“Our mission is to be able to develop the wellness and wholeness of an individual through art,” he shared. “The humanities are very important. Pintô is not just about art work, but also the science and healing power of art. Many times during the pandemic, we used the museum as a venue for dance. It was really a big part of the healing that was happening during the time. I’m basically still a doctor, so I am using art as a strategy of healing. When the idea of this collaboration was broached, I readily agreed. Dance is very important because the movements express the emotions of people.”
An Afternoon at Pintô
To curate the upcoming exhibit, Dr. Cuanang knew that there was only one man for the job. He sought out the help of curator Ferdie Montemayor. “He is very much into the visual arts, but he is also an expert in movement,” shared Dr. Cuanang. Montemayor has had a storied career, beginning in 1990 when he graduated from the UP Dillman College of Fine Arts. He first established himself as a renowned painter, before using his extensive knowledge in art history to curate and support the works of other Filipino artists. For the collaboration between Ballet Philippines, Montemayor has tapped 35 established artists to interpret “dance gestures” on either canvas or through sculptures.
In July 2023, Pintô invited the Ballet Philippines dancers to the museum’s Academy Room for a special day of art and dance. “We asked the artists to attend and take photographs of the dancers as they rehearsed, practiced, and performed,” said Montemayor. “I see this [collaboration] as two hearts beating as one. Two art forms are coming together as one—the performing arts and the visual arts.” The afternoon provided the artists an opportunity to meet and study their subjects. As the dancers performed selections from iconic ballets, the artists created studies for their eventual works. Sketches, paintings, and sculptures came to life as two art forms began to merge.