[see Ranaw video trailer]

Cheering audiences have filled to watch IPAG’s latest theatre favorite, “Ranaw: Isang Alamat” (Ranaw: A Legend). The first 17-run series of this dance-musical opened Sept. 13 and closed Sept. 25.

A second 10-run series has been set Nov.10 – 14, at the MSU-IIT Mini Theatre, to accommodate demand from more audiences to watch the play. Drawing from its “matinee” appeal with its “general patronage” content, “Ranaw” attracted the audiences for its compelling music, dance, story, and visuals. The play won in the 1985 Playwriting Contest of the Cultural Center of the Philippines and has received a number of acclamations since its first major tour in the 1980’s.

A Davao City road show is set starting in January 21, 2009.

The dance-music play presents our pre-colonial tribes in turmoil that prophesy our fragmented state today. Dug from the research of the late Dionisio Orellana, the play chronicles the journey of a lesser known Mindanao epic hero Bato Lakungan who traverses triumphs and painful reversals of fortunes in his attempts to unite the North-Central Mindanao tribes. “Ranaw” was produced under an NCCA subsidy. It is set to go on tour in Davao City in the third week of January, 2009. 

Poetry to Performance

[watch “Origami” video excerpt]
IPAG offers Tula Tugma sa Dula for the Philippine Arts Festival in 2009. Poems written by some of the leading poets based in the South will be transformed into a multi-media experience. This popularizes poetry to a wider audience as the word transcreating into movement, sound, and color.

Collaborating with our performing artists, choreographers, and composers are wordsmiths whose work will be reshaped: Marge Evasco, Anthony Tan, Ralph Galan, Henry Opulencia, German Gervacio, and Christine Godine-Ortega. It premieres February 11, 2009 at the MSU-IIT Rooftop Theatre in Iligan City.

“Tales” and “Tatlo” continue to delight

[view Tatlo trailer video]

IPAG’s long-running “Tales From Mindanao” and its sequel “Tatlo sa Isa” completed its 1st leg of a national tour last August thrilling Manila as it has done in the last 17 years playing to full houses and captivating audiences. (IPAG estimates this string of dance-music vignettes has fascinated almost a million audiences around the country and the world.)

Davao hosts the 2nd leg which begins in the 3rd week of November. “Tales” and its sequel “Tatlo Sa Isa” are set to hit the provinces of Davao and South Cotabato again this season, and Cagayan de Oro in February, 2009.

Ranaw: Isang AlamatNov. 10 – 14, 2008
10:30 a.m., 2:30 p.m.
MSU-IIT Mini-Theatre, Iligan  City
Tatlo sa IsaNov. 18 – 24, 2008
Davao and South Cotabato, various venues
Tales From MindanaoNov. 26 – Dec. 5, 2008
Manila schools, various venues
Ranaw: Isang Alamat
Tales From Mindanao
Jan. 21 -24, 2009
Davao City, various venues
Tales From MindanaoFeb. 5, 2009
XU, Cgn de Oro City
Tula Tugma sa DulaFeb. 11-13, 2009
7:30 p.m., CASS Rooftop Theatre
MSU-IIT, Iligan City 
Ranaw: Isang Alamat[dates depend on open sked of the Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino of the CCP]
Three People in One Island
International road tour
Spring, last week March – April 2009
U.S. East and West coast 

Performance schedules may change without prior notice. Please contact IPAG Marketing for immediate and specific information [+63 916 700 6209 or +63 63 492 2354, fax: +63 63 223 2494 email: ipagarts@yahoo.com web: www.msuiit.edu.ph/ipag]

Topics : arts & culture  theater  ipag  ranaw