The MET Comes Alive with the NORDLYS / P-NOiSE Contemporary Performance

Last Saturday, my friend Vin asked me to watch a performance at the Manila Metropolitan Theater, or what is more popularly known as the Met. I was beside myself with delight when I heard that there was going to be a performance at the Met. Never mind that I’m not really a fan of modern dance or performance art; it was THE Met! It’s part of my favorite spots in Manila, and I know that this opportunity doesn’t come often.

The Metropolitan Theater

It was dream-like not only to step inside the partially restored theater, but also to actually watch a live performance here, just as my mother did when she was younger. Thanks to the National Commission on Culture and the Arts’ (NCCA) efforts to restore and renovate the dilapidated theater, we were able to have that breathtaking experience of celebrating art in a magnificent art deco building. Unfortunately, they were unable to salvage the Amorsolo paintings in the lobby, so the NCCA just put up tarpaulin reproductions in their place.

The Met was constructed in the 1930s and was designed by Juan Arellano, who was also the architect of the Manila Central Post Office Building. After the Second World War, it was transformed into a gay bar and a boxing arena. In the succeeding decades, politicians like Imelda Marcos and Lito Atienza attempted to revive the theater, but it was only in May 2015, with proper funding from the government, when concerted efforts were made to promote and rehabilitate the decaying building.

The NORDLYS / P-NOiSE Contemporary Performance

The NORDLYS / P-NOiSE Contemporary Performance is the first major event in Manila that featured Nordic dancers. Organized in collaboration with the Royal Danish Embassy in the Philippines, the NCCA, and Nordic and Filipino art collectives, this performance is part of an ongoing festival celebrating the culture, talent, and artistry of both local and European performers.

Choreographers: Tine Østergaard and Julie Rasmussen
Technician: Anders Amdisen
Costumes and Graphic Design: Sandra Møller Svendsen

dancers at the metropolitan theater
Snow Elves and Ice Elves: Students from FEU
dancers at the met
Sebastian Lingserius and Nefeli Oikonomou (“D ANCE”)
performance art
Ellinor Kristina Ljungkvist and Georg Kammerer (“I DWELL UPON PEOPLE”)
taking a photo of a dancer
Ray Roa (“Phantom Muse”)
dancers at the Met
Valterri Raekallio and Karoliina Kauhanen (“Where Does The Light Go?”)
dancers at the met
Ingvild Isaksen, Maren Fidje Bjørneseth, Elisa Vassena and Masako Matsushita (“People”)
Sta. Cruz bridge at night
View from the Sta. Cruz bridge at night

We capped the night with a short walk in Lawton and across the Sta. Cruz Bridge to Escolta with Carlos Celdran and other members of the audience. It was a fun night, overall. I’m looking forward to more events like this, especially once the Metropolitan Theater is fully restored.


I’m a person of simple tastes and wants. All I’ve ever wanted since I was 12 was to have my own room where I can display my notebook collection. When I was 16, I was content to stay in bed and write in my journal. At 22, I thought I needed nothing more than classical music and a bowl of spaghetti.

4 thoughts on “The MET Comes Alive with the NORDLYS / P-NOiSE Contemporary Performance

  1. I wasn’t able to come to the show. Your photos make me feel like I missed something good. Haha! But I’m happy that they are slowly restoring The Met. I’ve read about it and I hope to watch shows there once it is fully restored. 🙂

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