Meet ensemble dancer, Noelle Campos!
This is Noelle's second production working with Kularts. Scroll through for beautiful memories from last year's workshop of Incarcerated 6x9!
Where were you born?
I was born in Las Piñas City, Philippines. I moved to America when I was about 8 years old with my family.
What is your favorite food?
F R E N C H F R I E S!
Tell us about your understanding of your character, and what you bring to your performance of them.
Since I am a returner, I have a great understanding of the show in its entirety. The familiarity of the story, music, and choreography enhances the process even more for me. I was the mother of Hes Gatpala the first time around, and now I am a Scientist that loves to torture inmates with experiments. No matter what I am thrown into this show, the collaboration between all the dance artists never ceases to amaze me. I was constantly discovering and I am glad I did not do it alone.
Describe your most memorable moment as a dancer.
I have plenty of favorite moments, but I would like to talk about the time I performed at Merrie Monarch Ho'ike Night with Parangal Dance Company. We had a set that was fifty-five minutes long and plenty of quick changes in between. When we took our final bow as a group, I looked into the crowd and all of a sudden I was filled with so many emotions that I couldn't explain with words. As I took a bow, I couldn't help but feel so much gratitude with the thousands of people clapping their hands for us. It is by far one of the biggest crowds I have ever performed for!
What's it like working with Kularts and "Manai" Alleluia?
Last year's workshop of Incarcerated: 6x9 was my very first production with Kularts. I always get nervous working with a new choreographer, and I was even nervous when I received news I was going to work closely with Manai for this show. After a couple of rehearsals, I felt so at home in Bayanihan. Manai always challenges me to think outside of the box. I am so used to choreographers telling me exactly what to do and how to move, but that is not the case with Manai. She opens up the space to hear your thought process, and from there we explore our ideas together. To say the least, it is fun working with Manai. The fun times also happen when we are not working. Manai has a way of making you think of life in another lens while making you a champorado to eat before video shoots. She also likes to joke around with her artists before rehearsals, and brings us little savory treats so we have energy for a 4 hour rehearsal. Manai is a mentor, mother figure, and great friend to have in your corner, and I am so blessed to get the opportunity to witness her creativity at first hand.