Artist's Talk and Gallery Tour with Eduardo Sicangco
adobo main course, a quarterly production of adobo magazine, featured Eduardo V. Sicangco’s opulent designs, sets and costumes at the Ayala Museum last Monday, 24 November. In an entertaining Q & A, ala Inside the Actor’s Studio, interviewer Angel Guerrero, adobo EIC, fielded the questions, and Sicangco livened the exercise with colorful, eye-opening remarks on art and artistry, on show and show business. Artist’sTalk and Walk Through with Eduardo V. Sicangco featured an engaging introduction to his works on exhibit, with the artist himself acting as tour guide and lecturer.
Sicangco’s works, all of masterful craftsmanship – have been revealed with every curtain-rise on Philippine and American theatres for opera and ballet, musical theaters for Lincold Center, Radio City Hall and the Brooklyn Academy of Music, as well as off-Broadway shows. Even out-of-the-box, his designs have crossed mediums, making their way to the Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus, and even --- and even to cinema -- for the historic pairing of action superstars Jackie Chan and Jet Li in the film The Forbidden Kingdom.
This Filipino and his creations have made theater, dance and music rich with imagination of a rare originality, eloquently lifting theater arts design – indeed, scenography - to unparalleled heights of pure fantasy and magnificence.
His work is widely recognized and has been included in the Lynn Pecktal book -- Costume Design: Techniques of Modern Masters.
The adobo main course presents seminars, lectures and other events on advertising, brand communications, media and design. It is an event and venue for executives and experts, creatives and designers of all media to impart sharp reliable knowledge and experience. Artist’sTalk and Walk Through with Eduardo V. Sicangco is the magazine’s second installment.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Eduardo Varela Sicangco was born in Bacolod, Negros Occidental. He was a student of National Artist Salvador Bernal at the Ateneo de Manila University. He later became Bernal’s protege at the Cultural Center of the Philippines where Sicangco designed Le Carnaval for Ballet Philippines. Upon finishing an MFA in stage design at New York University, Tisch School of the Arts, he was given the J.S. Seidman Award for Excellence in Design. Sicangco was a Master Teacher of Design at NYU until 2004. Thirty-two years of scenographic work in American theaters and various international design awards have established Sicangco among the great design masters. His meticulous renditions of sets and costumes are indisputable works of art, featured in major design books and publications with well-known production designers Tony Walton, Willa Kim, Santo Loquasto, among others
Sicangco has maintained his Filipino citizenship in all these years, something he is proud of. This exhibition will be the first time the Philippines will see his renowned body of work.
THE ART OF SCENIC DESIGN
Scenic design is an artistic discipline that requires of its practitioners skills that cross over into other artistic disciplines. The skills of a painter, sculptor, architect, and lighting designer combine with the ability to conceptualize what is essentially literature and interpret it visually in three dimensions. The scenic designer has to collaborate with many other artists such as directors and choreographers, costume designers, and a multitude of craftsmen to produce a seamless whole onstage.
In the minds of many, scenic design has been relegated to second-tier status in the hierarchy of the arts. It is the testament to the sophistication of the Philippine artistic establishment that the country’s leading scenic designer, Salvador Bernal, has been honored with the status of National Artist for Theater.
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