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WSD2017|The Normal Heart
1-9 July.Taipei, Taiwan
An extraordinary festival of performance design, including exhibitions, performances
and diverse events,attracted over 15,000 visitors from 71 countries.


Professional Designers


Jethro Joaquin

The Normal Heart

Selected Category: Sound Design

Category: Sound Design

Design Statement

The intention of mounting the production of the Normal Heart was indeed timely and significant. While the play is set originally in New York in the 80s, the play mirrors the growing number of HIV and AIDS cases, this time in the Philippines. The sound design begins with the sound of a steady heartbeat that gradually gets faster and faster until it reaches a flatline. This heartbeat echoes throughout the play in varied speeds (sometimes slow, sometimes fast) to signify the various emotions experienced in various stages in life leading to death. The sound of the heartbeat in this play is combined with other ambient sound elements in order to set the pace and mood of the scenes, and create a sense of memory. The music score was significantly composed and recorded in one take. It exhibits imperfections but nonetheless mirrors memories of the composer as he remembers his friends who have died of the disease as well as those living with HIV-AIDS.

Jethro Joaquin

One of the pioneers of sound design and sound design education in Manila, Jethro Joaquin has designed sound for numerous productions of leading companies in the capital since 2002. Aside from Actors' Actors, The Normal Heart, his recent works included, The Little Princess and Almost Maine for Repertory Philippines, and Simoun for Ballet Philippines.
A member of the OISTAT Sound Working group, his previous works have been recognised at the Prague Quadrennial in 2003 and 2007 respectively, and at the World Stage Design exhibitions held in Toronto and Seoul.
He studied at the University of the Philippines Diliman campus finishing with a degree in Theater Arts. He teaches sound in his alma mater as well as in 2 other local colleges, and authored an article on Sound in Philippine Theatre for the CCP Encyclopaedia, a premier collection on Philippine arts and culture found at the Cultural Centre of the Philippines library. He also conducts workshops and seminars for sound workers in his local community on an irregular basis.

Email Address: jetstage@yahoo.com

Theatre Company The Necessary Theater and Actors' Actors Company

The Premiere Date of Production 2015-07-03

The Premiere Space of Production Carlos P. Romulo Auditorium, RCBC Plaza, Makati City

Author Larry Kramer

Director/ Choreographer Bart Guingona

Set Designer Baby Imperial and Coco Anne

Lighting Designer Meliton Roxas

Costume Designer Bart Guingona

Sound Designer Jethro Joaquin

Projection and Multi-Media Designer Mark Philip Espina

Other Creative Collaborator/s Don Taduran - Graphic Designer