Arts and culture is very much alive in 2014


CCP presents the year’s exciting program lineup

As the New Year marks fresh beginnings and new discoveries, the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) also announced its 2014 calendar of new productions and endeavors.

At a press conference held in December at the CCP’s Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino (Little Theater), artistic director Chris Millado presented the 2014 season filled with workshops, festivals, performances, and a series of special 45th anniversary events.  With these, the CCP is sure to create a much-needed awareness in the local culture and arts scene, and thereby spark inspiration, creativity and curiosity for the young and old in the Filipino talent.

Nine resident companies will take part in 14 festivals that have been planned out for CCP’s 45th year, in addition to a thriving 2014 performance season.

In January alone, big time theater productions from the local and international scenes will take center stage at the CCP.

From January 17 to 19, Rivalry: The Musical, an original Filipino musical will run anew at the Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino, following a storyline of the legendary competition between the Ateneo and La Salle Basketball teams.

Meanwhile, the highly-acclaimed and internationally awarded musical Wicked will be staged at the Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo (Main Theater) from January 22 until March 3.

One of CCP’s resident companies, the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra (PPO) will stage Out of the Box: PPO Concert at the Rizal Park on January 18.

Another outdoor concert by the PPO will take place on May 5 at the Tanghalang Maria Makiling,  which commands a dramatic panoramic view of the Laguna Lake and surrounding towns.

For the “love” month of February, the award-winning Madrigal group will perform in Golden Voices, Golden Hearts: A Madrigal Valentines Concert from February 8 to 9 at the CCP Little Theater. Following this is the Metropolitan Opera’s Turandot, based on Franco Zeffirelli’s magnificent staging of Puccini’s final opera.

A dramatic masterpiece, Mga Ama, Mga Anak by National Artist Nick Joaquin will unfold at the Little Theater from February 21 to March 9. Renowned director, Joel Lamangan directs guest actors and the Actors Company of the Tanghalang Pilipino as they perform one of Joaquin’s timeless works.

On June 28 and 29, the annual Philippine Madrigal Singers Concert will go onstage at CCP’s Main Theater. Tanghalang Pilipino’s Kleptomaniacs, meanwhile will run from July 11 to 13, July 18 to 20 and July 25 to 27 at the Little Theater.

Also in July, The Price of Everything: A Solo Show by Daniel Bye will come to Manila via lectures and story telling that presents his values on life’s most pressing questions.

Another CCP resident company, Ballet Philippines, will stage La Revolucion Filipina, a neo-Filipino dance theater directed by Ryan Cayabyab as a tribute to the triumvirate of the Philippine Revolution—Apolinario Mabini, Andres Bonifacio and Emilio Aguinaldo.

A children’s book written by Dr. Luis Gatmaitan, Sandosenang Sapatos, a musical about a shoemaker’s love for his physically disabled daughter and his family, will also go on stage. The music is written by Noel Cabangon, with choreography by Gerald Mercado and direction by Tuxqs Rutaquio.  It will run from August 22 to 27.

Noli Me Tangere, The Concert brings to life Ryan Cayabyab’s adaptation of the libretto by National Artist, Bienvenido Lumbrera, on October 24 and 25 at the CCP Main Theater.

Among many other programs, Christopher Hampton’s Dangerous Liasons, Ballet Philippines’ Messiah, and Death of a Sales Man (Pahimakas ng Isang Ahente) by Tanghalang Pilipino will be featured in November.

Finally in December, Christmas festivities will once again deck the stages of CCP with Paskong Pinoy and Simbang Gabi, and a yearend concert by the Madrigal Singers, alongside the Bayanihan Fiesta Folkloriada.

Workshops and festivals
Early this year, the CCP, in partnership with the Philippine Association of Printmakers will conduct Press On, a workshop that focuses on contemporary printmaking and the graphic medium in experimental ways.

The New York/Manila Musical Theater Workshop, meanwhile, will have three leading experts in the musical theater performance scene from the Philippines and the US conducting a two-week intensive training for mid-career performers in the art and techniques of singing, acting and dancing in a musical, known as the “triple threats.”

The MNLXXX: Experimenal Theater Festival happening from February 18 to 22, will showcase proponents of experimental theater, performance art, site responsive work, devised theater and other genre breaking forms in a one-week festival at the Studio Theater in CCP.

Known as the “largest multi-arts festival in the country,” the Panisaya CCP Open House is a two-day celebration staged in Intramuros, Roxas Boulevard and Malate with over 300 shows in music, theater, dance, visual arts, film, and literature that will take place on March 15 and 16.

Flutopia, a flute festival will comprise a concert, workshops, and a trade fair on March 27 to 29.

As the summer season rolls on, so do more workshops from CCP’s resident companies. Sing Philippines! is a choral workshop and showcase by the Philippine Madrigal Singers to select new choir members from all over the country.

Participants will go through intensive workshops with its members, which will culminate in a concert on April 1 to 6.

Ballet Philippines, Tanghalang Pilipino and the National Rondalla groups will also hold their respective workshops in the month of April.

The Virgin LabFest from June 24 to July 6 is a festival of untried, untested and unstaged works. Its provocative and exciting line-up has earned a solid reputation as one of the much-awaited events at the CCP.

Another exciting festival for film enthusiasts is of course the 10th Cinemalaya Philippine Independent Film Festival, from August 1 to 10. The festival also hosts forums, trade fairs, workshops, talkbacks, special premiers, exhibits and parties.


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