Balagtasan Anthony Brown

“About the Festival”

Performatura Festival is the CCP’s inaugural performance literature festival. It aims to access relationships with and between the page and the stage, tradition and innovation all the while exploring notions of intertextuality. By celebrating how texts and text-makers relate socially in space and time, we hope to develop a culture of inclusion, opening the conversation to all forms that wish to engage various literatures and performances.

Performatura 2015 is a three-day festival happening on the 6th, 7th and 8th of November 2015.

We envision that Performatura cultivates the following:

  • Performatura define what intertextual is via the festival events
  • Performatura exists to value all the written, spoken, and performed literatures.
  • Performatura celebrates the best and the brightest performances of Filipino and foreign literatures.
  • Performatura aims to discover and dissect all the tangible and intangible heritages.
  • Performatura aspires to entertain, educate, and enlighten the present and future generations.
  • Performatura dares to dream of inventing artistic and literary platforms for love that are classic and universal.

Opening Ceremony, 2pm November 6 @ Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino (Little Theater)

Epic Center

November 7, 9am, @ Tanghalang Manuel Conde

1pm, 3pm, 5pm @ Tanghalang Huseng Batute

Shake up your performance history knowledge with a marathon of epic proportions!

Park Poetry Series, 7pm @ The Promenade

Enjoy poetry performed in various ways.

Join your favorite poets and performers for an open mic session.

Series 1, Nov. 6: Protest, Poetry, Movement, Music

          Series 2, Nov. 7: Ensembles and Notions of Rhythm

          Series 3, Nov. 8: Gathering a Community of Poets

Literaturo @ Bulwagang Alagad ng Sining

Calling all teachers, educators and molders of youthful minds!  

Creative Performance, Nov. 6

Session 1: Chelsea Ainsworth, 9-11am

Session 2: Ventriloquism with Ony Carcamo, 1-3pm

Performative Literature, Nov. 7

Session 1: Kapampangan Forms with Juliet Mallari, 9-11am

Session 2: Teaching Balagtasan with Mike Coroza / Balagtasan DepEd Contest Winner, 1-3pm

Pedagogical Tools, Nov. 8

Session 1: Poetry Slam Workshop for Educators with Arianna Pozzuoli, 9-11am

Session 2: YouTube as a Profitable Career Path by Diwa de Leon, 1-3pm

CCP Café, 4pm @ Pasilyo Guillermo Tolentino

Few can boast they’ve had coffee with a National Artist.

Come and join the conversation. Freshly brewed.

Session 1, Nov. 6: F. Sionil Jose and Lourd de Veyra

Session 2, Nov. 7: Bienvenido Lumbera and Roland Tolentino

Session 3, Nov. 8: Cirilo Bautista and Krip Yuson

Special Performances @ Tanghalang Huseng Batute

Ariana Pouzzoli,  November 8, 11am

Romancing Venus,  Ang Tren and Myra Beltran, November 8, 2pm

Anthony Brown, November 8, 5:30pm

SugaTula: Contemporary Mindanao Poetry by IPAG, November 7, 9am

Cinematura: A Look At the Relationship Between Literature and Film

Screenings @ Tanghalang Manuel Conde (Dream Theater)

November 6, 7, 8

10am, 1pm, 4pm

Exhibits @ 3rd Floor

Chromatext @ Bulwagang Juan Luna

Chromatext Rebooted at the CCP’s Bulwagang Juan Luna (Main Gallery) is a visual arts exhibit organized by the Philippine Literary Arts Council & Friends that will involve artworks based on, coupled with, or related to words/poems/prose, as well as artworks executed by poets/writers, including abstract, sculptural, conceptual and digital works.

Salimbibig @ Pasilyo Guillermo Tolentino

Salin means to pour from one vessel to another, to transfer from one place to another, to bestow from one generation to another via one’s mouth. Satisfy your craving for learning more about our featured epics, specially curated by leading experts in the field.

Binhi, Ani @ CCP Library

A site-specific sound installation commentary on the transmission of Philippine oral and aural history and tradition by Teresa Barrozo

Children’s Corner @ Silangan Hall

November 6 & 7

Inquirer Read-Along

Young Poets Space Jam, 12nn, Nov. 8 @ Silangan Hall

The Young Poets Space Jam aims to gather poets from colleges, universities and young professional groups to a fellowship event where they will get the opportunity to exhange ideas, get to know one another and engage in conversation. It is a youth summit that culminates in a writing and performance network called Pugad ng Adarna Network (PAN).

