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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: SPOTLIGHT ON ‘HIV’ ADVOCACY WITH PETA’S 52nd SEASON FINALE “UNDER MY SKIN”

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The Philippine Educational Theater Association (PETA) stages Under My Skin, written by Rody Vera and directed by Melvin Lee, as its 52nd Theater Season finale. The play refelects PETA’s advocacy for raising awareness and starting conversations towards pressing issues, which now sheds light on the different faces behind HIV and AIDS.

Under My Skin is an anthology drama about the stories of Filipinos living with HIV. We are introduced to a number of characters affected by the epidemic, and their stories are woven together by epidemiologist Dr. Gemma Almonte, who ultimately hopes for a change in public preception, an increase in compassion, and a society afflicted not with ignorance and prejudice, but with compassion and understanding.

Mr. Rody Vera. Photo by Erickson Dela Cruz

A commissioned piece requested by TV and film director Andoy Ranay in 2016, playwright Rody Vera shares that Under My Skin is actually beased on people he personally knows and loves. “I decided to write in multiple stories that will somehow mirror the overwhelming increase of HIV cases. And yet nobody seems to be as alarmed, thinking that it’s just a ‘gay’ disease,” Rody says.

UNAIDS reports cite the Philippines as the No. 1 Country with the fastest growing HIV epidemic in the world, with an estimate of 70,000 cases by the end of 2018. According to the HIV/AIDS & Art Registry of the Philippines under the Department of Health, there are 35 newly diagnosed cases of HIV everyday as of June 2019. It’s an alarming spike from the data of 2008 that reports only one new case per day, and the ages affected are now becoming even younger. To combat this global epidemic, UNAIDS established 90-90-90 -a new target for HIV treatment by 2020: 90% of all people living with HIV will know their HIV status; 90% of all people with diagnosed HIV infection will receive sustained antiretroviral therapy; 90% of all people receiving antiretroviral therapy will have viral suppression.

That is the reason why PETA chooses Under My Skin to take center stage in the launching of the “Acting on HIV” campaign. In partnership with advocacy organizations LoveYourself and The Red Whistle, with the support of UNAIDS and Unilab, Under My Skin exhibits Rody’s intention to use theater as a platform to educate and stir action. “I wanted to address the misconceptions, the fears, as well as the opportunities for correcting these,: he says.

Director Melvin Lee believes that it is a timely avenue to discuss and confront topics such as this in order to spark conversations among the people. “A change in mindset is important. that HIV is not just a ‘gay’ issue since it can affect anybody of any age. It is not simply a private concern, but one that is a public concern. The spread of HIV is a multi-faceted issue,” says Melvin. He also shares that the challenge of Under My Skin is how to present the different stories as truthful as possible. “The material’s strength is the authenticity of the stories and it has to be told in the most raw form and truthful fashion,” Direk Melvin says.

Under My Skin will be a significant addition to the current efforts of HIV advocacy plans in the country’s theater scene, but Melvin and Rody believe that this will be a standout play, especially with PETA’s evident tradition and success in tackling sensitive topics through the arts in the past. “The play will not only provide the pertinent information about the disease but it will also showcase the wide range of characters that will inspire compassion and humanity in audiences,” Melvin shares. “In doing so, then we will hopefully affect and we can contribute together in the eradication of the stigma on HIV.” Likewise, Rody hopes that both audiences and artists will be moved on an individual level, and also up to the levels of implementing policies and supporting initiatives to address HIV and AIDS. “Under My SKin addresses not only the nature of the disease but also how society views it, their perceived carriers, and the patients,” Rody explains. “It covers medical, political, social and economic factors. It even covers religious and moral issues. Dealing with HIV is not just about dealing with the virus alone.”

Under My Skin stars TV, film and theater artists Cherry Pie Picache, Roselyn Perez, Miguel Almendras, Mike Liwag, Anthony Falcon, and Dylan Talon, together with a roster of PETA artists; Eko Baquial, Gio Gahol, Gold Villar-Lim, She Maala, Mico Esquivel, Bene Manaois, Lotlot Bustamante, Kitsi Pagaspas, Ekis Gimenez, Erold Enriquez, Jarred Jaicten, Joseph Madriaga, Jason Barcial, Dudz Teraña, Rachelle Gimpes, Reggie Ondevilla, Roy Dahildahil, and Csai Habla.

