In celebration of the Great British Festival from 24-26 February, the British Council and Fringe Manila present an exciting dance collaboration between local dance group Airdance and British DJ Mica.
Airdance is one of the Philippines’ pioneering companies in contemporary dance and the aerial arts. Since 2001 the group has been gaining a reputation for performances that creatively combine modern dance with apparatuses while suspended in thin air. It has been part of the WiFi Body Dance Festival, Contemporary Dance Map, Pasinaya, and now the Fringe Manila. Its dancers have also been invited to present in international events in Japan, Indonesia, China, Singapore, Malaysia, and most recently in the 2016 WDA Asia-Pacific Showcase Conference in Korea.
Doing a live original mix is Mica. Originally from a small seaside town called Fleetwood in the UK, Mica has been spinning house music since 2007 in Manchester, London, and now Asia. Mica has since earned a reputation for her blend of styles and participated in events and residencies in Ho Chi Minh City (Vietnam), Guangzhou (China) Fukuoka (Japan), and Manila. She is co-founder of Phoenix Radio, rated one of the top radios on Pyro Music, and is one half of Rising Soul, an online radio/ podcasting show in Japan that features underground musicians. March saw her first collab EP release Story of Henry on Asia Music Record Label.
‘Fringe’ has its roots in the 1940s when eight theatre groups – hoping to gain recognition from Edinburgh International Festival’s audiences – came to the festival without an invitation from the jury. Whereas the ‘official’ event took place in the city’s more established venues, the artists ‘on the fringe’ opted for smaller and alternative spaces. These were the early days of today’s much awaited Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Now an internationally recognised concept, Fringe has also evolved into an open access festival independently organised in the world’s major cities.
In the Philippines, Fringe Manila was founded in 2013 and is fast gaining recognition for its diverse and exciting programming.
AERIAL DANCE COLLABORATION WITH AIRDANCE AND MICA: 25 FEBRUARY, 17.30, GREAT BRITISH FESTIVAL MAIN STAGE, BGC HIGH STREET. FREE ADMISSION.
MICA NUDISCO AND HOUSE SOLO SET: 26 FEBRUARY, 16.00, GREAT BRITISH FESTIVAL, EDUCATION PAVILION STAGE, BGC HIGH STREET. FREE ADMISSION.