// Collected, Traces, and Still Here

Co.ERASGA’s 16th season presents the company’s newest ensemble creation choreographed by critically acclaimed Vancouver choreographer, Alvin Erasga Tolentino.

Featuring seven outstanding dancers from Vancouver and Manila, Tolentino’s quest in this new creation recalls and traces transcendent principle of the body’s relation to indigenous traditional arts. This full evening of two debut works embodies the use of an indigenous fabric called “Malong” and an ancient hand gesture “Mudras”, which become the source of inspiration to look back and pay homage to Tolentino’s Asian indigenous roots.

The dancers are the canvasses of motion which evoke traditional practices still relevant and existing today, giving light to the shadow of the past, memory in the body and lineage of identity.

Mudras- an ancient hand gesture that holds a sacred and medicinal effect on the body and Malong – a Filipino indigenous fabric used in daily life. Semiotically and metaphorically these languages of traditional arts awaken genetic memory. The seven dancers in these pieces help to expose the body to attain and reach the expression of the physical and metaphysical.

Collected Traces and Still Here brings traditions alive creating a dynamic continuation, of an offering to transport Tolentino’s new visionary dance, and honours and reveals his rich ancient ancestral heritage.


CHOREOGRAPHY: Alvin Erasga Tolentino
DANCERS: Ronelson Yadao, Kris-Belle Mamangun, Sophia Wolfe, Walter Kubanek, Molly McDermott, Olivia Shaffer & Ralph Escamillan
SOUND DESIGN: Emmanuel Mailly
LIGHTING: Mark Eugster
COSTUMES: Ines Ortner




Photo Credit: Yasuhiro Okada & JoJo Mamangun

Co.ERASGA is Registered as Company Erasga Dance Society. Charitable registration number: 894061514 RR0001

As an arts organization with roots of Filipino heritages, migrant stories and racialized settlers, we acknowledge our privilege to be living and creating art here on Turtle Island. We acknowledge the land upon which most of Co. ERASGA's work takes place: the traditional and unceded lands of the Coast Salish people including the Squamish (Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw), Tsleil-Waututh (səl̓ilw̓ətaʔɬ) and Musqueam (xʷməθkʷəy̓əm) Nations, the original stewards and caretakers of these lands.
As artists, we humbly recognize the continued work that needs to be done on the road to reconciliation. We commit to our own education, sharing of resources and artistries for continued respect, solidarity, awareness towards decolonial relation and work with the Indigenous people of Canada.

© Co.ERASGA 2021