- Published on Thursday, 17 September 2015 03:45
- Written by Bee Carabeo
- Published on Thursday, 10 September 2015 08:23
- Written by Paul Alexander Morales
Swans, Queers and HIV
Thank you for joining us for our 46th anniversary season. We focus this season on the growth of new ideas and collaborations for dance. This spiritual spring or pagsibol honors the continuous cycle of dance; life, rebirths and a new generation of dancers to take center stage.
We dedicate this performance ‘Body Positive+’ to the alarmingly fast growing number of our countrymen who are afflicted with the HIV virus. While this virus has plagued the world for decades, it is only now that we truly feel its presence at home. With more than 20 cases diagnosed each day in the Philippines, it is not surprising to know of such friends, like those we have in the dance community.
To my mind it is quite tragic and ironic for dancers - synonymous to vigor and health, to suffer such a condition. I will confess that it is by our personally meeting and talking to these individuals in our community that we have been motivated to make a small contribution to the efforts to raise our awareness about this disease. They are after all, us.
Internationally, artists and gays have always been prone to this disease and this has increased in our present world of quick connections and invisible borders. For the love that for a long time ‘dared not speak its name’ this became a crisis point and continues to be a battle point. In our case, perhaps with our reluctance to talk of matters about sex and sexuality, we have the sad truth of a steady increase of incidences despite the global decline. We have to face and acknowledge this shadow. It is our role to stop its growth. While there are now drugs that can help maintain your health there is still no ‘cure’ for HIV or AIDS. In the same vein, the disease continues to make no distinctions about class, faith or gender. We are all at risk.
In this gala we feature a diverse array of dances, with the excerpts of ‘Swan Lake’ as an emotional, romantic anchor. It features contributions from many guest choreographers including Enrico Labayen, who is based in San Fransisco, to present to us poetic dances that reflect on love and. We hope this program, the art exhibition and calendar with Artletics Inc. will help inspire us to move with positive vigor and energy towards health, action and compassion.
- Published on Thursday, 10 September 2015 08:04
- Written by Ballet Philippines
With a renewed spirit, we are ready to present our 46th season. We have been blessed these past several months with the opportunity to share the gift of dance with a wide audience from North America to the Middle East – we’re practically on a world tour!
It began last October, when we embarked on our North American Tour. That whole month, we were privileged to have performed in six cities, garnering standing ovations every night. The friends we made in the duration of that tour have since remained close to us, and some have even visited us here in Manila several times.
In July, our Artistic Director and our dancers flew to Hawaii to participate in the Asia Pacific Dance Festival. There they were exposed to the signature genres of the participating companies in the Festival, namely Hula, dances from Fiji, and Okinawan folk arts. They even taught Festival participants the steps to our signature “Tambol at Padyak”!
Five days after returning to Manila, the company was off again, this time in full force, for a tour of the Middle East. Ballet Philippines performed “Master Pieces” in Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Manama, Doha, and Amman. As always, it was a thrill for our dancers to meet and perform for our kababayans abroad.
Meanwhile, Ballet Philippines 2 has been bringing our unique brand of dance to Visayas and Mindanao. Just last month, the junior company brought the full-length “Rock Supremo” to Davao, performing for an audience of over 10,000 in three venues. To cap it off, they performed our mixed bill, “Master Pieces” in SM Lanang Premier.
All this before our season performances at the CCP began, but it’s not over yet! This October, we’re set to go on a three-city tour in China.
We are truly grateful to all of our friends, sponsors, and subscribers, who have faithfully supported us all throughout our 46 years. Your support is taking us all over the world!
Margie Moran Floirendo
- Published on Tuesday, 25 August 2015 04:23
- Written by Christelle Rae Julinne C. Brion
Art imitates life and its meaning is very personal. “Art” may mean painting, sculpture, literature, and crafts. For me, “art” is dance. Peerce says that “Dance is the art of moving the body in a rhythmical way, usually to music, to express an emotion or idea, to narrate a story, or simply to take delight in the movement of itself.” For me, it is even more than that. It is also a relaxing pastime, an exercise, not only of the body, but also of the mind and heart. It is rather an intangible kind of art; it cannot be touched, only seen. Dance only exists in the body of the performer and dies the moment the dancer stops moving.
Have you ever been in love? Or be completely out of it? It may sound funny but dance for me is like that. Every time I dance, I feel like I am falling in love for the first time and then falling completely out of it the moment I finish. It’s always been like a love-hate relationship between us and yet I know that dance for me is everything; to live is to dance and not to dance is not to live at all.
I could honestly say that it is the closest thing to my heart. It makes all the bad good and all the good, better. When I dance, I feel that nothing can go wrong — whatever it may be I just dance; whatever I may feel, I just dance. And somehow, everything does work out and it all gets better. For me, life is like that.
- Published on Friday, 21 August 2015 04:14
- Written by Ballet Philippines
Ballet Philippines 2 brings Rock Supremo to Davao on August 19 & 20 and Master Pieces on August 22. We dance for Davao!