Koreograpiya Award

An award recognizing emerging Filipino choreographer's artistic development as they research, create and produce contemporary dance in the Philippines.

// AET Koreograpiya Award

The aim of the Alvin Erasga Tolentino Choreographic Award is to support an emerging Filipino contemporary choreographer’s artistic development in pursuit of research, creation and production of contemporary dance in the Philippines. The merit based award will recognize a contemporary dance artist’s ability to demonstrate skill and talent in the art of choreography. The award is given Biennale chosen by an appointed jury- Filipino senior dance artist living in the Philippines.

This legacy award is initiated through the vision and financial gift of internationally renowned Filipino-Canadian dance artist Alvin Erasga Tolentino to encourage, support and cultivate contemporary choreography dance practices and creations by Filipino dance artists.

Eligibility and Guidelines:

Applicant must be of Filipino descent, a Philippine citizen, and currently live and artistically practice contemporary dance choreography in the Philippines.

Applicant must be between the ages of 23-35 years old.

The scope of contemporary choreography will encompass the innovative approaches in the realization and use of original, experimental or hybridize contemporary movement vocabulary and ideas towards a dance choreographic vision and creation. The practice encourages integration of new media, collaborative or other interdisciplinary approaches to support and build dance. Choreographic topics may capture relevant issues within or recognizes issues of cultural significance related to our current times such as those pertaining to social, political, race, or gender identity.

Application Deadline: April 29, 2020

Submission by: Online by email to
Incomplete and late applicants failing to meet deadline will not be adjudicated.

Application Requirements:

– 1 page letter of intent outlining the use Award; the importance of choreography and use of the award to the applicant addressed to Alvin Erasga Tolentino.

– Biography or CV, 2 pages maximum.

– Support material: Must be viewable by Youtube or Vimeo links, past or current contemporary choreographic work, 10-20 minutes maximum in length.

– Provide detailed information of the work to be viewed, ie. Date created and/or performed, name of performer if someone other than yourself, name of work, theme or short description.

– All submissions must be in English.

– No late submissions will be accepted.

Assessment criteria for adjudication:

All completed applications will be accepted and assessed on the basis of calibre of work and demonstrated ability.

A Filipino senior dance artist who have made a significant contribution in the field of contemporary dance in the Philippines will be appointed to select the final AET Choreographic Awardee.

Award Details:

The Award is a Php 50,000 cash award.

One successful applicant will be chosen. Official winner will be notified in person and accept the award in presentation at the end of the Wifi Body Philippines (Choreographers’ competition) or otherwise specified.

About Alvin Erasga Tolentino

Born in the Philippines, Alvin Erasga Tolentino contributes close to three decades in his dedication and empowerment in the field of contemporary dance globally while based in Canada’s West Coast in Vancouver. An international dance artist, he is the founder and artistic director of Co.ERASGA dance now in its 20th season. Tolentino’s body of works has been hailed and recognize at home and international for it’s visionary and unique contemporary dance originality. His hybrid choreographic approaches has been link to his Asian cultural heritages, the juxtapose of the East and West aesthetics and ideas. He has challenge and empowered politics of gender, identity and his multi- disciplinary collaborations in different media. Critically acclaimed works as SOLA, Field, Orientik/Portrait, PARADISE/Paradis, EXpose, Colonial, Shifting Geography among others has reached four continents in the span of his prolific artistic endavours.

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Support the AET Koreograpiya Award

Individuals and organizations are encouraged to support the development and growth of this award. Should you wish to make contribution, inquire and support the performing arts focus towards the development of contemporary choreographic dance and Filipino dance artists, please send your inquiry to

// Past Winners



JM Cabling is a Filipino choreographer, teacher, and dancer. His award winning
choreographies include: “Queuing Class”, which won 3rd Place in the National Commission for Culture and the Arts Sayaw Pinoy 2018, “Flight,” 1st Place in the NCCA Sayaw Pinoy 2013; “Tagu-taguan”, 2nd Place in the Dancelebration Avenue 2014; “Bent”, 1st Place in the Wifi Body New Choreographer’s Competition; and “Layag”, 1st Place in the NCCA Sayaw Pinoy 2014. He majored in Philippine Folk
Dance at the Philippine High School for the Arts, and earned his Bachelor of Music (Dance) degree with an honor of cum laude from the University of the Philippines (UP). As a former associate artistic director, senior company member and resident choreographer of the UP Dance Company (UPDC), JM participated in different dance productions, workshops, master classes, and lectures locally and
internationally in Singapore, Malaysia, Taiwan, China, Thailand, and France. A versatile choreographer, he has choreographed for theater groups including Dulaang UP, BBX Productions, Art Theater Manila, 9Works Theatrical and The Sandbox Collective. Also a featured artist of the CCP Choreographers Series’ first KoryoLab in 2017, he was awarded the 2018 Alvin Erasga Tolentino Koryograpiya Award. He recently received the Trudl Dubsky Zipper award for best choreography at the CCP Ballet Competition 2018 and a finalist at the 2019 Yokohama Dance Collection Competition I.



