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Battle Royale: novel is now a street play

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Battle Royale: novel is now a street play
By Walter Ang
Feb. 27, 2012
Philippine Daily Inquirer

Sipat Lawin Ensemble has collaborated with several Australian playwrights to develop a performance adaptation of "Battle Royale"-the controversial novel by Koushun Takami that  spawned a movie version and a manga version.

"Battle Royale" is set in a dystopian Japan where a classroom of high school students is taken by a totalitarian government to an island and forced to kill each other until only one survivor remains.  Everyone is fitted with a collar that will explode should they try to escape the island or refuse to kill other students.

"The novel explores similar themes in 'Lord of the Flies.' It's a sharp satire on society's need for increasingly visceral entertainment," says SLE artistic director JK Anicoche.

"Our script has three different endings. Every show will have one of the three different ending depending on what happens that nig…

Filipino, American, Japanese productions for campus season-enders

Filipino, American, Japanese productions 
for campus season-enders
By Walter Ang
Feb. 13, 2012
Philippine Daily Inquirer

Campus-based theater groups are concluding their respective 2011-2012 seasons.

Tanghalang Ateneo caps its season with Suzue Toshiro's “Fireflies.” a play where several characters are on a lonely search for connection and compassion in contemporary Japanese society.
Using the English Translation by David Goodman, the production will be directed by BJ Crisostomo and TA artistic director Ricardo Abad.
With set design by Ohm David, costumes design by Lhenvil Paneda, lighting design by Jonjon Villareal and sound design by Michiyo Reyes.
Toshiro, Head of Toho College of Music and Drama’s Drama Department, will hold a lecture-discussion on contemporary Japanese theater, open to the public.
Ateneo Blue Repertory closes its 2011-2012 season with a revival of “Bare,” a rock musical about two gay teenagers struggling to find their place in the world as they are about graduate f…

Art in the Park 2012

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Art in the Park 2012
By Walter Ang
Feb. 6, 2012 and Feb. 13, 2012
Philippine Daily Inquirer

Art aficionados, from the mildly curious to the passionate collector, can acquire art pieces at accessible prices at the annual Art in the Park on Feb. 18 at Jaime Velasquez Park in Salcedo Village, Makati.

"AITP stays true to its intent of making art more accessible by taking it out of the hushed, intimidating confines of the gallery, and bringing it to the unrestricted spaces of the outdoors," says Trickie Colayco-Lopa, who is co-chairing the event with Lisa Ongpin-Periquet.

Taglined as "an affordable art fair," exhibitors include a mix of galleries, art groups and fine arts schools, all sharing the space that's home to the Saturday Salcedo Organic Market.

From 12 exhibitors in the fair's inaugural year in 2006, this year will have more than forty exhibitors with varied works: paintings, prints, sculptures, photographs, among others.

Art for a cause
"AITP has be…