Sarah and Nato

are activists who started performing in 2004 in Quezon City bars and street protests. Nato or Renato Reyes, Jr.,is the secretary general of the umbrella group BAYAN while Sarah Katrina Maramag has worked for the Kabataan Partylist in Congress and is now with Migrante International. Both were members of the UP cultural group Alay Sining. Their music spans folk, blues as well as the kundiman protest songs of the mass movement.



Rosa Castillo

I am currently a doctoral fellow in Anthropology at Freie Universitaet Berlin. My dissertation project looks at the role of imagination (as embodied minding) in the production of the subject under conditions of political violence in southern Mindanao. My research interests include violence and subjectivity, human rights, engaged anthropology, and ethics of researching suffering.


Opaline Santos

is a Communication Arts graduate from MiriamCollege. She is a free-lance actor, voice talent, stage manager, events coordinator and researcher.

Myra Beltran

Pioneering dancer and choreographer, Myra Beltran, celebrates 15 years of her Dance Forum in 2010 and 21 years of independent contemporary dance practice in the Philippines.  She formed Dance Forum in 1995 and from her initiative and use of alternative performing spaces, came to pioneer what was to be called Philippine independent contemporary dance.

For her work, Ms. Beltran was awarded the National Commission for Culture and Arts 2001, “Alab ng Haraya” (flame of inspiration) and her Dance Forum was given the Aliw Award for best dance group 2001.  She also received the Tanging Parangal from the City of Manila in 2007.

Her previous professional affiliations include Ballet of Oldenburg (Germany), Ballet of Prishtina (former Yugoslavia), Ballet Philippines of the Cultural Center of the Philippines, The Lab. Projekt-Philippines.  Ms Beltran has done commissioned work for Arts Development Association of Taiwan, University of Iowa’s Theatre Department, CASA San Miguel Center for the Arts, Instituto Cervantes Manila.  She has choreographed for local mainstream dance and theatre groups, such as Ballet Philipppines, Philippine Ballet Theatre and Dulanng UP. She has also collaborated with numerous artists of various disciplines in Beijing, Taipei, and with local artists.  Dance Forum has participated in international arts festivals such as Global Dance 2002 of World Dance Alliance, Exposition’O Contemporary Dance Fiesta in Singapore.  She has also read papers on her art in conferences in Taipei and Korea.

Ms. Beltran led the World Dance Alliance-Philippines Choreographers’ Network to initiate, conceptualize and implement, the groundbreaking “Contemporary Dance Map Series (2005),” which has become an annual event, leading to the first independent contemporary dance festival “Wifi Body” at the Cultural Center of the Philippines.  “Wifi Body Festival” under the leadership of Ms. Beltran has made possible the work of many choreographers and has made visible the existence of an independent dance community in the Philippines for both local and international audiences, becoming the Cultural Center of the Philippines’ annual event for contemporary dance. Ms. Beltran’s career as an independent contemporary dance artist living and working in the Philippines, now spans 20 years of practice and she has elevated the solo dance form into prominence in Philippine dance.

Major full-length works:


Itim Asu: 1719-2009 (2009), Nostalgia: le grand tango (2007, Manila), Mask: Unmask (2005, Taipei), Order for Masks (2005, Manila), Con furia (2003), Trace of a trace (2002), Gargoyle’s Whispers and dance (2002), The Romeo and Juliet Project (2001), Payatas: point counterpoint (2001), choreographic.discourse.Moment in Desire (2000), Daughters of Necessity (2000), Folds of Midnight (1999), Song (1999), Quartet for the End of Time (1998), Fragile Circle (1998), Star Maiden (1997), Birdwoman (1996), Women Waiting (1995)


Major Solos:


Portrait of a Wallflower (2007), Frida en el espejo (2007), The spell of Myrtha (2006), Meditation on an Event Foretold (2005), Not mine (2005), Scarred is Beautiful (2004), Poeme (2002), Unbearable Lightness (2000), Star Maiden (1997), At the heart of the rose (1996), Becoming (1996), Ritual for taking leave (1995), Tau-tao (1995)


Awards received:


National Commission for Culture and the Arts, ALAB NG HARAYA AWARD 2001 for Individual Recognition in the Performing Arts

Tanging Parangal from the City of Manila 2007

ALIW Award 2001, for best cultural dance group, Dance Forum





is a visual artist and a part-time instructor at the De La Salle College of         St. Benilde – School of Design and Arts. He finished his Bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts major in Painting at the University of the Philippines Diliman.  In 2011, he received the UP CFA scholarship grant and an outstanding thesis award for his thesis project “Versus: Video Performative Imagery on Human Behavior”.  De Mesa has been passionate in performance art since during his third year stint in college, which also introduced him to research studies on Japanese Butoh dance. He had his Butoh-performance art “Flight of the Primal Being” at the Liongoren Gallery, and “Cities After Dark” at the Ateneo de Manila University Fine Arts Theater. He became a member of Tupada Action and Media Arts, and has been one of the participating artists in TAMA 2011 International Performance Art Festival. He has participated in group exhibitions at the gallery 1 and 2 of UP Diliman Faculty Center (2007, “Assortment” and “Letras”), Artis Corpus Gallery, Mandaluyong (2008, “Subtle Indiscretion”), Ishmael Bernal Gallery, UP Diliman (2011, “Daily Digest”), Tin-Aw Gallery, Makati (2011, “Xing E. Jacinto”), Finale Art File, Makati, (2012, “Y2K Babes”).