The Cast and Artistic Team of PETA’s UNDER MY SKIN. Photo by Erickson Dela Cruz

Under My Skin will be showing from February 7 to March 22, 2020 (8 pm at Fridays. 3 pm and 8 pm at Saturdays and Sundays) at the PETA Theater Center, #5 Eymard Drive, Brgy. Kristong Hari, New Manila, Quezon City. For tickets and showbuying inquiries, please contact PETA at petatheater@gmail.com / 725-6244, or Ticketworld at www.ticketworld.com.ph / 891-9999.

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News: Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra 2019 Christmas Concert at the CCP

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CELEBRATE the Yuletide season with the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra on December 20, 2019, 8:00 pm at the Main Theater of the Cultural Center of the Philippines. Guest soloists are percussionist Aimee De la Cruz, child soprano Alexa Kaufman and clarinetist Franz Jensen Andra. Maestro Herminigildo Ranera leads the PPO.

Program includes two works by Samuel Barber (“Adagio for Strings” and “Die Natali op.36”), Carl Maria von Weber’s “Concertino for Clarinet and Orchestra, op.26”, Cesar Franck’s “Panis Angelicus”, Felipe De Leon’s “Payapang Daigdig”, Pietro Yon’s “Gesu Bambino”, Darius Milhaud’s “Concerto for Percussion and Small Orchestra”, and Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky’s “Capriccio Italien op.45”.

Aimee Mina-De la Cruz holds a Bachelor of Music Degree from Saint Paul University Manila under the Extended Tertiary Education Equivalency and Accreditation Program, and a Diploma in Creative and Performing Musical Arts from the University of the Philippines. As a soloist, Aimee performed under the baton of the late Maestro Oscar Yatco with the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra, and also with the PhilBanda Wind Orchestra at the Singapore International Band Festival. Most recently, she was one of the featured soloists in the “OH-Asian Percussionists” Concert in Chai Wan, Hong Kong.

Alexa Isobel Kaufman is the youngest member of the Philippine Opera Company. Likewise, she is the youngest student of Emeritus Professor of the University of the Philippines College of Music and Gawad CCP Maestra Fides Cuyugan Asensio. She has undergone vocal coaching with National Artist for Music Ryan Cayabyab, tenor Francisco Aseniero and soprano Karla Gutierrez and has attended several Masterclasses by Mr. Nick Lizaso, Mr. Robbie Guevarra, Mr. Ronnie Fortich, Ms. Menchu Lauchengco and Mr. Maynard Peñalosa.

Franz Jensen Andra is currently a scholar at the Philippine High School for the Arts under the tutelage of Prof. Ariel Sta. Ana, principal clarinetist of The Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra. He recently won 2nd prize at the First Macao International Clarinet Competition in the 18 years under category. Franz is one of the finalists of the First FilKor Youth Orchestra Concerto Competition and was featured as soloist of the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra in their Family Concert of 2019. At present, Franz is the concert master of the community-based General Trias Youth Symphonic Band, and also a member of the Sta. Cecilia Band 89 of General Trias, Cavite and The Philippine Youth Symphonic Band.

Ticket prices are P1500/1200/800/500/400, with discounts available to students, senior citizens and groups. For inquiries, please call the CCP Box Office at 8832-3704.

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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.

JC Santos. Photo by Erickson dela Cruz

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.

Anna Luna. Photo by Erickson dela Cruz

“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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News: International Tour of MATILDA THE MUSICAL is finally coming to Manila! -Tickets On Sale Tomorrow

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NOVEMBER 2019 – GWB Entertainment along with GMG Productions & Virtus Live are delighted to announce that the international tour of the multi award-winning show MATILDA THE MUSICAL is finally making its way to Manila for the very first time. Matilda opens at The Theatre at Solaire in March 2020. The stage adaptation of the much loved Roald Dahl classic was originally produced for the stage by the Royal Shakespeare Company.

