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News: Ballet Manila’s Sleeping Beauty world premiere -A modern retelling of a classic story

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A beautiful princess who was cursed by an evil fairy so that she will fall on a sleep-like death after pricking her finger on a spindle of a spinning wheel, only to be awakened after a hundred years by true love’s kiss – this is the story of Sleeping Beauty which has gained worldwide popularity through narrations in various media.

Ballet Manila, the Philippines’ most solidly trained classical ballet company, will bring this classic fairy tale to life with the world premiere of Sleeping Beauty featuring an original choreography by Ballet Manila CEO and artistic director Lisa Macuja Elizalde. As part of the ballet company’s 24th performance season, On Pointé, this grand spectacle will also be the last installment of Macuja Elizalde’s Princess Trilogy. The shows are scheduled on January 18 at 6:00 PM and January 19 at 3:00 PM at the Newport Performing Arts Theater, Resorts World Manila.

Sleeping Beauty will be a modern retelling of the story of Aurora, Prince Philip, and Maleficent with new elements that were conceptualized by the prima ballerina herself with the help of Ballet Manila’s co-artistic director Osias Barroso, who is also the show’s choreography assistant and rehearsal master.

A production that reflects the company’s sophisticated talent and creativity, Ballet Manila’s Sleeping Beauty will be different from the classic ballet by Ivan Vsevolozhsky and Marius Petipa. It will explore the origins of the story and explain what urged Maleficent to cast the spell on Aurora. New characters will also be introduced such as the Keeper of the Golden Plates, and the royal couples from the other installments of the Princess Trilogy. Moreover, Macuja Elizalde further modified the story by shortening the show and removing its divertissements. With these and more, Ballet Manila’s Sleeping Beauty will truly give a fresh and contemporary take on a story that has been around for centuries.

However, Ballet Manila’s Sleeping Beauty is not only about new characters, interesting crossovers, and unexpected twists. With this show, Ballet Manila’s goal is to preserve traditional aspects of ballet. The production will stay true to the story’s central plot about first love, enchantment, and goodness prevailing over evil, as well as the ever-majestic music of Peter Tchaikovsky.

All in all, Sleeping Beauty will showcase how Ballet Manila has always identified with the classics and the Russian Vaganova method, and will manifest the company’s classical ballet abilities.

But more than a spectacular presentation, Sleeping Beauty is an apt offering to start 2020 as the company rises from the recent tragedy after its home, Aliw Theater was ravaged by fire. With Sleeping Beauty, Ballet Manila is all set to show Filipino ballet fans that they will continue to dance, beautifully, majestically.

Leading the ensemble is principal dancer Jasmine Pia Dames who will take on the role of Aurora, while her fellow principal dancer Romeo Peralta will be her love interest, Prince Phillip. Other cast members include Mark Sumaylo, Rissa May Camaclang, Joan Sia, Gerardo Francisco, Rafael Perez, Alvin Dictado, Shaira Comeros, Joshua Enciso and Emma Harris.

To buy tickets for the shows, visit any Ticketworld outlet, call 891 9999, or go to www.ticketworld.com.ph. For more information, visit https://balletmanila.com.ph/ or https://www.facebook.com/BalletManilaOfficial/.

Here are some photographs from Ballet Manila’s Sleeping Beauty Press Launch that was happened last Thursday (January 9) taken by Erickson Dela Cruz:

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Ballet Manila’s principal dancers. Photo by Erickson Dela Cruz

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(From L-R) BM co-artistic director Sir Osias Barroso, Ballet Manila CEO and Artistic Director Ma’m Lisa Macuja Elizalde, Principal dancers Jasmine Pia Dames and Romeo Peralta.
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The Cast of Ballet Manila’s SLEEPING BEAUTY.
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News: Philippine Leaf Awards announces their finalists for the 2019 LEAF THEATER

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The Philippine Leaf Awards proudly announces the finalists for LEAF THEATER 2019. This covers performances from October 1, 2018 to November 30, 2019.

OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A MUSICAL

Kim Molina (Rak of Aegis 7/PETA)
Joanna Ampil (Waitress/Atlantis Theatrical)
Shiela Valderrama – Martinez (Passion/Philippine Opera Company)
Aicelle Santos (Himala/9 Works Theatricals)
Krystal Kane (Spring Awakening/Ateneo Blue Repertory)
Tanya Manalang (Ang Huling El Bimbo/Full House Theater Co./Resorts World)

OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A MUSICAL

Sandino Martin (Spring Awakening/Ateneo Blue Repertory)
Vien King (Passion/Philippine Opera Company)
Arman Ferrer (Mabining Mandirigma /Tanghalang Pilipino)
Gian Magdangal (Ang Huling El Bimbo/Full House Theater Co./Resorts World)
David Ezra (Mabining Mandirigma/Tanghalang Pilipino)

OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS
IN A FEATURED ROLE (MUSICAL)

Bituin Escalante (Waitress/Atlantis Theatrical)
Marriela Munji Laurel (Binondo/MA-Yong Foundation)
Carla Guevara-Laforteza (Ang Huling El Bimbo/Resorts World)
Maronne Cruz ( Waitress/Atlantis Theatrical)
Bernadette Mamauag (Noli Me Tangere The Opera/J&S Production)

OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR
IN A FEATURED ROLE (MUSICAL)

Nino Alejandro (Waitress/Atlantis Theatrical)
Rody Vera (Rak of Aegis 7/PETA)
Vince Lim (Rak of Aegis 7/PETA)
Bibo Reyes (Waitress/Atlantis Theatricals)
Juancho Gabriel (Spring Awakening/ Ateneo Blue Repertory)

OUTSTANDING ENSEMBLE CAST FOR A MUSICAL

Spring Awakening (Ateneo Blue Repertory)
Binondo, A Tsinoy Musical (MA-Yong Foundation)
Ang Huling El Bimbo (Full House Theater Co./Resorts World)
Mabining Mandirigma (Tanghalang Pilipino)
Rak of Aegis 7/(PETA)

