by Kamila Sediego

Engkanto tells of a family haunted through time and place that is both concrete and in the inbetween, by human, colonial and supernatural forces. A parent and his child come face to face with Philippine spirits called the engkanto to reunite their family and reckon with generational secrets, trauma, and stories both told and untold. A dark fairytale pulling from Filipino folktale, first-person accounts, true family histories, and the patterns of oral storytelling, Engkanto imagines a new hybrid folktale for the Filipinx-Canadian diaspora.

Engkanto In the News
June 10, 2023. Pancouver ArticleVancouver playwright Kamila Sediego explores mythical world with Engkanto.

Unscripted: Engkanto
Hear stories, record your own, make an offering to those who have passed before you. Witness in-progress scenes and a musical number, and talk with your neighbour over a delicious plate of Filipino Food. Celebrate and help with the research of Kamila Sediego’s work in development, “Engkanto” during Filipino Heritage Month!

Workshop Credits
Curated and Written by Kamila SediegoDramaturg: Joanna Garfinkel
Shrine Designer and Consultant: Marina Szijarto
xʷməθkwəy̓əm Artist: Rita Kompst
Production Coordinator: William Canero
Technical Director: Jamie Sweeney
Production Assistant & Sound Tech: Dale MacDonald
Hospitality Lead: Argel Monte de Ramos
Audience Guides: Sherine Menes and Abi Krishna Padila
Workshop Actors: Carmela Sison, Jesse Del Fierro, Lisa Goebel, and Ted Angelo Ngkaion

Developed with the support of the Canada Council for the Arts, The BC Arts Council, The City of Vancouver, The Hamber Foundation, and PTC’s Associates program.

Thank you to event sponsors Plato Filipino and Kape Philippine Coffee