Last April, the 5th Philippine Flow Fest was held in Kapitan Liwa’s Surf Resort in San Felipe, Zambales. The 3-day gathering of individuals from all over the world focused on the celebration of movement-based disciplines such as dance, fire-spinning, juggling, and object manipulation. It’s as much a festival as a summer camp. Days were spent learning the various flow arts discipline as taught by established local and international flow artists while evenings were dedicated to performances and dancing.
Below are photos from this one-of-a-kind experience:
17. Local flow artist Ehrlich Ocampo during one of the object manipulation workshops
16. Participants in one of the sessions on hooping
15. Attendees were free to grab one of the many props lying around and practice on their own
14. UK hooper Gail O’ Brien facilitating the hooping workshop
13. Jay Firecat from Canada sharing buugeng manipulation techniques
12. Aside from the flow arts disciplines, the PFF also held workshops on shibori—a Japanese tie-dye technique.
11. …and yoga.
10. Daily percussion music courtesy of the dabakan drums of the Adinkra Lumads Djembe Community
9. Attendees having fun while practicing core movements
8. Gathering for the sunset jam by the beach
7. Sunset jams—informal performances by the beach—kicking off
6. Here comes the fire dancers
5. Crowds gathered for the evening shows
4. The audience dancing to the dabakan
3. The dancing and performances continued around a bonfire called a Fire Circle
2. Fire-spinning around the Fire Circle
1. And the artists and the participants posing for the traditional prop pose
For more information about the Philippine Flow Fest, check them out on Facebook at www.facebook.com/phflowfest
Have you tried any form of the Flow Arts? What do you think?