OUTSTANDING MUSICAL DIRECTOR

Ejay Yatco (Mabining Mandirigma/Tanghalang Pilipino)

Von de Guzman (Binondo, A Tsinoy Musical/MA-Yong Foundation)
Eugene Belbis (Sleeping Beauty/Kids’ Act Philippines Inc)
Herminigildo Ranera (Noli Me Tangere, The Opera/J&S Production)
Jesse Lucas (Roses for Ben/Artist Playground)

OUTSTANDING DIRECTOR FOR A MUSICAL PRODUCTION

Ed Lacson (Himala/9 Works Theatricals)
Chris Millado (Mabining Mandirigma/Tanghalang Pilipino)
Missy Maramara (Spring Awakening/Ateneo Blue Repertory)
Dexter Santos (Ang Huling El Bimbo/Resorts World)
Jerry Sibal/Jose Jeffrey Camanag (Noli Me Tangere, The Opera/ J&S Productions)

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OUTSTANDING PLAY

Ang Dressing Room (Dulaang UP)
Katsuri (Tanghalang Pilipino)
Alyas July (Dulaang Filipino/CSB)
Nana Rosa (Dulaang UP)

OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS

Missy Maramara ( Stop Kiss/Music Artes)
Bibeth Orteza (Dolorosa/Tanghalang Ateneo)
Peewee O’Hara (Nana Rosa/Dulaang UP)
Delphine Buencamino (If He Doesn’t See Your Face/Arete Productions)
Jill Pena (Dancing Lessons/Twin Bill Theater)
Jenny Jamora (Stop Kiss/Music Artes)

OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR

Roeder Camanag (Ang Dressing Room/Dulaang UP)
Marco Viana (Katsuri/Tanghalang Pilipino)
Jonathan Tadioan (Katsuri/Tanghalang Pilipino)
Ron Capinding (Dolorosa/Tanghalang Ateneo)
Brian Matthew Sy (If He Doesn’t See Your Face/Arete Productions)
Randy Villarama (Dancing Shoes/Twin Bill Theater)

OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS
IN A FEATURED ROLE

Stella Canete (Ang Bahay ni Bernarda Alba/Dulaang UP)
Sherry Lara (Coriolano/Tanghalang Pilipino)
Joan Cabunag (Alyas July/Dulaang Filipino)
Krystle Valentino (Nana Rosa/Dulaang UP)
Jannah Baniasia (Ang Dakilang Teatro ng Daigdig/ CSB School of Design)

OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR
IN A FEATURED ROLE

Brian Matthew Sy (Coriolano/Tanghalang Pilipino)
Norman Penaflorida (Nakakapagpabagabag/Artist Playground)
Mitoy Sta Ana (Ang Dressing Room/Dulaang UP)
Seth Dela Llana (Alyas July/Dulaang Filipino/CSB)

OUTSTANDING ENSEMBLE CAST

Ang Dressing Room (Dulaang UP)
M. Butterfly National Tour (Frontrow Entertainment)
Alyas July (Dulaang Filipino/CSB)
Manila Notes(Tanghalang Pilipino/Japan Foundation)
Katsuri (Tanghalang Pilipino)
Marat/Sade (UP Dulaang Laboratoryo)

OUTSTANDING DIRECTOR

Carlitos Siguion Reyna (Katsuri/Tanghalang Pilipino)
Alexander Cortez (Ang Dressing Room/Dulaang UP)
Riki Benedicto (Alyas July/Dulaang Filipino/CSB)
Francis Matheu (Dancing Lessons/Twin Bill Theater)
Ed Lacson Jr. (Stop Kiss/Music Artes)
Joy Cerro (Marat/Sade, UP Dulaang Laboratoryo)

OUTSTANDING EMERGING PERFORMANCE ART (Musical or Non Musical)

Mural (Uyat Artista/Jocson College CLDCAS)
Tao Po (Rise Up/Juana Change Movement)
La Luna Roja (Fundacion Centro Flamenco)
The Weight of Words (Black Canvas Theater)

OUTSTANDING PERFORMER IN AN EMERGING PERFORMANCE ART

Elle Ocampo (Mural/Jocson College/CLDCAS)
Mae Paner (Tao Po/Rise Uo/Juana Change Movement)
Tami Monsod (La Luna Roja/Fundacion Centro Flamenco)
Abner Delina Jr. (The Weight of Words/Black Canvas)

OUTSTANDING DIRECTOR EMERGING PERFORMANCE ART

Leo Rialp (La Luna Roja/Fundacion CentroFlamenco)
Ed Lacson Jr (Tao Po/Rise Up/Juana Change Movement)
Jayson Gantan Pabalan (Mural/Uyat Artista/Jocson College CLDCAS
Abner Delina Jr. (The Weight of Words/Black Canvas)

OUTSTANDING PRODUCTION FOR CHILDREN

Tigmamanukin (Artist Playground)
Sleeping Beauty (Kids Acts Philippines Inc.)
Hanggang Isang Araw (UP Dulaang Laboratoryo)
Nia & Anwar/The Whale Shark Tale (Gloria Fantasyland/Dapitan)

OUTSTANDING CULTURAL/THEATER GROUP

Uyat Artista (Angeles City)
Tanghalang Sandaang Pulo (Alaminos Pangasinan)
Aklan Performing Arts Network (Western Visayas)
Kanlaon Theater Guild (Negros Occidental)
Barasoain Kalinangan (Malolos Bulacan)

OUTSTANDING SCENOGRAPHY

Nia and Anwar/The Whale Shark Tale/ Gloria Fantasyland
Katsuri/Tanghalang Pilipino
Alyas July/Dulaang Filipino CSB
Himala/9 Works Theatricals
Hanggang Isang Araw (UP Dulaang Laboratoryo)

BEST SPECIAL EVENTS

Imbukada (Belison, Antique)
70th Anniversary PESA (Phil Electronic Suppliers Assoc)
San Miguel Yamamura Packaging Conference
Pinoy Playlist, BGC
Koryo Mindanao

BEST SPECIAL EVENTS DIRECTOR

Noel Maximo (San Miguel Yamamura Packaging Corp Conference)
Rodel Mercado (70th Anniversary, Federation of Electrical Suppliers)
Basilidas Pilapil (Koryo Mindanao)
Peter Macrohon (Imbukada)

 

THE AWARDING CEREMONY IS SET ON FEBRUARY 8, 2020 (SATURDAY)
at CARLOS P. ROMULO AUDITORIUM RCBC PLAZA, MAKATI CITY, 2 PM – 5 PM

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News: Cultural Center of the Philippines unveiled their line up of programs for 2020.

