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TRANSCENDING BOUNDARIES THROUGH THEATER

Acting, dancing, and singing. That exhilarating feeling when the show reaches its closing scene. These are the things theater enthusiasts long to experience again.

Although canceled shows and live-streamed plays are scenarios theater faces today, most theater organizations must adjust and innovate in this time of the pandemic since mass gatherings are forbidden.

By defying all odds, MEDIARTRIX created “Homo Homo sapiens.” A production that aims to deliver an empowering message about love and acceptance. A reminder that every single one of us is deserving of a safe space, and to speak up against oppression.

In a much personal aspect, artists find it hard to look for means and reasons to create productions – to create art. Being in a race that one cannot distinguish where the starting line leaves them hesitant and afraid. How can shows go on? Where should one look for inspiration to persist? Lingering questions that cannot be answered concretely.

MEDIARTRIX – UST, a multimedia organization of and for art enthusiasts is breaking new ground with its 1st Virtual Production, “Homo Homo sapiens.” With their vision to fortify the Thomasian competence in the arts, their mission to nurture talents and skills persevere virtually despite the hindrance posed by COVID-19. This, of course, paves the way for certain limitations in their process of creating the production.

As theaters and entertainment venues remain closed, the feeling of standing on stage, the excitement and thrill of the live performance – its utmost essence is prohibited. The special connection between the audience and the performers is diminished when delivered digitally. We are forced to get things done completely by utilizing our virtual space. Thus, confining the line between online content to a theater performance. The perspective of virtual production is distinct from a live show.

In the aspect of technicality, several modifications must also be done. Instead of building props or a set – editing, sharing, and tweaking of videos are the new standard. The pressure is heavily placed on the shoulders of the production team, specifically the graphic designers and video editors. Yet despite this, what kept them motivated to push through is their support system, the organization. The constant assurance and cooperation of the members became their driving force.

The perspective of virtual production is distinct from a live show.

Nevertheless, theater organizations continue to create productions with their passion and love of art. Like them, MEDIARTRIX persisted in the circumstances through their will and determination. Their collective dedication and effort became the formula to bringing Arvin Agura’s ideas to life, and to turn the production of “Homo Homo sapiens” into reality.

Together, they face the unknown, as the show must go on.

By defying all odds, MEDIARTRIX created “Homo Homo sapiens.” A production that aims to deliver an empowering message about love and acceptance. A reminder that every single one of us is deserving of a safe space, and to speak up against oppression.

To know more about it, visit and reach out to MEDIARTRIX through their social media accounts on Facebook (/MEDIARTRIX), Twitter (@MediartrixUST), and Instagram (@mediartrixust). You may also contact Arianne Andrada (09563870790) or Fianne Parada (09228293030) for further details and inquiries.

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