The Reluctant Stylista

If you fancy yourself a patron of the arts and local talent, I strongly urge you not to miss Ballet Manila’s shows this weekend! The shows will be on July 31 and August 1, 8pm at the Star Theater.

A preview of Ballet Manila’s entry to Asian Grand Prix International Ballet Competition (AGP) slated in August at the Y-Theater, Hong Kong, Flight 1 and Flight 2 are two different shows featuring the dance company’s bestseller pieces by top choreographers Agnes Locsin, Augustus Damian III, Gerardo Francisco, and the late Tony Fabella. The show also includes classical showstoppers Don Quixote, Sleeping Beauty, Le Corsaire and the Black Swan Pas De Deux from Swan Lake.

Ballet Manila Flight 1 and Flight 2

“Two nights, two completely different programs,” explains Lisa Macuja-Elizalde, Ballet Manila Artistic Director and CEO. “The back-to-back concert will showcase the best of Ballet Manila and highlight the skill and artistry of all the dancer-competitors. Am truly proud of this year’s competitors; keeping my fingers crossed that we do well this year.”

Tickets for “Flight 1″ and “Flight 2″ are available at Ticketworld outlets, or call 891 9999 and the Ballet Manila marketing hotline at 552 7502. Those who will purchase tickets for both shows will get a 20% discount.


Ballet Manila 2015

On a side note, I took up ballet in my younger days for maybe three or four years–and it’s still one of those childhood memories that make me flinch. I have the grace of an ox. However, that doesn’t mean I can’t enjoy seeing ballet performances. Having recently seen “From Page to Stage”, a preview of this season’s shows, I must say I’m excited to be watching Flight 1 tonight if it’s anything as awe-inspiring as I’ve witnessed.

Ballet Manila is on its 20th season, and performances are going to start on August. From what I can tell, most are based on famous literature, both local and foreign classic tales of love, fantasy and adventure. The schedule is as follows:

LOLA BASYANG - Ryan Cayabyab - Ballet Manila

Severino Reyes’ Tatlong Kwento ni Lola Basyang are magical stories about a princess’ love for a bird, a hero in search of his sisters and the mystery behind an enchanting violin. It features music by national artists arranged by Mon Faustino as well as tunes from Joey Ayala and Ryan Cayabyab.

August 21, 22, 28, 29 (2015) at 8pm
August 23 & 30 (2015) at 3pm
Aliw Theater, Pasay City

Romeo and Juliet - Ballet Manila

Romeo and Juliet is considered one of the greatest love stories ever told. It is one of the most popular classical ballet pieces of all time, and Paul Vasterling’s choreography is a version that is sure to enthrall with highly physical movements, action-packed fight scenes and theatrical nuances.

October 2&3 (2015) 8pm
October 4 (2015) 3pm
Aliw Theatre, Pasay City

PINNOCHIO Ballet Manila

In Pinnochio, the story of the wooden boy comes to life under the direction of Co-Artistic Director Osias Barroso. Originally conceived as a one-act ballet that has been a staple of Ballet Manila’s reportoire, this holiday ofering has been expanded to a full-length two-act production that amps up the adventure and spectacle of the beloved fairytale.

November 27 & 28, December 4&5 (2015) 8pm
November 29 & December 6 (2015) 3pm
Aliw Theater, Pasay City

REBEL Ballet Manila

Rebel is Ballet Manila’s take on the famous Spartacus, a ballet closely associated with the revered Bolshoi Ballet. I must say this was my favorite among the performances I’ve seen in the preview. Set against the Philippine backdrop of the 1986 People Power revolution, Rebel will explore the universal themes of bravery and human struggle for freedom. Utilizing the lush, rich symphonic score of Khachturian, it promises to enthrall with its spectacular dancing and overpowering drama.

February 19, 20, 26 and 27 (2016) 8pm
February 21 & 28 (2016) 3pm
Aliw Theater, Pasay City

Alan Hineline’s Hansel & Gretel will delight our young ballet enthusiasts as it follows the classic fairy tale adventures of the sibling Hansel and Gretel through the forest, the house made of sweets and encounters with the enchanted.

January 29 & 30 (2016) 7pm
January 31 (2016) 3pm
Star Theater, Pasay City

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