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THE Cultural Center of the Philippines unveiled its 2020 performance season.  CCP vice president and artistic director Chris Millado presented the CCP’s year-long programming in a press conference held recently at the CCP Tanghalang Huseng Batute.

CCP welcomes the new year with forthcoming productions from its resident companies – the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra, Ballet Philippines, Philippine Ballet Theatre, Tanghalang Pilipino, Ramon Obusan Folkloric Group, Bayanihan Dance Company, UST Symphony Orchestra, National Music Competitions for Young Artists (NAMCYA), and the Philippine Madrigal Singers.  Local and international outreach performance tours are likewise set for some of the resident companies throughout the year.

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A scene from Dulaang UP’s production of Lope de Vega’s “Fuente Ovejuna”. Photo by Erickson dela Cruz

A University Theater Season is set in 2020 wherein select university-based theater groups take to the CCP venues to showcase next-generation talent in their productions of original Filipino works, adaptations of classics and experimental work.  The season of university theater productions ramps up to the 13th International University Theater Association’s (IUTA) Congress and Festival to be held in August.

International Filipino tenor Arthur Espiritu leads a stellar international cast from Italy and Manila in the staging of the opera “Lucia Di Lammermoor” by Gaetano Donizetti, the Italian-language libretto written by Salvadore Cammarano based upon Sir Walter Scott’s historical novel “The Bride of Lammermoor.”

Ternocon II, a unique competition involving the young designers in a mentoring atelier workshop with established designers in a process that engages the history, technique, and construction of the classic Filipino terno, culminates in a grand fashion concert where the winners are announced.

Other events include concerts (Triple Threats), festivals (CCP Jazz Festival in Baguio City, Banda Rito Banda Roon: Symphonic Band and Clarinet, The Rainbow LGBTQI Arts; Festival of Arts and Ideas), plays (Tanghalang Pilipino’s “Batang Mujahideen” and “Lam-Ang, an Ethno-Epic Musical”), a production of “Senadala at Persyanus: Ang Bagong Mukha ng Moro by community-based theater organization Komedya ng Don Galo, and other productions. 

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Markki Stroem will be part of the Triple Threats concert series. Photo by Erickson dela Cruz.

Highlights of the 2020 CCP season calendar include the inauguration of the CCP’s newest venue Tanghalang Ignacio Gimenez (CCP Black Box Theater), the first CCP Arts and Social Media Festival, Launching of Rare Digitized CCP Performances Collection of the CCP Library and Archives, and the Genesis Magazine Anniversary Edition, CCP Digital Time Capsule, Luces: Festival of Illuminations, CCP Arthouse Cinema screenings, Philippine Hip-Hop Dance Championship and the like.

 The CCP Encyclopedia of Philippine Art (EPA) will soon be available digitally in 2020 including a Digital Installation, Website launch, Mobile Application, and Offline Version as well.

 There are also the CCP regular events such as the Pasinaya, considered the largest multi-arts festival in the country; the Virgin Labfest, the annual festival of raw, untested and unstaged one-act plays, followed by an Extra Virgin LabFest to be held in other regions; Cinemalaya, the largest independent film festival with the aim to support cinematic works by upcoming and veteran Filipino filmmakers.

 Proud of its art education and outreach programs, the CCP continues to hold various training and workshops for national rondalla, national folk dance for teachers, choral groups, and summer dance, to name some.

 Must-see exhibitions include the following: “1986 People Power Revolution – The aftermath from Cultural Center of the Philippines to Sentrong Pangkultura ng Pilipinas: The Center in the Midst of Change”,  “Valerio Nofuente and Emmanuel Sanchez Collections: The Banned Library Materials During the Martial Law Era”, “Allegories And Realities Ofelia Gelvezon-Tequi: In Retrospect”, Launching of the 21AM (21st Century Arts Museum), “1st of May: The Roles of Amado Vera Hernandez and Isabelo Florentino De Los Reyes in the History of the Labor Movement in the Struggle for Social Justice and Liberation”, Severino Rivera Reyes (1861-1942) “Father of the Tagalog Sarsuwela”, “Launch of the CCP Print Folio: 20/30 I & II: A Limited Edition Print Portfolios in Celebration of the 50th Year Anniversary of CCP”, Cinemalaya Eye Fix, among other shows.

 

HIGHLIGHTS OF THE CCP INSTITUTIONAL PRESSCON:

(posted by Mr. Camilo Villanueva Jr.)

