Ms. Beltran is a dancer, choreographer, and ground-breaking performance curator committed to promoting and developing Philippine modern dance. She founded her company, Dance Forum, in 1995, and soon after established Dance Map, a network of modern dance choreographers and small companies in the Philippines. In 2006, Ms. Beltran conceptualized and organized the Wi-Fi Dance Festival, a unique independent contemporary dance festival held in cooperation with the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP). 2008 JDR 3rd Awardee and former president of CCP, Nestor O. Jardin, believes that Ms. Beltran has been essential in keeping the interest of modern dance alive in the Philippines. Ms. Beltran used her experience in New York to explore the possibilities of how contemporary dance can connect to greater society through sustainable and dynamic festival platforms and the physical presence of dance houses for the public to easily access contemporary dance.
Grants Awarded2011 | Dance | United States
to undertake an internship with Mia Yoo and Nicky Paraiso, curators of the annual La Mama Moves! Dance Festival in New York City in 2011
The CCP Choreographers Series launches with Koryolab – a presentation of short, but completed dance pieces by mid-career choreographers in a black box space, mentored intensively by the pioneers in contemporary dance. Six young choreographers will be premiering new and evocative works in this first-ever Koryolab.
2017 ACC grantee and performance artist Russ Ligtas, along with five dance artists, will premiere new and evocative works in “Koryolab”, which is directored by ACC alumnae Denisa Reyes (grantee 1995) and Myra Beltran (grantee 2011).
Mentors and Directors of the Choreographers Series are pioneers of contemporary dance in the Philippines led by ACC grantees DENISA REYES and MYRA BELTRAN. Like Denisa and Myra who embarked on their grants in 1995 and 2011, respectively, ACC grantee and performance artist Russ Ligtas also aims to make the best of his Philippine fellowship grant by meeting and learning from other multidisciplinary artists in New York City later this year.