Teatro Europa Returns with More Plays from 16 PH Universities

Feel the rage and range of raw emotions!

Laughter, giggles, tears, anguish, sighs, trepidation. These are some of the emotions expected to fill up the (virtual) air, as Teatro Europa returns for the second time after its success last year!

Teatro Europa comes back this year with table reads from July 16 to 30, full video performances from August 1 to 31, and re-runs from September 1 to 30 on its official Facebook Page.

The European Union Delegation to the Philippines, together with the EU Member States, their EU cultural institutes, and 16 University partners, proudly opens its theater festival Teatro Europa, The Second Edition which will showcase sixteen European theatre plays from famous playwrights that portray European culture.

These masterpieces carefully curated from Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Poland, Romania, Spain, and Sweden focus on genres such as comedy, tragedy, drama, and romance.

“Theatre is a mirror of all human emotions and helps to better understand Europe and its culture, from the plays played in ancient Greece to the current online performances.” says EU Ambassador Luc Véron.  “Teatro Europa provides a platform for artistic Filipino youth to share their talents in acting, directing and production design”.

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Following its success with 300,000 viewers in 2020, the EU welcomes this year with 16 participating universities from all over the country, with new universities from Metro Manila, Baguio, Bulacan, Nueva Ecija, Iloilo City, Bacolod City, and Ozamiz City from the original seven theatre groups that participated in 2020. 

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Their 16 partner universities performing theater pieces include:

1. Colegio de San Juan de Letran – Taruffe by Moliere of France

2. Saint Louis University – Rur by Karel Čapek of the Czech Republic

3. Wesleyan University – Pariah by August Strindberg of Sweden

4. University of the East – Life’s a Dream by Pedro Calderon de la Barca of Spain

5. University of Makati – The Horrid Little Princess by Geneviève Damas of Belgium

6. Meridian International College – The Salt Princess (Hungarian Folktale) of Hungary

7. University of San Agustin – Snow by Stanislaw Przybyszewski of Poland

8. La Salle University – Erasmus Montanus by Ludvig Holberg of Denmark

9. Mapua University – Riders to the Sea by John Millington Synge of Ireland

10. Jose Rizal University – The Birds by Aristophanes of Greece

11. Arellano University – II Vero Amico by Carlo Goldoni of Italy

12. Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Marikina – Lucifer by Josst van den Vondel of the Netherlands

13. First City Providential College – La Ronde by Arthur Schnitzler of Austria

14. Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Valenzuela – My Three Angels by Sam and Bella Spewack of Romania

15. University of St. La Salle – Broken Heart Story by Saara Turunen of Finland

16. Rizal Technological University – Leonce and Lena by Georg Büchner of Germany

While “Teatro Europa, The Second Edition” is still primarily a virtual theater festival, there are new and exciting things to expect. As the government opens up the economy more, the festival will hold a limited physical performance in late August in the walled city of Intramuros.

A series of webinars with known theatre directors will also be held during the Teatro Europa season. These webinars aim to engage discussions on the similarities, intersections, and differences between Philippine Theater and European Theater.

For more updates and information, follow Teatro Europa on Facebook.

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