New Shows to Watch: A Preview of Ballet Philippines’ 45th Anniversary Line-up
From classic pieces to a musical with the Eraserheads, Ballet Philippines is keeping us on our toes with exciting shows in their Sapphire Season.
(SPOT.ph) At their age, Ballet Philippines should be having a mid-life crisis. The country’s premier dance company has been performing on stage since 1969, but instead of making questionable choices, their 45th season line up shows an elegant balance of classic, current, and a smooth combination of both.
Here are the shows that will make you pirouette in delight and jeté in excitement.
La Revolucion Filipina
CCP Main Theater, July 25 to 27
In celebration of Apolinario Mabini’s sesquicentennial birth anniversary, Ballet Philippines is restaging Agnes Locsin’s La Revolucion Filipina. Locsin skillfully choreographed Mabini’s masterpiece, turning it into a two-act show that is unflinching in the narration of the shadiest parts of our colonial history. The show touches on the circumstances surrounding the founding of the Philippine Republic, which Mabini felt was clouded by self-interest and treachery. La Revolucion Filipina is the perfect tribute to one of the country’s best storytellers.
The Blue Moon Series
CCP Main Theater, September 18 to 28
The two-week series of shows celebrates Ballet Philippine’s milestone year through three favorite masterworks, including Redha Benteifour’s Je tu Elle and Bam Damian’s Minamahal Sinasamba for the series’ gala from September 26 to 27. Nonoy Froilan’s restaging of Giselle will be shown from September 19 to 21, which means that if you missed out on this classic melodrama piece last season, you have another chance to see pretty ghosts dancing en pointe. The series closes with The Homecoming Gala on September 28, with Ballet Philippines sharing the stage with dancers and artists whose journey began with the company.
CCP Main Theater, November 28 to 30 and December 5 to 7
What better way to enjoy the holidays than by watching the quintessential underdog story? Alice Reyes’ take on Cinderella is guaranteed to make you laugh and feel merry as the titular maiden transitions from rags to princess.
MANHID: The Pinoy Superhero Musical
CCP Main Theater, February 20 to 28 and March 1 to 8 (2015)
Who else wears tights aside from dancers? That’s right: superheroes! Auraeus Solito, Vincent de Jesus, and Carina Evangelista are teaming up with Paul Alexander Morales and Alden Lugnasin to reimagine what life would be like in the Philippines if the EDSA Revolution failed. The heroes must fight villains, but they also need to figure out how to defeat a disease-kamanhiran (apathy). If that’s not exciting enough, no less than the Eraserheads are involved in the project. You’d have to be completely numb not to feel giddy about it.
For inquiries, visit www.ballet.ph, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org, or call Ballet Philippines at 551-1003. For tickets and reservations, call the CCP Box Office at 832-3704 or Ticketworld at 891-9999.