Mia and Rhosam made the decision to work together as a choreographic duo in their first joint residency in 2012, spending 3 months in Kyoto, Japan at Kyoto Art Center as Artists-in-Residence. Here, they created, directed and performed a full-length work entitled Housewarming, done at Funehoko-Choie, collaborating with Kyoto-based musicians Marihiko Hara and Polar M. Housewarming has since been restaged many times back in Manila (notably Alliance Francaise “Spring of Poets”, International Dance Day 2013, Wifi Body Festival 2014).
During their stay in Japan, they also did work at Dancebox, Shin-nagata, Kobe – participating in Ava Villanueva Ong’s piece jn lng sa may knto. They also attended workshops with Toshiko Oka and Megumi Nakamura from Ensemble Sonne, as well as lighting and dance workshops with Asako Miura.
Their next choreographic multi-media work was entitled Agaw-Eksena (Scene Stealer), performed at the 2013 Airdance season production IN/STALL/MENT. This was followed by 3 Kisses Means Goodbye, a multimedia dance performance at PETA, also for Airdance’s show, Volume.
Mia and Sam were also chosen to represent the country in "MAU", a performance commissioned by the Japan Foundation, directed by kabuki grandmaster Kanjuro Fujima and toured in Southeast Asia last 2013, where they were joined by Jed Amihan and Chantal Primero from Airdance.
They collaborated with French conceptual artist Fabrice Hyber's installation POF 73: Gigognes (Nest of Bowls), on which they created a dance piece entitled Bilangan (Counting), performed at the Metropolitan Museum of Manila last May 2013.. as well as a “Kinesthetic Calligraphy” workshop inspired by the exhibit “Ink Paintings from China” by artists Chen Lyusheng and Sun Jiangtao.
In 2014, the duo was chosen to represent the Philippines in the Southeast Asian Choreographers’ Showcase of the M1 Contact Contemporary Dance Festival in Singapore, as well as the 2015 Dancing in Place site-specific dance festival in Rimbun Dahan, Malaysia, performing an excerpt of their piece Housewarming.
Their latest work is Monologo, premiered at “September Sessions” at Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse as part of the 2015 Yokohama DanceDanceDance Festival in Japan.
The duo continues to explore the mode of dual authorship in choreography and production.
They are currently in residence at Youkobo Art Space in Tokyo, Japan. At Youkobo Art Space, the objective is to start to create a multi-disciplinary performance piece entitled Pahayag (Expression). Their initial jump-off point is the theme of population; with a distinct difference between Japan’s dwindling population versus the over-population of the Philippines and the correlation with other cultural aspects, such as expressiveness, interaction, and communication translated into the performing body. The plan is to create and perform this piece in an open studio event, ascribing to the duo’s practice of exploration of a non-proscenium dance space. This residency is supported by Japan Foundation Manila and National Commission for Culture and the Arts
Mia and Sam
Mia Cabalfin has been a company member and faculty of Airdance Philippines since 2006, where she trains, performs, and choreographs. In July 2008, she participated in the Danceweb Scholarship Programme which was held in Vienna, Austria as part of the Impulstanz International Dance Festival. In that same year, she was also a finalist in the 3rd Wi_Fi Body Independent Contemporary Dance Festival New Choreographers Competition.
She, together with Rhosam Prudenciado Jr., was awarded a spot in the 2012 Artist-in-Residence Program of Kyoto Art Center in Kyoto, Japan (June-August 2012). For their residency output, the duo choreographed, directed and performed in their full-length piece entitled "Housewarming". Mia and Sam also participated in Ava Maureen Villanueva's residency output performance for Dancebox Kobe in July 2012, entitled "jn lng sa may knto". In 2013, Mia, together with 3 other members of Airdance, was recently part of a project commissioned by the Japan Foundation entitled "MAU"- where work was choreographed by kabuki grandmaster Kanjuro Fujima and toured throughout Southeast Asia.
Throughout her time in Airdance, Mia has participated in various company productions, festivals, and artistic collaborations. Back in college, she was the president of the Company of Ateneo Dancers, and was recipient of the Dean’s Award for the Arts in Dance.