  • The fully editable and interactive Digital CCP Encyclopedia of Philippine Arts, to be distributed free to public schools and universities.
  • Interactive Digital Wall Installations, which not only feature full info on current shows but also layerable timeliness on the different arts, along with a Time Capsule.
  • CCP Digital HD to extend the lifespan of high-budgeted productions to be launched with Virgin Lab Fest’s “Mga Kontrabida” by Lasallian Dustin Celestino.
  • A Dulaang UP production of Lope de Vega’s “Fuente Ovejuna“, the last work of Antonio “Tony” Mabesa+, translated by Nicolas Pichay.
  • The First Social Media and the Arts Festival in May, a brainchild of Irene Rada who is retiring this year.
  • The opening of CCP’s New Black Box Theater, which Tess Rances herself assured will finally push through.
  • The revival of Triple Threats concerts featuring Markki Stroem, among others, and
  • Spinifex Group’s dynamic Audiovisual Light and Video Matting for the CCP Facade in September, 2020

 For more information, please call CCP at 8832-1125 and visit www.culturalcenter.gov.ph

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News: CINEMA UNDER THE STARS AT CCP

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Enjoy the yuletide season while watching free movies as the Cultural Center of the Philippines presents Cinema under the Stars, a three-night special event featuring screenings of the best Cinemalaya, Gawad Alternatibo, and select family-friendly films, surrounded by the glittering parols and featuring performances as part of the CCP’s Sinag: Festival of Radiance from December 13-15, 2019 at the CCP Front Lawn at 6pm.

Sinag: Festival of Radiance is a light and sound show showcasing the CCP’s fifty years of excellence in the field of performing, literary, visual and multi-media arts and its continuing partnership with its regional network.

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The 20-feet sundial art installation by artist Toym Imao Jr. Photographed by Erickson dela Cruz
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Abner Delina Jr. hosts the program. Photographed by Erickson dela Cruz

The performances complement the beautiful lanterns created by the Kapampangan craftsmen from the renowned family of lantern makers, now led by 5th generation artisan, Arvin Quiwa, as well as the 20-feet sundial art installation by multimedia artist Abdulmari “Toym” Imao Jr.  Located at the CCP Front Lawn, the installation represents the role of arts and culture in society over time.
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Sir Ariel Yonzon of the Cultural Center of the Philippines led the Organizing Committee for this event. Photographed by Erickson dela Cruz

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Creator of PANDESALAWAL film Direk Che Espiritu graces the event. Photographed by Erickson dela Cruz

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Program for the event consists of the following:

December 13, Friday

6pm-6:25pm – Sinag: Festival of Radiance – a light and sound spectacle

6:30pm-7pm – Diskarte by Mich Cervantes and Agu Crisostomo – Short film

            Asan Si Lolo Me? by Sari Estrada – Short film

7pm-7:25pm – Sinag: Festival of Radiance

7:30pm-9:20pm – Christmas in Our Hearts Reloaded (by RESBAK) – Short film

        Pan De Salawal by Che Espiritu – Full length film

9:20pm-9:45pm – Sinag: Festival of Radiance.

 

December 14, Saturday

6pm-6:30pm – Ephesus Teatron Group Inc.’s Tribu – Performance

6:35pm-7pm – Sinag: Festival of Radiance

7pm-7:30pm – Ephesus Teatron Group Inc.’s Tribu – Performance

7:30pm-9:20pm – Maligaya Sana Ang Pasko (by RESBAK) – Short film

                          Paper Cut by Patricia Baguio Camino – Short film

                          Ekstra by Jeffrey Jeturian – Full length film

9:20pm-9:45pm – Sinag: Festival of Radiance.

 

 

December 15, Sunday

6pm-6:30pm – PWU Indayog Gongs – Performance

6:35pm-7pm – Sinag: Festival of Radiance

7pm-7:30pm – PWU Indayog Gongs – Performance

7:30pm-9:20pm –

      Christmas In Our Hearts Reloaded (by RESBAK) – Short film

      Sa Saiyang Isla by Christian Candelaria – Short film

      Doon Sa Kabila Ng Bulkan by Ellen Ramos – Short film

      Ang Maangas, Ang Marikit at Ang Makata by Jose Ibarra Guballa – Short film

      Ang Babae Sa Septic Tank by Marlon Rivera – Full length film

9:20pm-9:45pm – Sinag: Festival of Radiance.

 

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Performance Photos: Tanghalang Pilipino’s ethno-epic musical, Lam-ang

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The first week run of Tanghalang Pilipino’s presentation of Lam-ang was a success and is now preparing for its 2nd week. And to accomodate more audiences, they added special weekday shows set on December 11, 12 and 13.

Lam-ang is an ethno-epic musical that re-imagines and reinterprets Biag ni Lam-ang, the oldest among the folk epics of Luzon. This play, which aims to rediscover a significant portion of Philippine culture and heritage, is inspired by the published Ilocano version of Isabelo delos Reyes and Tagalog translations of Angel Acacio and Ariel Tabag.

This musical takes us back to the times when we were our own selves by ourselves in our own little worlds. It chronicles the conquests of Lam-ang from the land of Nalbuan while envisioning local traditions that are being lost, ancient customs and lores that are being forgotten, and vestiges of our affluent past that are in danger of disappearing forever.

The production of Lam-ang also features the collaboration of award winning actors led by JC Santos and Anna Luna with Tex Ordoñez-De Leon, Joshua Cabiladas, Raflesia Bravo, Jonathan Tadioan, Ybes Bagadiong, Lance Reblando, Alvin Maghanoy, Hazel Maranan, Remus Villanueva, Paw Castillo, Karenina Ng, JV Ibesate, VJ Cortel, Francis Gatmaytan, Rapah Manalo, Miah Canton, Antonette Go, Gabo Tolentino, Alys Serdenia, and Lhorvie Nuevo.

The Creative Team of “Lam-ang” is an artistic collaboration among the following:
Eljay Castro Deldoc (New Book and Lyrics), Jen Darlene Torres (Music and Lyrics), Fitz Edward Bitana (Direction), Marco Viaña (Direction and Set Design), TJ Ramos (Musical Direction and Sound Design), JM Cabling (Choreography), Bonsai Cielo (Costume Design) and Lighting Design by Meliton Roxas, Jr.

Here are some Lam-ang performance photos taken by Erickson dela Cruz;

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Hazel Maranan as Namongan.
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Jonathan Tadioan as Tandang Guibuan.
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Antonette Go and Lhorvie Nuevo.

