IMAGINARIUM: a festival of the absurd

Manila’s newest performing arts group, The Sandbox Collective, is launching The Imaginarium, a multi-arts festival of the absurd running from October 28 to 31 at the Peta Theater Center.
The festival will feature performances, presentations, and collaborations of various media, including film, fashion, dance, visual arts, improv, spoken word, music, food and beverage and theater.


A Multi-Arts Festival of the Absurd

Curator: Toff de Venecia

Dani Girl

The Sandbox Collective
Running time: 2h (w/ intermission)
Main Stage, 9+
After its critically acclaimed run at the RCBC Theater, Kooman and Dimond’s Dani Girl finds its way back onstage at the PETA Center. Dani Girl follows a 9-year old girl’s battle with leukemia and her fantastical quest to get back her hair. Together with her guardian angel Raph and her new friend Marty, Dani goes on an imaginary journey to find the answer to the question “Why is cancer?” Hilarious and heartbreaking, Dani Girl inspires people to find meaning in life despite the prospect of death, courage in the face of fear, and hope in the face of despair. Dani Girl is presented by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc.
Musical, Off- Broadway, Re-staged
Tue Oct 28 2014 – 6:00 PM
Wed Oct 29 2014 – 8:00 PM
Thu Oct 30 2014 – 3:30 PM
Fri Oct 31 2014 – 2:30 PM

The Maids 
by MusicArtes Inc. & World Music & Theater Project 
Running time: 1h, 30m (no intermission)
Main Stage, 13+
Inspired by real-life people and events, The Maids by French absurdist playwright Jean Genet follows two sadomasochistic sisters, Claire and Solange, who take turns role-playing as their employer, the Madam. They have denounced her criminal lover, Monsieur, secretly to the police but once the notorious criminal is set free, they are left with no recourse but to plot out Madam’s death before they are discovered. In ritual, however, they end up playing their roles all too well. Headlining the performance is Anton Juan, Broadway World Philippines awardee for Best Actor, Red Turnip Theater’s Topper Fabregas, and Joel Saracho.
Theatre, Straight play, Re-staged
Tue Oct 28 2014 – 2:30 PM
Tue Oct 28 2014 – 9:30 PM

The Glass Menagerie 
The Sandbox Collective
Running time: 2h (w/ intermission)
Black Box, PG
The Glass Menagerie is only one of the remnants of Tom Wingfield’s past life. Shadowed by the portrait of a smiling father, the play delves into Tom’s memories with his family while the world teeters on the brink of the Second World War. Previously presented by Upstart Soundstage as a semi-staged reading, the production will be fully staged, this time featuring iconoclastic images inspired by classical art, allowing audiences a more intimate glimpse at Tom’s truth. The show will feature Jay Glorioso, Nelsito Gomez, Justine Peña, and JC Santos. The Glass Menagerie is presented by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc.
Theatre, Classic, Mixed Media

Tue Oct 28 2014 – 8:00 PM

Wed Oct 29 2014 – 2:00 PM

Taong Grasa (Grease Man)
by MusicArtes Inc. & World Music & Theater Project 
Running Time: 1h
Roofdeck, 7+
The Palanca award-winning Taong Grasa, or Grease Man by Anton Juan is a dramatic monologue depicting the life of a homeless man living in the streets of Manila. As the Grease Man struggles to survive the daily hazards of living in the streets of a decaying city, the audience is left to question the system and society as a whole. The performance will feature TV and film luminary Lou Veloso who will be reprising his role.
Theatre, Straight play, Re-staged

Tue Oct 28 2014 – 5:00 PM

Real-life Fairytales: A Song Cycle 
by Ejay Yatco
Running Time: 1h
Black Box, 13+
Fall under the spell of Ejay Yatco, fresh new composer and musical director of smash hits like Sa Wakas, Toilet the Musical, and The Sandbox Collective’s Dani Girl. Real-life Fairytales presents the extraordinary realities encountered by otherwise ordinary people—the inner voices, thoughts, fears, and frustrations that fairytales never really present. Let Ejay Yatco’s compositions take you places. Let the mystery and magic of his music enchant you.
Musical Theater, Song Cycle
Contact number: 0915-7258297
Tue Oct 28 2014 – 1:00 PM
Thu Oct 30 2014 – 7:30 PM

