Battalia Royale returns to Manila


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A WAKE: A Response to Kids Killing Kids
feat. Sipat Lawin Ensemble
Performance: Launching April 15 and 16, 2014. Manila. 
May 1-4, 7-11, 2014. Next Wave Festival. Melbourne, Australia. 

In 2013, Battalia’s playwrights David Finnigan, Georgie McAuley, Jordan Prosser and Sam Burns-Warr forming the Too Many Weapons Collective, created Kids Killing Kids(KKK), a documentary theater response to Battalia Royale. Toured in Australia, KKK employed performance and rehearsal footage, interviews, personal stories, open discussion and reenactment to reflect on the qualities of cross-cultural collaboration, contemporary Filipino culture and the nature of onstage violence.

This 2014, Sipat Lawin Ensemble reacts to KKK with A Wake: Kids Killing Kids, Battalia Royale’s requiem. In this performance response to the response, the Ensemble remembers, retells and reenacts their Battalia experiences and devising process from end to start – from the riots over the staged deaths back to the initial steps in giving birth to a highly interactive live-action game about morality and mortality. A Wake reveals the nuances and complexities of adapting foreign content to a present and local context within the grounds of cross-cultural collaboration, and the challenges of being the biggest guinea pig to one’s own social experiment.


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