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Performatura 2019 pays tribute to National Artists

When poet and art teacher Vim Nadera launched the first Performatura in 2015 at the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP), audiences from all walks of life trooped to the venue in earnest. They, most especially the art patrons and students, savored the entertaining values and informational ingredients of the event.

What really is a performatura?

For it is just a recent utterance, a new term.

Could it be a millennial lingo?


It is simply a derivative from words, borrowed or translated juggled in together by, I suppose, Vim himself.

I first heard it from Nadera who explained that performatura was a fusion of the performance and literature. To make it more colorful and nationalistic, lit was transformed into literatura.

Hence, Performatura is Performance Literature Festival.

The written word isn’t only read. It becomes a spoken word, the current state of poetry or any verse, free or metered. It is also performed or acted on.

That makes Performatura colorful and attractive to the crowd.

This Vim and the Intertextual Department of CCP were able to prove even on the first year of their presentation. Intertextuality refers to the relationship between texts, especially literary ones. And according to Wikipedia, it is “the shaping of a text’s meaning by another text. It is the interconnection between similar or related works of literature that reflect and influence an audience’s interpretation of the text. Intertextual figures include: allusion, quotation, calque, plagiarism, translation, pastiche and parody. Intertextuality is a literary device that creates an ‘interrelationship between texts’ and generates related understanding in separate works.”

Although, initially programmed to be just an event every three years, it seemed that during the opening salvo of the concept, most people in the audience which included me wanted Performatura to be an annual affair.

As of now, it still comes after every three years.

This year, Performatura pays homage to two National Artists, namely Francisco V. Coching, in Visual Arts and Edith Tiempo, in Literature.

In the press briefs, it is noticeable that the coining of two words/nouns in one like KomiCoching and Tiempoets perfectly illustrates what intertextuality is all about. Coching is famous for his comics or komiks strips, the mass-based popular culture hence KomiCoching while Tiempo is a national byword of a poetess hence Tiempoets. It must be Nadera who also concocted the terms making them a now mix.

Performatura is also theater. It is also dance. It is music as well. It is cosplay in the most postmodern way. It is pop art. It is ballet. It is everything. It is art in the post-modern era.

Come and watch the most amazing things words, spoken or written, could to one’s imagination creating a whole new world by integrating with Performatura 2019 from April 5-7, 219 at the CCP.

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