by Niki Calma
Running Time: 1h, 30m (twin bill w/ Mga Kuneho)
Black Box, 13+
Niki Calma’s play Katabi, is a dialogue between a man and a woman separated by a wall; one is locked inside, and another is free to go elsewhere. Katabi presents the struggle and tugging of forces, that of confinement and freedom, proximity and distance, just as today’s Facebook-dependent audience is challenged to ponder on the authenticity of human relationships in a modern world. Katabi is directed by Emmanuel Dela Cruz and will be presented alongside Guelan Luarca’s Mga Kuneho
Theater, One Act, Re-Staged
Tue Oct 28 2014 – 3:30 PM
Thu Oct 30 2014 – 5:00 PM
Mga Kuneho
by Guelan Luarca
Running Time: 1h, 30m (twin bill w/ Katabi)
Black Box, 13+
A standout production from the CCP’s 2012 Virgin Labfest, Mga Kuneho is a play that blurs the lines between pretense and reality. Five clueless men are hired by a mysterious employer to transfer a loaded body bag from one room to another. Unbeknownst to them, they eventually find themselves locked inside a metal room, and forced to fight for their own survival. The play will be presented alongside Niki Calma’s Katabi.
Theater, One Act, Re-Staged
Tue Oct 28 2014 – 3:30 PM
Thu Oct 30 2014 – 5:00 PM

Over My Dead Body
by Christian Dagsil, Project Mayheim Productions
Running Time: 50m (twin bill with On Your Last Legs)
Black Box
Over My Dead Body is a comedy of errors revolving around three household helpers who are suspicious of their employers’ clandestine activities. They start conducting their own investigation and eventually draw a conclusion that their employers are committing a crime. Despite wanting to take matters into their own hands to solve the problems, they end up committing the misdeed themselves. The play will be presented alongside Fitz Edward Bitana’s On Your Last Legs.
Dark Surreal, Comedy, Re-Staged
Contact Number: 09178775086 or 09272390412

Fri Oct 31 2014 – 5:30 PM

On Your Last Legs
by Fitz Edward Bitana, Project Mayheim Productions
Running Time: 30m (twin bill with Over My Dead Body)
Black Box
Can the existential question of life’s meaning be found in proof? Can one find true validity through interaction, experiences and ideas? Find out what transpires between Life and Death and how the latter rejects the former. The play will presented alongside Christian Dagsil’s Over My Dead Body.
Artaud, Videographic, Post Modern
Contact Number: 09178775086 or 09272390412
Fri Oct 31 2014 – 5:30 PM

Mourning Gurlz 
Running Time: 1h, 2m
Black Box
“And again I say unto you, It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.” -Matthew 19:24. In the theatrical production Eye of a Needle, Wilfrido Ma. Guerrero gives this Bible verse new life, as he presents a caricature of Manila’s elite society. Capturing the essence of The Theatre of Images and The Absurd, KOLAB Co. seeks to reinvigorate a Pinoy classic and leave audiences pondering.
Wed Oct 29 2014 – 5:00 PM
Fri Oct 31 2014 – 8:30 PM

I, Label
Black Canvas
Running Time: 1h
Black Box
Two lost souls who travel and transfer into bodies of unknown spaces and time, find themselves trapped in the “identities” assigned to them. BLACK CANVAS (an open group of art collaborators) presents a two-actor performance of devised scenes that explore sex, gender and the labels that can imprison and/or liberate us into who we really are.
Devised Work, Theater

Wed Oct 29 2014 – 12:00 PM

Wed Oct 29 2014 – 7:00 PM

The Return of the Comeback of the New and Improved 
– Newly Scented HARING +UBU-L! Now in 6-D!
Sipat Lawin Ensemble
Running Time: 45m
Black Box
Sipat Lawin Ensemble’s vey first interactive devised-work adaptation of Alfred Jarry’s avant-garde work UBU Roi launched in March 2010 with four critically acclaimed runs and more than 30 shows. If you’ve ever felt curious about pre and post-election Philippine politics, culture, or society, this show promises to shed some light on what’s what in an irresistibly interactive setting.
Theater of cruelty, Original

Fri Oct 31 2014 – 10:30 PM

The Boy in the Bathroom 
The Sandbox Collective
Running Time: 1hr, 30m
Black Box
With book and lyrics by Michael Lluberes and music and additional lyrics by Joe Maloney, The Boy in the Bathroom is a quirky yet compelling musical that explores the relationship between a boy named David and his mother Pam. As Pam spends her days keeping the house clean, David has chosen to lock himself in the little world he’s made for himself in his bathroom, scribbling on toilet paper and eating only what can fit under the door. But when an unforeseen variable named Julie enters the picture, both David and Pam’s respective worlds are shaken and possibly, changed for good. The Boy in the Bathroom will feature Topper Fabregas, Caisa Borromeo and Sheila Francisco. The Boy in the Bathroom was originally developed in The New York Musical Theatre Festival. The world premiere was presented by The Chance Theater, April 2011.
Musical theater, Staged Reading, Off- Broadway
Thu Oct 30 2014 – 10:00 PM
Fri Oct 31 2014 – 1:00 PM

