CAT OUT OF THE BAG

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MARK ROBLES

2020

SINGAPORE

7 MIN 15S

 PG13 

Alter egos and the (de)construction of the self becomes a central concern in Cat Out of the Bag, exemplified by the emergence of drag subculture in the current mainstream consciousness. Through reenacting the steps of donning drag and creating a new person, Mark Robles excavates an underexplored part of his own person to reveal new possibilities.

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Cast and Credits

Director

Mark Robles

Executive Producers

Low Mei Yoke
Chiew Peishan

Producers

Jeremy Chua

Cast

Mark Robles
Lygie A. Carillo
Adam Ameng Zi En

Cinematographer

Nelson Yeo

Sound Designer, Recordist

Mathias Choo
Linh Duong

Supported by

National Arts Council
Cultural Matching Fund
SG Culture Anywhere

Director's Statement

I have always been interested in the drag subculture. I wanted to take this opportunity to revisit a part of myself that I have never really explored before. Through the creative process, I made the conscious decision to go with the flow — observing how my mind and body speak and react; as a dancer, an artist and a teenager from my past with many edges untouched. This is a revelation and I invite the viewer to join in the journey of self-discovery. 

Director's Biography

Mark Robles is a dancer currently based in Singapore. Born on the island of Calbayog, Samar in the Philippines, Mark has established himself as a well-rounded dancer with expertise in ballet, modern, contemporary, and folk dance. 

Mark graduated from the Philippines High School for the Arts and the prestigious College of Music University of the Philippines - Diliman with a diploma in dance. He is also a proud alumnus of the University of the Philippines Dance Company under the mentorship of Herbert Alvarez (UPDC Artistic Director), choreographer Elena Laniog-Alvarez, Angela Lawenko-Baguilat (UPDC Executive Director) and Professor Emeritus Steve Villaruz.  Mark has experience in teaching, recitals, music and dance festivals, competitions, and showcases in the Philippines and other Asian countries. Since 2019, he has been a company artist at Frontier Danceland.

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