The Performatura Performance Literature Festival is here to heal


The Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) is bringing back PPE or Performatura: Pandemic Edition.

This international performance literature festival will be held from November 22 to 24, 2021, from 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m., via Zoom and Facebook livestream. The director of this year’s festival is poet and performance artist Vim Nadera who offers it every two years with, initially, Herminio Beltran, Jr. and, ultimately, Beverly Siy of the CCP’s Intertextual Division since 2015.

In the midst of the crisis, the CCP remains unchanged in realizing its vision and mission to bring the rich history and heritage of our country, especially in the various fields of literature, performance as well as the arts. from the scene. This now virtual event will present, as usual, poetry readings, tales, theatrical performances, danced plays, musical presentations, even oral creation competitions, via multimedia means, among others.

On November 22, or Araw ni Huseng Batute, Performatura celebrates the 125th anniversary of the quintessential poet José Corazon de Jesus. At 10 a.m., no less than Arsenio “Nick” Lizaso, chairman of the CPC and chairman of the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA), welcomes everyone – during the pandemic – while discussing his personal ties to the said first king of Balagtasan.

National artist for music Ramon Santos delivers his speech on Jesus’ life as a lyricist. Musical artists from Performatibo Manila, which has been promoting Kundiman, Kuwentuhan, Katuwaan online since 2020, shows how his poetry heals both Filipinos and Philippines. Jesus Jaime Aguila, the direct descendant of Jesus, gives his answer on behalf of his family. In the afternoon, from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., the finals of Pambansang Balagtasan courtesy of the Philippine Cultural Education Program of NCCA in cooperation with the Ministry of Education. Then the last segment of the day, from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m., features Mike Coroza, Jeanette Job Coroza, Felipe de Leon Jr. and Sonia Roco hosting the special edition of PLAKA or Pamana ng Lahi, Arte, Kultura, Atbp. titled Titik ni Huseng Batute sa PLAKA.

Meanwhile, on November 23, CCP Vice President and Artistic Director Chris Millado opens Day 2, at 10 a.m., which immortalizes the 158th birthday of revolutionary hero Andres Bonifacio which is supposed to be November 30. But, this day is dedicated to Bagong Bonifacio. This segment, called the Front (Liners) Act – hosted by the Linangan sa Imahen, Retorika, to Anyo’s Arli Joshua Boniquit Atienza – focuses on unsung heroes of healing who sing, literally and literally, like Dr. Rhodora Andrea Concepcion of the Psychiatry Association of the Philippines; Dr PJ Bengwasan of the Psychological Association of the Philippines; Dr Neslen Guanzon, Mignodel Morales, Leilani Joy Igarta from Asian Hospital and Makatang Asiano Medical Center; Joavanni Pacaldo from the University of Cebu meets the President of LIRA, who is a doctor, Dr Joti Tabula, as well as other frontliners from Mark Pugnit Bonabon, Mia Francesca Lauengco and Tresia Siplante Traqueña. The famous physician Dr Tony Leachon is also invited. From 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., 8-letter child prodigy Cindy Wong is sponsoring the afternoon segment, titled Claiming Indie Spaces in Challenging Times, hosted by Indie Publishers Collab-PH (TIPC-PH) – a collective of independent publishers sharing the exact path of expanding the literary horizons of the “independent” community in the Philippines. In this year’s Performatura, TIPC-PH will host a book launch and storytelling performance series from Aklat Alamid, Alubat Publishing, 8Letters, Librong LIRA, Rebo Press and Southern Voices. Alubat Publishing will feature readings from Dr Louie Mar’s HIV novel Gangcuangco, Orosa-Nakpil, Malate; 8Letters will launch its latest anthologies, Takipsilim and Hatinggabi, featuring Filipino mythological creatures, through storytelling; Librong LIRA will present poems by Nick Pichay from his re-edited poetry collection Ang Lunes na Mahirap Bunuin; Rebo Press will have a reading taken from Si Jose Rizal sa by Frank G. Rivera (Loob at Labas ng Kagila-gilalas na) Daigdig ni Atô, Calling Out the Destruction by Karl de Mesa: Non-fictional meditations collected on violence and transcendence , Maria Kristelle Salamín: Mga Personal na Prosa by Jimenez and reading excerpts from Vox Populi PH from their new literary collection of contemporary children’s literature; Southern Voices Printing Press presents the launch of Mga Munting Babae, the Filipino translated version of Little Women by Louisa May Alcott, with the participation of actress / model Ms. Mylene Dizon, and former representative Emmi de Jesus of Gabriela Women’s Party , reading excerpts from the book. Professor Rowena Festin, who translated the book with SVPP editor Sophia Perez, will also give a brief overview of the language and translation.

