The well-acclaimed Integrated Performing Arts Guild (IPAG), recently returned from rave notices at the 4th National Theater Festival at the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) and at the Asia Pacific Bureau Festival in Taipei, pays tribute to its home audiences with engrossing dance stories in “Tatlo sa Isa.”

“Tatlo sa Isa” (subtitled: Three Peoples in One Island) is the Mindanao story, the often-misunderstood island of three cultures — the indigenous lumad, Islamized natives, and the Christian settlers – who live both in harmony and in strife.

This dance-theatre production, a sequel to a larger composite of Mindanao dance stories entitled “Tales From Mindanao,” has wowed thousands in over 100 cities in Europe, Asia, North America, and the Hawaiian Islands. It has been performed in most parts of the country, perhaps the most toured Philippine dance-theatre production.

IPAG joins the class of leading Philippine performing companies, a recognition that is widely acknowledged here and abroad. Directing is Steven Patrick C. Fernandez, DFA with main choreography by Nolly Ceballos assisted by Melvin Pascubillo, Leilani Fernandez, and the IPAG Creative Collective.

Writes French impresario J.M. Clemont of the Association Culturelle d’ Echanges Internationaux who has organized four of IPAG road tours in Europe: “…spectacle marvelleux. J’at vu des centaines de spectacles. Celesi – el mas a enshante” (marvelous show. I’ve seen thousands of shows, but this one was enchanting).

La Verdad of Madrid adds: “The elegance of the Philippines goes beyond Isabel Preysler…IPAG awed the audience … with sobriety and elegance.”

And from the Filipino-American Bulletin, Seattle, Washington: “… rapturous high such as the spirit experiences …. world-class….perfection in motion….”

IPAG is the flagship performing company of the MSU-Iligan Institute of Technology.

“Tatlo Sa Isa” goes onstage at the MSU-IIT gym on November 29 and 30, 2012 (3 p.m. matinees and 7:30 p.m. gala performances).

Topics : ipag