Jared Jonathan Luna | Philippines


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Jared Jonathan Luna is a dance scholar and an artist based in the Philippines. He finished his undergraduate degree in Anthropology in the University of the Philippines Diliman. He also holds a masters degree in dance under the program Choreomundus: International Master in Dance Knowledge, Practice and Heritage from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NO), Blaise Pascal University (FR), Szeged University (HU), and Roehampton University (UK).

Originally a streetdance and hip hop dancer, Jared was a member of the UP Streetdance Club where he choreographed for, and competed in local and international competitions such as the World HipHop Dance Championships. He was also a member of the contemporary dance and theater dance collective Daloy Dance Company under the direction of Ea Torrado. During his tenure with the company, he performed the company’s repertoire in local festivals and in international tours. In addition, Jared also performed for Pas Dansekompani, Xact Dance Crew, Suse Tietjen and Tomohiko Kyougoku.

As an anthropologist and an artist, Jared is interested in vernacular movement vocabularies in urban spaces. Using his training in various streetdance, contemporary dance and dance theater techniques, Jared engages with his research by producing and performing movement-based performances. Some of his works include Rated SPG: Sobrang Pak Ganern (Karnabal X Festival; Choreomundus Dance Conference and Festival), The Otherside Inside (Sam Reynold’s Cabaret; Fringe Manila 2018), and Category is: (un)Realness which was a finalist in the 2018 Wifibody PH Choreographers’ Competition. Jared is currently a lecturer in the Department of Anthropology in UP Diliman as well as the Performing Arts Department of Guang Ming College, Manila.


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Performance Date: 27 June 2019 (Program #1)

Choreography & Performance: Jared Jonathan Luna
Music: Ave Maria by Franz Schubert, Caspium by Unicorn Waves, Air by QmR, Claire de Lune by Claude Debussy, My Way performed by Frank Sinatra

[About the performance]

A coming of age. A coming out. Arthur van Gennep describes the liminal phase as a transitory state during a rite of passage. During this phase, an individual is neither their old self nor their new. The piece realizes an introspection of the choreographer’s relationship to clothing, their expression and their identity.



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