“Amphitryon”, Dulaang UP’s 35th Theater Season presentation
Celebrating its 35th Theater Season, Dulaang UP presents its fourth production, Amphitryon, a Roman comedy by Heinrich von Kleist with Filipino tranlation by Jerry Respeto and direction by Jose Estrella.
Amphitryon is a tale of love, infidelity and deception. It tells the tale of Alcmene, a loving and faithful wife whose husband, King Amphitryon, goes to battle. Falling in love with Alcmene, the god Jupiter disguises himself as her long-lost husband. After a night of exceptional happiness transpires between the supposed “husband” and wife, King Amphitryon of Thebes returns victorious from battle, and Jupiter suddenly disappears. Would Alcmene recognize the difference? Would Amphitryon discover the game played on them by the gods?
The cast includes Neil Sese, Lex Marcos, Diana Malahay, Wenah Nagales, George de Jesus, Paolo O’Hara, Lucky de Mesa and Natasha Cabrera.
Comprising the artistic team are Set Designer Lex Marcos, Light Designer John Batalla, Costume Designer Raven Ong and Sounds Designer TJ Ramos.
Amphitryon will run from February 16 to March 6, 2011 at the Wilfrido Ma. Guerrero Theater, 2nd floor Palma Hall, UP Diliman, Quezon City from Wednesdays to Fridays at 7pm and at 10am and 3pm during weekends. For tickets, please contact Cherry at 09177500107, or the Dulaang UP Office at 926-1349, 981-8500 local 2449 or 433-7840.
The Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) recently announced its line-up of new artistic and cultural events for the year 2011 at its institutional press conference held January 19 at the Main Theater lobby. These are:
The 2011 PHILIPPINE INTERNATIONAL GUITAR FESTIVAL & COMPETITION which will be held on January 27-30. It features guitar workshops, master classes and concerts of outstanding local and foreign guitarists, guitar ensembles, orchestra and display of world class guitars. Presented in cooperation with The Guitar Friends, the First Philippine International Guitar Competition will also be held at the Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino (Little Theater), Little Theater Lobby and the Museo ng Kalinangang Pilipino.
The annual PASINAYA (CCP OPEN HOUSE FESTIVAL), the one-day “See-all-you-can, Pay-what-you-can” multi-arts festival will be held on February 6, Sunday, from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. The festival will showcase a street dance spectacle featuring the grand champion of the Sinulog Festival, excerpts of CCP theatrer, music and dance shows, and a grand finale of a thousand voices singing the choral version of Jose Rizal’s “Mi Ultimo Adios” accompanied by the Philipine Philharmonic Orchestra and the UST Symphony Orchestra. The festival also features visual arts exhibits, activities for children and families, film screenings and arts and crafts fair.
In cooperation with the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) and the International Theater Institute (ITI) Pilippines, a festival of monologues and one-person shows entitled MONODRAMA MANILA will be held from February 8-18 at the Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino (Little Theater) and Tanghalang Huseng Batute (Experimental Theater).
Volkswagen Foundation prize “Star of Tmorrow” and Prix Montblanc 2006 awardee, Chinese violinist TIANWA YANG performs with the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra on February 11 with Johannes Brahms’ Violin Concerto in D major, op. 77. The concert includes Ludwig Van Beethoven’s 5th Symphony and George Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess. Maestro Olivier Ochanine conducts.
On February 12-13, the world acclaimed PHILIPPINE MADRIGAL SINGERS returns to the CCP stage with classical and contemporary repertoire at the Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo (Main Theater).
A DOUBLE A: DUO PIANO CONCERT featuring Berlin-based concert pianist and recording artist Abelardo Galang II and award-winning pianist and New York banking professional Jose Artemio Panganiban III return to the CCP stage on February 16 in a concert of works for two pianos by Brahms, Poulenc and Rachmaninoff at the Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino (Little Theater).
DON QUIXOTE, Miguel de Cervantes’s tale of love, valor and unflinching idealism will be interpreted in ballet by Ballet Philippines and guest dancer Connor Walsh of the Houston Ballet, to be performed on February 17-20 at the CCP Main Theater.
The hilarious hit musical ZSAZSA ZATURNNAH ZE MUSICAL…VACK WITH A VENGEANCE! is slated on February 18-20,February 25-27, March 4-6 and March 11-13 at the CCP Little Theater.
Guiseppe Verdi’s monumental work “REQUIEM” will be the PPO’s main program on March 18.
On April 15, the PPO 28th season 2010-2011 finale features the 2010 Isidor Bajic International Piano Competition grand prize winner Thai pianist POOM PROMMACHART performing Rahmaninoff Concerto No. 3.
artists, cultural workers, environmentalists join hands with millions all over the world to celebrate EARTH DAY on April 17, Sunday at the CCP Complex.
In June, the 150th birth anniversary of Dr. Jose Rizal will be celebrated in a production presented by CCP and the National Historical Commission of the Philippines. VIRGIN LABFEST, a festival of new plays will be on June 28-July 10.
On July 15-24, the finalists to the 7th CINEMALAYA INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL AND COMPETITION will be shown.
In July, August and September, eminent pianist REYNALDO REYES will performa Festival of Beethoven sonatas.
For jazz enthusiasts, a JAZZ FESTIVAL will be held on August 23 to 26.