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Lady performer clinches online dance battle crown

Contempalaban aims to provide a platform for artists of all ages and all genres. The event wishes to bring and promote the art form in the digital landscape.

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Daphne Tamondong

Contempalaban: Lockdown Edition, a month-long online competition that challenged performers to showcase their creativity, resourcefulness and skills through a series of improvised challenges, has awarded young contemporary dancer Daphne Tamondong as the Grand Champion.

For her winning act, Tamondong, a resident artist with Hiraya Contemporary Dance Company and a member of Kinection, had to portray a “person who swallowed an atomic bomb”. She explored and maximized her interpretation as she moved to the beats of Lemon World by Australian alternative psychedelic rock band Ocean Valley.

Meanwhile, Runner-Up Eiana Nova, a Zambales-based hip-hop dancer and a member of powerhouse troupe A-Team PH, was asked to interpret “a hatching snake egg” scenario. The two-time Contempalaban finalist displayed her versatility to the tune of Kailan Tayo Sasayaw by Filipino musical artist Frank Ely.

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