MATILDA THE MUSICAL begins performances in Manila on 05 March at The Theatre at Solaire.

Sign up for the GMG Newsletter and be one of the first to purchase tickets to the show, plus receive a special discount. Tickets will be exclusively accessible to those who are part of the newsletter beginning November 26, 2019 from 10:00AM to 2:00PM. Tickets go on sale to the public beginning November 26, 2019 at 3:00PM.

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Exciting news! Just for Matilda, the producers are launching the Tuesday Special: One price across all
orchestra seats, and one price across all balcony seats.

MATILDA THE MUSICAL is the multi-award winning musical from the Royal Shakespeare Company, inspired by the beloved book by the incomparable Roald Dahl. With book by Dennis Kelly and original songs by Tim Minchin, Matilda The Musical is the story of an extraordinary little girl who, armed with a vivid imagination and a sharp mind, dares to take a stand and change her own destiny. Winner of over 85 international awards, including 16 for Best Musical, Matilda The Musical is now in its seventh year in London where it continues to delight audiences of all ages.

MATILDA THE MUSICAL was commissioned by the RSC in 2010, and is the recipient of a record-breaking seven 2012 Olivier Awards including Best Musical and a joint Best Actress Award for the four girls who shared the title role.  Based on the beloved story by the Roald Dahl (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Fantastic Mr. Fox), MATILDA THE MUSICAL is directed by Tony Award® winner Matthew Warchus, who helms this exhilarating and ingenious production with book by playwright Dennis Kelly and music and lyrics by Australian comedian, musician and composer Tim Minchin.

MATILDA THE MUSICAL premiered at the RSC’s home in Stratford-upon-Avon, playing to sold-out audiences from November 2010 to January 2011.  Capturing the imagination of young and old alike, the RSC transferred the production to London’s West End in October 2011 where the show continues to play to sold-out houses at the Cambridge Theatre.  Roald Dahl’s magical story about a girl with extraordinary powers has been a favorite novel of millions of people across the world since it was published in 1988.

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The production has sets and costumes by Tony Award® winner Rob Howell, with choreography by Peter Darling, orchestrations, additional music and musical supervision by Christopher Nightingale, lighting by Tony Award® winner Hugh Vanstone, and sound by Simon Baker.

For detailed background information on the show and the characters please visit: www.matildainternational.com

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Performance Photos: Dulaang UP’s Fuente Ovejuna

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Fuente Ovejuna, the last directorial work of much respected veteran actor Sir Tony Mabesa is the second offering of Dulaang UP for their 44th theatre season. It was originally written by the Spanish playwright Lope de Vega in the 1600s and now translated to Filipino by Sir Nicolas “Nick” Pichay. The play was based in a actual historical event, the 1476 uprising of peasants in a Castillan village against their cruel feudal lord Commendador Fernan Gomez De Guzman.

Actors from stage, film and television are featured in the production sharing the stage with talented student-actors: Leo Rialp, Carlo Tarobal, Ross Pesigan, Harriete Damole, Chloe Rialp, Adriana Agcaoili, Francis Mata, Christian Barinaga, Alvin Trinidad, George De Jesus, Greg De Leon, Ricci Chan, Jacques Borlaza, Jojo Cayabyab, Allan Palileo, Bong Antonio, Brian Arda, Fred Layno, and Tristan Bite will take the stage along with the Dulaang UP Ensemble.

Completing the creative team are seasoned designers composed of Faust Peneyra (Set Design), Shax Siasoco (Lights Design & Technical Direction), Jethro Joaquin (Sounds Design), Eric Pineda (Costume Design), Carlo Pagunaling (Hair and Make-up Design), Gaby Pascua (Property Master), Greg de Leon (Musical Director and Composer), Raymond Roldan (Co-composer), Chaz Caberos (Dramaturgy), Stephen Viñas (Choreography), Precious Conn Sy (Promotional Photos), and Steven Tansiongco (Video and Poster Design).