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Remus Villanueva as Lakay Lokan.
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Tex Ordoñez-de Leon as Baglan, with Hazel Maranan (Namongan) and Remus Villanueva (Lakay Lokan).
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Ybes Bagadiong as Ka-ul.

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Alvin Maghanoy bilang Batang Lam-ang.
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JC Santos as Lam-ang.
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Joshua Cabiladas as Gumakas.
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Ybes Bagadiong (Ka-ul) and Lance Reblando as Taraok.
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Anna Luna as Kannoyan.

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Lam-ang” closes on December 15, 2019 at the Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino (Little Theater) of the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP).

Tickets are available at the CCP Box Office, Ticketworld, Ticket 2 Me, Blimo and the Tanghalang Pilipino office.

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News: Tanghalang Pilipino presents ‘Lam-ang’ into an Ethno-Epic Musical

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Lam-ang takes centerstage this December as Tanghalang Pilipino’s third production for this MAKIDIGMA season (33rd Theater season, 2019-2020). This ethno-epic musical promises to present this oldest folk epic in Luzon with utmost respect for to its purest elements but, with some contemporary innovations in consideration of the sensibilities, level of artistic appreciation and cultural education of our contemporary audiences. Unforgettable songs, movements, dramatic actions and rituals artistically blend the old with the new in this musical.

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Topbilling this production is TV, movie and theater actor JC Santos, a graduate of Theater Arts from University of the Philippines, Diliman. Previous to “Lam-ang”, JC appeared in many stage productions including “Orosman at Zafira,” and “Isang Panaginip na Fili,” He received warmest accolades for his well-received turn as Roland in “Constellations“, which paved the way for him to find a niche in mainstream showbiz.

Lam-ang” marks JC’s stage comeback after years of devoting his time to the small and big screens.

“This is also my first time to bag a lead role in a musical. And, on top of that, this is my first with Tanghalang Pilipino,” adds JC Santos. “I am extremely honored to be part of this production and to work with all these talented artists.”

Also making her Tanghalang Pilipino debut is Anna Luna, who impressed audiences with her performance in the stage and movie versions of “Changing Partners“. Anna plays the beautiful Kannoyan, Lam-ang’s first love.

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“Kannoyan will teach Lam-ang that the power of a lifelong love is far stronger than any loss or victory in a war,” expresses Anna. “I am so honored and grateful for the trust given to me to play this landmark role of Kannoyan.”

Both JC and Anna have lead roles in full-length film entries in this year’s Cinema One Originals Film Festival, JC stars in “Tayo muna habang hindi pa tayo” with Jane Oineza while Anna stars in “O” alongside with Jasmine Curtis-Smith and Lauren Young. The films are shown in cinemas last October.

Respected stage veteran Tex Ordoñez-de Leon, former resident actor of Tanghalang Pilipino, lends her powerful voice to Baglan. Tex, a prolific stage actress, once recorded a duet with Gary Valenciano.

JC, Anna, Tex are joined by a host of the most versatile young stage actors in the country, including Lance Reblando, Alvin Maghanoy, Hazel Maranan, Remus Villanueva, Paw Castillo, Joshua Cabiladas, Raflesia Bravo, Alys Serdenia, Miah Canton, Rapah Manalo, VJ Cortel, Gry Gimena, Gabo Tolentino, Francis Gatmaytan, and the members of the multi-awarded Tanghalang Pilipino Actors Company – Jonathan Tadioan, Ybes Bagadiong, JV Ibesate, Antonette Go and Lhorvie Nuevo.

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The cast and artistic team of Tanghalang Pilipino’s Lam-ang. Photo by Erickson dela Cruz

Lam-ang” is an artistic collaboration among the following: Eljay Deldoc (New Book and Dramaturgy); Jen Darlene Torres (Music and Lyrics); Fitz Edward Torres Bitana (Director); Marco Viaña (Director and Set Designer).
Torres is also the composer of songs with TJ Ramos as musical director and sound designer; with JM Cabling as choreographer. The costume designer is Bonsai Cielo and the Lighting designer is Meliton Roxas Jr.

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(From L-R) Marco Viaña, Eljay Deldoc and Fitz Bitana. Photographed by Erickson dela Cruz

Lam-ang” runs from December 6 to 15, 2019 at the Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino (Little Theater) of the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP).

Tickets are available at the CCP Box Office, Ticketworld, Ticket 2 Me, Blimo and the Tanghalang Pilipino office.

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Performance Photos: BALLET MANILA’s GISELLE

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A day before Ballet Manila’s CEO and Artistic Director Ma’m Lisa Macuja Elizalde‘s birthday, a fire broke out in the facilities of Star City and damaged the two Theatres that served as home to Ballet Manila for almost two decades. The Star Theater reduced to ashes and damaged the Aliw Theater, two venues close to her heart as these had been personal gifts from her husband Fred Elizalde. A tragic incident which happened just 17 days before the scheduled shows of Giselle, the second Ballet Manila’s production for their 24th season, originally has playdates of October 19 & 20. The next day, Ma’m Lisa announced on her facebook page that the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) offered the venue grant of their Main Theater. Ms. Margie Moran also called to offer and lend the sets and backdrops of Ballet Philippines for Giselle. Ms. Maan Hontiveros and Jeffrey Solares gave them a discount for the Manila Symphony Orchestra. And finally the show goes on and got the playdate of October 17 at the Main theater of the CCP.

Despite of grievances and sorrows, Ma’m Lisa keeps sending positive messages and always says the phrase “WE WILL RISE LIKE A PHOENIX”. She even made it printed in her shirts as a statement. Last thursday, Giselle was successfully presented at the CCP supported by many friends, most from and within the Ballet community.

