Teatro Europa opens for the second time around

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Sixteen Philippine universities is participating at the “Teatro Europa, The Second Edition” European theatre. It involves lots of laughter, giggles, tears, anguish, sighs and trepidation filling the (virtual) air, as the event returns for the second time around.

Teatro Europa shows table reads from 16 to 30 July, and video performances from 1 to 31 August. There will be re-runs from 1 to 30 September on its Facebook page. The European Union Delegation to the Philippines and the EU Member States, their EU cultural institutes, and the 16 University partners, opened the “Teatro Europa, The Second Edition.”

Sixteen European theatre plays from famous playwrights are presented and curated from Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Poland, Romania, Spain, and Sweden. The plays focus on genres such as comedy, tragedy, drama and romance.

“Theatre is a mirror of all human emotions and helps to better understand Europe and its culture, from the plays played in ancient Greece to the current online performances.” said EU Ambassador Luc Véron. “Teatro Europa provides a platform for artistic Filipino youth to share their talents in acting, directing and production design”.

New universities from Metro Manila, Baguio, Bulacan, Nueva Ecija, Iloilo City, Bacolod City, and Ozamiz City are joining this year from the original seven theatre groups that participated in 2020.

The 16 universities includes Colegio de San Juan de Letran – Taruffe by Moliere of France, Saint Louis University – Rur by Karel Čapek of the Czech Republic, Wesleyan University – Pariah by August Strindberg of Sweden, University of the East – Life’s a Dream by Pedro Calderon de la Barca of Spain, University of Makati – The Horrid Little Princess by Geneviève Damas of Belgium, Meridian International College – The Salt Princess (Hungarian Folktale) of Hungary, University of San Agustin – Snow by Stanislaw Przybyszewski of Poland, La Salle University – Erasmus Montanus by Ludvig Holberg of Denmark, Mapua University – Riders to the Sea by John Millington Synge of Ireland, Jose Rizal University – The Birds by Aristophanes of Greece, Arellano University – II Vero Amico by Carlo Goldoni of Italy, Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Marikina – Lucifer by Josst van den Vondel of the Netherlands, First City Providential College – La Ronde by Arthur Schnitzler of Austria, Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Valenzuela – My Three Angels by Sam and Bella Spewack of Romania, University of St. La Salle – Broken Heart Story by Saara Turunen of Finland and Rizal Technological University – Leonce and Lena by Georg Büchner of Germany.

There will be a limited physical performance in late August in Intramuros and a series of webinars with known theatre directors will also be held during the Teatro Europa season. These webinars aim to engage discussions on the similarities, intersections and differences between Philippine Theater and European Theater.