Sneak peek: The new Samsung Performing Arts Theater 2
Seats are in muted gray to highlight the show and performance, says managing director Christopher Mohnani.

LOOK! This 10-story state-of-the-art theater is new home of world-class Filipino talent

Curtain opens for this much-awaited performance venue this July 14.
ANCX Staff | Jul 06 2022

This theater has space. Tons of it. That’s what Christopher Mohnani said yesterday about the Samsung Performing Arts Theater in Circuit Makati which finally opens this July 14. Mohnani is the managing director of the ten-level, state-of-the-art facility—touted to be the realization of Ayala Land Inc.’s vision of providing a home to world-class Filipino talent. 

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The Samsung Performing Arts Theater is located beside the Ayala Malls Circuit, easily accessible by foot, public transport and/or private vehicles.

First off, the theater has five levels of lobbies—that’s a lot of space to mingle and socialize in before a show or during intermissions. But the main draw, of course, is the auditorium which has a seating capacity of 1,500 and was made precisely to serve the needs of cultural events, musicals, concerts and plays. 

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The Almario sisters, who took care of the interior design, kept the look  contemporary but very Filipino.

Mohnani—who was a soloist and principal dancer with Ballet Manila, Krasnoyarsk State Opera and Ballet Theater of Russia, and was a principal dancer with Nashville Ballet, one of top 10 ballet companies in the US—refers to the venue as a “performing artist’s dream.” It has a rehearsal hall which is the same size as the stage. It has comfortable dressing rooms and the backstage can accommodate about 90 mirrors. 

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Conventions, dinners, intimate parties, and press launches may be held at the Santiago Cua Patrons Lounge.

The auditorium is also equipped with impressive acoustics, making the performances of Soprano singer Lara Maigue and musicians from the Manila Symphony Orchestra during the theater’s press preview Tuesday all the more captivating. 

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Performers and directors can stay at the “green room” located on the fifth level before, during and after the performance.

Mohnani tells ANCX that the Almario sisters Cynthia and Ivy, who took care of the theater’s interior design, kept the look really contemporary but very Filipino. “You'll notice a lot of mahogany colors. And also it’s very muted because the idea is that the only pop of color would be Jaime’s [Zobel de Ayala] artwork and what you see on stage,” he says. “So even inside the auditorium, there’s a lot of mahogany panels and blue carpet. Even the seats are muted gray so that when the curtain goes up, the lights are the only colors that you see, all the focus will be on the show and the performance.”

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The auditorium is equipped with impressive acoustics.

Upon entrance to the theater, a seamless sensory display of constellation lights immediately greets visitors. This is designed by Christine Sicangco Lighting Design Inc, a renowned architectural lighting design consultancy firm.

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The theater's interior veered away from the usual red, and instead used blue, gray, mahogany and other muted tones.

Meanwhile, the theater itself was designed by US-based consultants, Theater Project Solutions, and experts on sound design, Akustics, in partnership with GF and Partners and world-renowned architects from Callison RTKL. Clair Brothers also served as acoustical consultant and provided all of the sound equipment, says Mohnani. Samsung, which shares Ayala Land Inc.’s vision of supporting the arts, served as corporate partner for the project.

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It has a rehearsal hall which has the same size as the stage.
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Comfortable dressing rooms for the performers.

Two acclaimed musicals will soon be staged here: “Mula sa Buwan,” the Filipino adaptation of “Cyrano de Bergerac” (August 26 to September 11), and the production based on the band Queen’s discography, “We Will Rock You” (October).

[Photos by Ed Simon]