“Ballet Manila was born in 1995 with nothing but youthful ideals, big dreams, and 12 fearless dancers led by our Artistic Director, the late Eric V. Cruz. We come before you tonight, 57 fearless dancers strong with artistic direction shared between myself and my fellow dreamer, ever-reliable partner, and faithful friend, Osias Barroso. We may be homeless for now, but we are determined to rise like a phoenix and rebuild, to be even more committed and determined to continue our mission and vision of bringing ballet to the people and more people to the ballet.” –Ma’m Lisa on her speech before the show. 

Principal dancers Joan Emery Sia played Giselle and Elpidio Magat as Albrecht, Mark Sumaylo played as Hilarion, Akari Ida as Myrtha, Nicole Barroso and Joshua Enciso as the peasant couple, accompanied by more than 50 Ballet Manila dancers. Music performed by the Manila Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Maestro Alexander Vikulov.

Here are some of my captured images from the historical and lovely presentation of Ballet Manila’s GISELLE at the CCP:

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For further announcements and updates regarding Ballet Manila’s upcoming shows. Follow their Official Social Media accounts on facebook, twitter and Instagram. Also visit their official website at www.balletmanila.com

* Photographs by Erickson Dela Cruz © 2019

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Performance Photos: Ballet Philippines’ A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Ballet Philippines’ A Midsummer Night’s Dream (2019)

A Midsummer Night’s Dream reimagined by Carlo Pacis, is the second offering in the Ballet Philippines Golden Year’s repertoire. An enchanted world awaits in a delightful comedy showcasing the genius of William Shakespeare, With the music of Felix Mendelssohn, Scenery and additional costume design of Eric Cruz, And lighting by Jay Aranda.

Here’s an exclusive peek at the some performance photos of Ballet Philippines’ staging of A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
 Photographs by Erickson Dela Cruz

Ballet Philippines’ A Midsummer Night’s Dream runs from October 11 to 13 in the Main Theater of the Cultural Center of the Philippines.

October 11, Friday, 8PM
October 12, Saturday, 2PM
October 12, Saturday, 7PM
October 13, Sunday, 2PM

 

Connect to Ballet Philippines online through the following social media networks:
Facebook: www.facebook.com/balletphilippines
Instagram: @balletphilippines
YouTube: balletph
Official Website: www.ballet.ph

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News: CARLO PACIS REIMAGINES A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM FOR BALLET PHILIPPINES’ GOLDEN SEASON

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The genius of William Shakespeare inspires Hong Kong-based choreographer Carlo Pacis’ magical and reimagined interpretation of A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

His early days can be traced back to dancing on the Main Theater Stage of the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) in the 80’s as the dream child of Esther Rimpos in Anton Juan’s Yerma for Ballet Philippines’ Likha. He would then graduate as Valedictorian and Outstanding Artist in Dance of Batch Delarama (’93) from the Philippine High School for the Arts, and after graduating with a BFA in Dance with First-class Honours from The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts (HKAPA) in 1998, he joined the Hong Kong Ballet as a senior soloist. He received the Hong Kong Dance Alliance Award in 2002 for his technical artistry and the depth of his dramatic reading of roles and in 2006, the company was invited to perform his work, There’s a Fly in This Soup, at the 1st Asia Pacific Ballet Festival held in Seoul, Korea. He created the additional choreography in Act I for the company’s production of Swan Lake in August 2007 as Choreographic Apprentice under John Meehan and in October that same year he choreographed for Opera Hong Kong’s production of Aida, which also toured to Seoul.

Ballet Philippines’ 50th Season welcomes Carlo Pacis as he reimagines A Midsummer Night’s Dream, the second offering of the company’s Golden Season repertoire.

In 2009, Pacis earned his Master of Fine Arts in Dance degree from HKAPA and his work for Ballet Philippines, Shifting Wait, won the Gawad Buhay 2010 Philstage Award for Outstanding Choreography for a Dance Production. His full-length work of A Midsummer Night’s Dream for Ballet Philippines also received five accolades from Gawad Buhay 2013, including the awards for Outstanding Modern Dance Production and Outstanding Choreography for a Dance Production. He was again awarded in 2017 for Outstanding Choreography for a Dance Production from Philstage for his work with Ballet Philippines, Weighted Whispers. Pacis was also the Commissioned Choreographer for the competition solos of The Royal Academy of Dance Genée International Ballet Competition when it was held in Hong Kong in August 2018.

Pacis declares it is a joy for him to come back to Manila and revisit this ballet. He shares, “I am thrilled and humbled that A Midsummer Night’s Dream has been included in Ballet Philippines’ 50th Season.

Felix Mendelssohn’s classic score is merged with this neo-classical spin on the classic tale, breathing new life to the enchanting story about fairies and sprites wreaking havoc on the fates of young lovers trying to find each other through the dark forests of love under the light of the moon. Pacis says in his choreographer’s notes: “Perhaps it is this fascination and preoccupation we have about love that enables the artists of Ballet Philippines to so easily delve into the roles.”

According to Pacis, love is the most prominent theme in Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Seemingly inescapable and being the great equalizer, it overlaps the royal, common, and supernatural characters in the story. He adds, “At a time when indifference, prejudice, and hate are all too common, it is the arts that can bring us to who we are and remind us of who we can be. I hope that our rendition of A Midsummer Night’s Dream can help us all to remember what joy there is in love and that we all have the ability to love, no matter where we are from.”

Ballet Philippines’ homegrown talents essay roles in the delightful comedy, A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare.

As Ballet Philippines celebrates its 50th anniversary, the company presents this delightful comedy as the second offering in its golden season, following the resounding success of its season- opening production, the iconic ballet, Swan Lake.

An enchanted world awaits audiences through A Midsummer Night’s Dream, showcasing the genius of Shakespeare and music of Mendelssohn, as well as the choreography of Pacis with scenery of Eric Cruz.