The Pillowman 
The Sandbox Collective
Running Time: 3h (w/ intermission)
Blackbox, 13+
The Tony award-winning play, The Pillowman was written by Irish playwright, Martin McDonagh. The story revolves around Katurian a fiction writer who has been interrogated by two detectives about the gruesome content of his short stories and their eerie similarities to a number of murders occurring in town. The Pillowman will be directed by Ed Lacson Jr. as a mixed-media public reading and will feature Audie Gemora, Niccolo Manhan, Richard Cunanan, and Robie Zialcita.
Theater, Reading, Mixed Media

Wed Oct 29 2014 – 9:00 PM

Curator: Ren Aguila
The music program aims to bring together established independent acts, performance artists, and new talents, highlighting the connections between music and the other creative fields.
Thursday Night Gala feat B.P. Valenzuela, KaapiN, and Pedicab
Running Time: 1hr, 30m
Main Stage
Thursday Night Gala traverses the spectrum of electronic music from electronic noise waves to synth-pop. B.P. Valenzuela a 19-year old ambient synth-pop producer/singer-songwriter while KaapiN is an experimental indie electronic duo from Cebu with an electronic noise wave + shamanistic vibe. Their set will feature mixed media and video animation. Last but not least is Pedicab, formed in 2004, an electronic rock group with Diego Mapa, Jason Caballa, Mike Dizon, RA Rivera and Raimund Marasigan (of The Eraserheads). Thursday Night Gala is a collaboration of different electronic acts homogenously mixing together to put you in aural overdrive.  
Electronic Music, Indie Music, Synth-Pop,  Electronic Rock, Original

Thu Oct 30 2014 – 11:00 PM

Contemporary Song Cycles feat. Kai Honasan and Three.!
Running Time: 1h
Kai Honasan and Three.! will explore the contemporary song cycle as expressed through their recent EP releases. The Contemporary Song Cycles is a collaboration of Kai’s Ukelele Pop tunes and Three.!’s dreamy pop inducing lullabies.
Dream Pop, Indie Pop, Original

Fri Oct 31 2014 – 4:30 PM

Wild and Smooth feat. Wilderness and Chocolate Grass
Running Time: 1h
Wilderness’s energetic and bombastic percussiveness is highly infectious and is bound to start a craze on any dance floor. Together with Chocolate Grass, the joint project brings in soul music interweaved with earth rhythms and the melodies of the wind. The collaboration will present a different take and twist to their respective genres and styles.
Post-Rock, Rhythm and Blues/Soul, Flow, Original
Fri Oct 31 2014 – 9:30 PM
Shing! Shing! TABEROARRR!!!
Sipat Lawin Ensemble
Running Time: 1h
Shing! Shing! TABEROARRR!!! is a world-renowned, and out of this world beki-metal band. Intergallactically launched in 2012 as part of Sipat Lawin Ensemble’s Biggest Crowd sourced Performance: LOVE This Is Not Yet a Musical, they are set to take the stage and go full blast on the 30th.
Beki-Metal, Experimental Theater, Original

Fri Oct 31 2014 – 7:00 PM

Joie De Vivre feat. Moonwlk and The Strangeness
Running Time:
1h, 20m
Bundled with The Imaginarium’s special screening of Marie Jamora’s Ang Nawawala (What Isn’t There),witness a musical celebration of the absurd with Moonwlk and the Strangeness. The musical act will culminate an evening of artistry in both film and music.
Wed Oct 29 2014 – 10:00 PM

(Category name – to be announced)
SPIT & Seabiscuit Films
Running Time: TBA
Roofdeck, 16+
1 suggestion. 3 teams of filmmakers and improvisers. 2 hours to film and edit. 1 improvised short film. Improlicula will be bundled with another film. TBA.
Short film, Improv, Experimental
http://www.spitmanila.com | FB: Spitmanila | Twitter: @Spitmanila
The Polaris Project
Running Time: 2h
Roofdeck, All ages
For when the world weighs heavily on your shoulders. Join The Polaris Project in our search for the star Atlas in our second poetry slam following Tindig. Witness poets perform their raw pieces on the eternal search for the right words, the meaning behind our struggle, and what it means to be human.
Poetry, Theatre

