Thousands who attended and watched the ninth edition of the Dance Play Festival witnessed the showcase of theatrical prowess by different participating divisions on June 10, 2018 at the ADD Convention Center in Apalit, Pampanga.
Organized by the Theater and Dance Ministry (which is Teatro Kristiano in the vernacular), the Dance Play’s theme this year centered on Ecclesiastes 12:1, which reads:
“Remember your Creator in the days of your youth, before the days of trouble come and the years approach when you will say, ‘I find no pleasure in them.’”
Assistant to the Overall Servant Bro. Daniel Razon graced the event and gave the opening remarks on the value of fostering love of serving and performing one’s duty in the Church.
“According to the measure of our faith, we have our different roles to fulfill in the Church (referring to Romans 12:3)”, said Kuya Daniel, then expounding on the importance of having the satisfaction from hearing and obeying God.
Bro. Daniel then called on the youth participants of the festival to “Go on a higher level of service to God.”
Bicol Region bagged multiple awards for their dance-play “Anino” or “Shadow”, an orchestration of silhouettes of the characters/actors, objects and cut-out sets that created cinematic feels both on the wide LED screen of the Convention Center and onstage.
Supported by captivating music and dexterity, the enthralling shadow play created a new kind of dramatic space while at the same time explored new theatrical disciplines. The combination of all these forms resulted in an inventive and innovative dance-play, leaving a lasting impression on the judges and the audience.
“Anino” also earned for Bicol Region the Best Director Award for Bro. Nino Medrano, Best in Music, and Best Male Lead Performer for Bro. Raymund John Samson.
Last year, Cavite Region won the Best Dance-play of 2017.
The first, second and third runners-up this year are as follows, respectively: NCR Division for “Paalala” or “Reminder”, Quezon Marinduque for “Oras Mo, Kabataan” or “Your Time, Youth”, and Cavite Division for “Remember Him” or “Alalahanin Mo Siya.”
Members of the Teatro Kristiano from the Visayas and Mindanao, as well as abroad, may not be able to perform live on stage, but their pre-recorded videos were played on the big screen. Hence, the Best Dance-Play in Video category.
In this category, it was the Mindanao Division who bagged the Best Dance-Play of the Year. The Teatro Kristiano of Japan took home the 1st runner-up while Palawan earned the 2nd runner-up.
Under the Poster Making category, NCR’s “Paalala” or Reminder earned the most positive reactions or People’s Choice Award. The Best Poster Award went to the Quezon Marinduque for their dance-play “Oras Mo Kabataan” or “Your Time, Youth”.
The evening’s panel of judges comprised of MCGI Representative Bro. Danny Navales, Sis. Ruth Soriano, and Bro. Arnold Sanchez.
With God’s help, this year’s 9th Dance Play Festival proved to be a successful event and another artistic achievement for the MCGI’s Theatre and Dance Ministry.
Sis. Leslie Longboen and Bro. Joshua Dionisio hosted the Dance Play Fest.
Written by Marvi Delfin