Will Cirque, 'Walang Sugat' openings push through?


Posted at Aug 08 2012 02:29 PM | Updated as of Aug 08 2012 11:53 PM

MANILA, Philippines – Cirque du Soleil’s “Saltimbanco” and Tanghalang Pilipino’s production of the 1898 sarswela “Walang Sugat.” are both set to premiere on Thursday, August 9.

But will both push through despite the bad weather?

“Saltimbanco,” the longest-running tour show of Cirque du Soleil, will push through as scheduled, organizers said on Wednesday. It will still be held at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City, and will run until August 19.

The opening night of “Walang Sugat,” however, has been moved to August 16, still at the Tanghalang Aurelio V. Tolentino of the Cultural Center of the Philippines, where it will run until August 26.

“Saltimbanco,” which means “to jump on a bench,” features artists doing a variety of stunts, from balancing, jumping and spinning to bungee and trapeze acts.

Canadian-born Filipino guitarist Adrian Andres is part of the 50-man troupe.

“Walang Sugat,” on the other hand, is the banner production for Tanghalang Pilipino’s 26th season, and is the theater debut of multi-awarded film director Carlos Siguion-Reyna.

The musical play stars Cris Villonco, Siguion-Reyna’s niece.