Born in Vitória, Brazil, 1985

Lives and works in Vitória, Brazil and Buenos Aires, Argentina

Artist, researcher and independent curator. Graduated in Visual Arts (Performance) at Universidade Federal do Espírito Santo (UFES). Currently is concluding PhD studies in Latin America Contemporary Art at Universidad Nacional de La Plata (UNLP). He has made exchange projects, production and research in contemporary art and since 2007 has dedicated into performance and action art. Coordinates the LAP! _ Laboratório de Ação & Performance. Organizes, with Rubiane Maia, TRAMPOLIM _plataforma de encontro com a arte da performance. Regularly publishes essays specializing in contemporary art for local and international publications such Escáner Cultural (Chile), Reticências… crítica de arte and Tatuí (Brazil), as well giving lectures and workshops on events in Brazil, Argentina, Colombia, México, Spain and Sweden. In his performances and urban interventions – extending itself also to video and photography -, the focus is your own body as a territory for experimentation, exploring the time, the contingency and the instability, testing the limits of what he and his audiences can withstand. He has shown works at museums, galleries, projects and festivals in Brazil, United Kingdom, Argentina, Colombia, Mexico, Bolivia, United States, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Italy, Russia, Finland, Sweden, Estonia, Latvia, Norway, France and Peru. In 2009, was selected for the scholarship to young artists at ECuNHi – Espacio Cultural Nuestros Hijos, of the Fundación Madres de Plaza de Mayo, and the FNA – Fondo Nacional de las Artes, in Argentina. In 2010 was guest international curator of the Festival Internacional de Arte Acción ZONADEARTENACCIÓN ’10, in Buenos Aires, Argentina. In 2011 was member of the organizing committee of the V::E::R – Encontro de Arte Viva, en Terra UNA, Minas Gerais, Brasil and is part of the Diverse Universe Performance Festival, organized by the Non Grata Group, travelling by road around Europe. Actually, is visiting teacher at Svefi – Sverigefinska folkhögskolan, in Haparanda, Sweden.

Leo Shia

“Lyricist, turntablist, label co-owner and creator of magnitude.” (Rokon Magazine – Seoul)

In only 6 years of work, prairie-born LEO37 (née Leo Shia) has managed to amass a resume that boasts accolades and accomplishments comparable to most industry veterans – and he’s done so independently.  2 solo albums, 2 digital releases, numerous studio collaborations and hundreds of performances in packed houses through 11 countries: it would appear that independence isn’t such a bad thing.

Beginning his involvement in music early on with organ lessons at the age of 8 and trumpet and drums shortly thereafter, it wouldn’t be until he got his 16 year old hands on a set of turntables that his part-time hobby mutated into full-blown obsession.  Relocating to Toronto in 2001, Leo earned a degree from Ryerson University’s prestigious Radio and Television Arts Program while also finding himself on stage and in studio with some of the city’s most acclaimed jazz, folk, pop and hip-hop artists, including Christine Bougie (Ronley Teper), Dafydd Hughes (Esthero & Feist) and Soliva.

In late 2004, following a mad season in the UK, Leo recorded Winter, his debut release on PPF House.  Met with rave response, the 7-track EP sold out of its initial pressing in just under a month and received a nomination for Best Hip-Hop Album at the 2005 Toronto Independent Music Awards.  This was followed a year later with Summer, a full length offering which traded in Winter‘s digital soundscapes for a live band made up of some of Canada’s biggest jazz heavyweights.  From jazz to rock…disco to drum and bass…the point [of Summer] is positivity, but there’s also an emphasis on pushing musical boundaries.” (The Star Phoenix – Saskatoon)

Since then, Leo’s gone on to release: Applause (2009) – with fellow prairie-born/Toronto-based producer, Sunclef; Icarus (2010) – with PPF House’s resident noisemakers, the Worst Pop Band Ever; executive produced and performed on the label compilation PPF House Basement Suite (2007) — that was declared “…one of the most original sounds in Canada.” by Exclaim! – as well as toured through Canada, the U.S., the U.K., the Netherlands, 7 countries through South East Asia and has been a featured guest at the: TD Canada Trust Toronto Jazz Festival, Ottawa Jazz Festival, Wreckhouse International Jazz & Blues Festival, Sasktel Saskatchewan Jazz Festival, Spring Scream (Taiwan) and NXNE.  “…skilled flow and massive stage presence… Even the people chatting in the back of the room had to stand up and take notice when Leo grabbed the mic.” (+886 Magazine – Taipei)

 Now having just completed his newest offering, Fanfare, you’ll find a darker, more poignant Leo than years previous.  With the help of soundscapes by Toronto-based producer/multi-instrumentalist, John Poon, Fanfare promises to be Leo’s meatiest release yet.

Having shared the stage with an eclectic mix of artists ranging from Del the Funky Homosapien to the Bad Plus, Tittsworth to Aloe Blacc, and drawing inspiration from the careers of artists like Miles Davis, the Soulquarians, the Native Tongues, Radiohead and Bjork, LEO37 strives for forward-thinking, content-driven music with a thick groove.  Be it as a solo performer, a producer or a turntablist, his range is deep and diverse, offering forth a smart, danceable and utterly unique soundtrack for our times.

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