“More than the grammar of performance, we want to offer an intimate and informal play reading series to showcase diverse Filipino plays and works" explained Theatre Amihan’s co-founder Maddie Bautista.
In the post-discussion comparing Tatarin to the forthcoming production “Hilot means Healer,” soon to be premiered in Toronto October 5 to 27, 2019 playwright and guest artist Jo SiMalaya Alcampo said the presence of the mythical balete tree also figures in her play set in the last days of the Japanese Occupation in Manila.
“The babaylan tending a magical garden of indigenous trees and plants to provide healing and nurturing is central to our prehistoric culture and has been passed on through generations of colonization and conquest.”
As well, said Alcampo, the role of women in pre- and post-colonial Philippines is highlighted by their often leading role in indigenous-based rites and traditions.
Read more in the Philippine Inquirer article by Patty Rivera