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Babae by Joy Alpuerto Ritter

Opera Bar
Friday 24 April, 2020 | 6:30pm–7pm


Babae by Joy Alpuerto Ritter

Inspired by Mary Wigman’s Witch Dance, a "masterpiece of strangeness” as Judith MacKrell put it, Joy Alpuerto Ritter examines inherited dance vocabularies to embody her own witch character. Bringing together her roots in Philippine folk and classical dance with movements from hip hop and voguing; she reimagines what it means to summon the power and mystical practices of a female dancer as a witch. BABAE, which means ‘woman’ in Tagalog (Philippine language), is a one-woman dialogue between the animalistic and sensual qualities of ritual and power. 

Choreography and performance: Joy Alpuerto Ritter
Music Composer: Vincenzo Lamagna
Lighting Designer: Arne Schmitt/ Joy Alpuerto Ritter
Costume: Lan Behrendt DYAO
Artistic Assistant: Lukas Steltner

Aerowaves artist profile: Joy Alpuerto Ritter — Babae