BP Bags 7 at the Seventh Gawad Buhay! Awards Night

BP Bags 7 at the Seventh Gawad Buhay! Awards Night

 

June 11, 2015 was a spectacular night for the Philippine performing arts. The 7th Gawad Buhay! Awards Night was a brilliant celebration of the country’s flourishing theater industry. Not one to disappoint, Ballet Philippines emerged with a total of 7 awards, including Outstanding Modern Dance Production for Agnes Locsin’s “La Revolucion Filipina”.

Three former principal dancers were honored for their performances in BP’s 45th season. Katherine Trofeo won her first Gawad Buhay award, Female Featured Performance in Classical Dance for her portrayal of ugly stepsister Prunella in Alice Reyes’ “Cinderella”. Richardson Yadao took home his second award for Male Lead Performance in Modern Dance, this time for his Aguinaldo in Agnes Locsin’s “La Revolucion Filipina”. A consistent Gawad Buhay awardee, Carissa Adea won her fifth this year, Female Lead Performance in Modern Dance, for her performance in Norman Walker’s “Songs of a Wayfarer”.

Current Junior Principal Dancers Earl John Arisola and Denise Parungao swept the classical category, winning the awards for Male and Female Lead Performance in Classical Dance, respectively, for their performances in Alice Reyes’ “Cinderella”. Renowned lighting designer Virgilio ‘Katsch’ Catoy won the award for Outstanding Lighting Design for his work in “La Revolucion Filipina”.

The company also stunned the evening’s audience with a performance of Augustus ‘Bam’ Damian III’s “After Whom”. An equally show-stopping moment was when host Topper Fabregas donned a bahag (loincloth) designed by Victor Ursabia from the opening scene of La Revolucion Filipina, complete with drawn-on abs. This was part of his running gag to showcase the nominated works for Outstanding Costume Design.

Ballet Philippines was nominated for a total of 28 awards across 12 categories. Among these recognitions are four former BP Artistic Directors, all nominated for Outstanding Choreography in a Dance Production: Denisa Reyes for “Muybridge Frames”, Bam Damian for “After Whom”, Agnes Locsin for “La Revolucion Filipina”, and National Artist for Dance, Alice Reyes for “Bungkos Suite”.

Ballet Philippines is set to launch its 46th season, Dance Spring [Pagsibol] with a press conference on July 1, 2015.

Ballet Philippines (BP) is the flagship professional classical and contemporary dance company in the country. A resident company of the Cultural Center of the Philippines, it was founded in 1969 by Alice Reyes and Eddie Elejar. It is widely recognized today as a cornerstone of the contemporary Filipino identity. The Ballet Philippines Dance School continues to produce dancers of international caliber.

For inquiries, visit www.ballet.ph, send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , or call Ballet Philippines at 551-1003. For tickets and reservations, call the CCP Box Office at 832-3704 or Ticketworld at 891-9999.

 

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BP celebrates its 46th anniversary season under the direction of Paul Alexander Morales. Witness the rise of a new generation of Philippine dance in Dance Spring [Pagsibol].

See you at the ballet!

 

BP in the 7th Gawad Buhay Awards

We have twenty-eight reasons to celebrate at the 7th PHILSTAGE Gawad Buhay Awards! Bravo to our dancers and artists!

The Art of Dance

Muybridge Frames

Outstanding Modern Dance Production

Outstanding Ensemble Performance for Modern Dance

Outstanding Choreography for a Dance Production (Denisa Reyes)

 

Duet

Female Lead Performance in Modern Dance (Monica Amanda Gana)

Male Lead Performance in Modern Dance - (Earl John Arisola)

 

La Revolucion Filipina

Outstanding Modern Dance Production

Outstanding Ensemble Performance for Modern Dance

Outstanding Choreography for a Dance Production (Agnes Locsin)

Outstanding Costume Design (Victor Ursabia)

Outstanding Lighting Design (Katsch Catoy)

Outstanding Sound Design (Ryan Cayabyab (remastered by David Theo))

Outstanding Set Design (Mio Infante)

Male Lead Performance in Modern Dance (Jean Marc Cordero)

Male Lead Performance in Modern Dance (Richardson Yadao)

 

Blue Moon Series

After Whom

 

Outstanding Choreography for a Dance Production (Augustus "Bam" Damian III)