Ballet Philippines’ A Midsummer Night’s Dream show dates and schedules:

Ballet Philippines’ A Midsummer Night’s Dream runs from October 11 – 13, 2019 at the CCP Main Theater.
Show dates and schedules are as follows:
October 11, 2019 | 8:00 PM
October 12, 2019 | 2:00 PM & 7:00 PM
October 13, 2019 | 2:00 PM & 7:00 PM

Get your tickets exclusively at TicketWorld (891-9999), CCP Box Office (832-3704), or Ballet Philippines Box
Office (551-1003) or online at https://bit.ly/2OCgDnS as well as in all Ticketworld outlets.

For more information, connect to Ballet Philippines online:
Facebook: www.facebook.com/balletphilippines
Instagram: @balletphilippines
YouTube: balletph
Official Website: www.ballet.ph

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NEWS: CATS ADDS TWO MORE WEEKS TO THE MANILA SEASON

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Due to overwhelming popular demand, producers have just announced that 2 more weeks have been added to the Manila season. The sold-out international production of CATS The Musical will be playing in Manila for a strictly limited season, from 6th of November to December 1st at The Theatre at Solaire.

Ms. Jo Ampil (Photographed by Erickson dela Cruz)

World-renowned theatre star and the Philippines’ very own Joanna Ampil reprises her role as Grizabella. Joanna Ampil has performed in several West End musicals, including Miss Saigon, Jesus Christ Superstar and Avenue Q, and she played the role of Fantine in Les Misérables in London.

Joining her in the cast are Luke Fraser Yates, George Hinson, Gavin Eden, Kirsty Ingram, Elizabeth Futter, Sally Frith, Erica-Jayne Alden, Amy Whittle, Ellie Young, Holly Willock, Danielle Cato, Gabrielle Coca, Cian Hughes, Rhys Batten, Thomas Inge, Mukeni Nel, Lloyd Davies, Abigail Dever, Alexandra Wright, Elly Shaw, Liam Buckland, Lee Nicholson, and Brian O’Muiri. Resident director is Dane Quixall. Further casting to follow.

Based on T.S. Elliot‘s Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats, Cats first returned to the West End in December 2014 reuniting the original creative team – Director Trevor Nunn, Associate Director and Choreographer Gillian Lynne, Designer John Napier and Composer Andrew Lloyd Webber. Following a second season at the London Palladium in 2015 and a UK Tour in 2016, the production embarked on an international tour in 2017 and now continues to tour the world throughout 2018 and 2019.

On just one special night of the year, all Jellicle cats meet at the Jellicle Ball where Old Deuteronomy, their wise and benevolent leader, makes the Jellicle choice and announces which of them will go up to The Heaviside Layer and be reborn into a whole new Jellicle life.

Cats, one of the longest-running shows in West End and on Broadway, received its world premiere at the New London Theatre in 1981 where it played for 21 record-breaking years and almost 9,000 performances. The production was the winner of the Olivier and Evening Standard Awards for Best Musical. In 1983 the Broadway production became the recipient of seven Tony Awards including Best Musical, and ran for eighteen years. Since its world premiere, Cats has been presented in over 30 countries, has been translated into 15 languages and has been seen by over 73 million people worldwide. Both the original London and Broadway cast recordings won Grammy Awards for Best Cast Album. The classic Lloyd Webber score includes Memory which has been recorded by over 150 artists from Barbra Streisand and Johnny Mathis to Liberace and Barry Manilow.

The international tour of the Cameron Mackintosh and The Really Useful Theatre production of CATS is again presented by David Ian Productions. RCBC Bankard is a proud sponsor of the 2019 Manila season of CATS.

For more information Please Visit:

www.catsthemusical.com

 

 

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CCP Presents NeoFilipino 2019: AR[RES]T

Neo Filipino 2019 – AR[RES]T

NeoFilipino 2019: Ar[res]t is a dance show that presents expressions of the contemporary Filipino through the dancing body featuring choreographers Ava Villanueva Ong, Biag Gaongen, Georgette Sanchez-Vargas, and JM Cabling, in collaboration with composer Krina Cayabyab, mixed-media installation artist Manny Montelibano, theatre director Tuxqs Rutaquio, and writer Gianne Sanchez-Sanson. The show is directed by renowned choreographer and director Denisa Reyes, with Myra Beltran as artistic consultant and Jay Aranda Lighting Designer.

An initiative of the Cultural Center of the Philippines and the culmination of the CCP Choreographers Series, NeoFilipino is a collaborative platform that bridges dance with other artforms and aims to express the voices of Filipino artists and their views of society. With the theme Ar[res]t, this year’s program will highlight the power of dance to seize focus, to arrest a crowd in a frenzy, and to pierce through the noise to arrive at the truth that lies inside the body.

“If we says Cinemalaya, it refers to Films or Movies, as Virgin Labfest is Theatre. Now, We have Neo Filipino and it refers to Dance.” says CCP Vice President and Artistic Director Chris Millado during the press conference.

Aiming to become the prime mover of contemporary dance expressions in Philippine society, the CCP Choreographers Series was envisioned by series directors Denisa Reyes and Myra Beltran with Nes Jardin. The series starts with (1) WifiBody.ph, a competition for emerging choreographers; (2) Koryolab, a laboratory and showcase of experimental dance pieces by mid-career choreographers; and (3) NeoFilipino, a venue for established choreographers to create and stage major works in collaboration with artists of other art forms

The first tier of the three-part platform CCP Choreographers’ Series, WifiBody.ph is a competition for the solo-duet form, believing that the intimacy and conciseness of these forms pushes choreographers to bare their choreographic vision.
The second tier, Koryolab, is a laboratory and research platform for the development and presentation of experimental dance pieces by mid-career choreographers in a black box space mentored intensively by the pioneers in contemporary dance.

NeoFIlipino serves as a culminating third tier of the series and showcases the finest progressive and innovative works in contemporary dance choreography. It is a platform for Filipino choreographers to make dance the central force, the impetus, and the muscle in collaborating with the other art forms: music, visual arts, literature, theatre and film.

