Manila Improv Fest 2015 to be held from July 2-12

Jun 29, 2015
Dulaang Atenista (Cagayan de Oro) is one of the groups participating in the 2015 Manila International Improv Festival.�

Silly People’s Improv Theatre (SPIT) is the country’s premiere improvisational theatre group known for their smart and incisive brand of comedy. Considered as one of the best improv comedy troupes in Asia, SPIT has had almost a thousand performances in the last decade to both local and international audiences. SPIT has represented the Philippines in the Los Angeles, Beijing and Hong Kong Comedy Festivals, and the Improv Festivals in New York and Chicago, and more recently, the Amsterdam Improv Festival in January of this year.

Improvisational theatre is a form of theatre where scenes are co-created by the audience and the actors in real time, without the benefit of a script or prior rehearsals for the performers. Because of this method, watching an improvised theatre show is more akin to performance art due to its non-conventional approach.

This year, Manila International Improv Festival 2015 is happening on July 2-12, 2015. This performance art festival is a partnership with two prominent Philippine institutions.

Silliman University in Dumaguete will host the Tropical Improv Camp from July 2-5, and the Philippine Educational Theatre Association (PETA) will be the partner venue where all theatre performances will be held on July 8-12, 2015.

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Our performance art fair is hosting improv comedy groups from around the world: PIP Show (Warsaw), Impro Mafia (Brisbane), Pirates of Tokyo Bay (Tokyo), Landry & Summers (Los Angeles), To Be Continued, People’s Liberation Improv, 3 Dudes Improv and Lamb Ink (Hong Kong), The Improv Company (Singapore), Taichung Improv (Taichung), The Beijing Collective (Beijing), People’s Republic of Comedy and Zmack (Shanghai), Bacolod Improv Group (Bacolod), Dulaang Atenista (Cagayan de Oro), One and a Half Men, Switch Improv, and SPIT (Manila).

Now on its third run, the Manila Improv Fest has earned the distinction of being the “improv comedy festival that has set the standard for improv comedy festivals” according to festival regular, Curt Mabry of Zmack, Shanghai.

This year’s festival theme is “Finding the Game”- a nod to the games and exercises that improvisers use in performance, and an affirmation of the playful nature of improvisation.

Silliman University plays host to the conference component, which is a gathering of improvisers who have taken the principles of improv theatre and have used it as a method for facilitating learning events including corporate and organisational settings.

In partnership with the Applied Improvisation Network which counts Gabe Mercado as the very first Filipino board member, this is the second year we are incorporating this particular track to the festival, after a well-received run in Casa San Pablo, Laguna in 2013, having 30 applied improv practitioners from London, Hong Kong, Taiwan, the United States and Manila in attendance. Apart from a mutual exchange among participants on their experiences on the myriad applications of improvised theatre techniques ranging from the fields of the visual arts, to education for learners with special needs, delegates experienced the rich culinary culture and the centuries-old craftworks of Laguna.

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This year, Silliman University in Dumaguete has been chosen as the venue for the conference to highlight two things from this destination: their distinguished literary heritage and the pristine beaches lining the province.

The PETA-PHINMA theatre will be the venue where at least 5,000 guests are expected to witness the 25 performances scheduled this year. Around 500 delegates are expected to attend the workshops that have been meticulously curated together with our international performers. Concurrent with the performances and workshops, there are exhibitors present at the venue that will showcase their products and services to festival guests.

For ticket and workshop inquiries contact: Jay Tipayan of PETA Theater Center (Tel. No. (02) 726-6244 / 0927-3917379)

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