CCP holding workshops on theater production

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Wednesday, July 16, 2014


WHEN we attend a theater performance today, usually in the evening, the show is commonly set in an indoor stage illuminated by artificial light.

When we attend an outdoor musical concert together with hundreds of audience, even if we are meters away from the stage, we still enjoy the amplified sound and its variants.

Stage lighting makes the other elements of theatrical production visible. But it does much more, because it plays a major role in creating mood and atmosphere, in emphasizing and subordinating visual elements, and in blending the entire stage picture.

Similarly, sound design is recognized nowadays as the fourth design discipline, along with scenery, lighting and costume. This recognition owes to the development of digitized sound that, in conjunction with computers, permits designers to create and manipulate sound waves, not merely record or amplify them.

In the provinces, tight budget and expensive lights and sounds equipment has spurred the invention of alternative ways to illuminate and amplify a stage performance.

But with the prices for equipment becoming less expensive, with some entrepreneurs renting out performance equipment like lights and sound, the young breed of performing artists and technicians must now learn how to handle these tools of technology.

On the other hand, in mounting a theater production or managing an event, two teams interplay: the artistic and the production.

The artistic team creates while the other team supports this creating. This is where Stage and Production Management comes in. The first is directly involved in rehearsals, and the second provides the resources for the rehearsals.

In response to this need, the Outreach and Exchange Division of the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) will conduct Capability Building Workshops in Bacolod City on July 25 to 27.

The project is in partnership with the Negros Museum and the National Commission for Culture and the Arts. There are three simultaneous workshops that will be offered, namely Lighting Design, Sound Design and the Production Management.

The Lighting Design Workshop will be handled by Felix “Monino” Duque who is a lighting designer, technical theater practitioner, director and theater administrator. He has worked intensively for theater, cinema and television. He was the associate artistic director of the CCP Theater Operations Department. In 1999, he was awarded the Patnubay ng Sining at Kalinangan by the City of Manila and in 2008, the Gawad award by the Cultural Center of the Philippines.

The lecturer for the Sound Design Workshop is Arnelio “Doodz” Manzano. An alumnus of the Integrated Performing Arts Guild (IPAG) of the Mindanao State University-Iligan Institute of Technology in Iligan City, Doodz joined the CCP Outreach and Exchange Division and has served as technical coordinator of the programs implemented by the CCP in the regions and in some foreign countries. He has served as technical director, assistant technical director, stage manager and sound engineer for many CCP productions and events.

The Lights and the Sound Design Workshops will be held at USLS on July 26 and 27, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Gallaga Theater and at the Music Studio A/B, 2nd floor of SAC Building, respectively.

The Production Management Workshop will have Carmencita “Chinggay” Bernardo and Elizabeth “Nor” Baldovino as lecturers. Chinggay is currently the department manager of CCP Cultural Exchange Department. She has been in the forefront of cultural outreach work and artistic productions for the past two and half decades, specializing in community arts management, local and international artistic touring programs, organizational development programs and managing major creative productions, events and festivals.

Assisting Chinggay in the workshop is Nor. She is the project assistant in the Outreach and Exchange Division of CCP. With her skills in project management and production coordination/facilitation; video documentation and digital camera operation; logistics management and administration, she has assisted local and international tours, trainings, festivals, stage productions, exhibitions, workshops and performances.

The Production Management Workshop will be held for three days, July 25 to 27, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Drama Hall, 3rd floor of the USLS SAC Building.

Registration fee per workshop is P1,000. For inquiries and slot reservations, call Cleo at the Negros Museum at (034)433-4764; 708-5080 or 0923-3237-941.

Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on July 16, 2014.

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