NeoFilipino 2019: Ar[res]t – Press Conference

NeoFilipino 2019: Ar[res]t was presented to the media, press and selected bloggers last Oct 2, 2019,  Hotel Jen Pasay City.

The CCP Choreographers Series is under the dance masters Denisa Reyes and Myra Beltran with Nes Jardin. They inspire and guide choreographers to become the prime movers of contemporary dance expression and contribute to the richness of the Philippine dance heritage.

NeoFilipino 2019

This annual Choreographer Series is a platform of three dance programs arranged in three levels of choreographic achievement and catering to the needs of choreographers for their artistic growth. The series starts with (1), a competition for emerging choreographers; (2) Koryolab, a laboratory and showcase of experimental dance pieces by mid-career choreographers; and (3) NeoFilipino, a venue for established choreographers to create and stage major works in collaboration with artists of other art forms

CCP President and Artistic Director, Chris B. Millado defines NeoFilipino/Contemporary Dance by ‘telling you what it is not, definitely contemporary dance in not Ballet, like “Swan Lake” of Philippine Ballet or “Giselle” of Ballet Manila. The Ballet has plenty of code but in contemporary dance, it is out of these languages or vocabulary to look anew in ways of expressions. He also said that Contemporary dance is not a ballroom, hip-hop dance. It is out of the Box in the sense that it explores different vocabulary and dance forms. NeoFilipino tries to shape a new language unfolding. NeoFilipino is not just a dance, the amazing things with contemporary are the way it focuses itself with a lot of collaboration to other disciplines like in visual art, electronic music, multimedia arts.  

Featured Works


Choreographer: Ava Villanueva-Ong

Music: Krina Cayabyab


Choreography and Film Direction: Biag Gaongen

Collaborator: Manny Montelibano


Choreographer: Georgette Sanchez


Choreography: JM Cabling

Production Design: Tuxqs Rutaquio

 The show is directed by Denisa Reyes a renowned choreographer and director with Myra Beltran as an artistic consultant. Jay Aranda Lighting Designer.

Tickets and Show Schedule:

NeoFilipino: Ar[res]t runs from Oct. 25-27, 2019 at the Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino, CCP, at 7 pm on the 25th and 27th, and 2 pm and 7 pm on the 26th. Tickets, which are priced at Php500, can be purchased at or reserved through the CCP Box Office 832-3704 and Ticketworld at 891-9999. 20% discounts apply for Students, Senior Citizens, PWD, Government, and Military Personnel.

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