The show kicked off with Christopher Nocon’s “Depicted” which attempted to tell the puzzle-like point of our lives. “They sometimes go round and round…depicting his debauched existence.” The meaning was clearly construed in the part where a couple were bickering on a bench at the park, who turned out to be both victims of deceitful affection. I was at first skeptic on how this year’s dance rookies could capture the audience’s excitement but I overheard positive reactions from the back row which implied that I have nothing to worry but my own contentment. As I watched the remaining parts before the interval, I trashed the idea that the dances are too big for the new dancers. They even exceeded everybody’s expectations by a mile and came out like a pro.
There was a surprised presentation from the newest generation of Jose P. Laurel’s bloodline at the beginning of the second part of the show. It was a mere intermission number and was somewhat a forgettable dance performance, but watching these high-profile personalities dance were enough to swathe their mediocre performance.
The second part of the show took everyone to a different level. Though these dances used a quite similar music (mostly European and operatic), they are far more astonishing as compared to the first dances. What really stood up was Ronald Domingo’s “Querer Mi Quero Mas” where tall, long-haired and beautiful ladies who reminded me of the Pussycat Dolls performed as overseas workers. Though not plotting a moving story, the step arrangement and the dancers’ portrayals kept me awestruck throughout the dance. They made me feel like watching Chicago’s Roxie Hart and Velma Kelly performing live.
The deep meaning conveyed in Robbie Hayden’s “Often… In Dreams” was actually reminiscent of my own dreams and their complexities—striking yet really hard to tell. To put simply, the whole second part doubled the excitement and admiration that it would literally make you feel like you just had amnesia to remember the details of the first set—a brilliant way of giving all of us a reason to keep coming back for more.