Friday, June 26, 2009

PHILSTAGE bares first-quarter citations for 2009 Gawad Buhay!

[Complete list of citations below]

Revivals and restagings dominated the first quarterly citations list of the 2009 Gawad Buhay!, the PHILSTAGE Awards for the Performing Arts.

With 14 performance and technical citations, Ballet Philippines' Neo Filipino topped the first quarterly race. Coming in as close second with eleven citations is the Philippine Educational Theater Association's production of Saan Ba Tayo Ihahatid ng Disyembre?, while Repertory Philippines' A Portrait of the Artist as Filipino received eight citations to claim the third berth. Another revival, Tanghalang Pilipino's ZsaZsa Zaturnnah, placed fourth with seven citations.

A dance trilogy that serves as homage to the vast riches of the Filipino cultural heritage, Neo Filipino's Amada, Ulaging–Daog-dog sa Sang Libong Kulog and KatiTaog collectively won citations for outstanding dance production, ensemble performance, female lead performance in dance (Carissa Adea), male lead performance in dance (Biag Gaongen and Ronelson Yadao), featured performance in dance (Marian Faustino and Lucky Vicentino), choreography (Alice Reyes), adaptation or translation (Alice Reyes), musical composition (Kalayo), costume design (Gino Gonzales), lighting design (Katsch Catoy) and set design (Gino Gonzales).

Saan Ba Tayo Ihahatid ng Disyembre?, a psycho-emotional journey into the lives, loves and relationships of three people, earned the jurors' citations for outstanding play production, stage direction (Nonon Padilla), ensemble performance, male lead performance in a play (Lex Marcos, Juliene Mendoza and Jack Yabut), original script (Tony Perez), musical direction (Jed Balsamo), lighting design (Ian Torqueza), sound design (Aries Alcayaga) and set design (Salvador Bernal).

Widely considered as the best Filipino play in English, A Portrait of the Artist as Filipino was cited for outstanding play, stage direction (Jose Mari Avellana), original script (Nick Joaquin), female lead performance in a play (Liesl Batucan and Ana Abad Santos), featured performance in a play (Dido dela Paz), lighting design (Martin Esteva) and sound design (Lamberto Avellana, Jr.).

ZsaZsa Zaturnnah, a hilarious tale of the adventures of a gay beautician-turned- Pinoy superhero, was cited for outstanding musical production, ensemble performance, lead female performance in a musical (Eula Valdes), featured performance in a musical (Nar Cabico and Joey Paras), musical direction (Vincent De Jesus), and original music composition (Vincent De Jesus).

Also cited for individual achievements are Caissa Borromeo for outstanding female lead performance in a musicale and Kyla Rivera for outstanding featured performance in a musicale, both for Repertory Philippines' I Love You Because.

Now on its second year, Gawad Buhay! is the first-ever industry awards exclusively for the performing arts juried by an independent panel of critics, scholars, artists and theater enthusiasts. Outstanding individual and group achievements in various artistic and technical aspects of play, musical and dance productions and performances are honored based on quarterly citations deliberated by the jury who are required to watch all productions of PHILSTAGE member-companies for the entire year. From the four quarterly citations, the jury will select the final nominees qualified to win the awards by the end of the performance season.

PHILSTAGE is the only alliance of professional performing arts organizations in the Philippines. Its members include Ballet Manila, Ballet Philippines, Organisasyon ng Pilipinong Mang-aawit (OPM), PETA, Repertory Philippines, Tanghalang Pilipino and TRUMPETS.

Below is the complete list of the 2009 first-quarter citations in various categories:

OUTSTANDING PRODUCTION OF A PLAY
Saan Ba Tayo Ihahatid ng Disyembre? (PETA)
A Portrait of the Artist as Filipino (Repertory Philippines)


OUTSTANDING MUSICAL PRODUCTION
ZsaZsa Zaturnnah (Tanghalang Pilipino)


OUTSTANDING DANCE PRODUCTION
Neo Filipino (Ballet Philippines)


OUTSTANDING STAGE DIRECTION
Nonon Padilla, Saan Ba Tayo Ihahatid ng Disyembre?
Jose Mari Avellana, A Portrait of the Artist as Filipino


