Nanay: A site specific performance installation

03:47 AM November 02, 2013

Canada’s Urban Crawl and the Philippine Educational Theater Association (PETA) presents the Philippine premiere of “Nanay,” a site-specific, performance installation. Shows will be in various spaces at the PETA Theater Center, at 7 p.m. on November 25-30.


There are more than a million women OFWs this year alone. That’s easily just as many sons, daughters, husbands and families without their ‘ilaw ng tahanan’ at home. The wealth of experiences from these women OFWs in Canada brought Canadian writers Geraldine Pratt and Caleb Johnston, in cooperation with Philippine Women Centre of British Columbia, to devise the performance installation. The production premiered at Vancouver’s 2009 PuSh International Performing Arts Festival, and toured internationally to Berlin, presented at the Hebbel am Ufer Theatre.

Director Alex Ferguson will be working with Patrick Keating, Hazel Vezon, Erin Wells, actors from the original Canadian run, as well as with local talents from PETA, Marichu Belarmino, Angelica Heruela, Joanna Lerio and She Maala.


“Nanay” takes the audiences throughout depictions of families that migrate to Canada through the Canada’s Live-In Caregiver Program. Scenes devised from testimonials of actual Canadian employers, the women OFWs and their families will be performed in unconventional spaces such as office cubicles and staircases.

This multi media event will accommodate only 90 audience members per show, as the audience moves around the venue in different groups. Each group goes through one encounter after another differently from the other groups, for a unique and engaging experience.

For tickets and reservations, contact PETA Theater Center at 7256244, 4100822 loc. 23, or 0908-8728830 or email

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