Here are some of the Performance Photos captured by Jellicle blogger and Photographer, Erickson Dela Cruz:
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Carlo Tarobal as Comendador Fernan Gomez de Guzman. Photographed by Erickson dela Cruz
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Hariette Damole as Laurencia.
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Ross Pesigan as Frondoso.

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FUENTE OVEJUNA’s PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE

First Week (Filipino) November 8, 2019 (Friday) – 7pm
November 9, 2019 (Saturday) – 3pm and 7pm
November 10, 2019 (Sunday) – 3pm and 7pm

Second Week (English)
November 15, 2019 (Friday) – 7pm
November 16, 2019 (Saturday) – 3pm and 7pm
November 17, 2019 (Sunday) – 3pm and 7pm

Third Week (Filipino)
November 22, 2019 (Friday) – 7pm
November 23, 2019 (Saturday) – 3pm and 7pm
November 24, 2019 (Sunday) – 3pm and 7pm

Fourth Week (English)
November 29, 2019 (Friday) – 7pm
November 30, 2019 (Saturday) – 3pm and 7pm
December 1, 2019 (Sunday) – 3pm and 7pm

The play will run until December 1, 2019 at the Wilfrido Ma. Guerrero Theater, Palma Hall, University of the Philippines Diliman, Quezon City.  Regular tickets are priced at Php 500. Discounts are available for bulk purchases and senior citizens.  Contact 09175198879 for inquiries.

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NEWS: POLISH JAZZ PIANIST AND COMPOSER WILL PERFORM AT THE CCP

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THE Cultural Center of the Philippines in cooperation with the Embassy of the Republic of Poland presents leading Polish jazz pianist and composer Artur Dutkiewicz in a solo concert on Tuesday, November 12, 2019 at 7:30 PM and Piano Improvisation Workshop on Wednesday, November 13, 2019 from 10:00 AM – 12 noon. Both events will be held at the Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino (CCP Little Theater).

Called the “Ambassador of Polish jazz” by the Jazz Forum Magazine in 2012, Dutkiewicz has appeared in more than 60 countries around the world from the USA through Europe, Africa, Asia and Australia.

Artur Dutkiewicz studied composition and arrangement where he graduated from the Jazz Department at the Academy of Music in Katowice (Poland), receiving a diploma with distinction. He was a finalist of the Thelonious Monk Competition in Washington, USA.

Artur Dutkiewicz has taken part in dozens of renowned jazz and music festivals around the world. These include the Hague’s Northsea Jazz Festival, Warsaw’s Jamboree, Hamburg’s Campnagel Theater, Bern’s Festival Kleiner Bunchen, Nuremberg’s Jazz Ost West, Cannes’ MIDEM, Milan’s Music Oggi, Paris’ Festival D`Europe Centrale, Budapest’s Sziget Festival, Havana’s Jazz Plaza Festival, Tel Aviv Jazz Festival, Glasgow Jazz Festival, Duesseldorf’s Jazz Rally, Berlin’s World Culture Festival, Milan’s Notturni in Palestro Festival, Beijing’s BJ Ninegates Jazz Festival, Helsinki’s Kontu Festival, and Melbourne’s International Jazz Festival.

In 2011 Arthur Dutkiewicz performed at the Olympic Stadium in Berlin during the World Culture Festival, arranging and playing a piece for 30 pianos with pianists from around the world, gathering an audience of 35,000 from around the world.

Besides playing in solo recitals, he is leader of the Artur Dutkiewicz Trio which plays modern jazz. His last albums “Mazurki”/solo, “Prana”, “Traveller”/trio, have been superbly received by audiences and critics alike.

His CCP program entitled ImproMazurka is as follows: Antonin Dvorak’s Theme from the 2nd part of New World Symphony; Dutkiewicz’s Africa Mazurka, Polish Mazurka, Chased Mazurka, Morning Mazurka, Mazurka Oberka; the Polish Christian song The Lord is my Shepherd; Ignacy Paderewski’s Nocturne in C Major, Op. 16 No. 4 and Minuet in G Major, Op. 14 No.1; and Alexander Tansman’s Les Iles Philippines.