OUTSTANDING ENSEMBLE PERFORMANCE
Ballet Philippines' Neo Filipino
PETA's Saan Ba Tayo Ihahatid ng Disyembre?
Tanghalang Pilipino's ZsaZsa Zaturnnah


OUTSTANDING FEMALE LEAD PERFORMANCE IN A PLAY
Liesl Batucan, A Portrait of the Artist as Filipino
Ana Abad Santos, A Portrait of the Artist as Filipino


OUTSTANDING MALE LEAD PERFORMANCE IN A PLAY
Lex Marcos,
Saan Ba Tayo Ihahatid ng Disyembre?
Juliene Mendoza, Saan Ba Tayo Ihahatid ng Disyembre?
Jack Yabut, Saan Ba Tayo Ihahatid ng Disyembre?

OUTSTANDING FEATURED PERFORMANCE IN A PLAY
Dido Dela Paz, A Portrait of the Artist as Filipino


OUTSTANDING LEAD PERFORMANCE IN A MUSICAL
Caissa Borromeo, Repertory Philippines' I Love You Because
Eula Valdes, ZsaZsa Zaturnnah


OUTSTANDING MALE LEAD PERFORMANCE IN A MUSICAL
No citation

OUTSTANDING FEATURED PERFORMANCE IN A MUSICAL
Nar Cabico, ZsaZsa Zaturnnah
Joey Paras, ZsaZsa Zaturnnah
Kyla Rivera, I Love You Because


OUTSTANDING FEMALE LEAD PERFORMANCE IN A DANCE PRODUCTION
Carissa Adea, Neo Filipino


OUTSTANDING MALE LEAD PERFORMANCE IN A DANCE PRODUCTION
Biag Gaongen, Neo Filipino
Ronelson Yadao, Neo Filipino


OUTSTANDING FEATURED PERFORMANCE IN A DANCE PRODUCTION
Marian Faustino, Neo Filipino
Lucky Vicentino, Neo Filipino


OUTSTANDING ORIGINAL SCRIPT
Nick Joaquin's A Portrait of the Artist as Filipino
Tony Perez's Saan Ba Tayo Ihahatid ng Disyembre?


OUTSTANDING ORIGINAL LIBRETTO
No citation


OUTSTANDING ORIGINAL MUSIC COMPOSITION
Vincent De Jesus, ZsaZsa Zaturnnah
Kalayo, KatiTaog from Neo Filipino

OUTSTANDING ADAPTATION OR TRANSLATION
Alice Reyes, Amada from Neo Filipino


OUTSTANDING MUSICAL DIRECTION
Jed Balsamo, Saan Ba Tayo Ihahatid ng Disyembre?
Vincent De Jesus, ZsaZsa Zaturnnah


OUTSTANDING CHOREOGRAPHY
Alice Reyes, Amada from Neo Filipino
Alden Lugnasin, Ulaging from Neo Filipino


OUTSTANDING SET DESIGN
Salvador Bernal, Saan Ba Tayo Ihahatid ng Disyembre?
Gino Gonzales, KatiTaog from Neo Filipino
Gino Gonzales, Ulaging from Neo Filipino


OUTSTANDING COSTUME DESIGN
Gino Gonzales, Ulaging from Neo Filipino


OUTSTANDING LIGHTING DESIGN
Katsch Catoy, Neo Flipino
Martin Esteva, A Portrait of the Artist as Filipino
Ian Torqueza, Saan Ba Tayo Ihahatid ng Disyembre?

OUTSTANDING SOUND DESIGN
Aries Alcayaga, Saan Ba Tayo Ihahatid ng Disyembre?
Lamberto Avellana, Jr., A Portrait of the Artist as Filipino


3 comments:

Jerick (the former Curbside Puppet) said...

sayang noh, most filipinos, me included, di sanay sa plays at musicals. di naman sya boring pero basta may something. na parang mas naa-associate natin ang theater sa alta-sociedad. na sana hindi naman.

Anonymous said...

Bakit andito na naman ang zsazsa zaturnah, ? hindi ba maagal na ang play na ito. Well maganda naman ang music niya , kaya lang, wala na bang naproduce na maganda after that ?

Anonymous said...

is zsazsa a revival or a restaging? revivals are interesting, 'portrait' for example. restagings are not. there are theater groups who restage the same plays year after year after year. :)

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