Rare US performance of ‘The Brooklyn Manila Project,’ Jan. 10

/ 02:00 PM January 09, 2020

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VIRGINIA BEACH, Virginia — Staged only once in the United States since it was commissioned by New York City’s Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts in 2013, “The Brooklyn Manila Project will be performed Friday night, January 10, at the Sandler Center for the Performing Arts in Virginia Beach, Virginia.

Friday night will be a special performance for Virginia Beach, home to a booming Filipino population and sister city to Olongapo in the Philippines.

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Waway Saway, right, a Filipino Talaandig tribal leader uses music as a form of peacekeeping and negotiation. CONTRIBUTED

The interdisciplinary show, with a cast made up of cultural leaders of the Talaandig people, local students, Filipino and American artists, will lead the audience on a cultural voyage through the Philippines, from tribal to modern times by way of music, modern dance, martial arts and multimedia content.

The performance tries to answer a single question “What does it mean to be Filipino in the 21st century?” and probes how music has historically unified the Filipino people.

Daniel Darwin, a Manila-based poet and spoken word performer, is a recent winner of “Philippines Got Talent.” CONTRIBUTED

On Saturday at 10 a.m., select cast members will visit the Philippine Cultural Center of Virginia, at 4857 Baxter Road, Virginia Beach. The event is open to the public.

Amy Poulter, 757-446-2705, [email protected]

What: The Brooklyn Manila Project

When: 8 p.m. Friday, January 10

Where: Sandler Center for the Performing Arts, 201 Market St., Virginia Beach

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Tickets: $30-$50, 757-385-2787, sandlercenter.org

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