The ICONOPOP 2.0 State of Mind

Sep 17, 2013 by

People often use the phrase roaring success to describe a good show in its superlative form. I guess the phrase has impeccable accuracy. Success can and does roar. And we had it all good with our most recent show called ICONOPOP 2.0 by the UPV Hublag Dance Company

The dance company in the University of the Philippines Visayas is a relatively young one. I was invited to be artistic director when I joined the university back in 2006. The dance company back then was only 5 years old. I was sought by a handful of kids from the company whose training in dance ranged from High School folk dance, to dance sports and occasional dance derbies at best but all possessing the raging fire of passion for dance. Their enthusiasm was hard to resist, so I took the dive because I knew in my heart I would never survive my existence without my art. Dance definitely keeps me sane — and intentionally insane on occasions.

The most recently staged dance concert ICONOPOP 2.0 has taken UPV by storm with music and dance styles that are very close their youthful hearts. Paying homage to Bruno Mars, Adele, Rihanna and Usher, we brought to the stage a visually arresting interpretation of some of the most popular songs by these four music icons. Expectations were high, as we have promises to fulfill: to the music, to the fans and to ourselves. It was a tall order, yes, but daring as we are, we braced ourselves to staging the concert – to much aplomb.

The company spent roughly 4 weeks putting together the choreography and the pre-concert tasks. Company members shared the workload from getting solicitations, to logistics, to all the necessary paper work. What I am truly proud of about working with Hublagans is their strong sense of collaboration and teamwork in delivering a successful project. It can be quite challenging, but look at us. We make things happen.

When ICONOPOP 2.0 had its first show at the UPV Auditorium (City Campus), we went through some major nerve-wracking situations dealing with some aspects of the show. It tested our patience and our ability to cope with the challenges. Luckily enough, with the help of some of the most talented people I know in the industry, we kicked off the show with a bang (quite literally). After the 90-minute show, we heard nothing but genuine praises and congratulatory compliment from our audiences. It was a wonderful experience and I have seen how the dancers loved the warmth of our audience as well. The night capped with high anticipation for the upcoming show in our very own turf happening two days later: the UPV Miagao show.

With a few adjustments in costumes for the Miagao show, the audience just went crazy about the concert. We had a packed venue all the way to the mezzanine section filled with pumped up crowd. The energy was shooting up to the ceiling, so I felt I had to give a short welcome message before the show and took the opportunity to thank the production team as well as our sponsors. When the staged dimmed and the dancers went onstage, the show happened the way we envisioned it to happen. We are blessed to have delivered a good show, and our audience loved it.

The show happened with such tremendous success because of the many help we have received from people who support our cause in promoting the arts. From the bottom of our hearts, thank you. It may not be enough, but we will never stop thanking you and your generosity will forever be remembered.

And just like a pro, we adhere to the motto of all performing artists: we are only as good as our last performance. So on to dance classes and future shows. Kudos to my Hublag family!

A crowd favorite, this Adele routine "RUMOR HAS IT" is given life by (L-R) Nica dela Peña, Her She Pausa, Arvic Dolendo and Marianne del Rey.

A crowd favorite, this Adele routine “RUMOR HAS IT” is given life by (L-R) Nica dela Peña, Her She Pausa, Arvic Dolendo and Marianne del Rey (photo by Daniel Al Delfin).

An original choreography by yours truly with Skyfall by Adele. (Photo by Daniel Al Delfin)

An original choreography by yours truly with Skyfall by Adele. (Photo by Daniel Al Delfin)

CONFESSIONS routine.

CONFESSIONS routine. (Photo by GC Castro)

Marianne del Rey and Anna Marie Anasis performing Russian Roulette. (Photo by GC Castro)

Marianne del Rey and Anna Marie Anasis performing Russian Roulette. (Photo by GC Castro)

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