Research

RESEARCH AND CREATIVE WORK AGENDA OF THE DIVISION

Tradition, Community, Heritage includes topics on traditional theatre forms in the Philippines, studies in cultural performances, folklore as performance, oral traditions and cultures, rituals and festivals as theatrical events, heritage discourse in theatre and performance, cultural memory, figures and figurations in traditional and community performances, theatre and performance in non-conventional settings.

Representative research publications:

Bonifacio-Ramolete, Amihan and Sir Anril Tiatco. 2010. “Performing the Nation Onstage: An Afterthought on the University of the Philippines Sarsuwela Festival 2009.” In Asian Theatre Journal, vol. 27, no. 2: 307 – 332. 

_____. 2015 “Entanglement: A Preliminary Study of a Philippine Puppet Sinakulo for Children” In Humanities Diliman, vol. 12, no. 1: 49 – 77.

Serquiña, Oscar T. 2015. “Voices and Visions: Symbolic Convergences in the Oral Narratives of the Filipino Comfort Women.” Humanities Diliman, vol 12, no. 2, 79 – 109.

Tiatco, Sir Anril P. 2016. Performing Catholicism: Faith and Theatre in a Philippine Province. Quezon City: UP Press.

_____. 2019. Panata, Pagtitipon, Pagdiriwang: A Preliminary Contextualization of Cultural Performances in the Philippines. Humanities Diliman, vol. 16, no. 1: 54 – 81.

Tiatco, Sir Anril P, Jem R. Javier and Bryan Levina Viray. 2019. “The Philippine Performance Archive on Cultural Performances: The Archive as a Performative Cultural Memory and Pedagogy (Chapter 3).” In Digital Humanities and New Ways of Teaching, edited by Ann Wing-bo Tso, 33 – 52. Singapore: Springer.

Viray, Bryan Levina. 2015. “Tubong/Putong as a ritual-dance of healing thanksgiving and veneration. AghamTao Journal 24: 105 – 128. 

_____. 2016. “Where is the Crown?: Dancing the Putong/Tubong on Stage.” Philippine Humanities Review, vol. 18, no. 1: 138 – 165.

Representative creative works:

Bonifacio-Ramolete, A. (Director). Sita at Rama: Papet Ramayana. Institute of Biology Auditorium, 18 – 19 February 2017: Teatrong Mulat ng Pilipinas.

Tiatco, Sir Anril P. (Project Leader). Salaysayan: K’wentong Bayan, Kaalamang Bayan (A Festival of Philippine Folklore). UP Diliman Campus, 1 – 28 February 2017: Office for Initiatives in Culture and the Arts. 

A scene from the Komedya Prinsipe Rodante performed by the troupe Komedya ng San Dionisio during the 2008 National Komedya Fiesta hosted by the College of Arts and Letters led by the faculty members of the theatre division.
Faculty members doing fieldwork in the Mountain Province during the Lang-ay Festival in 2019
From a fieldwork of faculty members in the village of Cutud in Pampanga where the annual nailing ritual is held.
Performance of Sita and Rama, an adaptation of The Ramayana on the occasion of the National Arts Month 2017.

Theorizing Contemporary in Theatre and Performance includes engagements in performance research with the intention of contributing to the understanding of the contemporary, reflections on the local and the global or the postcolonial and the global, questions surrounding the idea of the nation vis-a-vis the concept of the contemporary, interrogating globalization as related to theatre and performance, migration narratives in the theatre, politics of the contemporary in theatre and other performance events, collaborations in practice-led-research and the identification of the figures of the contemporary.

Representative research publications:

Serquiña, Oscar T. Jr. 2016. “Out and About: Migrant Bakla, Perverse Intimacies, and the Musical of Migration in Liza Magtoto’s Care Divas” In Kritika Kultura, vol. 27: 199 – 248.

_____. 2019. “Manning the World: Staging Filipino Migrant Masculinities in Katas ng Saudi.” In Humanities Diliman, vol. 16. no. 1: 24 – 54.

_____. 2019. “Documenting Theatrical and Performative Philippines: Possibilities of a Task and a Practice” In Theatre Research International, vol. 44, no. 2: 196 – 199.

Tiatco, Sir Anril P. 2015. Entablado: Theaters and Performances in the Philippines. Quezon City: UP Press.

_____. 2017. Buhol-Buhol/Entanglement: Contemporary Theatre in the Metropolitan Manila. Bern et al: Peter Lang.

_____. 2018. Cosmopolitanism, Theater and the Philippines: Performing Community in a World of Strangers. Quezon City: UP Press.

_____. 2020. “Staging the Banality of Social Evil: Faust in/and Philippine Contemporary Social Politics.” In Performing Southeast Asia: Contemporary, Politics and Performanceedited by Marcus Tan and Charlene Rejandren, 113 – 143. Macmahon: Palgrave Macmillan.

