Saturday, 21 July 2012

An elegant film: "poetry seamlessly woven"

Ang Sayaw ng Dalawang Kaliwang Paa
The Dance of Two Left Feet features erotic love poetry by some of the Phillipines' top feminist poets, including Rebecca Anonuevo, Benilda Santos, Merlinda Bobis, Joi Barrios, Ruth Elynia Mabanglo and Ophelia Dimalanta (in memoriam).

Behind The Scenes: Ang Sayaw ng Dalawang Kaliwang Paa from BIGTOP Media Productions, Inc. on Vimeo.

Yapan, an awarded fictionist and literature professor, enriches the story with poetry, borrowing the poems of Merlinda Bobis, Ruth Elynia Mabanglo, Joi Barros, Rebecca Anonuevo, Ophelia Dimalanta and Benilda Santos, all of whom are famous feminist poets. From there, the film takes a different shape. The story, without being abandoned totally, becomes the frame for Yapan's goal, which is to utilize cinema as an extension of his classroom and an invitation to indulge in the limitless scope of literature, dance, and music. source
Well produced on a modest budget, pic sports attractive visuals by lenser Arvin Viola and an eclectic score by Christine Muyco and Jema Pamintuan that works harmoniously with poetry and dance elements to lend a metaphysical ambience to the proceedings. source

vid3~ Behind The Scenes: Ang Sayaw ng Dalawang Kaliwang Paa


Paulo Avelino, Rocco Nacino and Ms. Jean Garcia Featuring the FEU Dance Company with the special participation of Company of Dance Artists (CODA)


Writer and Director-Alvin B. Yapan, Executive Producers-Alemberg Ang and Alvin Yapan, Producer-Tonee Acejo, Editor-Mai Dionisio, Production Designer-Aped Santos, PDGP, Director of Photography—Arvin Viola, Music-Christine Muco and Jema Pamintuan, Choreography-Eli Jacinto

source/more ~ Cinemalaya

In a pre-show event, World Poetry's Anita Aguirre-Nieveras performed three of the poems included in the film, and other WP poets presented the poems in English, in a dance interpretation, and in a tapestry of Chinese, Japanese, and Middle English.

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