Ballet Philippines Goes for Gold this 50th Season

This season of Ballet Philippines will be the most exciting yet. The company in celebrating 50 illustrious years will be bringing to the stage some of the most beloved masterworks in dance. This 50th season will see a grand celebration of artistry and creative genius only Ballet Philippines can offer.

SWAN LAKE (AUG 30 – SEP 8, 2019)

Ballet Philippines opens its 50th Season with one of the most iconic classical ballets, Swan Lake. With music by Pyotr Illyich Tchaikovsky, this ballet masterpiece has been a staple in the company’s repertoire since 1978. International and local dance stars have graced the sacred stage of the CCP Main Theater to essay roles in Ballet Philippines’ Swan Lake.

In celebrating 50 stellar years, Ballet Philippines mounts a performance of Swan Lake with new sets by Toto Sicangco, featuring Elena Evseeva and Andrey Ermakov, stars from the Mariinsky Theater (Kirov Ballet) in two evening performances, as well as exceptional homegrown talents. Here is one show that will set the bar high for dance this ballet season.

MIDSUMMER NIGHTS DREAM (OCT 11 – 13, 2019)

The genius of William Shakespeare inspires Carlo Pacis’ magical and reimagined interpretation of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. This neo-classical spin on the classic tale breathes life to the enchanting story about young lovers, fairies, sprites and their many twists and turns under the light of the moon.

CINDERELLA (DEC 6 – 15, 2019)

To celebrate the holidays, Ballet Philippines is mounting the timeless tale of Cinderella as choreographed by National Artist for Dance Alice Reyes. The musical score by Pyotr Illyich Tchaikovsky, which was specially arranged by Francisco Feliciano, will transport audiences to an enchanting universe. The design vision of National Artist Salvador Bernal adds dimensions to this world where pumpkins turn into exquisite carriages and glass slippers find their way back to its rightful princess. Holidays at the theater make for unforgettable experiences especially when its with Ballet Philippines.

ITIM ASU AND OTHER DANCES (FEB 21 – 23, 2020)

Ballet Philippines showcases its diverse and dynamic repertoire as well as the strength of its company in the different dance styles. With over 500 choreographic gems to choose from, this production will continue the retrospective story of the company’s journey to becoming the forefront of innovation, and artistic excellence in Philippine Dance. At the core of the production the company restages a modern classic, Itim Asu. Based on three ritual scenes from Virginia Moreno’s award winning drama The Onyx Wolf, the 1970 landmark production once again returns to the CCP Main Theater Stage.

RAMA, HARI (MAR 20 – 29, 2020)

Ending the 50th Season with a high note, Ballet Philippines brings back to the stage the dance-musical extravaganza that is Rama, Hari. The collective product of four National Artists, Bienvenido Lumbera for the Libretto, Salvador Bernal for the Production Design, Ryan Cayabyab for the Music, and Alice Reyes for choreography, Rama, Hari is a celebration of undeniable Filipino talents in dance, song, and story-telling.

Tales of the Manuvu is Back to Rock the Theater

Innovation sets Ballet Philippines apart. Since its founding in 1969, it has championed the creation of original, distinctly Filipino masterpieces. One of company’s most celebrated pieces from its vast repertoire is Philippine contemporary rock opera ballet, Tales of the Manuvu.

Philippines’ Best Rock Out To Tell The Creation Story

Choreographed by National Artist for Dance and Ballet Philippines’ Artistic Director Alice Reyes in 1977, Tales of the Manuvu tells the creation story of the Manobo tribe from Mindano. The libretto, written by National Artist for Literature Bienvenido Lumbera, was based off an article published in Philippine Heritage by E. Arsenio Manuel. Dero Pedero created the score, working alongside rock band The Afterbirth to compose a musical that would redefine dance and Filipino artistry. Beloved late Philippine couturier Ernest Santiago also joined this most formidable group of artists in brining flair to costumes for Tales of the Manuvu. Lighting and set designs were imagined by CCP Veteran, Monino Duque.

This unique adaptation of the creation story was the most monumental coup of Ballet Philippines in the 70s. Not only did it bring together rock, opera, pop and ballet on the stage, it also brought audiences from all walks of life to one main theater in a collective celebration of Philippine culture. Alice Reyes recalls, “We opened to a packed house and we never looked back. People sat on both aisled of the theater night after night with long lines outside.”

