4 - 5 August 2022

Nanyang academy of fine arts

Presentation (Live)

Day 1 (LIVE)Thursday 4 August 2022, 15:10 - 15:35


Dr. Filomar Cortezano Tariao

Kathabi is a multidisciplinary collaboration among the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts, University of the Philippines and the Revival Dye Cooperative. It is a partnership among the staff, students and alumni of both educational institutions which culminates in a dance theatre performance adapted from the Itneg tribe's folktales about the origins of weaving. This performance collaboration allows stakeholders to explore the creative possibilities of balancing traditional and contemporary perspectives. The myths and customs of the Itneg Ilaud community represent tradition, while the contemporary choreography heralds modernity by paying homage to the folk dances of the tribe. The costumes in the dance incorporate handwoven textiles from the Revival Dye cooperative which sources its materials from the Itnegs. These garments feature handwoven traditional embroidery and tie-dye patterns unique to the tribe. Fashion students design and manipulate these textiles in non conventional ways allowing for sustainable practice, while musicians mix tribal with contemporary instruments to compose music for the choreography. They all engage in cross-cultural discussions through online discourse on southeast asian aesthetics paving the way for the sharing of values, knowledge and skills amidst the challenges of a global health crisis.

DrFil, as he is fondly called by his students, is the incumbent president of the World Dance Alliance Singapore and is presently collaborating with the Ministry of Education to delivering Dance Safety courses to its continuing education constituents. He has been professionally performing, teaching and choreographing internationally for the past 25 years. He received his Certificate in Adult Learning from Singapore University of Social Sciences in 2021 and his post-graduate Diploma on Higher Education from Nanyang Technological University in 2020. He is a fully certified Stott Pilates instructor, and is also full-scholar Modern Dance alumnus of the Kong Academy of Performing Arts. He is a licensed physician and medical doctor leading the Dance Sciences and Dance Supplementary Practices Module of the Dance Programme at NAFA.

As an industry artist, he has danced for international companies, namely: Gus Giordano Jazz Dance Company (USA); Filipiniana Dance Company (Europe tour); Ballet Philippines, Powerdance and Repertory Philippines. His current original works examine themes of inclusivity and diversity - issues which he believes education must tackle more deeply during these challenging times.