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Uncensored Bodies Xplore dance films screened

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Uncensored Bodies Xplore dance films screened
By Walter Ang
June 24, 2013
Philippine Daily Inquirer

Short dance films were screened at the culmination of Uncensored Bodies Xplore, a workshop for dance films facilitated by filmmakers Sherad Anthony Sanchez and Ruelo Zendo, which was organized by Contemporary Dance Network Manila (CDNM).

The screening was held at Dance Forum Studio alongside live dance performances featuring the choreographies of Sarah Samaniego, Ea Torrado, Mia Cabalfin and Rhosam Prudenciado.

Al Bernard Garcia performed his winning piece from the 2012 New Choreographers Competition of the sixth Wifi Body Independent Contemporary Dance Festival in 2012. Earlier this year, he performed this piece at Japan’s Yokohama Dance Collection Ex.

Choreographers who screened their films included Myra Beltran, Dance Forum founder and artistic director; Ea Torrado, independent artist; Rudolph Segundo, Chameleon Dance Theater; and dance majors from the University of the Philippines Da…

Manila gets a taste of European culinary season

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Manila gets a taste of European culinary season
By Walter Ang
June 27, 2013


Philippine Daily Inquirer
The European Union (EU) delegation to the Philippines has launched European Culinary Season 2013, a festival featuring European food culture in Manila with over 20 participating restaurants and establishments.

The festival was launched at Enderun Colleges where Julian Vassallo, political counselor for the European Union Delegation, gave the welcome remarks. The festival runs until end of June.

Present were Assistant Tourism Secretary Benito Bengzon Jr. and the ambassadors of the Czech Republic (Josef Rychtar), the Netherlands (Ton Boon von Ochssee), Romania (Valeriu Gheorghe) and Spain (Jorge Domecq).

"European Culinary Season 2013 includes special national menus, chef demonstrations, flamenco nights, wine tasting, and culinary film screenings, beer tasting and guitar evenings, and culinary treasure hunts and a pub quiz," said Vassallo.

"From haute cuisine to food that&#…

New children’s musical ‘Sandosenang Sapatos’ opens TP’s new season

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New children’s musical ‘Sandosenang Sapatos’ opens TP’s new season
By Walter Ang
June 22, 2013
Philippine Daily Inquirer

Tanghalang Pilipino (TP), resident theater company of the Cultural Center of the Philippines, will open its 27th season (2013-2014) with “Sandosenang Sapatos,” a children’s musical based on Luis Gatmaitan’s Palanca Award-winning children’s book.

TP recently dominated the 2011 Philstage Gawad Buhay! for its productions last season. “Walang Kukurap” was adjudged Outstanding Ensemble Performance for a Play, and “Doc Resureccion, Gagamutin ang Bayan” won Outstanding Play and Outstanding Original Script by Layeta Bucoy.

Meanwhile, the Mario O’Hara musical “Stageshow” won Outstanding Musical Production, Outstanding Ensemble Performance for a Musical, Female Lead Performance in a Musical by Shamaine Centenera-Buencamino, Female Featured Performance in a Musical by Mailes Kanapi, Male Featured Performance in a Musical by Rody Vera, Outstanding Sound Design by TJ Ramos, Outst…

The Multiple Threats of Lex Marcos

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The Multiple Threats of Lex Marcos
By Walter Ang
June 15, 2013
Philippine Daily Inquirer

Actors are usually called triple-threat when they can also sing and dance. Lex Maros is an actor who is a triple threat of another kind: he also does set and lighting design. Actually, he also sings and dances. And he paints, too. So, technically, he's a sextuple-threat, but who's counting?

He just wrapped an acting and set design gig earlier this year with Philippine Educational Theater Association, playing Orsino in "'D Wonder Twins of Boac."

He's currently working on the set designs for Viva Atlantis Theatricals' Asian premiere of Disney Theatrical's "Tarzan: The Musical" and Dulaang Unibersidad ng Pilipinas' "Adarna."

"Tarzan" opened June 14, directed by Chari Arespacochaga, featuring Rachel Ann Go as Jane and Dan Domenech in the titular role. The stage version of the 1999 animated film based on "Tarzan of the Apes" b…

UP Concert Chorus to hold free concert on June 15, 2013

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UP Concert Chorus to hold free concert on June 15By Walter Ang June 10, 2013
Philippine Daily Inquirer

University the Philippines Concert Chorus (UPCC) will hold a free concert at Capitol Commons on June 15.
Led by artistic director Jai Sabas-Aracama, UPCC will perform the same repertoire in their recent cultural goodwill concert in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia.
The concert was organized by the Philippine Embassy in Kuala Lumpur as a cultural diplomacy project for “the enduring friendship between Filipinos and Malaysians.”
The concert, performed by 28 singers and one pianist, was held at Dewan Recital of Universiti Malaysia Sabah. The repertoire included Filipino folk songs, pop, Original Pilipino Music (OPM) and Broadway songs.
UPCC was also joined by the Universiti Malaysia Sabah-School of Art Studies Choir.
Guests of honor included Siti Rubiah Datuk Abdul Samad, spouse of Malaysian Minister of Foreign Affairs Dato’ Sri Anifah bin Haji Aman; and Norlidah R.M. Jasni, spouse of Saba…

Sipat Lawin Ensemble–oops, it’s not a ‘theater company’ but a ‘theater community’

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Sipat Lawin Ensemble–oops, it’s not a ‘theater company’ but a ‘theater community’
By Walter Ang
June 8, 2013
Philippine Daily Inquirer

It’s not everyday that a theater group announces on Facebook that it’s looking to borrow an aquarium for one of its events. But then, Sipat Lawin Ensemble has never really considered itself a “traditional” theater company; and reaching out to its audiences in every which way is just part of how it rolls.

In fact, it no longer wants to be called a theater company.

“Sipat Lawin Ensemble is now a ‘theater community,’” says artistic director JK Anicoche. “We’re composed of artists and audiences, which are one and the same. Audiences are artists themselves: They also shape tastes, discern aesthetic merits, think, like and dislike.”

He adds: “SLE is merely acknowledging their role in the process of art-making and at the same time inviting them to use these platforms that we are providing. We want them to acknowledge their power as audience-collaborators.”

SLE…

What it takes to be a stage manager at Virgin Labfest

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What it takes to be a stage manager at Virgin Labfest
By Walter Ang
June 1, 2013
Philippine Daily Inquirer

Stage managers are the individuals who "run" a play or musical, almost never seen by audiences (unless you catch one pushing out a set piece on to the stage at some point during a show), one hand holding a timer and the other holding a copy of the prompt book, a copy of the script that contains all the stage directions: actors' and set pieces' blocking, their entrances and exits, all lighting and sound cues, etc.

In the dark of backstage, with only a dim blue light for illumination, they call out or signal with their hands to the actors when to enter and exit the stage and to the crew when to execute cues.

"Some books say a stage manager is the 'organizer and coordinator of theater productions' but for me, a stage manager is the ultimate problem solver in any given production, under all circumstances. In short, the "go-to" person," say…