Ticket prices for the concert are at P1,000 and P800 with 50% discount for students and 20% discount for senior citizens.

For more information regarding the concert please contact the CCP Box Office at 8832-3704. For information regarding the Piano Improvisation Workshop please contact 8832-1125 loc. 1604/1605 or email ccp.artist.training@gmail.com

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News: A Series of Cultural Events in Commemoration of Leonardo Da Vinci’s 500th death year anniversary

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On the occasion of the 500th anniversary of Italian artist Leonardo da Vinci, a theater play entitled “Being Leonardo da Vinci, an impossible interview” by renowned italian director and actor Massimiliano Finazzer Flory will be staged on November 21, 2019, 7 pm at the Little Theater of the Cultural Center of the Philippines. The event is held in cooperation with the Philippine Italian Association, Italian Embassy, and the Italian Chamber of Commerce in the Philippines, Inc. with the support of OMAN AIR, Rustan’s, Hotel Jen Manila by Shangri-La, East West Bank.

Who doesn’t know Leonardo da Vinci?

The painter, the musician, the scenographer, the machines and automation inventor, the anatomist, the philosopher, the civil and war engineer, the scientist… and even a master cook!

Leonardo excelled in an extraordinary number of different fields, often envisioning prototypes centuries ahead of their actual invention.

His legacy is vast but still seems freshly inspiring for the trust Leonardo endlessly placed in the power of Reason and his sensitivity to Beauty.

500 years have passed from the death of Leonardo da Vinci and on this important anniversary, cultural events in Italy and throughout the world are remembering and celebrating the multi-faceted genius and icon of the Renaissance.


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Alessandro Milani, President of Philippine-Italian Association, PIA (Photographed by Erickson dela Cruz)

Massimiliano Finazzer Flory’s latest project, with the special collaboration of Filipino actor, director and screen/play writer Carlito (Lito) Casaje brings the immensely multi-talented Leonardo da Vinci to life on the stage. Being Leonardo da Vinci is a one-act play, which uses theater to present the Italian genius’ true life, art history and science. Through the format of an impossible interview, Finazzer Flory “physically” becomes Leonardo. Dressed in period costumes and wearing make-up which reconstructs da Vinci’s face, he performs in Renaissance language original texts written by Leonardo himself, among which the famous “Trattato di pittura” (Painting Treaties). Finazzer Flory’s Leonardo answers questions about his childhood, his civil and military activities, and how to become a “good painter” (bono pittore), and about the relationship between Painting and Science, Painting and Sculpture, Painting and Music. He comments on “The Last Supper” and the figures of the apostles, replies to his enemies’ attacks, prophecies man’s flying, and finally offers maxims and aphorisms to live by in our times. The theatre play has been toured in USA, Russia, Japan, France, Italy and Switzerland, among other countries.

Likewise, a masterclass and short film screening of “Being Leonardo da Vinci, an impossible interview” will be held on November 20, 2019 at the CCP Dream Theater at 2 pm. The masterclass will deal with the topic of interdisciplinary through the conjugation of: Art and Science, Memory and Imagination, Tradition and Technology, Theater and Cinema.

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Other events in celebration of Leonardo da Vinci’s 500th anniversary include the following:
  1. Introduction on the secrets of Leonardo’s “The Last Supper” by Mr. James Freney – November 13, 2019 at the Italian restaurant Caruso, in Bel Air, Makati.
  2. Cook-Off with Leonardo – November 5,-6, 14, 2019 at the LPU (Lyceum of the Philippines University Manila) Culinary Institute.
  3. Film Presentation – November 19, 2019  at Cinematheque Center Manila.
  4. Dinner and lecture on “Leonardo da Vinci, wine and cuisine” by Chef Salvatore Arria, and Mr. Luca Galli, sommelier – November 20, 2019 at the Italian restaurant Pnte di Rialto, in Venice Piazza mall, Taguig.