Buklat: An Open Book Fair @ Bulwagang Carlos V. Francisco


“Three foreign artists perform, teach in Performatura”

21 October 2015, Pasay City – Dance artist Chelsea Ainsworth from New York, baritone Anthony Brown from Pennsylvania, and spoken word poet Arianna Pozzuoli from Canada comprise the foreign guest artists who will be performing and teaching at the Performatura Festival 2015. The three-day festival, organized by the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP), will run on November 6, 7 and 8 at its various venues.

“The three international artists have all done work in the Philippines previously,” Vim Nadera, Performatura Festival, explained. “The participation of our foreign guest artists is in the spirit of intertextuality. We are promoting a global conversation and understanding between and among the text, the text makers (artists), and the audience that unite us as a people,” he added.   

Ainsworth, a member of IntegratingArt, conducts educational outreach projects across the world including the Philippines through dance performances. A graduate dancer from The Juilliard School, the 27-year-old dance artist believes in the power and potential of the arts to teach life skills.

“By carrying out educational outreach through performance,” Ainsworth said, “I have discovered that individuals can learn basic skills and values through a collaborative arts curriculum,” she added. These values such as trust, respect, creativity, confidence and community likewise represent what art is to her.  

She was in the country in 2012 and again in 2014, and started the Project Philippines fund-raising campaign to provide accessible arts education in the country through classes, workshops, and performances, and to produce a video documentary of the experience.

Ainsworth will teach and facilitate a creative performance for the Literaturo Workshop on November 6 from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at the Bulwagang Pambansang Alagad ng Sining (MKP Hall). She will also perform during the formal opening rite which starts at 2:00 p.m. on the same day at the Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino (Little Theater).

Brown, on the other hand, is a musician and peace advocate who founded the Peacing It Together Foundation. Through the organization, which aims to be a resource for peace and social justice for the global community, the artist uses music and the spoken word to unite people who have been divided by race, culture and religion.    

Brown, a previous artist in residence of and sociology professor at the Hesston College in Kansas, has travelled extensively in pushing his peace agenda to transform and heal people of the world. He considerably toured the Philippines focusing on provincial areas with local church peace groups in 2014 as part of his outreach program. Apart from the Philippines, he has performed in Bosnia, Moldova, Northern Ireland, Uganda, Ethiopia, China, Japan, South Korea and Colombia.   

For Performatura’s Feature Performances on November 8, Brown will present his tribute piece called I Go On Singing: Paul Robeson’s Life in His Words and Songs at the Tanghalang Huseng Batute (Experimental Theater) from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Brown will be accompanied by Filipino veteran actor Bodjie Pascua as the narrator. Robeson is an African-American civil rights activist, an athlete, scholar, champion orator, an international recording artist, performer on stage and on screen in the 1930’s and 1940’s.

I Go On Singing is a documentary concert experience that combines the historical documentary format through photo projection and the live concert component with Brown accompanied by Filipino pianist Rogie Reyes. I Go On Singing, penned by playwright Andrew Flack for Brown, uses the words of Robeson culled from his autobiographical account titled Here I Stand with commentaries from legendary peace activist and artist Pete Seeger.

Pozzuoli, the third international guest artist of Performatura Festival 2015, is also an educator in addition to being a spoken word performer and storyteller. She currently works at the Canadian International School of Singapore as a Drama teacher.

The artist’s literary journey started in December 2006 when she competed and won in her first Poetry Slam. She has then participated in various competitions such as the Individual World Poetry Championship (Vancouver, British Columbia), the Canadian Festival of Spoken Word (Halifax, Nova Scotia and Calgary, Alberta), the Women of the World Slam (Detroit, Michigan), and the American National Poetry Slam (Madison, Wisconsin). 

Pozzuoli has been featured at various slams and festivals in North America, the United Kingdom, Singapore, Malaysia, the Philippines and Australia.

In the Performatura Festival, she will conduct a Poetry Slam Workshop for Educators on November 8 from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. under the Literaturo Workshop series at the Bulwagang Pambansang Alagad ng Sining (MKP Hall). She will then start off the Feature Performances at the Tanghalang Huseng Batute (Experimental Theater) at 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon on the same day.

