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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 for the month of October. Book your tickets now before seats get sold out — a few of them are winding down this weekend.
Carmen and Other Dances by Ballet Philippines
Ballet Philippines continues its retrospective on the company’s dynamic repertoire with three choreographers:
- Bam Damian III shows a sensual and fresh take on one of the most beloved classical pieces of music, Goerges Bizet’s “Carmen” and will showcase the power and precision of the company’s dancers in “After Whom”.
- Denisa Reyes‘s “Love Lies Bleeding” is a raw and emotional look into the temperaments that best describe love and relationships, while “Te Deum” is a window into the Filipino socio-political consciousness.
- Alden Lugnasin revives “Swimming The Ilog Pasig”, a piece inspired by the campaign to clean up the Pasig River, and “This is my Life”, a solo piece highlighting the independence and elegance of a woman.
NeoFilipino 2018 by the Cultural Center of the Philippines’s CCP Choreographer Series
This year’s NeoFilipino explores the restrictions and affordances of the body and movement in society presented by five female choreographers:
- Carissa Adea’s “Alaala” shows the ambiguous and restricting ways women are made to present themselves yet discover their strength in doing so.
- Mia Cabalfin’s “Singap” interprets the regulation of freedom of speech and its paradoxes
- Ea Torrado’s “Glitters” explores how the body that transcends its restrictions and inhibitions opening possibilities and freedom.
- Eisa Jocson’s “Corponomy Digest” draws from a study on various physical systems particular to the Filipino such as pole dancing, macho dancing, and entertainment-based dancing.
- Myra Beltran’s “Not Mine” provides a visual metaphor of how women have to exist in a patriarchal world playing by the rules of men in order to be accepted as equal in ability, intelligence and skill to them.
Le Corsaire by Ballet Manila
Ballet Manila has been indulging in this pirate adventure since 1998 when the company first performed “Le Corsaire” with the Krasnoyarsk Ballet as part of the third season. Seven Le Corsaire productions later, this swashbuckling tale of pirates and maidens, love and betrayal, action and romance lives on with principal artists Katherine Barkman and Abigail Oliveiro as Medora, and Joseph Phillips and soloist Mark Sumaylo as Conrad.
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. 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.
Ang Pag-uusig (The Crucible) by Tanghalang Pilipino
Translated into Filipino by Jerry Respeto and directed by Dennis Marasigan, Tanghalang Pilipino’s version of The Crucible by Arthur Miller, dramatizes how “the establishment” is used as a tool of the powerful few in exerting its force to condemn the innocent.
*Compiled by Elka Requinta