Congratulations to National Artist for Dance Agnes Locsin!
Agnes Locsin (Dance) is conferred the Order of National Artists Award for her work, achievements, and influence in the field of dance which spurred a growing interest in neo-ethnic style among young Filipino dancers.
Agnes Locsin is a choreographer, director, and teacher. She is dubbed as one of the “most progressive contemporary choreographers in the Philippines,” for she distinctively utilizes Filipino beliefs, rituals, and ethnic traditions in her choreographies, concepts, and direction, which she was able to beautifully merge with her knowledge in Western dance techniques and called it “neo-ethnic.” Among her successful works are Babaylan, which won second place in the Tokyo International Choreography Competition in 1993; Taong Talangka (Man-Crab); Salome which won second place for dancer Camille Ordinario in the 1994 Concours International de la Danse in Paris, France; and narrative works like one on the life of the mythical hero Labaw Dungon in the epic Hinilawod from the island of Panay.
The conferment ceremony for the eight new National Artists will be on June 16, 2022, at 4:00 PM, at the Rizal Hall of Malacanang Palace.
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