Outstanding Ensemble Performance for Modern Dance

 

Bungkos Suite

Outstanding Choreography for a Dance Production – Alice Reyes, “Bungkos Suite”

Outstanding Ensemble Performance for Modern Dance – “Bungkos Suite

 

Salome

Female Lead Performance in Modern Dance (Kris-Belle Paclibar-Mamangun)

 

Songs of a Wayfarer

Female Lead Performance in Modern Dance (Carissa Adea)

 

Cinderella

Female Lead Performance in Classical Dance (Denise Parungao)

Female Lead Performance in Classical Dance (Monica Gana)

Male Lead Performance in Classical Dance (Earl John Arisola)

Male Lead Performance in Classical Dance (Richardson Yadao)

Female Featured Performance in Classical Dance (Ma. Celina Dofitas)

Female Featured Performance in Classical Dance (Edana Mae Labitoria)

Female Featured Performance in Classical Dance (Katherine Trofeo)

Female Featured Performance in Classical Dance (Rita Winder)

The best thing about the Summer Dance Workshop

The best thing about the Summer Dance Workshop

By Michelle Katherine Miranda

 
 

This is only my second summer here in CCPDS but I must say that even though this is just my second year in this dance school, I've already learned a lot. Dancing here in CCP Dance School is really fun and worth it. I never find any dull moment in any of my classes. Despite everything, I wouldn't deny that there are times when I really feel burnt [out] because of certain circumstances. There are even days when I already feel like quitting but then my heart keeps telling me to keep on going in order for me to achieve my childhood dream.

Ever since I first joined the CCP Summer Dance Workshop last year, my attitude towards dancing really changed. Not only because I learned more about certain technicalities but also because all of my teachers taught me not to only dance with my feet but with my heart as well. Also, they never fail to show us that there is always room for improvement. That if you think you can do it, you can really do it. Those lessons cannot only be learned in the Summer Dance Workshop but all throughout the season.

It is also my first time as a scholar (half scholar) in this year's Summer Dance Workshop, and that scholarship opened new learning experiences for me especially in the field of dancing. I've made new friends and I'm just so excited to perform with all of them in the upcoming recitals on May 9 and 10.

Spending summers here in the CCP Dance School is not like any normal summer. For a dancer, dancing here in the CCP Dance School just earns her one of the best summers of her life.

BP's new breed takes center stage in International Dance Day celebration on April 29

 
Taking part in the worldwide celebration of International Dance Day, Ballet Philippines presents the Young Dancers and Choreographers Showcase. The show shines the spotlight on the young artists of Ballet Philippines. Through glimpses of their beginning choreographies and more recent works, the company brings forth the next generation of choreographers who are set to push the Philippine art scene into the 21st century. 
 
The showcase is directed by Ballet Philippines’ Artistic Director Paul Alexander Morales. Featured choreographers include Richardson Yadao, Gillianne Gequinto, Edana Labitoria, Ian Nick Tiba, Danilo Dayo, Bonifacio Guerrero, and Erl Emmanuel Sorilla, who won the Trudl Dubsky Zipper Award (Outstanding Contemporary Choreography) at the 1st CCP Ballet Competition. 
 
Widely recognized Hip Hop International Elite Judge and current guest teacher at Ballet Philippines Dance School Margherita Vasselli will also present new choreography featuring BP Crew, the Dance School’s hip hop performing arm.
 
The cast of the Young Dancers and Choreographers Showcase is comprised of Ballet Philippines company members, scholars of the Ballet Philippines Dance School, and BP II, Ballet Philippines’ junior performing company. Aside from actively touring and performing locally, it has already participated in international festivals including performances in Asia and France. BP II was formed to provide a venue for promising young dancers to develop their talents in accordance with Ballet Philippines’ standards of performance and technique. These young talents would be the most outstanding apprentices and scholars of the company and the BP Dance School.
 
International Dance Day (IDD) was founded in 1982 by the International Theatre Institute to be celebrated every year on the 29th of April, which is the anniversary of Jean-Georges Noverre (1727-1810), the creator of modern ballet. The IDD aims to celebrate dance, to revel in the universality of this art form, to cross all political, cultural, and ethnic barriers and bring people together with a common language – Dance.
 
