As part of the constantly evolving street culture in our country, a creative expression through elegance and hues brightens the metro. It is a form of performance art which entails dedication to learn the craft and scorching passion to keep the fire burning. The activity may not be a considered "pop culture" but it has gained its loyal following over the years and has slowly penetrated mainstream art.
I am referring to a not-so-new form of art in our country called Poi. A year ago, I first witnessed the display of Poi performance and was immediately amazed with level of techniques and stunts attributed to the activity. From circular motions to floral patterns created by a string and flow lights, audience will surely be captivated with its beauty. But what exactly is Poi?
Poi is a form of art and performance that originated from the Maori tribes of New Zealand centuries ago. It was first used by the men of Maori to develop wrist flexibility for the use of hand-held weaponries such as mere and kiotiate. However, recently, experts claim that there is no historical proof to confirm the reference. But whatever reason and origin; Poi dancing has immensely evolved over the years from its traditional practice. At current state, there are various forms of poi dancing being deployed by its successors. Even the materials being used already come in array: sock poi, tailed poi, cone poi, glow lights and even fire.
There is an active group who is committed to spread this beautiful lifestyle in our country. They are called Planet Poi Philippines. The said group pioneered the art in our country last 2004. During their puberty years, I had the chance to meet the group. However, after seeing them recently, they have grown in numbers vastly. This was not really a surprise because with the promise and potential of the performance art, a lot will for sure be hooked to it.
Planet Poi Philippines would usually hold their events at Arts in The City - located at FVR Park, 26th Street corner 7th Avenue, Bonifacio Global City. The venue is really an ideal place for them to hold their events - an open space where everyone can move freely. It's all above feeling independent while they perform to the music and their choreography.
While Poi dancing looks a lot of fun (it is, actually), enthusiasts should be prepared to devout rigorous hours in order to learn the art. Planet Poi is offering beginner to advance classes in following locations: Alabang, Makati, The Fort, Ortigas and QC.
This generation is really blessed in terms of the alternatives presented to them. Because of the same variance, their lifestyle can truly be tailor-fitted in accordance to their needs and preferences. As they say, we all need some expression in the form of art to mold us as a person and at the same time improve our whole being.
If you are interested to learn Poi, you may visit them here - http://www.facebook.com/planetzips