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August 16, 2013

Ritualworld : Rituals for a Renewing Reality

This August, Shaharazade Theater Company opens their third production for the season, RitualWorld and embrace audiences in the creation of (new) rituals.

RitualWorld is a brave, new theater piece that will facilitate an actual ritual with the audience and bring them on a journey of self-revelation and transcendence. Gathering five different individuals from around the globe: Philippines, Cameroon, Romania, China, and Kyrgyztan, rediscovering rituals and having the audience actually participate in the different ceremonies within the play, RitualWorld aims to explore what it means to be human in our rapidly changing, technology-driven, and globally interconnected society. It is a glimpse into the fears of the world, as well as its own potential to live in fulfillment and harmony, and to realize our own destiny to be far greater than we can ever imagine.

Shaharazade is a new and upcoming independent theater group composed of theater artists from various companies and universities in the metro. They’ve made it their mission to bring back the art of storytelling through the medium of theater, contributing to the flourishing independent art scene in Manila.

RitualWorld performances are on August 15-17 in Sev’s Café, Basement, Legaspi Towers 300, Roxas Blvd. corner P.Ocampo (formerly Vito Cruz St.), Manila with Thursday and Friday shows at 7:30pm, Saturdays 3pm & 7:30pm; August 22-25, 29-31, September 1 at 3pm & 730pm in Dito Café located at J.Molina St. corner Guizama, Concepcion Uno, Marikina City .

Christopher Aronson
from the Philippines

Christopher is a young artist, optimistic of and fascinated by the changes the world is facing today. He is interested in art pieces that explore and experiment with new form and material. He is an actor, director, and member of Shaharazade. He played Achilles in "Trobol sa Troya," directed the play [Untitled], wrote "Katuwiran ng Dukha" for Shaharazade's Drafts 1: Works in Process, and designed the set for Shaharazade's staging of Albert Camus' "Caligula."

The Cast:
Thea Gloria from the Philippines
Thea Gloria is a fresh graduate of Theater Arts in Assumption College. She has been in METTA for 8 years under Ms. Ana Valdes-Lim. She has also performed in various places such as the Cultural Center of the Philippines, Repertory Philippines, Ryan Cayabyab Music Studio, Trumpets Playshop, and the Philippine Educational Theater Association. She also performs different types of flow arts like fire poi and fire hoops with Planet Zips. This will be her first time to join a production under Shaharazade with different international actors. She is very much excited to explore and create new things with new people.

Vlad Troncea from Romania
Vlad Troncea is a Romanian young actor living in Bucharest, Romania. He practiced acting since high-school, when he started acting in a drama club. Now, he is a 2nd year student at the “National University of Theatrical Arts and Cinematography” in Bucharest. He has a passion not only for acting in drama shows, but in movies as well. He believes that acting is a way of life, so every character should be a challenge in order to discover himself.

Gildas Yombi from Cameroon
Gildas is Cameroonian and a born explorer and entrepreneur. He considers himself to be a global citizen, for he has spent the last 5 years working and living away from home, and traveling the world. Gildas has always found theatre to be a platinum channel for self expression. As a result therefore he couldn't miss the opportunity presented by the RitualWorld production to embark this other journey of self discovery via the medium of our common, world rituals.

Tianyi Zhang from China
Tianyi Zhang was born in northeast China and currently attends Purdue University in the United States. Playing piano since she was 4 years old and violin she was 11, Tianyi has performed at Lincoln Center Theater, Hilbert Circle Theater and Carnegie Hall. In addition, she has served as assistant concertmaster for the Purdue Philharmonic Orchestra. Tianyi is very excited to explore 21st century rituals and experimental theater in the Philippines.

Nikita Menshov from Kyrgyztan
Nikita Menshov is an actor from Kyrgyzstan with 3 years of theater and hosting experience.
He decided to join RitualWorld because he thinks that theater has no geographical or creative borders. In his native country he is an author of TV shows, actor and host. Throughout his acting career, he has participated in show-tours and TV interviews, received acting awards and created Internet videos.

Contact Details:
For show buying, tickets, sponsorships, inquiries, and other information contact (63 916) 220-5097 (Frances), (63 917) 544-0408 (Alex) or e-mail
Dito Café
Concepcion Uno
Sunday September 1, 2013

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