Monday, February 19, 2007


The Living Room's first improvisational dance/interactive evening for the year happened last February 3, 2007 and I'm happy to report that all went well. The performance, called "Kamuros" (named after a fragrant rice from the Kalinga province), was conceptualized and performed by freestyle dancer "Jorge" (above), fresh from his studies in freestyle dance in Nice, France. Jorge getting into the spirit of things.
Jorge in full swing. Literally.
A view of the audience from onstage.

After the show, people hung out well past one in the morning. Guests munched on Jorge's signature recipes for coconut suman (sweet sticky rice) and fried mountain grains with shrimp and mango (Jorge and his partner Greg sell organic rice at the Salcedo Saturday Morning Market) while drinking the alcohol that they themselves towed to the space. If you haven't heard, the general rule now for all Living Room events is that it's BYOB (Bring Your Own Bottle.) The best part of the evening of course was the post performance mingling. Here are a couple of shots. Nina Tesoro (above) of Kusina Salud makes a startling point while talking to Raymond Lee (producer of the award winning indie movie, "Ang Pagdadalaga ni Maximo Oliveros" as Natasja chows down next to them.

Percussionist Toni Bernardo chats away with photographer Wawi Navarozza, while dancer/professor Nerissa Guevarra nurses her beer. Other guests of the evening were the uber stylish Tootie Crisologo of Casa Amarilla, Benjie Garcia of Friendly's Pensionne and his pack of residents from the American Peace Corps, Marty and Lesley Lahm of the Asian Development Bank, Margaret Hurcules of the World Health Organization, art couple At Maculangan and Katya Guerrero, conceptual artist Yason Banal, and a smattering of French, Filipino, Spanish and American art types who were curious to see what this was all about. Forty eight people in all attended the affair. Not bad. Not bad at all.

Parting shot: some of the evening's shoes (above). Hope to see you all at the next event.