Tue Oct 28 2014 – 10:00 PM

Curator: PJ Rebullida
PETA Shorts:
Back to back performances from PETA, showcasing the theater company’s range of work for children and young people. While one performance is non-verbal in form, the other is riddled with all kinds of words from Balagtas to bekimon to jememon. The performances are followed by a talkback session with the cast and artistic team. 
Strong Boy, Deaf Boy, and a Girl in an Abaya
Running Time: 30m
Main Stage
This powerful story is by Nick Pichay. It tells the story children living in the fringes of society—children who live amidst armed conflict, street children who are left to fend for themselves and children who are displaced by natural calamities. The story talks about hope in the face of an abusive taskmaster. Their journey from oppression to freedom speaks for all children whose voices are drowned by the debilitating presence of war, poverty, and calamities. The show is directed and choreographed by Dudz Teraña, with music by Jeffrey Hernandez.
Contact Number: 09175183654 (Gay)
Wed Oct 29 2014 – 4:00 PM
Thu Oct 30 2014 – 6:30 PM
FnL: An Excerpt
Running Time: 30m
Main Stage, PG13
Balagtas meets Jememon and Jologs! PETA’s “FnL” tackles the plurality of the Filipino language as it uses Florante at Laura as a springboard into a surreal spectacle on the discourse on our evolving language; From Balagtas, to bekimon, jologs and everything in between! Written by Rody Vera, Anj Heruela, Maynard Manansala. Directed by Ian Segarra.
Contact Number: 09175183654 (Gay)
Wed Oct 29 2014 – 4:00 PM
Thu Oct 30 2014 – 6:30 PM

Red Exorcism 
KIM Yong Chul SEOP Dance Company (from Korea)
Running Time: 45m
Main Stage, All ages
KIM Yong Chul SEOP Dance Company, established in 1992 by choreographer KIM Yong Chul, seeks to make creative Korean dance more contemporary by reaching a harmony between the real and abstract; ancestral and modern.  This contemporary dance company is rooted in Korean traditional dance and cultural traditions.
Original, Cultural, International
Contact Number: 0917-8996680 or 589-6909 (via The Sandbox Collective)
Thu Oct 30 2014 – 9:00 PM
Fri Oct 31 2014 – 9:30 PM

One, Dalawa, Three, 4, 5
Running Time: 1h
Formed in 2001, Airdance is a Philippine Contemporary Dance company committed to providing a nurturing environment for creativity and excellence in dance. The company is a product of the coming-together of dance artists of varied backgrounds from classical and modern ballet, to jazz and ballroom, to hip-hop, breakdance, martial arts and gymnastics. It is this synergy, geared towards a Contemporary Dance performing art that makes Airdance one of the country’s pioneering dance companies.
Contemporary dance
Contact Number: 0917 8172654 (Rhosam Prudenciado)

Tue Oct 28 2014 – 6:00 PM

Daloy Dance Company
Running Time: 1h, 15m (no intermission)
Main Stage, All Ages
Dysmorphilia creates onstage a kinetic collage that re-imagines a person’s physicality. Performed by the newest contemporary dance group in Manila, Daloy Dance Company, Dysmorphilia projects man’s aspiration for physical perfection and illustrates body issues in a twisted, exaggerated way. The piece will feature designs by award-winning multi-arts designer, Leeroy New.
Contemporary Dance, Theater Dance
Contact Number: 09176207052
(EA Torado) / (+632)3517367

Fri Oct 31 2014 – 7:00 PM

Play Me
Running Time: 1h
Ehrlich “Firechill” Ocampo is a unique flow artist who combines his dance abilities with the beautiful art of poi, spinning and levitation wand. He is developing a style that maximizes the body‘s movements, making the prop an extension of his dance.
Dance, Flow arts
Contact Number: 09175536243 (Ehrlich/Chill)
Zyda Baaya
Running Time: 20m
There are two heads. The head of the first is true. Its torso and limbs are copies. The torso and limbs of the second are true. Its head is a copy. If I tell you which one goes out every year to be touched by crowds you would see how much of you inhabits me. Truth copy limb crowd twin touch copy torso.
Interpretive Dance, Theater
Contact Number: 09273378354 (Zyda)

Curator: David Ong
Trailblazers: A Culinary Throwdown
Running Time: 2h
The Food & Beverage scene in Manila has become quite exciting over the past two years. People are becoming more curious, palettes evolving and all. Atop this scene are individuals / groups who have changed the way we eat, drink, and think. Witness this coming together of talented individuals and groups… all for the love of food & beverage.

