Educators Gain Deeper Insights on the Arts in CCP’s Performatura Festival

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Gain a deeper understanding of the various art forms then and now with the experts in CCP’s Performatura Festival. The three-day event organized by the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP), features 10 pocket events for various contemporary art forms in addition to the indigenous and traditional art events. The combination of the contemporary and the traditional is based on intertextuality.

“The festival celebrates how previous and current texts, and text-makers (the artists) then and now relate socially in space and time.” He adds that the festival aims to access relationships with and between the page and the stage, and tradition and innovation,” explains Herminio S. Beltran, CCP Intertextual Unit chief,

Multi-awarded writer Vim Nadera is the festival director while CCP Intertextual Unit officer and dramaturg Giselle G. Garcia is the deputy festival director. Nadera and Garcia led the programming of the pocket events.

The CCP Café or Coffee & Conversation with a National Artist headlines these events where audience members could ask any (light) question to the three National Artists for Literature.

TV personality Lourd de Veyra moderates the CCP Café with F. Sionil Jose (November 6), University of the Philippines (Diliman) Mass Communication Dean Roland Tolentino emcees the event with Bienvenido Lumbera (November 7), and renowned author Krip Yuson hosts the event with Cirilo F. Bautista (November 8).

The CCP Café will be held at the Pasilyo Guillermo Tolentino, the third floor hallway of the Center. The hallway was named after Tolentino, National Artist for the Visual Arts, whose numerous works include the Oblation at the UP Diliman campus.

The Park Poetry Series also underscores contemporary performances with Joey Ayala, Jess Santiago, Fando & Lis, ventriloquist Ony Carcamo, Joel Malabanan and Lourd de Veyra for Park Poetry I: Music and Movement (November 6).

Tondo Rappers, the Ilustrado rap group (with Batas), Syke, Speech Choir 121, and a Crissotan (the Kapampangan version of Balagtasan) performance comprise the line-up for Park Poetry II: Ensembles & Notions of Rhythm (November 7).

Gemino Abad, Neil Garcia, Becky Añonuevo, Krip Yuson, and Diwa de Leon form the block for Park Poetry III: Gathering a Community of Poets (November 8).

The Park Poetry Series will be held at the CCP Promenade from 7:00 p.m. onwards. A sculptural work of National Artist for the Visual Arts Napoleon V. Abueva titled Magkasintahan sa Buhay at Sayaw is in the CCP Promenade.

The Tanghalang Huseng Batute will be the venue for the Lecture Demo series. The Mindanao State University – Iligan Institute of Technology (MSU-IIT) will present SugaTula, a contemporary Mindanao poetry, from 9:00 am to 12:00 noon on November 7. Huseng Batute is the pseudonym of Filipino poet Jose Corazon de Jesus, more popularly known to have penned the lyrics to the song “Bayan Ko”.

On November 8, the Tanghalang Huseng Batute venue will feature performances of the Daloy Dance Company, Arianna Pozzuoli, Romancing Venus, the UP Los Banos Choir, Myra Beltran, and Anthony Brown.

The Young Poets Space Jam, a fellowship venue for young writers, include student-writers from the Philippine Normal University (PNU); the Linangan sa Imahen, Retorika, at Anyo (LIRA) members; the De La Salle University’s Malate Literary Folio, the official literary and visual arts publication of DLSU; members of the UP Writers’ Club, the literary organization at UP Diliman; the UST Literary Society, the official organization of literature students of the University of Santo Tomas; members of Words Anonymous, a spoken word group; and members of White Wall Poetry, a collective of spoken word artists. The Young Poets Space Jam will be held at the Silangan Hall on November 8 starting at 12 noon onwards.

The CCP Museong Kalinangang Pilipino (MKP) or the CCP Multi-Purpose Hall will be the venue of the Literaturo Workshop series. On November 6, the workshop presents the Creative Performance conducted by dance artist Chelsea Ainsworth from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. followed by Ventriloquism with Ony Carcamo at 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

On November 8, Literaturo features Arianna Pozzuoli’s Poetry Slam Workshop for Educators from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. followed by Diwa de Leon’s YouTube as a Profitable Career Path at 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Performatura Festival offers two contemporary art exhibitions for its visual arts component. Chromatext Rebooted, an art exhibition curated by Krip Yuson and Jean Marie Syjuco, at the Bulwagang Juan Luna or the CCP Main Gallery, will be opened on November 6 at 6:00 p.m. Luna is famous for his academic painting the Spoliarium on display at the National Museum of the Philippines.

Beside the main gallery, sound artist Teresa Barrozo will surround the CCP Library and Archives with her work called Binhi, Ani to be opened on November 7 at 12 noon.

For the film component of the festival, Performatura will present films that have literary origins and relations called the Cinematura at the Tanghalang Manuel Conde (Dream Theater) in scheduled periods during its three-day run. Conde, a National Artist for Cinema, produced and portrayed Genghis Khan, which was recognized by the international film festival in Venice in 1952.

The CCP has entered into partnership with the Philippine Daily Inquirer (PDI) in providing the venue for the third year of the Inquirer Read-Along event to be held at the Silangan Hall from November 6 to 7.

Performatura Festival 2015, Performing Literatures will be on November 6, 7 and 8 at various venues of the Center. A donated book will serve as a (one) day pass to the aforementioned events.

Performatura updates are available on Facebook (CCP-Intertextual-Division-Programs), Tumblr (, and Twitter (ccpintertextual).


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