New Sets and Musical Arrangements

Broadway theater designer and multi awarded filmmaker Loy Arcenas is lending his genius this season to the creation of the mystical Manobo realm. Known for his ground-breaking film Ang Larawan, Arcenas has also reaped praise for the sets he created in Broadway’s Once On This Island. Arcenas’ sets will be lit by Katsch Catoy, whose light design mastery continues to add magic to the stage.

Original music and score, which makes Tales of the Manuvu a masterpiece that mirrors the country’s rich pool of talent, will likewise refreshed with new arrangements by Francis de Veyra.

A Powerhouse Cast, Then and Now

When Tales of the Manuvu premiered, celebrated singers like Celeste Legaspi, Hadji Alejandro, Anthony Castelo and Boy Camara were cast. Leah Navarro also made her debut performance during Tales of the Manuvu. Joining them were Rey Paguio and the UP Concert Chorus.

This year, Celeste reunites with Ballet Philippines to once again lend her powerful vocals to the musical. Also returning to stage for this year’s revival are Boy Camara and Ding Mercado. Joining these musical legends are multi-awarded performers Shiela Valderama, Lorenz Martinez, Nar Cabico, Reuben Laurente, Poppert Bernadas and Lara Maigue. Straight from her Miss Saigon tour in Irelend, Aicelle Santos is will also be joining in this grand revival of Tales of the Manuvu by Ballet Philippines.

Tales of the Manuvu runs from March 22 – 31, 2019, at the CCP Main Theater. Show dates and schedules are as follows:

March 22, 2019 | 8:00 PM
March 23, 2019 | 2:00 PM & 7:00 PM
March 24, 2019 | 2:00 PM & 7:00 PM
March 30, 2019 | 7:00 PM
March 31, 2019 | 2:00 PM

Get your tickets exclusively on Ticketworld (891-9999), CCP Box Office (832-3704), or Ballet Philippines Box Office (551-1003) or online at www.ticketworld.com.ph as well as in all Ticketworld outlets.

A special matinee show on March 24 will be mounted in celebration of the 40th Anniversary of the Maryknoll/Miriam College Alumni Association (MMCAA) and for the benefit of the Lumakad Bakwit School Manobo. Everyone is welcome to join in on this special performance. Tickets will be available at TicketWorld.

Reasons To Catch Ballet Philippines’ Romeo and Juliet this Love Month

Since it opened its 49th Season, the country’s premiere dance company, Ballet Philippines, has been elevating the experience of dance. From the time audiences enter the CCP’s Main Lobby up to the moment they take their seats inside the theater, and even as they leave the premises, Ballet Philippines has been making ballet weekends an experience not to be missed.

A POWER HOUSE CAST

This month, the company is bringing back a timeless classic: Romeo and Juliet. Choreographed by National Artist for Dance and Ballet Philippines Artistic Director, Alice Reyes, this full-length ballet will feature the powerful music of Prokofiev. Dancing the lead role of Romeo on special evenings is internationally celebrated danseur, Joseph Gatti. He joins BP Principal Dancer Denise Parungao who will play Juliet. The Manila Symphonic Orchestra joins the pair, making it a complete feast for the senses. Just as powerful, are the performances of lead dancers Ronelson Yadao and Monica Gana as well as Victor Manguad and Jemima Reyes. Alice Reyes shares, “It has been such a heady experience for us all at rehearsals—each pair with their own dynamic interpretation and dramatic portrayals of the roles of the two lovers.”

BP’s Romeo and Juliet premiered in 1981 and had been a staple to BP until 1988.
BP’s Romeo and Juliet premiered in 1981 and had been a staple to BP until 1988.

BERNAL’S BELOVED VERONA REVITALIZED

Grand sets by National Artist Salvador Bernal—perhaps the most opulent ever to be mounted on the sacred stage of the CCP—were revitalized with the help of Mr. Andy Locsin just for this performance. His father, National Artist for Architecture Leandro Locsin was a staunch supporter of the company. He also particularly loved Ballet Philippines’ Romeo and Juliet when it first premiered on stage. As tribute to his father, Andy Locsin thought to extend his most generous support to the revitalization of Bernal’s grand sets.

BUBBLY, ROSES AND PORTRAITS AT THE THEATER

To set the mood for an evening of romance, Ballet Philippines and Fifi L’Amour will be serving rose bubbly pre show at the lobby of the CCP Main Theater. Roses in full bloom from Island Rose will also be given out to audiences! And while many will enjoy taking selfies and other snapshots for the Gram in front of a stunning floral photo wall, you will want to arrive extra early to get your portraits done to immortalized this very special night. Everyone during performance nights of Ballet Philippines’ Romeo and Juliet will truly feel the love!

