Passions and Obsessions

The return of ‘Encantada’

Georgette Sanchez-Vargas as the Encantada (Photo by Darrell Sicam)

The 2011 production of ‘Encantada’ (Photo by Darrell Sicam)

National Artist for Dance Agnes Locsin’s award-winning Filipino dance masterwork, Encantada, returns to open the 2023 dance season. 

A collaboration with Joey Ayala for music, Al Santos for libretto, and National Artist Salvador Bernal for production design, Encantada features the artists of the Cultural Center of the Philippines’ (CCP) Professional Artist Support Program and Alice Reyes Dance Philippines.

The cast of ‘Encantada’ after the premiere performance in February 1992 with President Fidel V. Ramos and First Lady Amelita Ramos, CCP officials, National Artists Lucrecia Kasilag and Leandro Locsin, and the creative team

To celebrate Earth Month, Encantada goes on stage at the Samsung Performing Arts Theater on April 14-15 and at the Metropolitan Theater on April 21-22, with evening shows at 7:30 pm and matinees at 2 pm. 

Carissa Adea as Babaylan Encantada (Photo by Darrell Sicam)

Presented by the Metropolitan Theater, the CCP, and the Carmen D. Locsin Foundation, the production was last staged in 2011 to critical acclaim, garnering 10 Gawad Buhay Awards, including Best Modern Dance Production, Best Choreography, Best Musical Composition, Best Production Design, as well as citations for Georgette Sanchez- Vargas for Female Lead Performance and Carissa Adea for Female Featured Performance. Both of them will reprise their roles for the current 2023 production.

Georgette Sanchez-Vargas

Also joining the cast is Kris-Belle Paclibar-Mamangun, former member of Cirque du Soleil, who will be alternating the role of Babaylan with Carissa Adea.

Kris-Belle Paclibar-Mamangun

Carissa Adea

The season continues with Alice Reyes’ Ramahari (Sept. 15-16), Carmen and Other Spirits (Oct. 27-28, Nov. 3-4), a mixed bill featuring Alice Reyes’ Carmen and new works by young Filipino choreographers, and the celebration of Paskong Pinoy with Puso ng Pasko (Dec. 2-3, 8-9).

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