Filam is Finalist in DC Arts Awards
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WASHINGTON DC – Filipino talent in the performing arts continues to gain recognition, with one Filipino artist named finalist for the Washington DC Mayorâ€™s Arts Awards and his work selected for performance at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.
Jason Ignacio, a member of the critically-acclaimed City Dance Ensemble, was named finalist in the Outstanding Emerging Artist Category of the DC Mayorâ€™s Arts Awards, considered the most prestigious honor given by the District of Columbia to individual artists, arts organizations, and patrons of the arts.
The 24th Annual Mayorâ€™s Arts Awards will be held at 6 p.m. March 23, 2009 at the Concert Hall of the Kennedy Center. Master of ceremonies will be Cynne Simpson of Channel 7 and host will be DC Mayor Adrian Fenty.
Ignacio was also awarded the John F. Kennedy Center Millennium Stage Local Dance Commissioning Project for his work entitled â€œMountain,â€ which centers on the eruption of Mt. Pinatubo in the Philippines.
The Millennium Stage Local Dance Commissioning Project, a program that supports the local dance community by nurturing the creation and presentation of new dance work to a wide audience, gives the Commission Award each year to two local choreographers or companies.
Ignacioâ€™s â€œMountain,â€ set to a musical score created by sound data of volcanic seismic readings interpolated into recognizable musical elements, will be presented on the Millennium Stage of the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in September 2009.
Ambassador Willy C. Gaa lauded Ignacioâ€™s achievements, saying â€œThe recognition given to Jason Ignacio is a testament to his talent and to the artistry of our people.”
â€œBorn and raised in the Philippines, Jason is proving to be an innovative talent here in the United States. He is showing how his passion for dance and his advocacy for the environment can be expressed through the performing arts,” added Ambassador Gaa.
In a statement, CityDance Artistic Director Paul Emerson said, â€œCityDanceâ€™s commitment to Green practices, and to using art as a tool to foster awareness and spark dialogue, is a critical part of who we are and what we do.”
â€œThe fact that Jason, an artist from Manila, can find inspiration through this, and can create and idea of such resonance that it warrants a Kennedy Center Commission, is inspiring for all of us,” added Emerson.
Ignacio is a CityDance company member since November 2007. Originally from the Philippines, he began his dance training at the age of 12. He trained at Ballet Philippines, Philippine Ballet Theater, Steps Dance Studio and was a member of the Earth Savers Dreams Ensemble for five years. In 2001, Ignacio continued his dance training in New York City with a scholarship at Ballet Hispanico where he also served on the faculty as a teacher.
He was a fellowship student at The Ailey School and toured nationally with the Martha Graham Ensemble. He has performed with the Daniel Gwirtzman Dance Company, Diversity of Dance, Cortez and Co., Connecticut Ballet, Zig Zag Ballet, American Repertory Ballet, Verb Ballets, and was an apprentice for Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company. He has also performed in Andrew Lloyd Webberâ€™s Cats as Mistoffolees at Carousel Dinner Theater, Maine State Music Theater, and West Virginia Public Theater.
CityDance Ensemble, Inc. is the parent organization to CityDance Ensemble, an award-winning contemporary repertory dance company. City Dance Ensemble was also named finalist in the DC Mayorâ€™s Arts Awards for Excellence in Artistic Discipline and Outstanding Contribution to Arts Education.