Viray, Bryan L. and Sir Anril P. Tiatco. 2018. “Performing Human Rights: Pista Rizalina’s Interrogation of Martial Law, Extra Judicial-Killings and Historical Revisionism at the Cultural Center of the Philippines.” In JATI: Journal of Southeast Asian Studies vol. 23, no. 1: 215 – 239.

Representative creative works:

Estrella, Josefina F. (Director). Labor Room, by Maki De La Rosa. Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino, 24 June to 15 July 2018: Writer’s Bloc and Tanghalang Pilipino, Virgin Labfest 14.

Miclat-Janssen, Banaue. (Director). The Female Heart, by Linda Faigao-Hall. Wilfrido Ma. Guerrero Theatre, 1 – 10 July 2016: UP Playwright’s Theatre.

Nieto, Olivia Kristine D. (Director). Tulad ng Dati, by JV Ibesate. Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino, 24 June to 15 July 2018: Writer’s Bloc and Tanghalang Pilipino, Virgin Labfest 14.

Santos DM. (Director). Angry Christ, by Floy Quintos. Wilfrido Ma. Guerrero Theatre, 26 April – 14 May 2017: UP Playwright’s Theatre.

_____. (Director). Kundiman Party, by Floy Quintos. Wilfrido Ma. Guerrero Theatre, 11 – 29 April 2018: UP Playwright’s Theatre.

_____. (Director). Ang Huling El Bimbo, the musical, by Dingdong Novenario, 2018 and 2019: Resorts World Manila.

Performance of Ang Dalagita’y ‘Sang Bagay na Di-buo based on the novel A Girl is a Half-Formed Thing by Eimear McBride.
Performance of Teatro Porvenir by Tim Dacanay on the occasion of Andres Bonifacio’s sesquicentennial.
Recoged Esta Voz / Tipunin Itong Taghoy, directed by Josefina Estrella.

Dramaturgy, Adaptation, Collaboration includes projects involving the localization of Shakespare, recontextualization and recasting of world theatre and other performance events in the local, dramaturgical methods in performance research and practice, dramaturgical curation and museum theatre, reimagining intercultural performance, and devising as method in collaborative theatre and performance.

Representative creative works:

Bonifacio-Ramolete, Amihan. (Director). The Bread of Salt, by Amihan Bonifacio-Ramolete adapted from NVM Gonzalez’s short story of the same title. Bulwagan ng Dangal, 24 – 25 February 2016: Teatrong Mulat ng Pilipinas.

Estrella, Josefina F. (Director), Viray, Bryan L. (Dramaturg). Bilanggo ng Pag-ibig, by Rody Vera (a devise based on the life and works Jean Genet). Wilfrido Ma. Guerrero Theatre, 11 February – 1 March 2015: Dulaang UP. 

Estrella, Josefina. (Director), Sir Anril P. Tiatco, Bryan L. Viray and Juan Ysmael Mendoza (Dramaturgs). Tisoy Brown: Hari ng Wala, by Rody Vera adapted from Henrik Ibsen’s Peer Gynt. Wilfrido Ma. Guerrero Theatre, 15 – 28 February 2016: Dulaang UP.

Estrella, Josefina (Director), Sir Anril P. Tiatco, Bryan L. Viray and Juan Ysmael Mendoza (Dramaturgs). Faust, by Goethe, adaptation by Rody Vera, Wilfrido Ma. Guerrero Theater, February 2017: Dulaang UP.

Tiatco, Sir Anril P. (Project Leader), Estrella, Josefina, Amihan Bonifacio-Ramolete, Bryan L. Viray (Collaborators from the Division). Panahon ng Luwalhati Festival (Celebrating the Centenary of Four National Artists). UP Diliman Campus, 1 – 28 February 2016: Office for Initiatives in Culture and the Arts and the National Commission for Culture and the Arts.

Tiatco, Sir Anril P. (Head Curator), Bryan L. Viray, Olivia Kristine D. Nieto and Davidson Oliveros (Gallery Curating Coordinators). (Com)modified Bodies, a dramaturgical exhibition on body modifications and body technologies, Asian Center, February to March 2018: Office for Initiatives in Culture and the Arts.

Tiatco, Sir Anril P. (Head Curator), Bryan L. Viray, Olivia Kristine D. Nieto and Davidson Oliveros (Gallery Curating Coordinators). Stasis and Mobilities, a dramaturgical exhibition on Philippine genetics, Bulwagan ng Dangal, October to November 2018: Office for Initiatives in Culture and the Arts and the Chemical Youth Project of the University of Amsterdam.

A scene from Faust, directed by Josefina Estrella on the occasion of the National Arts Month 2017.
The research team of (Com)modified Bodies, a dramaturgical exhibition led by faculty members of the theatre division.
A gallery and stage of the dramaturgical exhibition Stasis and Mobility led by faculty members of the division.
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