ORDER AND DISORDER

Choreographer: Ava Villanueva-Ong
Music: Krina Cayabyab

“The day I gave birth to my eldest son was the same date my mother gave birth to me.
Everything changed when I became a mother. My body, sleeping hours, food I had to intake and the way I see life at present. Before it was all about dancing and the idea of me proving to people I am this great artist. But now, I worry about different things such as the future and what will it be like for my sons. Will it become worse or better for them to live in?

Artists have different voices. Our choreographies are our instrument to voice out what we would like to say. The piece I created is a piece I would like to dedicate for my two little boys, Dylan and Jacob.

It is a piece about Hope. It is present in the most mundane and the most fundamental of places. We can find it within ourselves and we can be inspired by factors outside ourselves as well. This piece hopes to show hope for everything we are hoping for.”

TATAK: TA-TU

Choreography and Film Direction: Biag Gaongen
Collaborator: Manny Montelibano

“Skin tattoo is a cultural mark(er) that identifies a specific community such as the Igorots of Kalinga. Apo Whang-od, a Kalinga woman in her 90s is the oldest known tattoo artist in the Cordillera region. Like Whang-od, several Cordillera men and women in her generation wear impressive tattoo designs. Lately, Whang-od had gained immense popularity outside of Kalinga. People would trek through rough terrains to get tattooed in the traditional way.

Putting on tattoo is a ritual that inflicts pain in the body. One could say that having profuse tattoo indicates courage.

While Whang-od’s tattoo is sought out by a growing number of non-Kalinga natives, the branding of Igorots as “indigenous people” resurfaced. I am bothered by the ill-defined meaning/s attached with the term.

Being identified as someone who belongs to the indigenous people from Sagada, Mountain Province had been both an advantage and a disadvantage. Studying and living in Los Banos and Metro Manila, for years, my Igorot ancestry had been utilized by institutions I have been involved with. I am proud to represent a culture deemed pure Filipino (a shifting and developing identity that these institutions have been pursuing all the while). However, it is very unsettling when Igorot culture is treated as a relic exhibited on a museum shelf. A living culture when perceived to have been frozen in time will have its bearers subjected in the same way- unrecognized in the present; crucial issues that affect the lives of the people will thereby be dealt as matters that dwell and should simply be left untouched in the past.

Practices from Cordillera which include tattoo art and folk dances had been explored and exploited by many to assert the Filipino identity. In effect, has it empowered the contemporary Cordillerans? In the relentless efforts of Filipinos to define and re-claim what is truly “Filipino” through the “indigenous people”— culture ends up as someone’s prized souvenir from a bygone era.

In my dance piece, images and symbolisms associated with Cordillera’s tattoo culture will be explored on film and live performance which will be directed, choreographed and performed by myself. Manny Montelibano will be collaborating with me on various aspects of the film; and Jose Centenera Buencamino will compose an original music. Tatak:Ta-tu is ten to twelve minutes long multi-media show.”

 

ARRHYTHMIA

Choreographer: Georgette Sanchez

“When I created ARRHYTHMIA for Ballet Philippines’ 50th Anniversary, I did not exactly know where my choreography was centered on, or where it was leading me to. I put together whatever my body was creating, and let my dancers follow from one step to the next.

Once I had something to show, my sister Gianne watched the rehearsal and interpreted what it seemed to look like and feel like from her point of view. My creation, in her eyes, was a moving picture of a human heart.

I want to dramatize what people go through each day, which leads their own human heart to beat accordingly. While other hearts beat for love and life, there are others that beat faster because of anger, or slower because of weakness. There are some even, that can barely beat at all.

When there is no blood to pump, the heart experiences arrest. The irony of it is that, when the blood is too strong to handle, the heart also experiences arrest. It is a challenge to keep that balance amidst all of life’s challenges, be in a state of calm and equilibrium. Pressures in life are inevitable. The pressure to cope up with others…the pressure to push one’s self physically and the pressure to be a somebody.

Yes, beyond all these and many more, we hope to find our own balance and not be held by our own heart’s arrest.

ARRHYTHMIA, now a lengthened version of my piece for BP’s 50th, has become an artwork come to life, of the entirety of the human heart. It’s strength, it’s weaknesses, it’s calm, and it’s arrest.”

 

ANG LIHIM NI LEA

Choreography: JM Cabling
Production Design: Tuxqs Rutaquio

“From WiFI Body 2014, to KoryoLab 2017, and now NeoFilipino 2019, my excitement to be the first choreographer to “graduate” from CCP Choreographers Series brings me to a lot of ambitious ideas. But after several attempts to come up with a bolder creation, or a highfalutin concept, it still brings me back to ask, “What do I really want to say?”

I envisioned doing work that is similar to children’s storybooks – simple storytelling, visually engaging, with themes children could comprehend easily but, at the same time, adults would be able to discuss profoundly.

With my collaborator, Sir Tuxqs Rutaquio, we decided to do a dance adaptation of Ang Lihim ni Lea, a Filipino children’s story by Augie Rivera with book illustrations by Ghani Madueño. It was published in 2007 by Adarna House and Soroptimist International of Hope Baguio. It is a story about child sexual abuse.

I personally think the material is something I can take on as a challenge because I really want to learn and explore new ways of storytelling. The theme of the story is also personal because I want to express my stand on the issue of abuse of power. In times when power lies in the hands of abusive people, every opportunity to be defiant is important.”

 

NeoFilipino: Ar[res]t runs from Oct. 25 to 27, 2019 at the Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino, CCP, at 7pm on the 25th and 27th, and 2pm and 7pm on the 26th. Tickets, which are prized at Php500, can be purchased at https://tinyurl.com/y3xcw5hx or reserved through the CCP Box Office 832-3704 and Ticketworld at 891-9999. 20% discounts apply for Students, Senior Citizens, PWD, Government and Military Personnel.

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