Just shouted at my first street harasser. I was going down the bus when I passed by a bunch of teenagers hanging out near the bus station. One guy said, “Hi babe!” I’ve been planning to CALMLY confront future street harassers with a few questions, but I just lost it and started shouting.
The participants of the improv acting workshop were seated in a bench when the facilitators faced us, and in unison, they raised their arms and said, “Ho!” We were confused. They raised their arms again and said, “Ho!” With no other words, the participants stood up, and formed a circle with the facilitators.
One facilitator said “Ho!” as he raised his arms. The two beside him directed their arms toward the middle person, and the two said “Chi!” The one in the middle pointed his hands to someone across the room and said, “Po!” Then we understood; it was a game.
This was the interesting start of SPIT’s (Silly People’s Improv Theater) improv acting beginner’s workshop last June 29 at the PETA (Philippine Educational Theater Association) Theater Center. Unlike other theater groups, SPIT is known for doing improv or improvisational performances, which are plays made up on the spot. No scripts, no rehearsals, just pure spontaneous creativity.
What does Pixar, Google, and Apple have in common when training their employees? Improv team building sessions! This theatrical form is valuable for human resources and training professionals who want to boost their employees’ and managers’ creativity, presentation skills, and leadership style.
Also known as improvisational theater, improv involves on-the-spot creation of dialogue, story, and characters. Theater practitioners use improv as an acting exercise while groups like SPIT (Silly People’s Improv Theater) perform improv skits and plays regularly.
Last June, SPIT invited improv lecturer Paul Z. Jackson to the Philippines, who traveled all the way from the United Kingdom to give a series of talks including “How to Unleash the Creative and Innovate Leader in You through Improvisation” last June 27 at Fully Booked, High Street. I attended this talk, joining people who were interested in improve theater such as the media, actors, students, human resource professionals, businessmen, etc.
I must admit that I’ve never been invested in Philippine politics up until the Janet Napoles pork barrel scandal. Back when I was a debater in college, I knew more about the Israel-Palestine conflict than about Philippine politics. Kind of humiliating because I’m a Filipino and I should know more about my country, but that’s the truth. Things changed when I learned about what Janet Napoles did.
I got sick to my stomach and, for the first time, started fervently following a local issue. After reading lots of news articles, I began to agree that pork barrel should be scrapped, but I noticed that the articles only discussed arguments against pork barrel, and not what will replace it, how that system will work, and why it will be different and better.
Sex Obsession oozes with snake-like muscular elongations writhing across the canvas as each coiling figure explodes with yellow acrylic dots. Another artwork, Death of a Nerve is a 100-meter long black-dotted white fabric that hangs across the room like a web of hanging penises. This is I Love Kusama, an exhibit of the works by one of the most important contemporary artists in Japan, Yayoi Kusama. The exhibit was held at the Ayala Museum last July.
During a press conference, collector Ms. Camacho and Ayala Museum curator Ditas Samson discussed the peculiarities of Ms. Kusama’s personality and artistic career.
Born in Japan in 1929, Ms. Kusama went to New York and led the city’s avant-garde scene in the 1950s and 60s. She is also credited for advancing other artistic and social movements such as Minimalism, Feminism, and Pop Art. “People try to put her in a box,” said Ms. Camacho. “But I think she has her own category. She calls herself an obsessional artist. If you look at her artwork, like the infinity nets. That’s laborious work.”
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What is art education? How do you learn art? Can art be used to teach other subjects? These are some of the questions that were answered during the Jan. 24 talk on teaching and mentoring at the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP). Initiated by the CCP, this is one of the series of talks that were created to compliment the 2012 Thirteen Artists Awards.
School of Design and Arts (SDA) teacher Ramon Manuel “RM” de Leon said that the SDA wasn’t a painting or sculpture school but its purpose was to train students in graphic design, film, multimedia, and advertisement. This is the source of his struggle whenever he teaches drawing in his art class.
“People say they don’t expect much from people who come from SDA,” he said. “Probably that’s true.” Despite this, Mr. de Leon still works hard to develop his students’ drawing skills. “You become a better commercial artist if you know how to draw,” he said.