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THE INTEGRATED Performing Arts Guild (IPAG), resident company of the MSU-Iligan Institute of Technology (MSU-IIT), announces its offerings for the 42nd Season, August 2019-May 2020.

The widely-acclaimed Tales From Mindanao and Tatlo sa Isa (Three Peoples, One Island) open the Season with road shows at the SM North Skydome on August 19-20 and at the Letran in Calamba, Laguna on August 21.

Tales journeys on more shows this season. This includes a home-based performance at the MSU-IIT gym on September 16-17 and another at the Luce Auditorium in Silliman University in November.

IPAG headlines the collaborative Gintong Alab sa Silangan (Pearl of the Orient Sun), a dance-music suite narrating the growth of the Filipino nation. This five-part piece composed by Steven P.C. Fernandez highlights Forty Years of the Outreach (now Cultural Exchange Department) of the Cultural Center of the Philippines with performances at the Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino (Little Theater) on October 10 (3 and 7 p.m.) plus out-of-town appearances thereafter.

Sita: The Ramayana Revisited, IPAG’s Ramayana version, performs for another Ramayana Festival, the Dipotsava 2019 in Ayodha, Uttar Pradesh, the very city of the epic’s setting, on Oct. 24-26. Sita has been performed to acclamation in New Delhi, Kolkata, Mumbai, Bangkok, and Singapore.

Deconstructing Greek mythology, IPAG presents a contemporized Orpheus Trilogy narrating of the ascent of the music god to depths of personal rediscovery on October 27-29 at the CASSalida Black Box. 

Tighod: Tide of Times premieres at the Asia Pacific Bond Theatre Festival in Hanoi in September. This devised improvisation using movements and non-verbal texts narrates a community’s journey through water. It will have its full run at the MSU-IIT open grounds on February 19 and 20, 2020 to celebrate the National Arts Month.

Wrapping up the Season is the IPAG version of the Oedipus story, Suhi (Breech Birth), how gods rule fate. Reset in Mindanao, Suhi goes onstage on March 18-20, 2020 at the CASSalida Black Box.

IPAG is widely acclaimed for its innovative productions recognized as the most-travelled Philippine repertory company representing the best of Philippine dramaturgy in major festivals around the world. 

Besides performances and road tours, IPAG conducts apprenticeships in stagecraft, dance and movement, playwriting, and production. Performances for special events have also been confirmed.