Get to take home stunning roses from Island Rose and just drink the night away with Fifi l'Amour's bubbly
Get to take home fresh roses from Island Rose and just drink the night away with Fifi l’Amour’s bubbly

JULIET’S POTION IN YOUR HANDS

A scent specially compounded for audiences of Ballet Philippines during the Romeo and Juliet performances, Juliet’s Potion is a 100% pure parfum with top notes of Bergamot and Neroli which opens up to reveal heady essences of Rose de Mai and Orris. Bottom notes of White Musk, Moss, Mate and Patchouli linger on skin. Audiences of Romeo and Juliet can take home their very own bottle of Juliet’s Potion, which will envelop the senses in love and romance. 

ROMANTIC RAFFLE PRIZES A PLENTY

Which is more romantic? A staycation for 2 at Discovery Primea with dinner at Tapenade or a heartily concocted menu at Gallery by Chele
Which is more romantic? A staycation for 2 at Discovery Primea with dinner at Tapenade or a heartily concocted menu at Gallery by Chele

In celebration of love month, Ballet Philippines will also be raffling off prizes to make date night truly unforgettable. Win a luxurious overnight stay for two (2) at Discovery Primea with complimentary lunch/dinner at the Tapenade Restaurant. Audiences also get a chance to enjoy a staycation for two (2) at Deluxe Room on the Main Wing of the Bellevue Hotel. This will come with a complimentary breakfast as well as dinner at the Café d’Asie.

Gift your lover with a stunning ear piece by Tim Tam Ong or surprise him with an overnight stay at Bellevue

A lucky pair will also find themselves indulging in the finest culinary creations at Gallery Chele. Exquisitely crafted jewelry from Tim Tam Ong will also be raffled off. Several members of the audience could also find themselves coming home to a stunning bouquet of florals from Island Rose!

NEVER AN ENDING SWEETER THAN THIS

To cap off an exhilarating evening at the ballet, chocolates from Theo and Philo will be shared to audiences as they leave the theaters. It is a small token from the company to let supporters and even first time viewers feel the love. These rich chocolate treats, best enjoyed in the company of loved ones, is reminder that at Ballet Philippines, there is never an ending as sweet.

Catch Ballet Philippines’ Romeo and Juliet on the following dates:

February 15, 2019 | 8:00 PM (With live Orchestra)
February 16, 2019 | 2:00 PM
February 16, 2019 | 7:00 PM (With live Orchestra)
February 17, 2019 | 2:00 PM
February 23, 2019 | 7:00 PM
February 24, 2019 | 2:00 PM

Get your tickets exclusively on Ticketworld (891-9999), CCP Box Office, or Ballet Philippines Box Office (551-1003) or online at http://www.ticketworld.com.ph as well as in all Ticketworld outlets.

Heating Up the CCP Stage with The Innovators: Carmen and Other Dancers

The question that boggles minds of many.

Fresh from the success of the 49th Season opening production, Carmina Burana,  Ballet Philippines is once again set to heat up the CCP Main Theater Stage this October with The Innovators: Carmen and Other Dances.

Continuing the retrospective on the company’s rich history and dynamic repertoire, this production will feature the country’s most innovative choreographers: Denisa Reyes, Augustus “Bam” Damian III, and Alden Lugnasin. Each have made their mark in Philippine Dance with choreographic gems that showcase unique styles in movement, story-telling, and artistry. Each of these brilliant dance makers will present two definitive masterworks that pay homage to Ballet Philippines’ unparalleled repertoire and rich history.

Denisa Reyes, will present Love Lies Bleeding, a raw and emotional look into the temperaments that best describe love and relationships, and Te Deum, a window into the Filipino socio-political consciousness of the 80’s, mirroring the emotional state of the Filipino citizens of today. Both pieces showcases Denisa’s Truthful and Fearless take on choreography.

Augustus “Bam” Damian III, will showcase the power and precision of the company’s dancers in After Whom, contrasting with his sensual and fresh take on one of the most beloved classical pieces of music, Goerges Bizet’s Carmen.

Alden Lugnasin’s Swimming The Ilog Pasig, a piece inspired by the campaign to clean up the Pasig River,and This is my Life, a solo piece highlighting the independence and elegance of a woman,also takes center stage as a showcase of Alden’s unique choreographic vocabulary.

Reasons Why You Want To Watch Carmina Burana

We take you back to when Ballet Philippines staged Carmina Burana in 2003. Hear the rave reviews, discover an experience unlike any other:

I danced it some 30 years ago when the ballet premiered in Manila in 1974. For the first time in my life, I saw the piece in its entirety. It was exhilarating to sit in the audience and mentally dance the movements embedded in the crevices of my whole being.

