Tuesday, January 18, 2011

From Panitikan.com.ph

(Original Article can be found HERE)
Matutunghayan muli ang kwento ng pagmamahalan, digmaan at karangalan nina Orosman at Zafira sa darating na Pebrero 2011 sa SM Mall of Asia Centerstage Theater. Ang Orosman ay sinulat ni Francisco Baltazar at bibigyang buhay ng Dulaang UP.

Some audience members who are interested in catching Orosman at Zafira who might be a little worried that Orosman at Zafira will be “traditional” and “classic” can rest assured that this production, while still honoring its past and origins, will be exciting and fun.

As a reviewer from the Philippine Daily Inquirer said, “This is not your great-great-grandparents’ komedya.” This particular theater form should not to be mistaken as comedy.

The Tagalog term komedya is derived fromcomedia, a Spanish generic term for drama. Komedya usually have plots about saints or warring kingdoms, and uses staging conventions like structured choreographed entrances and exits.

In this DUP production, “[The] dramaturgs [have] edited the original text, changed Baltazar’s original Turkish kingdoms to Filipino tribes, and created a narrator to help audiences along.”

While the music of a traditional komedya are usually performed by a brass band, Bello’s neo-ethnic music is rendered by a live orchestra using indigenous instruments such as djembe drums, kulintang (gong chime) and kubing (Jew’s harp), together with electric guitars and keyboards.

Santos has replaced the traditional marches with movement vocabularies inspired by the country’s regional dances.

“He marks the narrative with three impressive battle scenes that showcased a heady amalgamation of fight stances and dance. The cast charged, pounced and attacked as they twisted, glided and leapt.”

We’re sure that today’s audiences will enjoy this “modern method” of staging a komedya.

Catch OROSMAN AT ZAFIRA on its LAST Saturday run
February 26 / 3PM / SAT @ MOA CenterStage

Ticket Price: Php350

Contact Onay @ 0918.536.2116 to reserve tickets

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