by Josh Ongcol & Miguel Maravilla

September 10 & 11, 2021

Progress Lab 1422


In partnership with Rumble Theatre, New Works is proud to present the world premiere of LAKBAY by Josh Ongcol.

In his current piece “LAKBAY” (Tagalog word for Journey) Josh meditates on patterns, cycles and rhythms. Drawing upon his mother tongue of Tagalog, pivotal personal experiences and journeys into the natural world of the west coast rainforest, he intimately attunes into buried roots; breathing life into the undercurrents of their queer and filipinx identity. The development of LAKBAY is made possible through Made in BC/Dance West Network’s 2nd annual Creative Residency, Re-Centering Margins 2020-21 and was further developed through Josh’s artist residency with Rumble and New Works in March 2021. 

6:00pm– Doors open and Karaoke

7:00pm– Food

7:45pm – Welcome by Dennis Gupa

8:00pm – Start of show

After-show DJ set

9:45pm – Wrap Up


This event will take place outdoors under tents, in the parking lot of Progress Lab, rain or shine.

Masks are encouraged but not required, and please be aware of distancing, hand-washing/sanitizing, and the varying personal comfort levels of others around you. Please stay home if you have symptoms of COVID, or have been in contact with others who have contracted COVID. Thank you for helping us keep events live, in-person, and safe.


Josh is a Dubai born, Queer, Filipinx artist that is currently a settler on the unceded territories of the Coast Salish peoples. Josh emerged in dance through the streetdance community when he battled in the first Vancouver street dance festival 2011. From there he steeped himself in street dance culture including Locking, Popping House, Hip hop, Vogue, Whacking from local and international teaches; Jerry Chien, Koffi Noumedor, Nubian NeNe, Leah McFly, Natasha Gorie, Rina Palerina, Anna Martynova, and Kim Sato. While he was involved in the streetdance community he continued to explore contemporary dance from Tiffany Tegarthen, David Raymond, 605 collective, Sufeh lee, Kevin Fraser, Peter Bingham, Justine Chambers, Delia Brett and Deanna Peters through the pre professional dance training program Modus Operandi and informal ways of exchanging in the local and international dance community. He believes dance can change the world in nuanced and big ways. Currently he is working on his work called LAKBAY in collaboration with musician Miguel Maravilla.


As an artist, I am interested in the ways tenderness manifests in my body, and its receptivity to deep connection, wisdom, and transformation. I am interested in ways we could communicate regardless of the medium of art/language. With this, I hope to unravel the narrative of being a part of the Filipnx diaspora; specifically of intergenerational exchange, lineage of resilience, concept of “home” and “KAPWA”, queerness and reclaiming spirituality.