CCP online shows to watch this May

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    MISS going to the Cultural Center of the Philippines and watch its world-class shows?

    The CCP Online premieres archival recordings and shows in HD that celebrate Filipino artistry and talents.

    On May 19, CCP puts the spotlight on the Visayan culture and traditions in “Perlas ng Silangan” (Pearl of the Orient Sun).  Made possible through its Cultural Exchange Department, the collaborative dance drama featuring four leading regional performing groups, namely the Sinukwan Kapampangan Performing Arts of Angeles City, Pampanga; Maskara Theater Ensemble of the University of St. La Salle Bacolod City; the Philippine Baranggay Folk Dance Troupe Rondalla from NCR; and the Integrated Performing Arts Guild (IPAG) of MSU-IIT Iligan City.  The show was presented on October 10 at the CCP Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino.

    Ballet Philippines’ Romeo and Juliet takes audiences on an emotional rollercoaster on May 21.  With music by Sergei Prokofiev and choreography by National Artist for Dance Alice Reyes, the Shakespeare’s classic romance tale of star-crossed lovers offer audiences a captivating feast for the senses.

    It’s a sarsuwela night on May 23 with Tanghalang Pilipino’s Walang Sugat. Written by Severino Reyes who is regarded as the father of the Tagalog sarsuwela, it follows the story of Tenyong who outwits the people trying to separate him from his love interest Julia.  The literary masterpiece speaks against imperialism, revealing scenes that depicted the cruelty of the Spanish friars and how patriotic Filipinos died in their hands.

    Fashion and ballet come together on May 26 with the Michael Cinco x Ballet Philippines Autumn-Fall 2020.  Produced to celebrate the golden anniversary of BP, the one-night gala features Swan Lake-inspired dance choreography by Alden Lugnasin and the couture fashion collection by designer Michael Cinco.

    Agnes Locsin’s neo-ethnic masterpiece, Ballet Philippines’ Encantada, premieres on the virtual stage on May 28.   Presented as the opening salvo for BP’s 42nd dance season, it centers around the sovereign spirit of the mountain.  The show featured guest artist Georgette Sanchez and BP principal dancer Candice Adea as the Encantada, Jean Marc Cordero as Estranjero and Katherine Trofeo and Carissa Adea as the Babaylan.

    The hit superhero musical, Zsazsa Zaturnnah Ze Muzikal, saves the day on May 30.  Based on graphic novel of the same title by Carlo Vergara and performed by Tanghalang Pilipino actors, it follows the adventure of a gay beauty salon owner who transforms into a voluptuous superhero who saves her town from marauding zombies, power-tripping fashion forward aliens and a giant dancing frog.

    Catch these shows at CCP YouTube channels.  Watch as much as you can for free.  The shows are live for a week.

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