Tangahalang Ateneo's "Sintang Dalisay" July 13-30, 2011

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I wrote a piece on the 2011-2012 season line-up of Tanghalang Ateneo and Dulaang UP but I am unable to reproduce it here for now since it hasn't been published yet. Hopefully the publication I submitted it to will be able to use it next week.

One of the shows that's included in the article opens tonight (July 13, 2011): Tanghalang Ateneo's staging of William Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet" using a Tagalog translation done in awit format, which uses dodesyllabic or 12-syllable verse. Shakepeare's plays are written in iambic pentameter, or five pairs of alternating unstressed and stressed syllables per line.

Announcement from Tanghalang Ateneo

Tanghalang Ateneo stages "Sintang Dalisay"

Tanghalang Ateneo opens its 33rd Season this July with Sintang Dalisay, a dramatic piece forged from two sources--the awit "Ang Sintang Dalisay ni Julieta at Romeo" written in 1901 by G D. Roke, and Rolando Tinio’s translation of William Shakespeare’s "Romeo and Juliet."

Igal, the traditional dance of the Sama people, will serve as the production’s movement motif, taught to the cast by master teachers from Tabawan, South Ubian, Tawi-Tawi province.

An ensemble of musicians from Kulintangang Ateneo and the University of the Philippines’ Kontemporaryong Gamelan Pilipino (Kontra-GaPi), will accompany the dance and the action of the play.

Adapated synopsis
The adaptation is set in Sampurna, a fictional Muslim community, with the Mustafas and the Kalimuddins as two prominent families mired in an age-old hatred for each other. Caught in this family strife are Rashiddin and Jamila, two lovers, secretly married, who are forced to separate from each other after Rashiddin kills a member of the Kalimuddin clan to avenge the death of his cousin. A demand for justice, Rashiddin’s exile to Dapitan, a clandestine tryst, a missing letter and a plot that goes awry culminate in the death of the lovers and the reconciliation of the two families smothered in grief and regret.

Behind the scenes
Ricardo Abad, who adapted the performance text with Guelan Luarca, directs the production. Matthew Santamaria draws the dance and movement patterns from the lessons imparted by Tabawan experts Calsum Telso, Abdul Said K. Hailaya, Nur Perong, and Dalino Kamamih.

Pedro Abraham Jr. does the music and sound design, Meliton Roxas, Jr. handles lights design, while National Artist Salvador F. Bernal does the honors for production design.

Dates and venue
"Sintang Dalisay" runs
July 13-16, 21-23 and 26-30, 7 p.m.
July 16, 23 and 30 (Saturdays) 2 p.m.
Rizal Mini-Theater, Ateneo de Manila University.

The production is staged in cooperation with the Ateneo Fine Arts Program and the Performing Arts Cluster. A gala show for delegates of the International University Theater Association Conference is scheduled for July 20, 2011.

Contact 0915-112-9301 and 426-6001 loc. 5427.

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