Autotelic lets go of its painful past with hopeful new single ‘Iwan’

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When Filipino pop-rock bands in the early 2010s started to gain mainstream prominence, Autotelic emerged as one of the movement’s leading voices. From churning heartfelt anthems that reflect the sentiments and triumphs of the current generation to rocking the stage with unforgettable performances, the six-piece band sets the standards of what modern pop songcraft is all about: beautifully resonant at its most melancholic, and defenseless in its poignant honesty. Fast forward to 2021, Autotelic’s music still hits home. Their work has been consistent in eloquently expressing the woes and rewards of being young, in love and emotionally wrecked, and is informed not so much by its time, but by timelessness and enduring appeal. These qualities are inevitably present on “Iwan,” Autotelic’s new single released under MCA Music Inc. Teeming with earnestness and indelible pop sensibilities, Autotelic’s latest track sticks to the quivering fragility that often permeates their material. But this ti

Romance and Science in Red Turnip’s “Constellations”

JC Santos and Cris Villonco
The very recent discovery of gravitational waves can prove endless possibilities. There is more to what we see right now in our world, universe rather. What if there is life outside earth? What if we can travel through space as fast as we can travel to the toilet when we wake up? What if the future is out there in another world just waiting to happen? What if we don’t do this and we don’t do that?

There are millions of what-ifs in this universe as presented by “Constellations”. This is Red Turnip’s interpretation of Nick Payne’s masterpiece which was first shown with high praises at the Royal Court Upstairs. This love story offers different facets of realities and explores free will and the theory of relativity.
Marianne meets Roland. Or Roland meets Marianne. Or maybe they did not. He asks her out. Or she asks him out. Maybe she declined. Maybe he declined. Maybe he got married to somebody else. Maybe they got married. Maybe they did not.

Three-time Gawad Buhay winner Cris Villonco and Urian nominee JC Santos shine in this probably most exhausting acting on stage. Villonco’s skill is undeniable and Santos’ charm is breathtaking. Their chemistry is astonishing. Constellations is brilliantly directed by Rem Zamora.
Red Turnip’s “Constellations” is currently on stage at the Power Mac Center Spotlight Theater in Circuit Makati.
The Cast and Crew of Constellations.
Verdict: A. Relationship status: It’s complicated as the universe.

Words by Aga Posadas

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