Filipino vies for DC Mayor’s Award; receives JFK Center Millennium honor

by Kobakila News

WASHINGTON (March 12) –  Jason Ignacio, a member of the critically-acclaimed City Dance Ensemble, was named finalist in the Outstanding Emerging Artist Category of the DC Mayor’s Arts Awards, considered the most prestigious honor given to individual artists, arts organizations and patrons of the arts.

Award recipients will be selected among the finalists and announced live on stage at the Mayor’s Arts Awards Ceremony this month.  

Ignacio was also awarded the John F. Kennedy Center Millennium Stage Local Dance Commissioning Project for his work entitled “Mountain,” which centers on the eruption of Mt. Pinatubo in the Philippines.  

The Millennium Stage Local Dance Commissioning Project, a program that supports the local dance community by nurturing the creation and presentation of new dance work to a wide audience, gives the Commission Award each year to two local choreographers or companies.  

Ignacio’s “Mountain,” set to a musical score created by sound data of volcanic seismic readings interpolated into recognizable musical elements, will be presented on the Millennium Stage of the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in September 2009.


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