"Rizal +150": Rizal Sightings Campaign

“Rizal +150″
Rizal Sightings Campaign
Collaborative Performance
Leeroy New and Sipat Lawin Ensemble
Rizal +150 is a series of inter-active performances in public spaces investigating, re-imagining and re-envisioning Rizal and his works for the present generation and for the next 150 years. The series features collaborative works of sculptor Leeroy New and edge-work site specific theater company, the Sipat Lawin Ensemble. The public interventions aim to create inter-action between the artists, the pieces and the public allowing a broader range of Filipino audiences to participate in defining the legacy of a hero in contemporary times in contemporary language. Rizal +150 seeks discourse on pop-nationalism and mass-producing Rizal, Rizal as an image in post-techno boom Philippines, Noli and Fili resonance in contemporary society, among others.
Rizal +150 is part of Sipat Lawin Ensemble’s RIZAL SIGHTINGS Year-round Campaign in collaboration with installation artist Leeroy New along with different institutions and network affiliations around the country.

Sipat Lawin Ensemble Profile

Sipat Lawin Ensemble is a Manila-based edge-work, site-specific theatre company geared towards creating relevant new works staged in alternative performance spaces.

Changing and challenging the landscape of theatre performances in the Philippines, Sipat Lawin engages in ensemble and collaborative work as 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. Engagement. Proximity. Coverage.

Inter-action. Intervention. Invasion.

* Performance History and Portfolio available online at www.sipatlawin.posterous.com


Leeroy New Profile

Leeroy New is a prolific artist with a wide range of work for film, theater, visual arts and fashion. He has received several citations for his work, including the grand prize in the 2005 Metrobank Art Awards and most recently, the Ateneo Art Awards where he received grants in Singapore and Australia as prize.

He has exhibited in the 2008 Singapore Biennale, where he positioned an army of his trademark alien figures on the roof of one of the courtyards of the City Hall, and the 2009 Fukuoka Asian Art Triennale, where he installed an eye-shaped vessel on the façade of a museum. He is the man responsible for the Balete installation in the Rizal Library in the Ateneo University as well as the otherworldly façade of the Sputnik Comic Bar in Cubao X.

Leeroy New also works as a production designer and at present has worked on three feature films and a number of music videos and short films. He has also ventured into fashion design collaborating with fellow Fine Arts graduate Kermit Tesoro for the 2008 and 2010 Philippine Fashion Week. Their 2010 collection was ranked number two for that season by Preview magazine.

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