Alvin Erasga Tolentino



Artist, Dancer


Alvin Erasga Tolentino is an active Asian/Canadian dance artist who continues to reveal, provoke, fascinate and bring a fresh voice to the national and international dance scene. His successful career has garnered him notability and a distinct reputation as an original and unpredictable contemporary performing artist. Tolentino’s dance creations are driven from the need to intricately illustrate the human experience of light and dark and the infinitely complex relationship between nature and humanity. His choreography challenges the exploration of hybridity to reveal the private and public territory, identity, gender and the issues within the traditional and contemporary cross-cultural dialogue. Born in Manila, Philippines, he immigrated to Canada in 1983 and is based in the unceded, ancestral, traditional territories of the Coast Salish people of Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) and səl̓ílwətaʔɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations also known as Vancouver. He has received professional arts and dance training with The Royal Winnipeg Ballet, York University, SUNY Purchase, Limon Institute. He continues to grow with ongoing artistic collaboration, relation and liaison with prominent dance artists and art educators across the nation and abroad.

Co.ERASGA, 2024

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