Sintang Dalisay


July 2024


Hyundai Hall


Sintang Dalisay (Pure Love) is based on the awit version of G.D. Roke entitled “Ang Sintang Dalisay ni Julieta at Romeo” (1901) and on Rolando Tinio’s translation of Shakespeare’s text. While following the general flow of Shakespeare’s tragedy, Sintang Dalisay has fewer characters than the Bard’s version and infuses the text with a Filipino romantic sensibility. The characters’ names have been changed for this play.

Sintang Dalisay is told using dance, song, drama and live music. All dialogue is in Filipino; the dance is drawn from the igal, a dance tradition of the Sama in South Ubian and Sitangkai, Tawi-Tawi, and taught to the cast by indigenous artists from these places. The music draws from several Philippine indigenous musical traditions yet anchored in the kulintangan rhythms of the Sulu archipelago.