Alvin Erasga Tolentino

2013 Adjudicator

Contemporary Dance
Alvin Erasga Tolentino 

Alvin Erasga TolentinoBorn in Manila, Philippines, Alvin Erasga Tolentino is one of the most active Asian/Canadian dance artists, whose work continues to provoke, fascinate and bring a fresh voice to the national and international dance scene.

Following training with the Royal Winnipeg Ballet, at York University and at the SUNY Purchase and Limon Institute, Tolentino has contributed to Vancouver’s cultural communities, for over 20 years both as an interpreter for companies such as EDAM, Lola Dance, Mascall dance, Kinesis dance, Kokoro dance and Karen Jamieson Dance Companies and as an acclaimed choreographer and founder of Co.ERASGA Dance entering it’s 13th season.

Exploring issues of gender, identity, ethnicity and cross-cultural dialogue, Alvin Tolentino’s choreography in works such as SOLA, BATO/stone, MINORI, VOLT, FIELD, SHE SAID, OrienTik/Portrait, BODYGlass, (with Peter Chin), PARADIS/PARADISE, ADAMEVE, SHADOW MACHINE and in 2011’s EXpose with Uruguayan’s Martin Inthammousu and COLONIAL in 2012 as well as his award winning explorations of dance on film, have made him an ambassador for dance in Canada, with his work finding appreciative audiences nationally and across four continents. In recognition of his achievements and contributions to the field of dance, he was the recipient of the 2010 Vancouver Mayor’s Arts Award in Dance.

Tolentino’s body of work has reached international flat forms in festivals and venues that included countries as France, Belgium, Switzerland, Italy, Germany, Venezuela, Uruguay, Singapore, China and the Philippines.