10 Things We’re Excited to See at Fringe Manila 2017
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(SPOT.ph) Fringe Manila, now on its third year, once again welcomes artists, partners with untraditional venues, and presents unconventional shows that seek to break boundaries. It showcases works by emerging and established artists from the Philippines as well as international participants in theater, literature, music, dance, visual art, and every other artistic genre in between.
For this year, more divisions are blurred as performances infuse three or more art forms into their pieces, bringing out the best in Philippine art and presenting it to the rest of the world. We round up 10 shows that are worth watching during Fringe Manila's three-week run.
Si Edgar, Si Allan, at Si Art
Antipara Collaborative showcases its own take on tales written by literary horror masters Arthur Miller, Edgar Allan Poe, Jean-Paul Sartre, and William Golding. Si Edgar, Si Allan, at si Art follows video editors Eric and Boy who are asked to complete the production house's latest video campaign late at night. In the middle of editing, Boy finds himself in an existential rumination on the meaning of life and the horrors of reality. He later ends up locked in a room with six strangers. It's The Crucible plus The Tell-tale Heart plus No Exit plus Lord of the Flies with a tinge of Shake, Rattle, and Roll.
Si Edgar, Si Allan, at Si Art is on February 22 and 23 at the Tanghalang Huseng Batute, Cultural Center of the Philippines, Roxas Boulevard, Pasay City; and from March 1 to 3 at the PETA Theater Center, Sunnyside Drive, New Manila, Quezon City. Tickets, priced at P700, are available through Ticketworld.
To the End of the World Album Launch
Joee and I, an electronica project by Joee Mejias, launches its first studio album To The End of the World through an audiovisual concert. Her music can be characterized with looping riffs, sounds from shakers and bells, and techno beats courtesy of her laptop. Collaborating with her in this full-scale performance is Mvltiverse for the projection design, visual artist Jeona Zoleta for the installation, and Rochelle Bulaon for the lighting.
The album launch of To the End of the World is on February 24, 8 p.m. at Power Mac Center Spolight, Circuit Lane, Circuit Makati, Makati City. Tickets, priced at P350, are available through Ticketworld.
Werk in Progress
Unlike straight plays and musicals, Werk in Progress features a technique called devised theater where the performers improvise (but still follow a fixed flow) to produce a show. This particular performance by Black Canvas focuses on goals, life choices, and interactions of the millennial generation.
Werk in Progress is on February 18, 24, and 26 at the Tanghalang Huseng Batute, Cultural Center of the Philippines, Roxas Boulevard, Pasay City. Tickets, priced at P450, are available through Ticketworld or 0916-523-4709.
Manila Transitio 1945
This year's Manila Transitio 1945, an annual art event by Viva Manila, marks the 72nd anniversary of the Battle of Manila. It celebrates the beautiful Walled City, from how it was to what it will be, transitioning from the past and into the present. There will be art installations, open-air performances, and local merchandise available for purchase.
Manila Transitio 1945 is on February 26, 3 p.m. at Baluarte de San Diego, Intramuros, Manila. It is free of charge.
Crammers Collective, a new improvisational theater group, presents a night of unscripted and untested performance that centers on the theme of love. The stories, which are prompted by simple things like coffee shops and wedding anniversaries, may eventually lead to entangled connections of love, life, and relationships.
Love Labs is on February 11, 8 p.m. at The PARC Foundation, 494 Lt. Artiaga Street, Corazon de Jesus, San Juan City. Tickets, priced at P300, are available through Ticketworld.
Toronto-based artist Maylee Todd presents Virtual Womb, a multi-sensory and interactive experience that includes a live video feed, dancing, 3D projection mapping, and live music that complements a vagina installation. And, yes, you can totally walk through this large art piece or snuggle up on the floor while watching video projections on the ceiling.
Virtual Womb is on February 18 at XX XX, La Fuerza Plaza, Makati; and from February 21 to 23 and on February 25 at Pineapple Lab, R. Palma Street, Poblacion, Makati. Tickets are available at the venue.
Resonanz: A Modern Circus Art Show
Flow Collective and Legato Visual Performing Arts join forces to produce Resonanz: A Modern Circus Art Show. The performance begins with a white canvas that will eventually be painted with various colors as the performers showcase their respective art forms.
Resonanz: A Modern Circus Art Show is on February 25, 8 p.m. at The PARC Foundation, 494 Lt. Artiaga Street, Corazon de Jesus, San Juan City. Tickets, priced at P300, are available through Ticketworld.
Going with the motto "Dance until you shatter yourself," Green Glass Door once again pushes boundaries through RE:ViSiONS, a ritual performance that draws from the archetypes of the tarot to reflect on life experiences and identities. The show blurs the lines between reality and fantasy, theater and play, and even magic and tradition.
RE:ViSiONS is on February 17 and 18 at Pineapple Lab, R. Palma Street, Poblacion, Makati. Tickets, priced at P300, are available through Ticketworld.
This is Not a Circus
Airdance breaks the conventional perception of aerial arts as a mere spectacle. Through This is Not A Circus, it shows the calculated movements and guided narrative that goes with performing mid-air.
This is Not a Circus is on February 26, 6 p.m. at Power Mac Center Spolight, Circuit Lane, Circuit Makati, Makati City. Tickets, priced at P400, are available through Ticketworld.
Opaline Santos, a thespian, presents a solo-devised performance based on poetry, sound design, and movement. The non-linear narrative explores the never-ending search for the cure of a repressed artist.
Lunas is on February 24 and 26 at Pineapple Lab, R. Palma Street, Poblacion, Makati. Tickets, priced at P250, are available at the venue.
Fringe Manila is from February 8 to 26 in various venues in Metro Manila. For more information, visit Fringe Manila's website.