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Mel Chionglo's TWILIGHT DANCERS
Twilight Dancers: Disturbing, humorous realities
Playdate: September 20, 2006
IN a country where political killings are rampant, and boundaries no longer exist between showbiz, politics and prostitution, the gay bar has become a symbol of society. The moment its doors open, anything can come in through the door to bring fame, fun, money, and sometimes danger to the macho dancer.
Coming from the heels of Macho Dancer, Sibak: Midnight Dancers and Burlesk King, Twilight Dancers offers a disturbing yet humorous look at Philippine social realities through the eyes of three macho dancers.
Dwight (Tyron Perez), young and at the peak of his trade, loses the girl (Glaiza de Castro) he loves to a politicians son (JE Sison). Alfred (Allen Dizon), at 28, is past his prime and is kicked out of the club when the film starts. Bert (Lauren Novero), 30, has long since given up dancing, and is now the bodyguard-driver of a corrupt yet jolly businesswoman, Madame Loca (Chrerry Pie Picache).
Madame Loca, who prides herself in getting horny at the sound of gunfire, and has for motto Go Global, manipulates the events that push the three dancers to fight for survival, and to finally confront issues of love, friendship and betrayal.
To top it all, a deaf-mute wife (Ana Capri) refuses to go back to her macho dancer husband; a director (Jerry Lopez-Sineneng) keeps promising stardom to a male dancer (Terence Baylon), who in turn lies to his mother that he works at a call center; a transvestite performer (IC Mendoza) fakes being a virgin; an upcoming club star dancer/gigolo (Kris Martinez) takes advantage of unsuspecting gay customers; a gay balikbayan overseas worker Bruno (William Martinez) splurges his hard-earned dollars on macho dancers nightly; a tyrannical mayor (Joel Lamangan) cross-dresses at his birthday party; a union leader (Nor Domingo) gets shot by an assassin in broad daylightthe unique pastiche of contemporary Philippines is set to the tune of sexy male bodies and horrifying truths.
But as the clubs manager Taurus (Arnell Ignacio) used to say, we are only here to serve the carnal desires of men. The show has to go on.
CenterStage Productions presents Twilight Dancers from the same tandem that made Sibak and Burlesk Kingwriter Ricardo Lee and director Mel Chionglo. It will have its world premiere at the Toronto International Festival this September 8 with subsequent press, industry and public screenings on Sept. 9, 11, 13 and 15.
Manila and Philippine screenings start Sept. 20.