Sipat Lawin Ensemble
The Sipat Lawin Ensemble (SLE) is an edge-work, site-specific, independent performance company composed of theater artists engaged in devising relevant new works. Changing the landscape of theater in the Philippines, the group aims to develop a contemporary community theater experience shared among artists and audiences inside and/or outside the four walls of the theater.
SLEʼs core group of performers are professional storytellers trained in devising interactive storytelling works for both kids and kids-at-heart.
JK Anicoche is an art practitioner of multiple artistic-identities crossing boundaries from mainstream to contemporary performance art movement in the Philippines. JK is an actor, director, workshop facilitator for film, theatre and television. He is a Theater Arts graduate of the Philippine High School for the Arts in Mt. Makiling and took up BA Film and Audio Visual Communications at the University of the Philippines in Diliman. He has appeared in several major theater productions for Philippine Educational Theater Association, Tanghalang Pilipino, Sipat Lawin Ensemble, and Trumpets. As a prize-winning storyteller, JK represented the Philippines in the 1st Manila International Storytelling Festival in 2010. He was host for the children’s show Miya on QTV 11 in 2007 and had done hosting stints, puppetry and voice work for Art Angel, Batang Bibbo, Kids on Q and Cartoon Network.
Directing credits include Cinemalaya Cosplay Full Force Opening Show, Broadband for Wifi Contemporary Dance Festival, Symposium and Kafatiran for Virgin Labfest 8, Fragments Site SpecificWorks at the VLF 6, Sipat Lawin Ensemble’s Battalia Royale, Haring Tubul, LOVE: This is Not Yet aMusical, and Reenactments. Most recently, he co-directed Karnabal: A Def. Defying Festival (October 2013), the first independent and alternative performance festival in Manila featuring works beyond definitions.
JK is currently the Artistic Director of independent contemporary performance company Sipat Lawin Ensemble and is a founding member of PResNT: Performance Research Network; Acting Without Borders, a pioneering team of acting coaches for lead actors in mainstream television networks; and the Project Banig: Storytelling Everywhere Campaign which encourages volunteerism and storytelling in communities. He also teaches Directing and Basic Acting courses for Theater Arts scholars at the Philippine High School for the Arts in Mt. Makiling.
Sarah Salazar is the Sipat Lawin Ensemble’s Resident Performance Curator and Company Manager for Internal Affairs. She graduated magna cum laude from the University of the Philippines Diliman (class of 2013) with a degree in BA Art Studies, and is a Theater Arts alumna of the Philippine High School for the Arts (batch 2008).
Sarah has worked with Sipat Lawin as artist-manager (actor, storyteller, mover, stage manager, production manager and teacher) since 2009. Works with the company include Pragres (2010), Virgin Labfest’s Fragments (2010-2012), Haring Tubul (2010-2012) ImperioAnimalia (2010-2013), R’meow Luvs Jhulz (2011), Battalia Royale (2012), LOVE: This is Not Yet a Musical (LOVENot; 2013), Gates of Hell Performance X Installation (in collaboration with Leeroy New; 2013), and Reenactments (2013). Most recently, she co-directed Karnabal: A Def. Defying Festival (November 2013), the first independent and alternative contemporary performance festival in Manila featuring works beyond definitions. In 2013, she actively participated in Manila-based events of Project Banig, a nationwide volunteer storytelling and literacy campaign founded by Sipat Lawin’s Artistic Director JK Anicoche and children’s literature writer Christine Bellen, in cooperation with the Museo Pambata.