Alessandro Milani (President of Philippine-Italian Association, PIA) with Ms. Irene Rada (CCP Public Relation)
Alessandro Milani with Ms. Irene Rada (CCP Public Relation)
 

The above mentioned events are part of a series of cultural and artistic activities in Metro Manila aimed at remembering and spreading knowledge of Leonardo da Vinci and the relevance of his achievements in our contemporary world to be held from November 5 until November 21.

For more information, Like/Follow:  www.facebook.com/leonardoinmanila

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NEWS: Full cast of Theatre Titas’ MACBETH announced as Birnam wood moves to Power Mac Center Spotlight this November.

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MANILA 2019. Fresh off the heels of their sold-out run of the 50th Anniversary staging of Paul Dumol’s ANG PAGLILITIS KAY MANG SERAPIO, Theatre Titas prolongs the Halloween season by bringing Birnam Wood to Makati by staging William Shakespeare’s MACBETH this November.

Carrying the boughs of Birnam wood to Power Mac Center Spotlight are Natalia Abad, Jamie Alabin, Stephen Arroyo, Denise Castillo, Javier Coromina, Aylli Cortez, Raynne Cortez, Tory Cortez, Txavi Evangelista, Jonas Gruet, Issa Iyog, Jeremy Mendoza, Tonchi Mercado, Amiel Narciso, Joel Parcon, Luis Sumera, Miguel Vasquez, and Fermin Villegas.

Actor Tarek El Tayech will play the titular role of Macbeth. The role of Lady Macbeth, the wife of the eponymous hero, will be alternated by Issa Litton and Anne Gauthier.


MACBETH 2019 Tarek El Tayech as Macbeth
MACBETH 2019 Issa Litton as Lady Macbeth
MACBETH 2019 Anne Gauthier Das Neves as LADY MACBETH

Helmed by educator and theatre director Carlos S. Cariño, Theatre Titas’ adaptation of the Scottish play stays true to the Bard’s rhyme and meter, but accompanies it with music composed by Andy Gruet and movement pieces choreographed by former Philippine Ballet Theatre artist Joanna Foz Castro. This production of MACBETH promises to be kinetic, fast paced, riveting, and palatable to today’s audience; ready to introduce the younger generation to the world of William Shakespeare.

MACBETH follows the rise and fall of Macbeth, a general of the Scottish King Duncan, who is told a prophecy by a coven of witches that he would be the King of Scotland. Fueled by ambition and spurred on by his wife, Macbeth moves to fulfill the witches’ prophecies to claim the throne of Scotland for himself.

MACBETH has performances from November 9-10, 15-17, 22-23.
Tickets are available now for only P1000.00! Get your tickets conveniently and securely from www.ticket2me.net or by downloading the Ticket2Me app from the Apple Store or Google Play.

This production of MACBETH is proudly supported by Ticket2Me, the University of Asia and the Pacific, Makeup Science Asia, Forex Trading, and IdeasXMachina: A Member of Hakuhodo.

THEATRE TITAS is a group with a passion for theatre; and so far, they’ve been liking it dark. Their first production was a twin-bill titled WHAT’S IN THE DARK? (2017), followed by the 50th anniversary production of Paul Dumol’s ANG PAGLILITIS KAY MANG SERAPIO, which they did in collaboration with Duende Theatre. THEATRE TITAS is a group that aims to stage a diverse selection of works: classical, new, and experimental. They not only stage, but critique, discuss, interpolate, and share their theatre experiences; usually over a glass of wine, a plate of sushi, two slices of cake each, and a lot of laughter.

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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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News: Repertory Philippines’ 2020 season holds a mirror up to human life

(5) 2020 Season Directors

Throughout its 53-year illustrious history, Repertory Philippines has allowed audiences to see the world with new eyes. By transporting them back in time or putting them in the shoes of another, REP has always reflected humanity in all its great diversity. For its 83rd season, REP is holding up a mirror to different experiences, highlighting stories that are both unique and familiar.

With Liesl Batucan on her first season as REP’s Artistic Director, audiences can expect a new creative spirit that remains faithful to REP’s legacy while bringing it forward, as she assembles a brilliant and diverse core of creatives who will be making their debut in the REP director’s chair; celebrated thespians who will be treading the REP boards for the first time; and REP veterans who will be making their much-awaited theater comeback.

