UNESCO-NIE Centre for Arts Research in Education (CARE)

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Title of Proceedings: 
2010 De La Salle University (DLSU) Arts Congress, Manila Philippines
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Month of Conference: 
February 2010
Name(s) of Author/Editor(s): 
Reagan R. Maiquez; Alleli C. Domingo

This paper attempts to elucidate and elaborate a collaborative performance project  of the Department of Humanities and the Institute of Mathematical Sciences and Physics in the  College of Arts and Sciences, University of the Philippines Los Baños, Laguna. The play “Bagong Cristo” (written by a Filipino radical Aurelio Tolentino) merges many ideas and concepts in explaining revolutionary principles (against the American and Hispanic colonizers) using the image and embodiment of a “new Christ” named Jesus Gatbiaya – the main  character in the play. Reviving the play/text in its post-modern articulation, however, gave present artists and dramaturges a chance to add a new dimension to an already rich dramatic text. Mathematics made the play/performance an interesting juncture of theater arts, dance, historical and postmodern conditions as the polar equation of the cardioid [r = a(1 + cos θ)] and other numerical wonders were explored. The result of harnessing mathematics as a theatrical tool is a convergence of the cognitive and the artistic in an academic community that is known for its excellence in scientific endeavors. This art-science fusion was done while preserving the message of the play/performance, that is redemption of the body, spirit, and nation.


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