Sunday, November 17, 2013

Dulaang UP stages the Teatro Povenir about Filipino revolutionary heroes

In celebration of Andres Bonifacio’s sesquicentennial, Dulaang UP stages Teatro Porvenir, Ang Katangi-tanging Kasaysayan ni Andres Bonifacio, Macario Sakay at Aurelio Tolentino sa Entablado, a Palanca-winning play written by Tim Dacanay.

Teatro Porvenir is a re-imagining of the history of the Katipunan through an amalgamation of myth and literature, history and religion.

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The play highlights Bonifacio as an artist, including many facets of this valiant revolutionary that remains largely unknown to most people.

It all starts with a struggling moro-moro troupe in Tondo, Teatro Porvenir (Theater of Tomorrow).

Its members, Aurelio Tolentino, Emilio Jacinto, Macario Sakay and the brothers Ciriaco, Procopio and Andres Bonifacio, try to introduce reforms in the komedya and senakulo.

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Born into a time of foment, their art-making is informed by the subversive works of Jose Rizal and Marcelo del Pilar.

The moro-moro players ultimately become members of the supreme council of the Katipunan and play out their vital roles in Philippine history.

 Culled from a diverse array of historical scholarship and documents, religious and literary traditions such as the sinakulo, komedya, awit, and pasyon, this highly imaginitive play seeks to bring to the 21st century a new interpretation of the life and times of Andres Bonifacio.


The play features a stellar cast headlined by seasoned theatre actors with emerging actors from UP and other theatre groups:

Romnick Sarmenta
Russell Legaspi
Jojit Lorenzo
Joel Saracho
Vlad Gonzales
Fitz Bitana
Jean Judith Javier
Karen Gaerlan
Natasha Cabrera
Fatima Cadiz
Nikki Lorenzo
Emerald Bañares
Paul Jake Paule
Cedrick Juan
Io Balanon
Dan de Guzman
Janel Estuya
and the Dulaang UP ensemble


Teatro Porvenir is directed by Dulaang UP’s artistic director Alexander Cortez. Director Cortez also directed and translated Adrian Cristobal’s The Trial of Andres Bonifacio (Ang Paglilitis) in 1997 which saw over 120 performances of this ground breaking historical play.

The prolific playwright Floy Quintos shares his expertise as creative consultant; Meliton Roxas, Jr. and Ohm David do the technical direction and assistant technical direction respectively

The other production team members:

Set design by Hongkong-based Faust Peneyra
Sound design by Jethro Joaquin 
Costumes by Nimrod Sta. Ana 
Choreographic team headed by Angel Baguilat of the UP Dance Company 
Filipino martial arts “arnis” expert Bot Jocano
Batalla movement by Jess Macatuggal and Grace Jaramillo 
Video designs by Winter David
Dramaturgy by Erika Estacio
Photography by Dino Dimar
Poster design by Tim Dacanay 
Graphics by Renee Balboa

Teatro Porvenir runs from November 20 to December 8, 2013 at the Wilfrido Ma. Guerrero Theater, 2nd floor Palma Hall, University of the Philippines Diliman.

For more information and ticket inquiries:
Dulaang UP Office 
Tel 926-1349, 981-8500 local 2449, and 433-7840.

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