada. 

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