XSCENA, a series of scenography exhibits and webinars, gathers multi-awarded theater practitioners and multidisciplinary artists to collaborate on this project which seeks to capture and develop performance experimentations onto different platforms.
The first installment, entitled "Iteration: Recon/figures," features a week-long digital exhibition of live and pre-recorded original presentations which depict the digital medium not as a limitation but as additional character and setting in the discipline. It is set on July 12 to16, from 6 to 8 p.m.
It showcases multidisciplinary artist Bunny Cadag, whose often participatory and community-based works amplify the voices of marginalized groups and the contemporary Langgam Performance Troup (LPT), together with their artistic director, internationally-featured performance-maker Jenny Logico-Cruz, who has collaborated with notable art organizations and cultural institutions here and abroad.
LPT co-founder and resident director, photographer and filmmaker Blonski Cruz; multidisciplinary artist John Andre Sarmogenes, whose visuals span photography, installation, video, performance and experimental and documentary films; and Pasakalye Black Box Theater Manager and Sining Banwa Albay Performing Collectives, Inc. resident playwright Sari Saysay were likewise tapped for the production.
Completing the lineup are artist-collaborators, scenographers, designers and educators Lawyn Cruz and JayLo Conanan.
The retrospective is curated by Gawad Buhay! Philstage Awardee and De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde Production Design Chairperson Tuxqs Rutaquio. He is joined by independent and published cultural critic and opinion writer Katrina Stuart Santiago, the founder of new civil society organization PAGASA-People for Accountable Governance and Sustainable Action.
The five-day occasion will conclude with a talk back session with the artists to be facilitated by Santiago and cultural producer, interdisciplinary performance scholar and DeviDiva Productions Artistic Director Sunita Mukhi, scheduled on July 17, 3 to 4:30 p.m.
Hosted by the Arts and Culture Cluster of the De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde, the event will be available on view on Facebook, TikTok, YouTube and Zoom.
For more information, visit www.facebook.com/xscenafestival.