The Scene: Operation Lifeboat

Operation Lifeboat

Operation Lifeboat *24 hrs of reflection* A Fundraiser. A Demonstration. An Artistic Statement. An Act of Global Solidarity.

In response to the recurring flooding in the Philippines, the Filipino artistic community wanted to raise money and awareness that there was nothing 'natural' about these disasters. But they knew they would have to go to drastic measures to get the point across.

OPERATION LIFEBOAT: On 8pm Sept 21st, Artistic Director of Sulong Theatre Company in partnership with Anakbayan-Toronto, Catherine Hernandez will be lying in a lifeboat filled to her chin in dirty water for a total of 24 hours. She will have no access to food and her only luxury will be to have access to clean water to drink at timed intervals and health professionals at the ready for her own health and safety. Through twitter, youtube and facebook feeds throughout the world, she will be watched as she observes a day-long demonstration/performance art installation to raise awareness and funds for the recurring flooding in the Philippines.

Her inspiration? The photo in the poster of this unknown child in Manila desperately floating amongst debris following the flooding.

"My aim is to be in solidarity with this young child whose struggle through filthy waters needs to be known internationally, as well as to raise funds for the survivors of the Manila floods this year," says Catherine. "I know that the culprits to this supposed natural disaster are political and economic. Every year we see that beyond the clear problems of climate change there is also the fact that government of the Philippines is more concerned with lining the pockets of a select few at the expense of the many, and for the benefit of people like us in the West. And it is a sad fact that the beneficiaries of this suffering include us in Canada."

Surrounding the ever-present Catherine Hernandez as she observes her day-long journey, the demonstration cum art installation will include a whopping 24 artists from various cultural backgrounds who will begin each hour of the protest with a performance to show their solidarity.

The event, named Operation Lifeboat, will begin and end with a candlelight vigil with numerous ways in which public spectators can drop in throughout the 24 hour event to learn more about the issues surrounding the recurring flooding, send messages of hope, and of course, donate.

Operation Lifeboat aims to be an online event in which people throughout the world can watch Catherine's progress.

For twitter, simply follow @sulongtheatre or #operationlifeboat Facebookers can like our event page here. For more information, go to www.sulongtheatre.com

OPERATION LIFEBOAT Fundraiser Performance/Demonstration/ Produced by Sulong Theatre Company in Partnership with Anakbayan-Toronto

TIME AND DATE: 8pm Sept 21st to 8pm Sept 22 2012 LOCATION: Cahoots Theatre Company Studio 388 Queen Street East, Unit 3, Toronto, Ontario M5A 1T3 MORE INFO: 416.707.6111

MEDIA ENQUIRIES, INTERVIEW COORDINATION AND IMAGES: Alex Felipe, Anakbayan-Toronto anakbayan.toronto@gmail.com 416.707.6111

In rage and solidarity,

Operation Lifeboat Organizing Team: Catherine Hernandez Alex Felipe Len Cervantes Mithi Esguerra Charm Torres

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24 hours. 24 artists.

Surrounding the ever-present Catherine Hernandez as she observes her day-long journey, the demonstration cum art installation will include a whopping 24 artists from various cultural backgrounds who will begin each hour of the protest with a performance to show their solidarity.

The event will begin and end with a candlelight vigil with numerous ways in which public spectators can drop in throughout the 24 hour event to learn more about the issues surrounding the recurring flooding, send messages of hope, and of course, donate.

Check out the list of artists here: http://www.sulongtheatre.com/artists.html

how to donate.

Migrante  Canada and  all its allied organizations appeals to Canadians, especially the Filipino-Canadian community to join “Operation Sagip Migrante” (Migrante’s Rescue Operation) relief efforts for typhoon “Gener” victims, which battered Metro Manila and nearby provinces since July 28 to August 2 and its prolonged aftermath (since August3) and left more than 53 dead and thousands of submerged houses and damaged properties.

Member organizations of Migrante Canada have begun with its OPERATION SAGIP MIGRANTE efforts by collecting financial support for the relief efforts in the Philippines.

schedule.

Over the course of Operation Lifeboat, an artist or group of artists are opening each of the 24 hours with a 5-15 min performance in their artform.

Between sets, there will be numerous ways in which public spectators can learn more about the issues surrounding the recurring flooding, send messages of hope, and of course, donate.

Here is the schedule. To learn more about the artists, click here

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 21
8pm Dainty Smith, monologue and CANDLE LIGHT VIGIL

9pm Spoken Ward, spoken word

10pm Arlene Paculan, music

11pm Saye Sky,music Up Dharma Down, music

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 22
12am Gein Wong, spoken word

1am MC Jazz, music; Miquelon Rodriguez, music

2am Joseph Recinos, monologue

3am Brock Hessel, spoken word

4am Shasha Nakai, film

5am Lisa C. Ravensbergen, Sound

6am Charlaine Hernandez, dance

7am Spy Denomme-Welch, film

8am Rong Fu, performance art

9am Marcus Rolando Lomboy, spoken word

10am Maya Suess, performance art

11am Ji'an and Haniely Pableo, music

12pm Sean Baek, music

1pm Alex Felipe, Storytelling

2pm Sapno Ritmo, music

3pm Derek Kwan, music

4pm Pantayo, music

5pm Belinda Corpus, music

6pm Juanito Pamintuan, music

7pm Belladonna, spoken word

8pm Len Cervantes and Dean  Vargas, spoken word and FINAL CANDLELIGHT VIGIL