Filipino-Canadian artists in FUSE: Resonances

VanVogueJam founder Ralph Escamillan is performing with Kapwatids and other artists in FUSE: Resonance.


Escamillan, KAPWATIDS featured

By Ted Alcuitas

Filipino-Canadian artists Ralph Escamillan and KAPWATIDS composed of Immortal, Elysse Cloma and Joshua Ongcol will be among future performers on Friday, November 22 for FUSE: Resonances , Vancouver’s most popular art party.

Held at the Vancouver Art Gallery, this event is billed to awaken guests to a new consciousness around the radical presence of the body, language and sound. Participating artists look to performance as a tool through which to consider an undoing of past, a positioning of the present, and visions of a collective future.

KAPWATIDS from left: Elysse Cloma, Joshua Ongcol and Kimmortal. (Facebook, Kimmortal)

Curated by Simranpreet Anand and Stephanie Bokenfohr, FUSE: Resonances will include performances by local and visiting artists Faith Sparrow, Salia Joseph, Ocean Hyland, Mike Bourscheid, Raven Chacon, Ralph Escamillan with Milton Lim, Elisa Harkins and Kapwatids (Kimmortal, Elysse Cloma and Joshua Ongcol).

Ralph Escamillan is a queer, Canadian-Filipinx performance artist/choreographer/teacher and community leader based in Vancouver, BC. His arsenal of performance skills include a variety of street dance styles, ballroom, contemporary, circus, and drag. He graduated after 4 years in Modus Operandi, Vancouver’s contemporary dance training program, in 2015. He’s apprenticed with Kidd Pivot and worked with Vancouver companies: Company 605, Co.Erasga Dance, Kinesis Dance Somatheatro, Out Innerspace Theatre and is currently on contract with Wen Wei Dance. In the commercial industry, hes worked with choreographers including AJ Aakomon, Luther Brown, Paul Becker and Tucker Barkely, as well as artists Victoria Duffield and Zendaya Coleman, and was a guest dancer for Janet Jackson’s “Unbreakable” tour in 2015. With his company FAKEKNOT he creates work that strives to understand the complexities of identity using sound, costume and technology. The founder of VanVogueJam, Ralph shares his passion for Vogue/Ballroom culture at his weekly by-donation class and vogue balls, acting as a beacon for the queer dance form in Western Canada.

Check it here: FUSE: Resonances

Doors open at 7:30 PM. Cash bar. Credit cards now accepted.

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