Saturday, July 19, 2014

Ayanasu and Strong Boy, Deaf Boy and a Girl in an Abaya: Silent Stories of Struggle and Survival

Wazzup Pilipinas!

Stuggling against disasters and surviving to tell the tale needs no words in the latest twin-bill production at the PETA PHINMA Theater. The Dora Theater Company’s (Japan) Ayanasu (Woven) shows back to back with Philippine Educational Theater Associaton (PETA)’s Strong Boy, Deaf Boy and a Girl in an Abaya on July 26, 2014, with shows at 3:00 PM and 8:00 PM.

In celebration of the Philippine-Japanese Friendship Month, the PETA Theater Center and Japan Foundation Manila present these two non-verbal performances that explore the two country’s shared experiences in facing national tragedies.

Ayanasu (Woven) is an improvised non-verbal performance depicting a family’s journey from loss to hope during the 2011 tsunami in Japan. Ayanasu, literally meaning ‘to weave’, reflects the creative process that the Dora Theater Company (Japan), guided by director Kenjiro Otani, underwent to produce this piece. During the course of rehearsals, spontaneous vignettes were interwoven into a narrative of solitude, memory and synchronicity. This international staging coincides with the company’s 40th anniversary. Interested performing groups are invited to join a workshop to be given by Dora Theater Company on July 27, 2014 at the PETA Studios. The workshop is divided into three components: ‘Devise Works’, which focuses on how to build non-verbal scenes, ‘Physical Theater’, which engages participants in activities from the Viewpoints technique while,‘Taboo’ deals with engaging in taboo topics via theater.

Strong Boy, Deaf Boy and a Girl in an Abaya, written by Palanca Hall of Famer Nicolas Pichay, is a simple mobile production that took center stage during the 4th World Congress of the International Drama and Education Association in Bergen, Norway during 2001. Due to an overwhelming audience response, the show toured Greece, Netherlands and France. Thirteen years after it was first staged, director Dudz TeraƱa’s updated adaptation sets the piece amidst the wake of 2013’s typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) tragedy. The shows stars Gio Gahol, Lygie Carillo, Cheeno Macaraig, Carlon Matobato and Gold Villar.

Catch these one-day-only, riveting performances whose stories of struggle and survival are so intese, only silence can express them.

Workshop rate is at P1,800, inclusive of one ticket to the show. Tickets to the show are P450 with a student rate of P350. The PETA Theater Center is located at No. 5, Eymard Drive, New Manila QC. For inquiries and reservations, contact Ticketworld ( or the PETA Theater Center at 725-6244 (loc 23), 09175183654 or email

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