She has also delved into collaborative projects such as “Promises are Made to Be Broken” with Green Papaya Art Projects. Mia has also done choreography for film – “Ruined Heart” (Pusong Wazak) by Khavn dela Cruz working with actors Tadanobu Asano, Nathalia Acevedo, Elena Kazan and Vim Nadera, as well as choreography for a short film “Maplethorne Syrup” by David Diaz-Abaya.
Her latest solo choreographic adventure is Singap (Gasp), which was presented at the 2018 Neo Filipino at the Cultural Centre of the Philippines in August 2018.
Currently, Mia also manages and teaches Hip Hop Hooray!, a series of hip hop workshops for kids, as well as instructor and trainor at Saddle Row and Physique 57 Manila.
Rhosam Prudenciado Jr
Sam is a freelance performer, choreographer, and teacher. He has been touring different regions in the Philippines to give master classes in his technique style, Linear Fluidity.
He was Artistic Director of Airdance Philippines from 2017 to 2018, and was the former President of Kawilihan-USA Dance Troupe of the University of San Agustin, Iloilo. He is a recipient of “Ani ng Dangal 2010” awarded by Pres. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo and NCCA (February 2010).
He is also the recipient of The French Embassy Prize for Young Choreographers (Grand Prize) of the Yokohama Dance Collection R 2009 held in Yokohama, Japan on February 5-8, 2009 and the 2008 2nd prize winner of the WiFi Body Festival New Choreographer’s Competition through his piece “Which Way?” In 2007, he competed with UP Dance Company in the 5th Mindanao Modern Dance Competition, TARI 2007 in Malaysia.
Rhosam was a guest artist in the 11th Daegu International Dance Festival in Daegu, South Korea in 2009; studied contemporary dance in Micadanses and Menagerie de Verre in Paris; was granted a residency program under Centre Nationale de la Danse – Hoche, Paris and performed at Theatre Darius Milhaud - Paris, France in the same year. In 2012, he performed at the Mamiya Theatre, St. Louis Center for the Arts, Honolulu, Hawaii with House of Dance as they staged Ethnisyncrasies.
Sam and colleague Mia Cabalfin were also awarded the residency program of the Kyoto Arts Center Dance Program 2012 in Kyoto, Japan where their collaboration, “Housewarming” was well regarded. Sam also toured and performed in Japan, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore and the Philippines with four other Airdance members in Celebration of the Japan–Asean Dance Collaboration November 4-29,2013.
He joined Dance Dance Asia under the Japan Foundation, and has toured with the project from 2016 to 2018. Since 2019, Rhosam has embarked on a national teaching tour, facilitating his technique workshops on his unique style, which he calls Linear Fluidity. He has formed and managing the collective, LikhaPH.
World premiere: September Sessions, Dance Dance Dance Festival
September 19-21, 2015, Yokohama, Japan
Original music: Marihiko Hara and Polar M // Marc Abaya
Visual Design: Ruelo Lozendo
Performance: Rhosam Prudenciado Jr., Mia Cabalfin, Jed Amihan and Christopher Chan (from Airdance Philippines)
Duration: 35 minutes
Agaw Eksena (Scene Stealer)
World Premiere: November 21-22, 2012
Airdance Studio, Quezon City, Philippines
Original music: Marihiko Hara and Polar M
Video installation: JR Ponce
Selected for M1 Contact Festival: Open Stage, Singapore, December 2014
Restaged for Airdance's In|Stall|Ment, Fringe Manila 2015 at the De La Salle College of St. Benilde
Premiere: May 24, 2014
Metropolitan Museum of Manila, Philippines
In Tagalog, the word "bilangan" has a double-meaning of counting, but also keeping score, or keeping track of who has the upper hand in a competition. This work is a collaboration with visual artist Fabrice Hyber's installation POF 73: Gigognes (Nest of Bowls).
World premiere: August 3-5, 2012, Funehoko-choie, Shinmachi-dori, Kyoto, Japan
Kyoto Art Center A.I.R. Program
Original music: Marihiko Hara and Polar M
Performance: Rhosam Prudenciado Jr. and Mia Cabalfin
Duration: 1 hour 30 mins
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