GAWAD CCP Para sa Sining Awardee Barasoain Kalinangan Foundation Inc.
brings to life Severino Reyes' and Fulgencio Tolentino's Walang Sugat (Not Wounded), one of the major Philippine sarsuwelas. It will be staged at the UP University Theater from February 11-13 at 6 p.m.
Severino Reyes, who is regarded as the father of the Tagalog sarsuwela, wrote his masterpiece in 1902 as his statement against imperialism, revealing scenes that depicted the cruelty of the Spanish friars and how patriotic Filipinos died in their hands. But his story takes an amusing turn as its hero Tenyong outwits the people trying to separate him from his love interest Julia. This unexpected twist has made the sarsuwela very popular among theater audiences and even among moviegoers for the musical has been produced on film twice.
Presenting Walang Sugat at the UP Sarsuwela Festival 2009 is the Barasoain Kalinangan Foundation Inc. (BKFI), a theater group which utilizes traditional art forms such as the awit, sayaw, balagtasan, moro-moro, senakulo, kundiman and sarswelang Tagalog—with ingenious
contemporary innovations. With its vision—"a nationalist and humane
Bulakeno culture," BKFI has continuously developed and promoted the
richness and Bulacan history and culture through its original productions that pay tribute to Bulacan heroes and artists. BKFI has been chosen by the provincial government as its key partner in its cultural program. The group participated in the First National Theater Festival held at the CCP in 1992 . It also toured throughout the Visayan region with the CCP Outreach and Exchange Division for productions "Tatlong Maria" and "Anong Araw Ngayon?"
Tickets to Walang Sugat are priced at P75 per head. For group bookings or individual tickets, please call up telephone numbers 928-7508 and 981-8500 loc. 2105 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Visit http://kal.upd.edu.ph/sarsuwela/ for other festival events.
"Walang Sugat" to be staged, Feb 11-13
by Raul Asis posted on February 2, 2009