Edna Vida-Froilan, The Philippine Star, 2003.
The iconic Carmina Burana.
The iconic Carmina Burana.

As the curtains went up, a breathtaking and awesome sight greeted the audience. Rose of choral singers in black robes and yamuikes flanked the stage as guest conductor Eugene Castillo raised his baton. The stage revealed towering rock formations with the ballet dancers in formation, veiled in smoke emerging from a central cauldron… When the music began as the singers hit the first note and the dancers executed their first gesture, you could actually hear gasps from the audiences. I was absolutely enthralled. It was a powerful moment that showed how such enduring yet fleeting beauty could be created within the confines of a stage.

Walter Ang for Philippine Daily Inquirer, 2003.

Experience the return of one of Ballet Philippines’ masterworks. Carmina Burana running from September 7 – 9, 2018, at the CCP Main Theater.

Ballet Philippines’ Carmina Burana Back on the Sacred CCP Stage

Ballet Philippines opens its 49th season with a riveting performance of Carmina
Burana. Choreographed by the company’s Artistic Director and National Artist
for Dance Alice Reyes, it brings together icons of performance arts on the
sacred stage of the Cultural Center of the Philippines.

Ballet Philippines opens its 49th season with a riveting performance of Carmina
Burana. Choreographed by the company’s Artistic Director and National Artist
for Dance Alice Reyes, it brings together icons of performance arts on the
sacred stage of the Cultural Center of the Philippines.

Alice Reyes' Carmina Burana (Photo by Jojo Mamangun)
Alice Reyes’ Carmina Burana (Photo by Jojo Mamangun)

The ABS CBN Philharmonic Orchestra accompanies the piece with a hauntingly beautiful rendition of Carl Orff’s masterpiece under the baton of maestro Gerard Salonga. Ethereal and powerful vocals by the Madrigal Singers bring to life religious satire, sentiments of joy and drunken elation shared among poets of medieval Europe. These live musical performances by both the Philharmonic Orchestra and the Madrigal Singers add layers and depth to Reyes’ rich choreography. National Artist Salvador Bernal’s production design creates a majestic landscape of rock formations on stage that transports one to another time, space and universe.

The program will also feature pieces that highlight the history of Ballet Philippines. It will include Brando Miranda’s rendition of Vivaldi Concerto—vigorous, lively and spirited. Vivaldi was first premiered in 1983 and returns on stage after 35 years this season. Norman Walker’s Seasons of Flight, will also take center stage. It tells the tale of human relationships—its dynamics, idiosyncrasies and complexities—through graceful avian movement and migratory patterns. Debuted by Ballet Philippines in 1972, it was the first of five pieces created by Norman Walker for the company. “What I am trying to do is to present to our new audiences some of our iconic pieces that have not been done for so long… reflecting the company’s tapestry of dance gems,” shares Alice Reyes.

Jemima Reyes, Denise Parungao, Victor Maguad, Ronelson Yadao and the rest of the ensemble take their triumphant bows. (Photo by Fred Hawson of https://news.abs-cbn.com)
Jemima Reyes, Denise Parungao, Victor Maguad, Ronelson Yadao and the rest of the ensemble take their triumphant bows. (Photo by Fred Hawson of https://news.abs-cbn.com)

In celebrating the bright future of dance, Ballet Philippines is also staging an exciting new piece by the company’s young and talented choreographer Ronelson Yadao, It was during the 48th season when Yadao decided to return to the company after dancing with Cloud Gate Theater in Taiwan. As he stays on for another milestone year, the talented choreographers of the company will premiere more pieces that will add to Ballet Philippine’s unparalleled repertoire.

Alice Reyes takes a bow with Ballet Philippines in Carmina Burana. (Photo by Tats Rejante Manahan of https://lifestyle.inquirer.net)
Alice Reyes takes a bow with Ballet Philippines in Carmina Burana. (Photo by Tats Rejante Manahan of https://lifestyle.inquirer.net)

49th CCP Summer Dance Workshop Scholars

49th CCP SUMMER DANCE WORKSHOP
AUDITION RESULTS
(as of March 21, 2018)
 
