What to see at Fringe Manila 2020: Some things bold, some things nude, some things novel, and some taboo!
Boasting over 88 performances in over 16 venues, the Fringe Manila will once again be the talk of the arts world. For nearly six weeks (Feb 8 – Mar 15), the Philippine capital becomes home to comedy giants, magicians, serious thespians, hilarious first-timers – and a bunch of genuine weirdos – all putting on shows left, right and centre. So where to start? Cut to the chase with your #planBe! Download the Be app Fringe guide for free now and Be in the know: http://bit.ly/YourPlanBe
Tracing its roots to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, which has defined the Fringe ethos and structure since 1947, Fringe Manila is an unjuried festival that provides access, opportunities, and safe spaces for artists and collectives with no rules or restrictions.
Every year performers take to several stages all over Manila to present shows for every taste. The arts festival caters for everyone and includes theatre, comedy, dance, physical theatre, circus, cabaret, dance, music, spoken word, exhibitions and events.
Fringe 2020 goes full force as it kicks off the festivities on February 12 with Opening Ceremony at this year’s Fringe Club located at the rooftop of the Draper Start-Up House in the heart of Poblacion’s art district.
Festival-goers can expect Fringe-fam regulars Burlesque PH, the Philippines’ premier burlesque troupe with their long-running cabaret show Bodabil. Also celebrating its sixth year participating at the Fringe is the hot-and-sometimes-bothered Deus Sex Machina with their entry, To Have and To Ho.
Lopez Museum and Library will be holding “Classic Filipino Cinema”, a mini film festival that will screen three restored classics: “Ibong Adarna,” “Biyaya ng Lupa” and “Karnal.”
In his documentary “In Paglayag”, human rights activist Rhadem Morados debates the “washed away history of Sulu.”
Fringe Manila also brings together LGBTQIA+ artists. “NightofWorship” is a show featuring queer, offbeat, Filipino artists working in concrete and meaningful ways to address issues facing the LGBTQIA+ community. In Cubao, The Addlib Dance Studio (TADS) hosts yet another eclectic edition of Miss Joe’s Cabaret, while the House of Mizrahi PH, the first ever voguing house in the country, performs as Fringe Festival virgins with their Sweet Valentine Ball.
Fringe Manila has always been welcoming to international participants. This year includes Barcelona-based Su e Giu Circus as an opening act for their show Puro. The Japanese collective Sakai International Community Arts introduces a new work with Filipino visual artist Adam Red with Tea Room on the Border, a new take on Cha no Yu or the Japanese Tea Ceremony with the support of Japan Foundation.
Collaborations seem to be the pulse of this year’s festival with both local artists and international acts working together. We can look forward to works done together by French-Filipino artist Maïa d’Aboville, French painter Henri Lamy, New-York-based Filipino choreographer Elizabeth Roxas-Dobrish, dancer Ea Torrado, visual artists Leeroy New and Olivia d’Aboville.
Fringe Manila 2020 not only includes performances, but also workshops, self-development, and skill-sharing activities. Other activities to watch out for are Acroyoga, Aerial Yoga and String Theory Basic Rope Bondage Class.
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