By Noreen Jazul
More than 50 dancers in the country have collaborated for a dance video to raise awareness about artists affected by the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic.
The dance project called “Move the World,” was initiated by Artists Welfare Project, Inc. (AWPI) to raise funds for dance workers who have lost their jobs due to the health crisis.
“Our world today can be frightening, but if we look carefully, we are surrounded by love and joy. We can also help ourselves in these frightening days by helping someone else, so let me invite you to come dance with us as we dance for others. We dance to help others,” Alice Reyes, National Artist for Dance, said in the video.
The country’s prima ballerina, Lisa Macuja – Elizalde, was among the 59 dancers who participated in the video.
AWPI said about 7,000 creative workers have been “adversely affected” by COVID-19 pandemic and the recent Taal eruption.
“These are trying times. No stage to perform, no curtains to rise; no sound checks, no lights on. But life has to go on. Your help is needed to sustain our arts and culture workers through this crisis,” AWPI said.
Those who wish to help the affected dancers may go to https://awpifundtracker.org.