BALLET PHILIPPINES 2

  • Second company of Ballet Philippines
  • Season scholarship for 49th Season – (Summer 2018 and School Year 2018-2019 April 2018 to March 2019)
    GIRLS
  1. Agustin, Beatrice Therese
  2. Ang, Jan Noelle
  3. Banderado, Freya Marie
  4. Buhia, Idelle Lauryn
  5. Cordero, Jann Pearl
  6. Galicia, Dania
  7. Gallemit, Martina
  8. Hervas, Gianna Venice
  9. Laico, Alyssa
  10. Po, Judith Olivia
  11. Riego, Therese
  12. Tangalin, Eira Joanne
  13. Young, Nina Li
    BOYS
  14. Abano, Michael Bryan
  15. Balucay, Mark Anthony
  16. Garcia, Eddie Carl C.
  17. Garcia, John Erick
  18. Genson, Khynloyd G.
  19. Lacaba, Edgar Jr
  20. Magallanes, Khim
  21. Monserate, Karl
  22. Nolla, Herson Jhen
  23. Orande, Justine Joseph
  24. Pabale, Kevin
  25. Santillan, Reymark
  26. Silayro, Julio
  27. Villanueva, Sergio
     
    BP YOUTH BALLET
  • Performing group of BP Dance School
  • Season scholarship for 49th Season – Summer 2018 and School Year 2018-2019 April 2018 to March 2019 (full tuition grant)
    GIRLS
  1. Dela Cruz, Juliana Louise
  2. Francisco, Sophia Gabrielle
  3. Mendoza, Shekina Zarah
  4. Sinues, Bernadette Nicole
  5. Uy, Christianne Mariana
     
    BP YOUTH BALLET HALF SCHOLARS
  • Performing group of BP Dance School
  • Season scholarship for 49th Season – Summer 2018 and School Year 2018-2019 April 2018 to March 2019 (half tuition grants)
    GIRLS
  1. Garcia, Hanna Sofia
  2. Ilagan, Maxine Priscilla
  3. Regino, Sophia
  4. Rivera, Channel
  5. Santiago, Zabrinna
  6. Serrano, Simone
  7. Tolentino, Hannah
    BOYS
  8. Fernandez, Rolly
  9. Imperial, Gani
  10. Navarroza, Joshua
  11. Peco, Lowell
  12. Regino, Juan Pablo
  13. Villapaz, James
     
    SUMMER WORKSHOP FULL SCHOLARS
  • Summer scholarship – April 10 to June 10, 2018 (full tuition grant)
    GIRLS
  1. Bearneza, Gillianne Isabel
  2. Chavez, Zandra Pauline
  3. Guimera, Julliene Christa
  4. Lampert, Veia
  5. Nieva, Carmelle Anne
  6. Nocedo, Ashley Zelyn
  7. Raynes, Illenram Therese
    BOYS
  8. Castronuevo, Ivan
  9. Diolazo, Jethro Serge
  10. Ducusin   Lila Rexzann
  11. Guinid, Lance Matthew
  12. Roca, Elijah Jakob
  13. Señeres, Carlo Luise
  14. Suntay, Carl Anthony
     
    SUMMER WORKSHOP HALF SCHOLARS
  • Summer scholarship – April 10 to June 10, 2018 (half tuition grant)
    GIRLS
  1. Alianza, Catherine Anne
  2. Batto, Katherine Marie
  3. Bautista, Mehkiah Ocean
  4. Cabias, Elieza A.
  5. Canete, Nichole
  6. Cruz, Francine Alexi
  7. Duque, Maria Natalia
  8. Durolupan, Daphne Nicole
  9. Frabricante, Joanna
  10. Lampert, Maori Zoe
  11. Lizares, Ines Marie Therese
  12. Malacon, Rita
  13. Manubay, Ryza Joy
  14. Pacutro, Mariel
  15. Pineda, Samantha Abigail
  16. Pinion, Yaninna Ysabel
  17. Po, Sophia Kathleen
  18. Rojas, Angeline Marie
  19. Rosell, Vickie Sue F.
  20. Tan, Antonella Sofia
  21. Tubongbanua, Anne Denisse
  22. Ureta, Therese
  23. Yulo, Claudia Alexis
    BOYS
  24. Amaque, Lexter Dalisay
  25. Baraba, Chester
  26. Catarus, Philip Regor
  27. Flores, Kevin
  28. Leonide, Karl Ivan
  29. Macija, Luke Timothy
  30. Rite, Kevin
  31. Villarico, Kerwin Dale
     
    SUMMER WORKSHOP TEACHER SCHOLARS
  • Summer scholarship – April 10 to June 10, 2018 (full tuition grant)
    BOYS
  1. Palen, June Christian
  2. Paring, Rolando Jr.