To gain entrance to the pocket events, please register now at, and remember to bring a book on that day for your day pass. Performatura updates are available on Facebook (CCP-Intertextual-Division-Programs), Tumblr (, and Twitter (ccpintertextual).

For more information on this press release and the Performatura Festival, please contact the CCP Intertextual Division at 832-1125 locals 1706 and 1707.




The Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) will hold Performatura 2015, Performing Literatures on November 6, 7 and 8 in various venues of the CCP to celebrate its 46th year. The three-day event is free or open to the public.


“Performatura 2015 forms part of the literary programs of the CCP spearheaded by the Intertextual Division,” CCP Vice President and Artistic Director Chris B. Millado said. “We have opened the event to the general public specifically for the young people to realize our vision of ‘Art matters to the life of every Filipino’,” he added.


Herminio S. Beltran, CCP Intertextual Division Chief, said that the primary goal of the three-day event is to define “intertextuality” through the pocket events. “One of the many definitions of intertextuality is the relationship of the literary text to other texts, and the relationship of writers and readers where the readers or the audience members in this case take primacy,” Beltran explained.


The event name “Performatura,” coined by Vim Nadera, multi-awarded writer, performer, and educator and Festival Director of Performatura 2015, is intertextuality at work where the terms “performance” and “oratura” had been combined. “Oratura” was derived from another coined term “orature” by Pio Zirimu, a linguist from the Republic of Uganda, who wanted to put oral literature at par with the written word and not treated as something inferior to the latter.


Like Uganda, the Philippines has a rich oral tradition that predates the Spanish colonization. The Hudhud of the Ifugao and the Darangen of the Maranao have been proclaimed as “Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity” by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in 2001.


Highlights of Performatura 2015 include the Epic Center, Coffee & Conversations with National Artists hosted by the likes of Lourd de Veyra and Gloc-9, Chromatext Rebooted curated by Krip Yuson, the Philippine Daily Inquirer’s “Inquirer Read-Along”, and a day-long summit of performances from young poets.


These young writers are members of the Unyon ng mga Manunulat sa Pilipinas (UMPIL), the Linangan sa Imahen, Retorika, at Anyo (LIRA), Romancing Venus, Words Anonymous, Baguio Writers Guild, and the University of the Philippines Writers Club. Other participating young poets are students of the University of Santo Tomas (UST), the Ateneo de Manila University (AdMU), the De La Salle University (DLSU), the Far Eastern University (FEU), the Philippine High School for the Arts (PHSA), to name a few.


The three-day event will feature daily workshops on the Balagtasan, speech choir, and ventriloquism. There will also be daily Park Poetry performances in the early evenings that will feature poems on love, gender, and protest by Gemino Abad, Jose “Pete” Lacaba, and Joey Ayala, respectively, among many other performances.


In addition to the Hudhud and the Darangen epics, Performatura 2015 will also feature the animation and other works of art of Liby Limoso on the Sugidanun epic from the Panay Island. The UP Press will also launch the sequels to Dr. Alicia Magos’ study on “Tikum Kadlum and Amburukay” which will be performed by Mr. Federico “Tuohan” Caballero and Teresita “Abyaran” Caballero-Castor. The epics will also be the focal point of the Oral Literatures Art Exhibit.


Performatura 2015, Millado said, carries a unique feature that underscores the involvement of the CCP employees as Performatura ambassadors. Last August 28 at the CCP, employees participated in the first of a series of Performatura workshops where they performed literary works. The second leg of the workshop series will be held sometime in September for public school educators. Performatura Festival Director Nadera is facilitating the workshops.


“We are harnessing the Center’s 300 workforce by further developing their appreciation of Philippine letters and honing their performance skills, and in the process become cultural ambassadors. We know that our people are the main agents in fulfilling the CCP vision,” Millado explained. A commitment to human resource development is etched as one of the cultural objectives of the institution.


In order to gain access to the performances, the public is advised to bring a book. Book donations will go to the Aklatang Bayan project of the CCP.


Performatura 2015 updates are available on the CCP website (, Facebook (CCP-Intertextual-Division-Programs, culturalcenterofthephilippines), Tumblr (, Twitter (ccpintertextual, ccp_gov), Instagram (ccp_gov) and Performatura website (


For more information on Performatura 2015, please contact the CCP Intertextual Division at 832-1125 local 1706.


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