The PETA Kalinagan Ensemble Successfully Stages "Ang Buhay Ni Galileo"

Published · Monday, December 04, 2017 03:20 PM

“Ang Buhay ni Galileo” revolves around the life of the 17th century astronomer Galileo Galilei whose discoveries changed our understanding of the universe. Galileo disputed many theories and provided proof that all things do not revolve around the Earth, which drew the ire of the Catholic Church.

First performed by PETA in the early 80’s “Ang Buhay ni Galileo” was directed by eminent theater personality, German National Theater director Fritz Bennowitz, who earlier worked with Brecht’s own Berliner Ensemble.

Translated by Alan Glinoga, the play was one of the best translations that PETA has produced through the years. It was critically acclaimed and was considered as one of PETA’s most exciting productions during this period.

“Ang Buhay ni Galileo” is also a beautiful and powerful showcase of the Aesthetics of Poverty, a theater design philosophy developed by renowned visual artist and PETA curriculum director Brenda V. Fajardo who has always believed that “an artist, rich in imagination can achieve maximum results from inexpensive materials.”

The play was also a product of creative collaboration of PETA's music pool led by composer Gardy Labad.

Aside from its artistic merits, "Ang Buhay ni Galileo" was considered as one of PETA’s most iconic plays for its intelligent discourse on absolute authority, power and knowledge in a highly religious context like the Philippines.

It has been 30 years since PETA first staged Galileo and nearly 80 years since playwright Bertolt Brecht wrote the first version of A Life of Galileo. Yet this famous piece, which underscores the struggle between static worldviews, and dynamic knowledge, still remains to be relevant today.

"Ang Buhay ni Galileo" is directed by Rody Vera, Adapted by Alan Glinoga, Set and Costume Design by Brenda Fajardo, Set and Costume Execution by Boni Juan, Musical Direction by Dodjie Fernandez and Lights Design by Ian Torqueza. "Ang Buhay ni Galileo" features Joel Lamangan, Upeng Galang Fernandez, Randy Villarama, Jojo Atienza, Jack Yabut, Gold Villar Lim, Roi Calilong, Gie Onida, Shé Maala, Kiki Baento, Archi Adamos, Bodjie Pascua, Boy Aquino, Bene Manaois, Joseph Madriaga, Fredyl Hernadez, Norbs Portales, Manny Pambid, Jason Barcial, John Moran, Ian Segarra, Neomi Gonzales, Noel Comia, and Omar Uddin.

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