National Commission for Culture and the Arts recently recognized artists who have earned international recognition and accolades from the past year with the 10th Ani ng Dangal Awards, a culminating activity of the annual celebration of National Arts Month.
Among the recipients were Riki Benedicto and Gracielle So in the Dramatic Arts Category for winning at an global youth festival in the City of Minsk in Belarus.
The Teatralny Koufar International Student and Youth Theatre Festival lauded the Dulaang Filipino (DF), the resident theater company of De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde (DLS-CSB), for Best Performance and Amateur Theatre and a Special Jury Prize for the Best Physical and Sound Solution for its presentation ofOedipus by Sophocles.
Benedicto directed the production, while So won as Best Actress.
DF’s success in Minsk was doubly important, because it was the only group from Asia which was invited to join the festival. Companies from Belarus, Bulgaria, Brazil, Chile, Mexico, Poland, Russia, Tunisia, and the United Kingdom competed for the grand prizes as Best Amateur Theatre, Best Theatre of Professional School, Best Youth Professional Theatre, Best Actor and Actress, Best Performances, and Special Jury.
Oedipus, first presented in 2014, is a one-hour reduction of Sophocles’ Theban trilogy of Oedipus Rex,Oedipus at Colonus and Antigone, in Filipino translations by Rolando Tinio and Onofre Pagsanjan.
The play has been performed at the UP Theater Council’s Curtain Call Play Festival in 2014 and at the Mont-Laurier International Theatre Festival in Quebec, Canada in 2015. It recently won the International University of La Rioja Award (UNIR) in La Rioja, Spain, for Best International Show in the IV Premios Escenamateur Juan Mayorga de las Artes Escénicas.
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