In the evening, from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., SIPA International Performance Art Festival, an intercultural project that promotes exchange, solidarity and peace organized by independent Filipino artists inviting artists from all over the world. Thanks to the initiative of Boyet de Mesa and the SIPA Secretariat, he rediscovers the secret excellence of Filipino performance artists like Concerned Artists of the Philippines (Polytechnic University of the Philippines) Performance Collective, Rogger Basco, Nerisa Guevara, Sarina Narida, Vim Nadera, PUP Bagong Himig Serenata, PUP Sining Lahi Polyrepertory, Ronadae Ruiz, Jo-An Sarmogenes, Opaline Santos and Rosa Zerrudo as well as foreign guests like 69 Performance Club (Indonesia), Mok Augustine (Hong Kong), Warattaya Chaisin (Thailand ), Calum Eccleston (England), Chaw Ei Thein (Myanmar / United States), Inti Barrios Hernandez (Mexico), Andreas Hoffmann (Germany), Yeon Jeong (South Korea), Padungsak Kochsomrong (Thailand), Florence Lam (HongKong ), Futoshi Moromizato (Japan), Maria Victoria Muñoz (Colombia), Mongkol Plienbangchang (Thailand), Juyoung Park (South Korea), Evamaria Schaller (Austria), Dimple B Shah (India), Satadru Sova (India) and Yadanar Win (Myanmar).

Finally, on November 24, nicknamed Araw ng mga Aklat in Akdang Bayan, CCP board chairwoman Margie Moran Floirendo opens the last day of Performatura. At 10 a.m., via the live broadcast from Los Baños to Laguna, the National Book Development Board (NBDB) inaugurates Book Nook, an excellent concept that realizes reading centers for families living in areas where accessibility to books and internet is limited. Afternoon, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., focuses on epics through Epic Center. Lam-ang from Luzon, Hinilawod from Visayas and Darangen from Mindanao take center stage. directors Ron Biñas and Fitz Bitana; John Barrios; and Christine Ortega and their team are modernizing or post-modernizing the form of pre-colonial literature to the delight of generations X, Y and Z – as if the cantors were healers. In the evening, from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m., the Philippine Librarian Association, Inc. (PLAI) encourages Philippine library staff to commemorate the 87th National Book Week. Tanghal Tula, a national oral creation competition on the theme “Results, awareness, Exceptional: Library beyond borders”, awaits the winner who wears the crown created by sculptor Raul “Tata” Funilas, the trophy custom designed by artist Sam Penaso for the “Tanghal Makata ng Taon”, and the photos and videos designed by London researcher Kulay Labitigan.

Performatura works as a melting pot of different cultures in the country. This pandemic edition turns the CCP into an MCP or medical center in the Philippines.

This is proof that no virus can prevent artists and cultural workers, but also the carriers of culture, from coming together. Such a literary celebration allows individuals and communities to use their inner voice and their inventiveness, tangible and intangible, to cry out to the world that creativity, again and again, is humanizing. And heals.

Since creating something out of nothing is divine – art, especially performance literature, can overcome anything, even in the midst of misery.

Thus, Performatura 2021 is more than just an art festival, it is a ritual of cultural well-being and well-being.

Performatura 2021 press release


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