69 seconds with … Vancouver choreographer and dancer Alvin Ersaga Tolentino

Spend 69 seconds with gay Vancouver choreographer and dancer Alvin Ersaga Tolentino, whose latest multi-media and dance creation Shadow Machine premieres in October 2010 as part of Co.ERASGA’s 10th anniversary celebrations.

01Your first job.
Bribes for candies.

02The job you wanted as a child.
To be a doctor.

03Your hero.
Aung San Suu Kyi.

04The name of the last book you read.
The notebooks of Leonardo Da Vinci.

05One word your best friend would use to describe you.

06The three things you would want with you on a deserted island.
A Mac Book, clean underwear and my sanity.

07Your last meal would consist of…
Slow cooked cabbage soup in smoked ham.

08Your biggest indulgence.
Sleep and dream.

09 Your ultimate vacation.

10 The one thing you any visitor to Vancouver simply cannot miss.
Sakura/cherry blossoms/spring.

MEET Alvin Erasga Tolentino

Alvin Erasga TolentinoAlvin Erasga Tolentino is one of the most active Asian/Canadian dance artists who continues to reveal, provoke, fascinate and bring a fresh voice in the national and international dance scene. His successful career has garnered him notability and a distinct reputation as an original and an unpredictable contemporary performing artist.

Born in Manila, Philippines, he moved to Canada in 1983. He has received professional art and dance training with The Royal Winnipeg Ballet, York University ‘s Fine Arts in Toronto, in the US at SUNY Purchase, Limon Institute and with an on -going training with some of the most prominent dance and art educators across the nation and abroad. A veteran of the contemporary professional dance scene, he is an active choreographer, dancer, teacher, designer and a visual artist.

In 2000, Tolentino founded Co.ERASGA, a dance company dedicated to the research, creations and presentation of contemporary dance with an emphasis in exploration and collaboration with multi- media art and artists nationally and abroad.

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writer, comedian, and spoken word performer Katherine Glover

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