Busy, busy 32nd season ‘enders’ for the opening of the Tiger Year.
The well-travelled Tales From Mindanao opens its 2010 road shows with a performance at the Mountain View College in Valencia City, Bukidnon on Monday, January 25. Tales then travels to the Ateneo in Naga City, Camarines Sur, for two shows (4:30 and 7:30 p.m.) in January 27. The next day, Jan. 28, Tales performs at the Lipa City Cultural Center in Batangas. Two other shows in Manila still have to be confirmed.
The company then moves over to the La Salle University whereSugaTula, featured entry representing Mindanao in the NCCA’s 4th Tanghal National Theatre Festival, opens on Feb. 1 (venue: St. Benilde Black Box). SugaTula will have spill-over performances on Feb. 8 and 9 (10:00 a.m., 2:30 p.m.) at the MSU-IIT Mini-Theatre in Iligan City.
IPAG highlights the opening of the National Arts Month celebrations for Xavier University on February 10. On February 22, the Ecology Month celebrations highlights the IPAG performance of “Earth, Wind, Fire, and Water” at the MSU-IIT gym in Iligan.
The Greek classic Oedipus Rex is given a relevant color in its regional adaptation, Suhi, with try-out readings and performances on March 4, 5, and 6 at the MSU-IIT Mini-Theatre. The New Theatre production that combines conventional drama with digital multi-media in a Post Modern setting is a work-in-progress merging the creative explorations of the Stagecraft class of Steven P.C. Fernandez and the IPAG.
Suhi, the image of birth in a breeched position,draws from folk semiotics to refocus the original Sophocles classic into Mindanao’s own political aberrations. Suhi is set to be the centrepiece production of IPAG’s 33rd Season with a world premiere set in August and September.