August 27, 2015. By Michelle Baltazar. AF August 30.
Filipino-Australians can stand proud as the work of Novy Bereber, one of the leading dance choreographers from the Philippines but now based in Australia, took centre stage at the Sydney Fringe Festival.
Titled To Whom It May Concern 2.0, Bereber’s entry was part of Platform Shorts 2015, a contemporary dance series conceptualised by seasoned and emerging choreographers.
Bereber said that To Whom It May Concern 2.0 is a story about the personal sacrifices that many Filipino performing artists make for their family and loved ones.
“I choreographed this piece around seven years ago with Ballet Philippines and it’s about Filipino dancers who are forced to leave the country to provide their family with financial support,” said Bereber.
It is a little-known fact but the Philippines produces more performing artists per capita than any country in the world and yet they get very little government support and funding.