Saturday, December 19, 2015

Ang Sayaw ng Dalawang Paa: interesting look into dancing and literature

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Marlon has a crush on his college Literature professor, Karen, but cannot seem to grasp the concepts in class.  he stalks her and finds out she moonlights as a choreographer and dance teacher.  in order to impress her, he enrolls in her class, but not before he asks one of his classmates, Dennis, to tutor him with the steps.  he and Dennis become friends and he does become a good dancer, good enough to impress Karen, until she finds out what Marlon has been up to.

it seems like a weird love triangle, but the film is much deeper than that.  featuring the poetry of Merlinda Bobis, Ruth Elynia Mabanglo, Joi Barrios, Rebecca Anonuevo, Benilda Santos and Ophelia Dimalanta, it shows what it is like to become a feminist in a third-world country.  not easy still, given that majority of the population still live under a rock.  Karen is focused on her art, and oblivious to Marlon's feelings, but very much aware of the tension happening between him and Dennis.  she sets them up to be leads in her production after she receives a grant.  this allows them to make peace and understand better the meaning behind the words they are to interpret as dance.

sometimes, what we think to be vague is just right in front of us; we are just too blind to see, and therefore, it hinders our ability to understand.  at the end of the dance, Marlon realizes.