#TheaterPH - #FRINGEMNL - 5 Shows That Interest Me About The Very First FRINGE MANILA!

Before sharing you what’s on my list, let us know what Fringe Manila is all about. 

Fringe Manila has a vision to raise the awareness of, among domestic and international audiences, the depth and breadth of artistic endeavor across the Philippines. They promise to stage and produce an arts festival that will aim to showcase fresh, daring, and groundbreaking material highlighting the unique point of view of emerging and established artists from the Philippines and internationally, across all genres including, but not limited to, theater, poetry, music, dance and the visual arts. 

Fringe Manila is an open access, artist driven, uncensored arts and community festival that will showcase fresh, daring, and groundbreaking work. It’s joining over 200 international Fringe Festivals around the world. It highlights the unique point of view of emerging and established artists from the Philippines and all over the world in theater, literature, music, dance, visual art, film, cabaret, performance art, circus and every other artistic genre in between. Fringe Manila is the perfect platform for emerging and local established artists to take risks and share their work to diverse audiences. Here are the 5 Shows That Interest Me About The Very First FRINGE MANILA!

1. Usapang X

Written/directed by Dudz TeraƱa, this UP Curtain Call Award-winning piece is a humorous and refreshing view of what real people do inside the comfort of their bathrooms. “Usapang X” features a series of monologues.It delves into sensitive social issues and concerns involving youth, such as gender and sexuality. It explores how the youth struggle and cope while entangled in a web of society’s ‘wrongs’. According to FringeManila.com, this material is Rated SPG. Shows at February 23 and 26, 8pm at De La Salle College of Saint Benilde, School of Design and Arts.

2. Reconfigure

RECON: to gather information. FIGURE: a shape, body or structure.

Misshapen physicalities, transformed beings and altered lives. Reconfigure is a twinbill production featuring Ea Torrado’s Dysmorphilia, which premiered at Imaginarium: A Multi-arts festival of the Absurd, and PJ Rebullida’s The Sky Changed, showcased at the WIFI Body Contemporary Dance Festival. Compounded to evoke transformation, manipulation and conscious change, Both works continue to unravel the forces at work on how the body is presented and consumed in relation to ideas of self-perception and symbolic rebirth.

Dysmorphilia costumes were made by award-winning Multimedia artist-designer, Leeroy New.

3. MANHID: The Pinoy Superhero Musical

Comic book fanatics, musical theater lovers, and political activists are bound to be moved by Ballet Philippines’ newest venture, “MANHID: The Pinoy Superhero Musical”. Inspired from comic book super heroes of the 60 - 90’s – MANHID introduces a new generation of Filipino super heroes redefined for today’s times. Set in an alternate present day Philippines where the EDSA revolution failed, this musical features heroes and villains with superpowers, and a people sick with Kamanhiran (Apathy). “MANHID” is the final production in BP’s 45th anniversary season. Show dates: Feb 20 (8pm) / Feb 21 (2pm and 6pm) / Feb 22 (2pm).

4. Boy in the Bathroom

Fresh from its critically acclaimed showing at last year’s Imaginarium Festival, The Boy in the Bathroom is a quirky yet refreshingly sophisticated musical that explores that exhilarating feeling of finding the answer to life’s questions and taking that strong leap of faith.

This quirky, Off-Broadway musical which critics have dubbed as “widely entertaining and yet hauntingly poignant” explores the relationship between OCD-inflicted David and his overbearing mother Pam. In a singular moment, everything in David’s life comes to a halt as he locks himself in the bathroom, forging a world of daydreams, toilet paper, and make-believe. When a girl named Julie enters the equation, however, he finds himself falling in love and wondering whether it’ll be just enough to make him open the door and venture to the unknown. 

The musical stars Broadway World award-winning theater actor and Aliw Award nominee Topper Fabregas, Gawad Buhay Award-winning actress Caisa Borromeo, and veteran actress and star of West End Sheila Francisco. Show dates: Feb 19 (8pm) / Feb 21 (5.30pm).

5. Dance Until You Shatter Yourself

DUYSY is an exploration of the individual's pursuit of truth throughout ones lifetime. Drawing from the meditational practices of the Mevlevi Order [or whirling dervishes] in Sufism, Green Glass Door offers Fringe-goers a one-man durational movement piece that examines the limitations of human physical/ mental/ spiritual endurance and asks the question, “When all other meanings fall away, what is there left to believe?” Catch Dance Until You Shatter Yourself at Tanghalang Huseng Batute (CCP Studio Theater), February 26, 2015 (8pm) and  March 1, 2015 (3pm).

To know more, you may visit www.FringeManila.com or https://www.ticketworld.com.ph/fringemanila to purchase your tickets. 

Fringe represents the voices of artists and artistic genres that both challenge and reflect traditional and contemporary art forms. The Philippines is now taking its place in this extraordinary revolution. “There is a growing renaissance of art by future movers and shakers in the industry that create work driven by their experience and social consciousness,” says Festival Director and co-founder Andrei Nikolai Pamintuan. Fringe Manila is significantly important because it was created under spontaneous freedom of expression of tens of thousands of creative souls, from all walks of life, at all stages of their careers, and representing all art forms.” He adds.

How about you? What interest you for the upcoming #FringeMNL?

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