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Those who are traveling to Manila, you’re in luck: the local theater season is in full swing!
Here’s a roundup* of upcoming shows. Book your tickets now before seats get sold out — just like it did with PETA’s Rak of Aegis, 9Works Theatrical’s Eto Na! Musikal nAPO! and Resorts World Manila’s Ang Huling El Bimbo, which is now slated for a re-run beginning March 2019.
ICONIC series by Ballet Manila
Ballet Manila’s “Iconic” series is a collection works from Ballet Manila’s collaborations with internationally acclaimed choreographers, plus choreographic works by BM’s artists. The extensive dance catalogue, which includes Annabelle Ochoa’s “Bloom” and Bam Damian’s “El Adwa”, will be presented in two different shows over two weekends as “Iconic 1.0” and “Iconic 2.0”
CARMINA BURANA by Ballet Philippines
Alice Reyes’s version of Carmina Burana highlights the power, passion and emotion of Carl Orff’s magnum opus taken from 13th century Goliard poetry. The program will also feature pieces that highlight the history of Ballet Philippines, including Brando Miranda’s rendition of “Vivaldi Concerto” and Norman Walker’s “Seasons of Flight”. Ballet Philippines is also staging an exciting new piece by young choreographer Ronelson Yadao called “Sama Sama”, which highlights the male dancers of the company.
CINDERELLA by Philippine Ballet Theatre
Philippine Ballet Theatre will stage artistic director Ron Jaynario’s version of the timeless classic rags-to-riches story “Cinderella” promises to captivate and teach both children and adults that happiness is found in a heart that is pure— and not in material wealth. Performing together with the company is guest artist Kristoffer Reyes of the Pamela Hayes Classical Ballet Theatre in California, USA.
BALAG AT ANGUD by Tanghalang Pilipino
“Balag at Angud” is an original Filipino musical based on the struggles and challenges in the life of Filipino sculptor Junyee, when the artist was made to choose between his art and his father’s wishes. Directed by Audie Gemora with playwright Layetta Bucoy, will feature compositions of Patatag’s Dodgie Fernandez, set design by Toym Imao, costumes by James Reyes.
LUNGS by 9 Works Theatrical and The Sandbox Collective
The Sandbox Collective and 9 Works Theatrical team up for the Philippine premiere of Duncan Macmillan’s “Lungs”, a contemporary masterpiece and emotional rollercoaster, which stars Sab Jose (Eto Na! Musikal nAPO!) and Jake Cuenca (Blood Sisters) in his much-awaited theatrical debut. The story revolves around one couple and how they’re considering having a baby inspite of temperatures warming, sea levels rising, and the planet slowly dying.
A DOLL’S HOUSE, PART 2 by Red Turnip Theater
Red Turnip’s “A Doll’s House, Part 2” marks the directorial debut of Cris Villonco and Menchu Lauchengco-Yulo’s first collaboration with the group as the protagonist Nora. The play, written almost 140 years after its original, Nora is back. It’s been 15 years since she slammed the door shut on her family and the life she once knew. Now a successful author of feminist literature, Nora returns with a task to accomplish: a divorce, for without it she is ruined. She now faces a series of loaded intimate and philosophical confrontations and recriminations from her former housekeeper, her daughter, and her (possible) ex-husband. And with this, questions of freedom, marriage, and family come into play in this 90-minute intermissionless dramedy.
Compiled by Elka Requinta