Tarek el Tayech (as HE), and Missy Maramara (as SHE) are caught in a delightful mess in the romantic comedy Stage Kiss.

The 2020 season opens with The New York Times’ Critic’s Pick of 2014, Stage Kiss by American playwright Sarah Ruhl, which runs from February 7 to March 1, 2020. This romantic comedy takes audiences backstage and introduces them to She and He, two stage actors who find themselves cast as lovers in a 1930s melodrama. But She and He have a romantic history together, and after sharing several stage kisses as their characters, they unintentionally rekindle their love. A deliciously witty and insightful play about life imitating art and art imitating life, Stage Kiss stars Missy Maramara, Tarek El Tayech, Andres Borromeo, Justine Narciso and Mica Pineda, among others, and is directed by Carlos Siguion-Reyna, renowned and multi-awarded filmmaker of critically-acclaimed movies Hihintayin Kita sa Langit, Ligaya ang Itawag Mo sa Akin, and Azucena.

Gab Pangilinan (as Marela) contemplates how Tolstoy’s ANNA KARENINA ominously intertwines with their lives in Anna in the Tropics.

From March 13 to April 5, 2020, the Pulitzer Prize-winning Anna in the Tropics by Cuban-American playwright Nilo Cruz comes to the REP stage. When Juan Julian arrives in Tampa, Florida in 1929, he unwittingly heralds change in the Cuban cigar factory where he has been employed as a lector. As he reads aloud from Leo Tolstoy’s passionate Anna Karenina, the workers soon find the story creeping into their lives and informing their decisions. Marriages collapse, affairs are pursued, and tensions run high as the workers are confronted with the threat of automation. To be directed by New York-based noted production designer Joey Mendoza and starring Ana Abad Santos, Jake Macapagal, Paolo O’ Hara, Brian Sy, Gab Pangilinan, Gie Onida and Madeleine Nicolas, Anna in the Tropics paints a sympathetic portrait of oppressed laborers and lovers who flout tradition, as it shows the transformative power of literature.

Gian Magdangal (as Billy Bigelow) and Nikki Gil (as Julie Jordan) grapple with issues of love, forgiveness and redemption in the award-winning musical Carousel.

The universally-loved and enduring favorite Rodgers and Hammerstein Broadway musical Carousel caps off the season and runs from May 1 to 24, 2020. Helmed by much lauded young director Toff de Venecia, the production showcases a star-studded cast led by the luminous pairing of Nikki Gil and Gian Magdangal, who will both be making their REP debut. The musical follows a poor young couple, millhouse worker Julie Jordan and carousel barker Billy Bigelow. When they both lose their jobs because of their whirlwind love affair, Billy is pressured into committing theft to provide for their unborn child. After everything goes tragically wrong, he is given a chance to make things right. Hailed as TIME Magazine’s Best Musical of the 20th Century, Carousel explores the heartbreak and complexities that make its characters so tragically and wonderfully human.

Snow White and the Prince brings a beloved fairy tale to life for families everywhere.

REP 2020 ends with REP Theater for Young Audiences’ (RTYA’s) children’s musical Snow White and the Prince by Janet Yates Vogt and Mark Friedman. From the same writers of REP’s mega hit 2018 production Rapunzel, Rapunzel, A Very Hairy Fairytale comes this witty new take on a beloved classic. Running from September 12, 2020 to January 31, 2021, this play is directed by none other than the legendary Joy Virata. When Snow White meets her prince at the ball, they fall in love. But when the magic mirror tells the Evil Queen that Snow White is the fairest in all the land, she burns with jealousy. She vows to vanquish Snow White, but the young girl flees into the forest and befriends seven unusual miners. Children of all ages will delight in this fun re-telling of this beloved fairytale that reminds us that people united in goodness are more powerful than the forces of evil.

Ed Lacson Jr. directs for REP Unplugged, REP’s edgy take on alternative theater, which will be launched in June 2020.