Curator: Raymond Ang
Leeroy New
Born in General Santos City, Leeroy New is one of the most exciting Filipino artists today. He graduated from Philippine High School of the Arts and received his Fine Arts degree from the University of the Philippines. He is well-known for his unconventional, provocative work with sculptures, outdoor installations, film, theater and fashion. In 2011, New was commissioned by renowned stylist Nicola Formichetti to create a costume for Lady Gaga. Inspired by his previous Fall 2010 collaboration with Kermit, New made a cast of Gaga’s body, sculpted with clay and molded with silicon.

Dex Fernandez
Dex Fernandez is an interdisciplinary artist based in Caloocan. Drawing from sources such as street art and food footage, Fernandez’s practice ranges from paintings and drawings to murals, mixed media works and vintage photography-inspired posters from thrift shops. Through juxtaposition of religious iconography with pop imagery, children’s drawings, tattoo motives and cut outs from adult magazines, Fernandez’s eclectic compositions challenge the traditional definitions of high culture and fine art. By adding imaginary landscapes, patterns and creatures to found images, he exposes the idea of found memories and appropriation. Works of Dex Fernandez have been exhibited in the Philippines and internationally.

#ModeSurrealiste (Closed-Event) + additional screenings (TBA)
Running Time:
1h, 30m
In partnership with The Philippine Star’s YSTYLE, #ModeSurrealiste aims to stimulate audiences through thoughtful and pronounced collaborations among some of today’s most respected filmmakers, fashion designers, and visual artists. These include fashion designers Bea Valdes, Joey Samson, Martin Bautista and Carl Jan Cruz, artist Isa Lorenzo, Charles Buenconsejo, Ryan Villamael and Luis Santos, and filmmakers Pepe Diokno, Mackie Galvez, Gian Abrahan, and Judd Figuerres.

Curated by: Don Juacian
Gino M. Santos
Running Time: 1h, 40m
Blackbox, R-13
#Y is directed by Gino M. Santos and stars Elmo Magalona, Coleen Garcia, Sophie Albert, Kit Thompson, Slater Young and Chynna Ortaleza. The film is about a group of friends who struggle and cope after one of them tries to commit suicide. The film explores society’s inclination towards vices such as social media, drugs, sex, and alcohol.

Tue Oct 28 2014 – 11:00 PM

Ang Nawawala
Marie Jamora
Running Time: 2h
Roofdeck, R-13 (bundled with Joie de Vivre)
Ang Nawawala is co-written and directed by Marie Jamora. Starring Dominic Roco, Dawn Zulueta and Felix Roco, the film follows the story of 20-year old Gibson Bonifacio (Dominic Roco) who has not said a word ever since he was a child. He visits his home, Manila, after years of studying abroad. Still hurt from the past, his family struggles to move on. The film will be bundled with a live musical set at the PETA Roofdeck.

Wed Oct 29 2014 – 10:00 PM

La Ultima Pelicula
Raya Martin
Running Time: 1h, 28m
Black box, R13
La Ultima Peliculas stars Alex Ross Perry, Gabino Rodríguez and Iazua Larios. The film follows the journey of a filmmaker who travels to Yucatan for his last film.
Documentary, Comedy, Western
Thu Oct 30 2014 – 12:00 PM

Ang Huling Cha Cha ni Anita
Sigrid Andrea Bernardo
Running Time: 1h, 52m
Black box, R13
Ang Huling Cha Cha ni Juanita stars Angel Aquino, Teri Malvar, and Jay Bordon. The film is about a twelve year old tomboy’s blossoming love for the new resident in town.
Drama, Comedy

Thu Oct 30 2014 – 2:30 PM

Letters to the Future
Bianca Catabagan
Running Time: 30m
Blackbox, R13
The film looks into the future through letters that ask the question, “What would you say to your future self?”

Fri Oct 31 2014 – 3:30 PM

Master Vader
Robbie Guevara
Running Time: 15m
Blackbox, R13
This short film is a humorous, almost irreverent take on a man’s nightly habits. The film has numerous references to the Star Wars Trilogy. Master Vader is directed by theater director Robbie Guevara.
Short Film, Comedy
Fri Oct 31 2014 – 3:30 PM

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