CCP’s WifiBody [Virtual Body] 2020 Choreographers Competition seeks to redefine creative space online

For the first time, the bi-annual choreographers competition can be watched for free on August 28, 2020 on the CCP YouTube Channel

The Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) Choreographers Series continues to be the prime mover of contemporary dance in the Philippines as it launches its solo-duet competition WifiBody [Virtual Body] 2020 exclusively online.

A platform that discovers and launches new talent in choreography and contemporary dance, WifiBody [Virtual Body] 2020 will feature 6-10-minute dance on video of ten up-and-coming Filipino dancer-choreographers from across the country.

Seeking to answer the question of whether or not the home can be a creative space given the COVID 19 pandemic, this year’s dancer-choreographers aim to troubleshoot the choreographic practice by taking dance discourse beyond perceived limitations. Each work is an interpretation of the artist’s private space as a stage, and allows the viewer to witness the story each artist is able to craft within the confines of their living spaces.

The dancer-choreographers were chosen through online video auditions and participated in a specially designed programme that would meet the challenges brought about by the global pandemic.  Each dancer-choreographer was guided by choreographic mentors Myra Beltran, a pioneer for independent dance; Denisa Reyes, the Gawad CCP award-winning choreographer; and Asianist choreographer Raul Alcoseba.  In order to translate the experience of live dance to video, award-winning filmmakers Sherad Sanchez and Ruello Lozendo also mentored the choreographers.

The competition will be judged by leaders in the dance sector: Nes Jardin and Basilio Esteban Villaruz, with Shinji Ono, director of the Yokohama Dance Collection Ex, who participates courtesy of the Japan Foundation Manila.  The winner will receive a cash prize and the WifiBody medal in bronze designed by Leeroy New.  Another prize will be awarded to the audience’s choice, with voting happening on our Facebook Page.

WifiBody [Virtual Body] 2020 will be streamed for FREE on the CCP YouTube Channel ( on August 28, 2020, starting at 2 pm (Competition Set 1), and 4pm (Competition Set 2).  Winners will be announced on August 30, 2020.

The competition is supported by the National Commission for Culture and the Arts, the Contemporary Dance Network Manila, and Japan Foundation.

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