For the first time in REP history, audiences will get to experience REP Unplugged, an edgy and exciting new staging concept that is independent—or “unplugged”—from the rest of the season. Directed by theater wunderkind Ed Lacson Jr., REP Unplugged is alternative theater and will be performed in unconventional performance spaces. It will be launched in June 2020 during the interim between REP’s first three plays and its children’s production. Featuring an out-of-the-box approach and a fresh take on theater, REP Unplugged is ready to shake things up.

For the full experience of REP’s 2020 seas0n, purchase season passes now. Season subscribers can get access to REP’s 2020 plays at up to 30% off. The Gold Year Pass (includes 3 season shows + RTYA) costs Php 4,900, the Silver Year Pass (includes 3 season shows + RTYA) is only Php3,700, the Gold Season Pass (includes 3 season shows) is Php 4,200, and the Silver Season Pass (includes 3 season shows) is Php 3,150.

For show-buying and ticket inquiries, contact REP at 8451-1474 or 0966-905-4013. You may also purchase your season passes by calling Ticketworld at 891-9999, or through www.ticketworld.com.ph.

For updates and show schedules, log on to www.repertoryphilippines.ph, or like and follow repertoryphilippines on Facebook and Instagram.

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Performance Photos: ATLANTIS THEATRICAL’s SWEENEY TODD: THE DEMON BARBER OF FLEET STREET

The Cast of Sweeney Todd MNL (Atlantis Theatrical Entertainment Group) Photo by Erickson dela Cruz

For its final musical offering for their 20th Anniversary season, Atlantis Theatrical Entertainment Group presents SWEENEY TODD: THE DEMON BARBER OF FLEET STREET this month of October that will run until 27th, 2019 at the Theatre at Solaire. It was previously announced that Tony and Olivier Award winner Lea Salonga and rock icon Jett Pangan lead the cast as Mrs. Lovett and Sweeney Todd, respectively. Joined by Ima Castro as the Beggar Woman, Andrew Fernando as Judge Turpin, Gerald Santos as Anthony Hope, and Nyoy Volante as Adolfo Pirelli. Also joining them are Mikkie Bradshaw-Volante as Johanna, Luigi Quesada as Tobias, Arman Ferrer as Beadle, and Dean Rosen as Jonas Fogg. Completing the ensemble are Steven Conde, Sarah Facuri, Christine Flores, Jep Go, Kevin Guiman, and Emeline Celis Guinid.

Here are some Performance Photos, courtesy of Atlantis Theatrical Entertainment Group (ATEG) :

SWEENEY TODD is directed by Mr. Bobby Garcia. Set design by Tony Award winner David Gallo, Musical direction by Gerard Salonga along with the ABS-CBN Philharmonic Orchestra, Costume design by Rajo Laurel. Choreography by Cecile Marinez, Lighting design by Aaron Porter, Hair and Make-up design by Leslie Espinosa, Vocal direction by Manman Angsico, and Sound design by Justin Stasiw.

For Tickets, Go to www.ticketworld.com.ph or contact 891-9999.

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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: Family Concert with the PPO at the CCP this October

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Tricks and Musical Treats, a PPO Family Concert“, an orchestra appreciation concert for children and families will be held on Sunday, October 27, 2019 at 4:00 PM at the Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo (Main Theater) of the Cultural Center of the Philippines. The concert will feature the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra in a program subtitled “A Voyage to the Fantasy Isle of Harmony”. The program will feature young talented instrumentalists in a fantasy island setting with main actor Liesl Batucan and the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra. Nikki Junia will have an inter-active segment with the children who will play percussion instruments. Herminigildo Ranera conducts the orchestra.

The concert introduces the symphony orchestra and its music to children and families in a fun-filled way. The show will be directed by award-winning actor Liesl Batucan.

Pre-concert activities will start at 2:00 PM with a musical instruments petting zoo wherein children can experience playing different orchestral instruments assisted by the members of the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra. Trick or treat and activities will take place at the Main Theater Lobby at 2:00 PM. The children are encouraged to come in their best fantasy or island setting-inspired costumes.

For more information, please call the CCP Marketing Department at 832-3704 or TicketWorld at 891-9999.

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