October 18, 2009

A different scene

Metro Manila has a vibrant theater scene that begins in June and ends in March of the next year. There's a healthy mix of local and international plays, though non-Filipino and non-English language ones are usually translated into one or the other. Even then, performances of the sarswela—a genre that combines spoken and sung scenes, orchestral music, and dance—is rare nowadays. The form comes from the Spanish zarzuela, which spread to its colonies, which in turn developed their own traditions, the Philippines included. The extended centennial celebrations of the University of the Philippines included a sarswela festival, for which they invited the theater arts groups of other universities. This performance of "Sa Bunganga ng Pating" (in the mouth/jaws/maw of the shark), written by Julian Cruz Balmaceda in 1921, was by a group from the Far Eastern University. The music was arranged and conducted by Professor Chino Toledo.

performance of the sarswela 'Sa Bunganga ng Pating' by the FEU Art Theatre Clinique with Prof. Chino Toledo conducting the orchestra

Urban or rural, natural or man-made, take a sightseeing tour of our world's diverse scenery!
Scenic Sunday

20 comments:

Gunn White said...

What a great event!
I also liked the decorations on the stage. Artistic.

robert said...

All hands up for life and such a great place to be.

A wonderful Sunday.

Boise Diva said...

Impressive staging.

Jacob said...

This is such a beautiful photograph! Actually, it's gorgeous! Wonderful colors, and it is very sharp. No wonder you get so many awards.

:-))

George said...

If the set is any indication, the performance must have been brilliant.

James said...

Very clever. That looks like a big production.

Mary Stebbins Taitt said...

WOW! A beautiful and elaborate presentation. Nice capture!

Don and Krise said...

What a great stage and set. Another wonderful event you attended. You are a lady on the go!

Lilli & Nevada said...

What a neat scene and i love those colors

mirage2g said...

Sorry for the lack of visits :( I hope the recent typhoon didn't bring you trouble...I did very little on my part to help but im glad that Filipinos showed so much care during those times.

I think the jaw idea as stage is brilliant! Galing!

Rob said...

Looks like lots of fun!

Vogon Poet said...

You can't get more “scenic” than this!

Pam said...

How wonderful for the universities theater groups to be invited to perform at the festival.
Nice shot, Hilda

eileeninmd said...

What a great choice for scenic Sunday. The stage looks very elaborate and I'm sure the performance was wonderful too.

DoanLegacy said...

The stage looks beautiful with that lighting..

JOE TODD said...

Thanks for sharing part of your world

Paula said...

The set designer certainly knew how to convey the drama. I'm glad you enjoy the theater season. A great production can really lift the spirits.

gogouci said...

Beautifully composed group photo. Looks like a performance I would have thoroughly enjoyed.

the donG said...

i wonder if you used a tripod for this. galing ng shot.

JM said...

What an amazing stage!