More than just a black box

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Officials, board members and donors lead the groundbreaking of CCP’s upcoming Black Box Theater (from left) CCP vice president-artistic director Chris Millado, CCP board members Florangel Rosario Braid, Cristina Turalba, Nestor Jardin, Leandro V. Locsin Partners (LVLP) administrator Andy Locsin, CCP chairman Emily Abrera, Ignacio Gimenez, CCP president Raul Sunico, Eurotowers Group director Roberto Olanday, CCP vice president for administration Rodolfo del Rosario, LVLP Partner architect Raul Locsin, technical theater consultant Maree Barbara Tan-Tiongco, and CCP board trustee Danny Dolor. PHOTO BY ABBY PALMONES

Officials, board members and donors lead the groundbreaking of CCP’s upcoming Black Box Theater (from left) CCP vice president-artistic director Chris Millado, CCP board members Florangel Rosario Braid, Cristina Turalba, Nestor Jardin, Leandro V. Locsin Partners (LVLP) administrator Andy Locsin, CCP chairman Emily Abrera, Ignacio Gimenez, CCP president Raul Sunico, Eurotowers Group director Roberto Olanday, CCP vice president for administration Rodolfo del Rosario, LVLP Partner architect Raul Locsin, technical theater consultant Maree Barbara Tan-Tiongco, and CCP board trustee Danny Dolor. PHOTO BY ABBY PALMONES

CCP to open a new venue for theater arts

A black box theater is a simple square room with black panels, flat floor and minimal—sometimes even bare—design. Its simplicity makes it a flexible performance space perfect for intimate productions.

For years, when artists want the flexibility of black box theater inside the Cultural Center of the Philippines(CCP), they’d go to Tanghalang Huseng Batute but soon, there will be a new, and quiet literally too, venue on the block.

In eight to 12 months’ time, CCP’s Black Box Theater shall rise inside the vast CCP Complex, particularly at the block between Sotto and Jalandoni streets.


“We are opening this space in CCP for our Filipino artists and our audience. Black box is a new space not only for the performing artists, but for filmmakers, for musicians, and for writers [among others]as well,” CCP vice president and artistic director Chris Millado told reporters present at the black box’s recent groundbreaking.

Once completed, the P50-million CCP Black Box Theater can seat 350 audiences at once.

“For inaugural offerings, we are thinking of having original Filipino productions from different art disciplines. Who knows, we might also have collaboration between, let’s say filmmakers and visual artists between even circus performers and musicians. Gusto naming yung mga kakaibang palabas na mang-eengganyo ng mga bagong manonood [We want to unique shows that will engage new audiences],” Millado further noted.

At the program, CCP also profusely thanked Ignacio Gimenez and brother Roberto Olanday for donating the necessary funds for the construction. Leandro V. Locsin Partners will administer the construction

The new venue is just the first of the many constructions that CCP hopes to start soon; a kick-off of a bigger project, the New Performing Arts Theater.

Christina Alpad

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