Despite the passage of Lumbera, the librettist, and the contributions of Tinio in translating to English subtitles and Bernal in set and costume design, ‘Rama, Hari’ remains a vibrant gem. It is restage periodically and is set to return in September.
Reyes, overseeing choreography and direction, and Cayabyab as composer and musical director, ensure its revival. The cast consists of artists from CCP’s Professional Artist Support Program, Alice Reyes Dance Philippines (ARDP), and important figures from the musical theatre scene.
In her recent press conference, she expressed her fancy to explore on an unusual artistic expedition. After dedicating two decades to national themes, Alice and her team felt prepared to delve into Asian sources. Her fascination with the Ramayana, which began during her college years as a history student. Drew her in due to its universal teachings and rich lore.
Having witnessed various Ramayana episodes performed in different Asian cities like Bali, Bangkok, Penang, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, and Manila, Alice was well aware of the epic’s sanctity, significance, and vibrancy in oriental cultures. However, her creative instinct urged her to interpret it in a unique way – through the medium of rock opera ballet,. With the aim of making it relatable to contemporary audiences on a deeply human level.
The rebirth of ‘Rama, Hari’ signifies more than just a respect to its origins. Adjusting up to captivate witnesses again, it represents the unyielding essence of narratives, creativity, and the enchantment born from their union.
As stages nationwide await the moment to unveil, it’s undeniable. ‘Rama, Hari’ is on the verge of re-establishing its status as a cultural gem. Evoking the ageless allure intrinsic to the world of theatrical arts.