Ea Torrado is a Filipina dance artist, and artistic director of Daloy Dance Company, a dance theatre group that advances, produces and tours her creations and workshops. Presenters include WIFI Body Dance Festival, Ballet Philippines’ Neo-Filipino, Contemporary Dance Map, The Lopez Musem, KARNABAL Festival, Imaginarium Multi Arts Festival of the Absurd, Erehwon Arts Center, FRINGE Manila Arts Festival, Malasimbo Lights and Dance Festival, Pasinaya Arts Festival, Aliw Theatre- International Dance Day Festival at Aliw Theatre, UP Center for Women and Gender Studies and Paghilom Festival. Internationally she has performed at Ho Chi Minh International Dance Festival, Low Fat Art Fest Thailand, Goyang International Dance Festival, Lively Arts Performing Arts College in Pennsylvania & Cape Fear Community College for the Performing Arts in North Carolina, USA, SensUnique Gallery in Ghent, Belgium for Sorry Not Sorry Festival and participated in Radical Contact, Tanzplatform,Tokyo Performing Arts Meeting, Asia Pacific Improv Festival and Southeast Asia Choreolab.

Her work has been supported by The National Commission for Culture and the Arts,
Japan Foundation and Music Artes. Choreographic and Research Residencies include Pineapple Lab and The Asian Cultural Council Grant.

As a dancer she has performed for Ballet Manila, Ballet Philippines and Dance Theatre of Tennesse, Dance Forum, Airdance, Steps Dance Project and Contemporary Dance Network Manila. In 2014, Ea received the Alvin Erasga Tolentino Koryograpiya Award and Remedios De Oteyza Choreography Award in 2016.

Ea is Filipina dance artist whose creations manifest in choreographies, film, installation, site-specific work, and improvisational performance. Her pieces reflect on Filipino societal culture, women’s issues and body politics.



RUSS LIGTAS is a multi-disciplinary visual and performing artist living in manila. His creative process inhabits several art disciplines, most often than not combining these into hybrid intermedia works that incorporate site-specific performance, body drama and improvisation, environments, sculpture and image, video, text, and sound within a visual art context.

His work has been presented and supported by various institutions and platforms across different fields from the visual arts, theatre, dance, literature, and cinema. Among these are the Visayas Biennale, Fringe MNL Festival, Cinema Rehiyon Film Festival, Karnabal Festival, Malasimbo Music and Arts Festival, Malasimbo Lights and Dance Festival, Manila Transitio, Pasinaya Festival, Wifi Body Dance Festival, CCP Choreographers Series, P-Noise Festival in Copenhagen, Bangkok Gay and Lesbian Film Festival, Rhymes Festival in Stockholm, BITE Magazine, Pineapple Lab, the European Chamber of Commerce in the Philippines, the Metropolitan Museum, the Cultural Center of the Philippines. He has performed in Dance Forum, Tanzhaus NRW in Dusseldorf, Mousonturm Kunstlerhaus in Frankfurt, Beursschouwburg, Spielart Festival in Munich, Tanz in Bern in Swirtzerland, Dancehallerne in Copenhagen, the Cove in Tiaji, and MS Fuji Maru, among others.

Russ is a member of XO? Performance Art Group, the Bathalad Writers Organization, the Hobo-hobo Group, and the Pusod Organization of Visual Artists. He is a fellow of the Iligan National Writers Workshop, the Cornelio Faigao Memorial Writing Workshop, and the Mugna Creative Writing Workshop. He is a mentor for the ARTery Artist Mentorship Program. In 2015, he received the Alvin Erasga Tolentino Koreograpiya Award. He is also a fellow of the Asian Cultural Council Grant.

Russ has also created and performed advocacy work for Earth Island institute, Save Japan Dolphins, and the Ship for Southeast Asian Youth Program.


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