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CCP announces line-up of 2015 performance season, 46th anniversary

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 CCP also is set host to the 1st Manila Fringe Festival, an open-access, artist-driven, and uncensored arts and community festival

CCP also is set host to the 1st Manila Fringe Festival, an open-access, artist-driven, and uncensored arts and community festival

THE 2015 performance season of the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) is set to open new arts festivals and premiere original Filipino musicals—all to mark the institution’s 46th anniversary.

On November 13, CCP artistic director Chris Millado led the announcement of the line-up of all-new shows and festivals, as well as returning and established ones.

Leading the list is the “Performatura: Spoken Work Festival 2015,” which ais to celebrate literature by engaging it with music, theater, dance, film and visual arts. Poets and performers from all over the country will perform their pieces in innovative productions that include engagements with new media. Also debuting is the “Asian Composers League Festival and Conference” that will showcase new compositions for both Western and traditional ensembles. Schedules of both events will be announced soon.

The CCP also plays host to the “1st Manila Fringe Festival,” an open-access, artist-driven, and uncensored arts and community festival that will showcase fresh, daring, and ground-breaking work. Happening from February 13 to 17, 2015, it will highlight the unique point of view of emerging and established artists from the Philippines and abroad in fields of theater, literature, music, dance, visual art, film, cabaret, and other genres of art.

Meanwhile, among CCP’s most awaited festival is the Pasinaya, considered the largest multi-arts festival in the country. In February 2015, it continues its partnership with the Metropolitan Museum, National Museum, Children’s Museum, Intramuros, Museums, Bahay Tsinoy and Gallery 1335 Mabini as it brings more than 100 shows to the public.

 Headlining next year’s international productions is disney’s ‘Beauty and the Beast’

Headlining next year’s international productions is disney’s ‘Beauty and the Beast’

Pasinaya is one of CCP’s most popular and successful festivals together with the Cinemalaya Independent Film Festival and Competition and the Virgin Labfest, a festival of unstaged plays. Both Cinemalaya and the Virgin Labfest are on their 11th editions.

Following the huge success of the 1st Andrea O. Veneracion International Choral Festival, Manila 2013 held in August 2013, the CCP, as a Center for Choral Performance, will hold the 2nd Andrea O. Veneracion International Choral Festival, Manila next year.

The opera season features some of the leading companies including the production of Tosca and opera events starring Andion Fernandez, Jeffrey Ching and the Hongkong Music Ensemble. Lovers of the Metropolitan Opera productions can look forward to seeing shows like La Boheme, Werther and Enchanted Island in HD at the Ayala Greenbelt Cinema.

Audiences can also watch out for the staging of Ballet Philippines’ Manhid: A Filipino Superhero Musical, and Tanghalang Pilipino’s Mabini, Mandirigma.

Headlining next year’s international musicals is Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, running from January to February.

And as tradition, CCP resident companies—the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra, Ballet Philippines, Philippine Ballet Theater, Tanghalang Pilipino, Ramon Obusan Folkloric Group, Bayanihan Philippine National Folk Dance Company, UST Symphony Orchestra, NAMCYA Resident companies, and the Philippine Madrigal Singers—will also present exciting events for everyone.

Another highlight for the upcoming season is the exhibit on National Artist for Visual Arts Benedicto Cabrera’s works on paper dating from the 1970s to the present. To be mounted at CCP are his early prints that belong to the CCP Collection and recent prints that were done during his residency at the Singapore Tyler Print Institute. The BenCab retrospective is a yearlong program that brings together other venues namely the National Museum, the Metropolitan Museum of Manila, and the Lopez Museum.

Also, a gathering of major works by renowned muralist and expressionist painter Jaime de Guzman from the late 1960s to the 1990s will be held in 2015. Also included are De Guzman ceramic works, a medium the artist took on after his visit to Mexico in the 1970s.

For more information, call CCP at 832-1125. For the complete calendar of events, visit www.culturalcenter.gov.ph.

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