AS representative of the Philippines, La Salle University’s resident theater company Teatro Guindegan from Ozamiz City performed in the 2014 Solo International Performing Arts (Sipa) Festival in Indonesia.
In a three-day festival last September, the group participated by mounting an experimental production titled “Hugis” that tackles the origins of life and communities. Their interpretative performance showed elements of personal identities and ownership claims that result in conflict, misunderstanding and destruction of life support system as well as the environment.
Integrating Asian movements, the production was a stylization of traditional Asian art forms to tell stories of life, conflict and hope in contemporary performance.
A production conceived and directed by Felimon Blanco, “Hugis” was performed by an all-male ensemble composed of Ted Nudgent Tac-an, Michael Angelo Plaza, Chrey Miekko Mutia, Artchie Linganay, Renz Clifford Do and Paul Adrian Manlangit.
Ric Orcino provided technical direction while production and tour management was supervised by Dr. Calixta Colarte, Chiedel Joan San Diego and Elma Gula.
On behalf of ambassador Maria Rosario Aguinaldo of the Philippine Embassy in Jakarta, consul Shirlene Mananquil and attache Remee Alcazar came to support the group during the festival. After the performance, deputy ambassador Roberto Manalo hosted dinner for the Philippine delegation.
Now on its sixth year, Sipa 2014’s festival theme “Generation of World Cultures” brought performance artists from different regions. The festival is jointly organized by Kementerian Pariwisata Dan Ekonomi Kreatif, Kementerian Pemuda Dan Olahraga, Pemerintah Kota Surakarta, SIPA Community and Semarak Candrakirana Foundation.
Among the international performing art groups in the festival were from Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, South Korea, Indonesia-USA and Germany.
In the previous Sipa Festival in 2012, the NCCA supported a collaborative production of Teatro Bol-anon with Visayas and Mindanao artists, with the delegation headed by chairman Felipe de Leon Jr. This year, Teatro Guindegan’s participation to the 2014 SIPA was made possible through a travel grant from the NCCA International Affairs Office.