Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Belgian and Filipino Dance Collaboration “Coke” Showing at the PETA Theater Center

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Belgian dance company Kobalt Works, in cooperation with the PETA Theater Center and the Goethe Institut Manila, present COKE, a contemporary dance performance at the PETA PHINMA Theater this June 13-14, 7:00PM.

Arco Renz, the artistic director and principal choreographer of Kobalt Works collaborated with an ensemble composed of PETA Senior Teacher Artists Ian Segarra, Mean Espinosa and Carlon Matobato, dancers Lyg Carillo, Rafflesia Bravo and award-winning pole dancer Eisa Jocson to create the said performance. Guest artists from the famed dance group Sexbomb Dancers were also invited to give input to the movement vocabulary depicted in COKE.

COKE is about entertainment as survival and survival as entertainment. As described on the Goerthe Intsitut website: “The name COKE refers to the relationship between entertainment, pleasure, consumption and danger.”

COKE is the final output of a series of workshops and talks held around Manila since early last year. Renz and dance artist Nuria Guiu Sagarra toured the Manila dance circuit and teamed up with artists from Contemporary Dance Network Manila, Dance Forum and PETA Kalinangan Ensemble among others, to create the material from which this staging of COKE would be culled from. In May 2014, a prototype of COKE was performed at the PETA Theater Studios.

COKE is a critical meeting point between contemporary dance on the one hand and commercial entertainment dance practices on the other. This staging features original music by Belgian composer Marc Appart, light design by Jonjon Villareal and costume design by Santi Obcena.

Tickets are at P150. The PETA PHINMA Theater is located at No. 5, Eymard Drive, New Manila QC. For inquiries and reservations contact 7256244 (loc 23), 09056060696 or email For more updates, like the PETA Theater Center Facebook Fan Page (

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