KARNABAL: A def. defying festival

Karnabal Festival

Works Beyond Definitions

“Def.” stands for “definition”, best explaining the mix of programmed performances as transgressing norms and going beyond definitions of art and what it should be.

Karnabal aims to highlight works on the edge, in between the lines, dynamic, bold, liminal, death- and depth-defying; and to explore new modes of production and performance-making. It serves as a shared avenue for companies and solo artists to freely test new works and/or develop existing ones, as well as share and generate new audiences for the Philippine performance scene.

Karnabal is set to take flight on November 17 (Sun), 20-24 (Wed-Sun) within Intramuros. Multiple venues will be used to simultaneously house performances, and functions, indoors and outdoors, all throughout the duration of the festival. Events fall under three different types of platforms:

• The Main Performance Platform, which features the original works of invited independent companies and solo artists, programmed throughout the duration of the festival. As of now, participants include the Sipat Lawin Ensemble, Kolab Co., Transitopia – Contemporary Dance Commune, Shaharazade Theater Company, Eisa Jocson, Ea Torrado, Destiyero CommuneAnino Shadowplay Collective and Daniel Darwin.

• The “Tsubibo” Open Platform, which features programmed performances from individuals and companies from different fields who want to test their works. This platform is offered on the last two days of the festival, November 23 and 24.

• Gatherings involves all the festival’s community offerings – workshops, talks, forums, panel discussions, get-together functions curated by the festival team engaging artists from different media.

For more information on the participating artists, check the Karnabal Festival Facebook page.


It’s September and Weekends With Sipat is back with a beefed up month full of interesting and exciting talks and workshops open to everyone!

SEPTEMBER 7 – RAP: Ang Pagtagas at Pagtagos sa Hip Hop with BLKD



SEPTEMBER 14 – Coffee for a Cause with Paolo and Iona Fresnoza/Coffee AID.


SEPTEMBER 21 – Hula Hooping with Daniel Darwin


REGISTRATION STARTS AT 6PM. Workshop/Lecture 7-10 PM at Pugad Lawin Studio

Text 09175008753 or email sipatlawin.ensemble@gmail.com for reservations/inquiries

The Ensemble


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Sipat Lawin Ensemble (SLE) is an edge-work, site-specific, independent performance company composed of theater artists engaged in devising relevant new works. Changing the landscape of theater in the Philippines, the group aims to develop a contemporary community theater experience shared among artists and audiences inside and/or outside the four walls of the theater.

SLE is comprised of three programs: the Main Wing (season production offerings); the Children’s Wing (works for and with children); and the Theater-in-a-Backpack (performance lectures and workshops). Its core artists called Players manage the company and its programs alongside producing and developing performances and alternative modes of theater-making.

In 2009, stripping theater down to bare essentials of Actor, Action and Audience, Sipat Lawin started independently producing works in alternative performance spaces with the “8-inch itch,” a twinbill production performed in cafes, bars and galleries around the Metro, featuring To Heat You Up and Cool You Down (2009), a collaboration with Australian playwright David Finnigan, and Lihis (2009), Emmanuel’ Canteras’ Filipino translation of Martin Sherman’s Bent. In 2010, it launched its official and inaugural season billed as SEASON 2000-X, which opened with Haring +UBU-L, a devise-work adaptation of Alfred Jarry’s play Ubu Roi; and was followed by Imperio Animalia, a devise-work adaptation of George Orwell’s novel Animal Farm. Since then, Sipat Lawin has produced a series of ensemble-devised anywhere-and-everywhere community collaborations: Fragments at the Cultural Center of the Philippines’ (CCP) Virgin Labfest 6, 7 and 8 (2010-2012); Rizal+150 Reverse Cosplay Parade (2011), R’meo Luvz Jhulz: Barangay Fiesta Edition (2011), and the smash-hit phenomenal live-action game Battalia Royale (2012). On top of these, the Ensemble has staged several interactive storytelling pieces for children in cooperation with Museo Pambata.

As the country’s premiere experimental site-specific theater company, Sipat Lawin Players have conducted performance lectures about their innovative works, alternative mode of production and evolving theater-making process, invited as guest speakers in Ateneo de Manila University’s Company Call 3 (2011), the Philippine Educational Theater Association’s Young Artists Forum (2012), Locus Redux International Art Conference at the Yuchengco Museum(2012) and the CCP’s 13 Artists Awards Forum Series on “Collaborations and Crossing Media” (2012).

An active player in the social media platform, SLE has been featured in local and international blogs, papers and programs by various networks and news agencies including GMA, Yahoo Philippines, and Reuters, among others.

The Ensemble aims to create and develop new forms of inter-action, social functions and modes of communication. Crossing and blurring boundaries among different performance media, SLE collaborates with top artists from different fields.

Sipat Lawin Ensemble: Contemporary Community Theater, Contemporary Theater Community


Season Apocalypse

Apocalypse (Greek: ἀποκάλυψις apokálypsis; “lifting of the veil” or “revelation”) is a disclosure of something hidden from the majority of mankind in an era dominated by falsehood and misconception, i.e. the veil to be lifted. *wikipedia

One must end so one may begin. Let’s get together.

Convergence. Emergence. Irreverence.

This 2012, Sipat Lawin Ensemble (SLE) launches SEASON APOCALYPSE, of beginnings and endings featuring the return of nuclear-phenomenal BATTALIA ROYALE in September and the 1st FRINGE/ CRINGE MANILA DEVISED-WORKS FESTIVAL in November with new works from emerging artists from different performance media.

Sipat Lawin inter-active classics: HARING +UBU-L, PRAGRES, IMPERIO ANIMALIA are back and now packed to go on tour on backpacks with Sipat on Wings Nationwide Performance Tour.

SLE fires 2 quarterly open platforms for collaborative new works: STRANGE PILGRIMS (Beer+ Opera + Music+ Contemporary Dance+ Film + Theatre + Art + Hybrid works) in bars and living rooms; and the newly-launched BOOK-ON-THE-SPOT CHILDREN’S WORKS PLATFORM at the Museo Pambata.

Theater-in-a-backpack Workshop Series plants new seeds for new breeds of theater practitioners around the country.

Relevant new works. Massive new platforms developing new communities, new audiences. SLE is shifting consciousness brewing performances as community functions and community functions as performances.

Engagement. Proximity. Coverage.

Fire. Shoot. Aim.

Rebellions and revelations. Sipat Lawin Ensemble: Season Apocalypse.

Endings ∞ Beginnings.

Hi everyone! We’re still preparing for the show.

SLE’s newest blog is still under rehearsal–I mean, construction. Visit us soon!

In the meantime, check out this Rogue magazine feature on what we players have been up to and what we’re planning to blow your mind off with next.

Oh and while you’re at it, add us up or like us on Facebook. You also have our permission to stalk us on Twitter.

See you soon!

All our love,

SLE Players