This year’s IDD message was written by the Spanish choreographer and dancer Israel Galván. Below is an excerpt from his message:
 
I see people moving when walking down the street, when calling a taxi, when moving in their different ways, styles and deformities. They're all dancing! They don't know it but they're all dancing! I would like to shout to them: there are people who still don't know! We're all dancing! Those who don't dance are unlucky, they are dead, they do not feel or suffer!
 
The Young Dancers and Choreographers Showcase will be held on April 29, 8:00PM at the Ballet Philippines Studio One (near the Folk Arts Theater), Liwasang Ullalim, Pedro Bukaneg St., CCP Complex, Pasay City. Tickets are by donation. For inquiries, visit ballet.ph or call Ballet Philippines at 551-1003.
 
Connect to Ballet Philippines online through the following social media networks:
 
Facebook: www.facebook.com/balletphilippines
Twitter: @balletph
Instagram: @balletphilippines
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/balletph
 
See you at the ballet!
 

BP Principal Dancer Katherine Trofeo hangs up her pointe shoes

As the curtain fell on the last show of Ballet Philippines’ Sapphire Season, the company bid a tearful farewell to esteemed principal dancer, Katherine Trofeo. The dancers, scholars, and artistic team led by Artistic Director Paul Alexander Morales presented her with roses onstage, one by one as a video highlighting Katherine and her extraordinary artistry.

Fondly called “Mommy Kit”, she is an inspiration to everyone around her. As a principal dancer, she not only showcases exceptional dance technique and exquisite artistry, but she also possesses a wonderful character which translates into her dancing. Whenever she performs onstage, she never fails to captivate with her ability to take on a role and give it new life with her own interpretation. Her portrayal of the psychic vampire, Gonongleda in “MANHID: The Pinoy Superhero Musical” has been described as transformative. Gonongleda was her final role as principal dancer of Ballet Philippines.

 

Katherine started taking ballet at the age of 8 under Amelia Yulo and turned professional at the age of 15 with mentor Enrico Labayen’s Lab Project. Katherine has worked with the finest choreographers and teachers including  Alan Hineline, Max Luna III, Anatoli Panasiukov, Gener Karingal, Ida Beltran, Tony Fabella, Maiqui Manosa, Nonoy Froilan, Edna Vida, Denisa Reyes, Paul Morales, Irene Sabas, Anna Villadolid, Thomas Mayr, Jean Paul Comelin,  Jean Paul Comelin, Graham Lustig, Stefan Hoff, David Campos Cantero, Michael Chernov, and Gelsey Kirkland.

With Philippine Ballet Theatre, she received praise from critics for her performances as Esmeralda in the Asian premiere of  The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Kitri in Don Quixote, Nikiya in La Bayadere, Odette- Odile in Swan Lake,  Ballerina in Paquita, and Cio-Cio San in Madame Butterfly.  She has also performed in featured roles in Myra Beltran’s Dance Forum, including the Romeo and Juliet Project and Payatas: Point Counterpoint, a dance video project of Beltran and film director Carlitos Siguion Reyna during the Global Dance 2002 World Dance Alliance Festival in Dusseldorf, Germany.

Katherine joined BP in 2008 and performed lead roles such as Swanilda in Coppelia, Marie in The Nutcraker, Wendy in Peter Pan, Maria Clara in Crisostomo Ibarra, Manda in Pusong Wagas, Sita in Rama Hari, Dryad Queen, Kitri in Don Quixote, Aurora in Sleeping Beauty and the title role in Giselle.

She was twice nominated for Philstage’s Gawad Buhay Awards in 2011 for Female Featured Performance in a Modern Dance Production for Encantada and Female Lead Performance in a Modern Dance Production for Carlo Pacis’ Mithi, and again nominated for the same award in 2012 for her lead performance in Rama Hari. The role of Titania in Pacis’ A Midsummer Night’s Dream was created on her.

 

This, however, is not a goodbye. Katherine will continue to teach Intermediate Ballet in the Ballet Philippines Dance School’s Summer Dance Workshop, and has this to say to the supporters of Ballet Philippines:

 

“I look forward to watching the younger dancers bloom and find their own voices in our art form. BP has always had this culture of excellence and passion for dance. I was very privileged to have experienced that and humbled by how the creators of the company along with past directors and ex-dancers keep giving and passing on their knowledge to the current generation. I look forward to being part of that...of those who keep coming back and helping "the family" out.”