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Rosario L. Burlaza February 22, 2013 B-6R Sir Dennis D. Gupa Ang Paglalakbay ni Sisa: Isang Noh sa Laguna

“Ang Paglalakbay ni Sisa: Isang Noh sa Laguna,” is a reinterpretation as a Noh play of Jose Rizal’s Sisa character from the novel “Noli Me Tangere.” It is a Noh play that combines Filipino Literature and elements of Noh. It tells a story of Sisa, the tragic heroine who is in search of her lost sons, through life and beyond death. Battling insanity, rage and regaining peace, the restless soul of Sisa wanders as it longs for justice for the unjust treatment of the priest to her sons and pains suffered by her family, that ends in the act of saying her husband's last breathed that states the hopes of Filipinos for its country. While watching, the play seems to be getting more interesting as it continues with its story. The viewers are expected the use their imagination to appreciate the messages the actors are trying to portray, and are expected to create the scenery and environment themselves. I’ve noticed that a Noh play like this is very bare and simple yet interesting and good to watch. The performers placed huge importance on the aesthetics of their plays which I think is very effective for a play like this for it gets my attention as well. The costumes and masks are crafted with elaborate precision, just as every gesture and movement is perfectly accurate and refined. The play has a poetic and often rhythmic structure to it as I have noticed. What made me to say that it was interesting was that it’s symbolic and elusive, comprising distilled modes of voice and movement, accompanied by chorus, flute, and drums. I kept on looking at their gestures especially with their hands and feet and I could imagine how hard they practiced for it. It was amazing...
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