// OrientTik/Portrait

Duration: 60 minutes

OrienTik/Portrait features the intricate and mesmerizing choreography of Alvin Erasga Tolentino dance by himself and partnered by the exquisite Toronto dancer, Andrea Nann. The two dancers are joined by innovative Vancouver taiko drummer Eileen Kage and classical pianist Alison Nishihara. Together, the four artists create and combines distinctive, culturally diverse, poignant and original contemporary music and dance.

In OrientiTik/Portrait, sound and movements integrate and weave together in an enriching layer of moments in time. The performance highlights the experience, mediums and high artistry of each artists, their aim is to capture the resonance and transparency with the meeting of two performing mediums.

OrienTik/Portrait is Co.ERASGA’s 2005 latest creation in partnership with the Scotia Dance Centre’s Artist in residency, 2005 Dancing on the Edge Festival in Vancouver, 2005 5th International Danse en Vol, and the Musique and Dance conservatoire in Laon, France.

Touring Dates:

• May 2010, National tour in celebration of Asian Heritage Month (Vancouver, Montreal, Fredericton, Toronto and Winnipeg)
• July/August 2007, (excerpt, Avignon Festival and Edinburgh Festival)
• April 2007, Seachelt BC
• September 2006, (excerpt) Gibson BC
• October 2005, Brussels, Belgium and Laon, France.


CHOREOGRAPHY: Alvin Erasga Tolentino
DANCER: Alvin Erasga Tolentino , Andrea Nann , Alison Denham
CLASSICAL PIANIST: Allison Nishihara
LIGHTING: James Proudfoot


Photo Credit: Tarig Adam & Chris Randle

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.

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