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Darna is back in a new dance-theater production at Benilde

01:30 AM May 05, 2018

Denisa Reyes choreographs the cast of “Ding, Ang Bato!”–PHOTO FROM SCHOOL OF DESIGN AND ARTS-COLLEGE OF ST. BENILDE

The original Pinay superhero marks her return to the Philippine stage with a production that combines theater and dance.

“Ding, Ang Bato!,” presented by the Arts and Culture Cluster and the Dance Program of the School of Design and Arts of the De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde, goes onstage May 15-May 21, 2018 at the SDA Theater.

Adapted from Darna, the most enduring and iconic Filipino comics character from the classic Mars Ravelo komiks serial, this collaborative effort between some of the country’s creative geniuses and outstanding students follow her heroic exploits as seen through the eyes of Ding, Narda’s younger brother. Ding who was born deaf, goes with her in their journey of empowerment. 

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“Ding, Ang Bato!,” puts audiences in the middle of a strong theatrical brew of Pinoy pop culture, energetic physical theater, poetic Filipino sign language, dance and inventive multimedia and scenic design.

Highlighting the college’s vision-mission of inclusion, this artistic innovation deepens the public’s understanding of the differently-abled and their viewpoint of the world.

Carlos Serrano, an alumnus of the Dance Program, plays Ding, with Juner Quiambao and John Penaranda, students from School of Deaf Education and Applied Studies, as alternates.

Playing Darna is Christine Crame, Benilde’s Dance Program Chair, while Stacy Abarca, an AB Music Production student, will act as Narda. Television and stage performer Natasha Cabrera will play the role of Valentina, the heroine’s nemesis.

The musical is directed and with libretto by Chris Millado, Cultural Center of the Philippine Vice President and Artistic Director. Choreography is by Gawad CCP Para Sa Sining Awardee Denisa Reyes and Ernest Mandap. Music is arranged by Ejay Yatco.

Joining the creative team are arts professionals Tuxqs Rutaquio as production designer, Jay Aranda as technical director and lighting designer, Joee Mejias as projection designer and Aji Manalo as sound designer. Dr. Sunita S. Mukhi is the dramaturg and artistic producer.

“Ding, Ang Bato!” will have performances May 15=21, with shows at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. Tickets are priced at P500.

For inquiries, call Kim Eneria 0920-2992573 or Micca Aldover 0955-1827445. Visit facebook.com/dingangbato2018 and Twitter @dingangbato2018.

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The SDA Theater is located at the 5/F, SDA Campus, 950 Pablo Ocampo Street (Vito Cruz), Malate, Manila.

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