Duemila kicks of 2020 with Josephine Turalba show

GALLERIA DUEMILA starts the New Year with Josephine Turalba’s exhibit High Wire High Seas, curated by Angel Velasco-Shaw. Turalba is an interdisciplinary artist who explores issues of divide and convergence within a volatile geo-political world order. She has a nomadic relation to various forms of media, including performance, installation, experimental video, photography, tapestry, and painting, which allows her to explore her obsessions with socio-political narratives, myths, and personal histories. Her second solo exhibition with Galleria Duemila showcases her musings regarding the shifts of international powers amidst intriguing political and economic current events. Turalba holds an MFA in New Media from Transart Institute New York (USA) and Donau Universität Krems (Austria). She has served as Dean at the School of Fine Arts and Design at Philippine Women’s University and received numerous art grants. Her works have been exhibited at ICA Singapore, the London Biennale, the European Cultural Center (held concurrently with the 56th Venice Biennale), the 12th Cairo Biennale, Arter Space Istanbul, the VII Tashkent Biennale of Contemporary Art, the Malta Contemporary Art Center, and the Cultural Center Philippines. The exhibit is ongoing until Feb. 29 at Galleria Duemila, 210 Loring St., Pasay City. The gallery is open Monday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Atlantis is auditioning kids for Oliver!

ATLANTIS THEATRICAL will be holding open call auditions for the children’s roles in the award-winning musical classic, Lionel Bart’s Oliver! They are looking for boys and girls aged seven to 14 who can sing, act, and dance. Auditions will be held at the Zobel de Ayala Recital Hall, Maybank Performing Arts Center, BGC, Taguig City, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Jan. 18, Saturday. Registration closes at 4 p.m. Children must come prepared to sing one musical theater song and bring with them sheet music, a 3R headshot, their birth certificate, and a parent or guardian’s written consent. A parent or guardian must accompany each child and must be prepared to fill out a registration form upon arrival. Rehearsals for the show begin April 27, with performances from June 19 to July 19. Based on Charles Dickens’ novel Oliver Twist, Oliver! tells the story of a half-starved orphan in search of a home, family, and love. After being sold to an undertaker, Oliver flees to London and is welcomed into a group of street urchins led by the sly Fagin. When Oliver is falsely accused of a theft he did not commit, a wealthy and kind gentleman, Mr. Brownlow, takes him in. Fearing the safety of their hideout, Fagin and his associate, the violent Bill Sikes, plot to kidnap Oliver, threatening his chances of discovering the true love of a family. This all-new revival of the award-winning family musical is presented through a special licensing agreement with Cameron Mackintosh Ltd. and MTI. For further casting inquiries, call 8650-5144, 0917-838-1534, or e-mail casting@atlantistheatrical.com.

Concerto de Aranjuez for MSO finale

THE Manila Symphony Orchestra (MSO) will perform Concerto de Aranjuez and Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 5 for its 2019-2020 Season finale. The concert will feature guitar virtuoso Jacob Cordover performing Concerto de Aranjuez with the MSO. The orchestra, under the baton of Marlon Chen, will open the concert with a performance of Russian composer Dmitri Shostakovich’s Festive Overture and close the season with his Symphony No. 5. The concert will be on Feb. 5, 7:30 p.m., at the Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo, Cultural Center of the Philippines, CCP Complex, Pasay City. Tickets are available at the CCP Box Office (8832-3704), Ticketworld (889-1999), or the MSO (e-mail info@manilasymphony.com).

MCAD presents group show Constructions of Truths

THE Museum of Contemporary Art & Design (MCAD) present the group exhibit Constructions of Truths from Feb. 6 to April 12, with the official opening on Feb. 8, 5 p.m. The show asks the audience to reflect on the truths of images which populate everyday life and how these affect how we view the world. Artists in the show present work using the projected image as a metaphor for how images are projected on us as viewers and how artists, through formal, aesthetic and narrative spaces, question these constructions. The participating artists are: Martha Atienza, Minerva Cuevas, Luay Fadhil, Ramin Haerizadeh/Rokni Haerizadeh/Hesam Rahmanian, Shuruq Harb, Ho Tsu Nyen, Thao Nguyen Phan, Maria Taniguchi, and James N. Kientiz Wilkins. The show is presented by MCAD in partnership with the Han Nefkens Foundation. MCAD is at the De La Salle College of Saint Benilde, School of Design and Arts Campus, Dominga St., Malate, Manila.