- Published on Saturday, 03 May 2014 07:52
- Written by Ballet Philippines
1. Opening our season is the award winning choreography of Agnes Locsin, LA REVOLUCION FILIPINA, with a libretto by Dennis Marasigan and set to the music of Maestro Ryan Cayabyab. This "powerful and poignant" production will give you another reason to be honored to be born of the Filipino race.
2. Guest Artists from the American Ballet Theater (ABT) essay the roles of Giselle and Albrecht in our Fundraising Gala of GISELLE. Watch out for ABT Soloist Stella Abrera and Principal Dancer James Whiteside as they dance with Ballet Philippines. Did we mention that Ms. Stella Abrera is a Filipina?! More Philippine pride!
3. THE BLUE MOON GALA and THE HOMECOMING GALA: two "once in a blue moon" gatherings of BP's dance community celebrating its 45 years.
4. Ballet Philippines will go on a US Tour on October 2014 - Get ready, West Coast!
5. Alice Reyes' CINDERELLA will bring merriment to families - especially to children - as this happy production's comeback will surely bring fun to the Yuletide season!
6. Ballet + superheroes + the music of Eraserheads back when they were in UP all in one production = MANHID: THE FILIPINO SUPERHERO MUSICAL, which will bring the season to a rocking close. This production features Tanghalang Pilipino was created by Auraeus Solito and choreographed by Artistic Director Paul Alexander Morales and Resident Choreographer Alden Lugnasin
7. Three schools of Ballet Philippines officially opened in the beginning of the season - CCP Dance School (for its 45th Summer Dance Workshop), Ballet Philippines Dance School in SM Aura and Studio 1 near Folk Arts Theater. More space, more opportunity for young dance talents!
8. Ballet Philippines goes to USA International Ballet Competition and Varna International Ballet Competition. Support our dancers who DREAM BIG!
9. MANanayaw, a documentary on the male dancers of Ballet Philippines, will be part of Cine Totoo: the First Philippine International Documentary Film Festival!
10. Ballet Philippines now offers FLEXIBLE SUBSCRIPTION where you can choose 4-series, 3-series, and 2 -series. Subscribers can get to choose the productions they want this early, choose seats before they are posted publicly, and save up to 25 percent!
Without your enthusiastic support, where would we be?
THANK YOU FOR A GLORIOUS 45th YEAR!
- Published on Wednesday, 30 April 2014 10:02
- Written by Ballet Philippines
MANHID: The Pinoy Superhero Musical
First Staged by UP TROPA in 1991
A Musical by Kanakan Balintagos, Vincent de Jesus, Carina Evangelista and the Eraserheads
You may access the songs of the characters through the following links:
- Published on Friday, 21 March 2014 04:03
- Written by Ballet Philippines
Last March 12, 2014, Caronia launched a partnership with Ballet Philippines to celebrate the dance company's 45th concert season. Held at The Conservatory at the Manila Peninsula, the event was hosted by Gelli Victor, and graced by VIPs including former Miss Universe, BP’s President Margie Moran-Floirendo and Caronia’s executives.
The event launched Caronia's new collection called "The Art of Dance." Young girls and women everywhere will be thrilled by its three new colors: the salmon pink Pique, light green Glissade, and royal blue Chasse. These are Caronia's first Toulene and Formaldehyde free (TFF) collections, bringing them at par with many international nail polish brands.
A portion of the proceeds earned from “The Art of Dance” collection will be donated to Ballet Philippines’ Noordin Jumalon Scholarship Program, which supports the training of up to 200 dance scholars each year.
Partnership by Filipino companies
First to speak was Ms. Olivia Soria, Brand Manager of Caronia. She discussed how the partnership came to be and talked about the advocacy that brought the two companies together: to move Filipinos through color and dance. She also announced that selected collection gift packs will include ticket vouchers to Ballet Philippines’ season shows good for two people.
Next up was CCP Dance School (the official school of Ballet Philippines) Principal Rubylee Gomez, who described the training of a scholar. It takes at least 8-10 years of intense training to be a professional ballerina. It takes another decade for a ballerina to reach her peak form.
13-year-old scholar Graciela Andes shared how the scholarship—which provides free tuition for daily classes, mentorship and performance opportunities with the country’s premiere dance company—helps her achieve her dream of becoming a professional ballerina. She and her 3 siblings are scholars. The free tuition is a big help to her parents who are missionaries.
Principal ballerina Carissa Adea, 30 years old, then shared her thoughts on her journey. Adea started intense ballet training with Ballet Philippines in when she was in her early teens. It was the rigorous training that prepared her for the profession she chose. According to her, her mother could only afford to support her dancing up to a certain point, but the scholarship helped her continue. She also says that this enabled her to go to college at De La Salle College of Saint Benilde, where she pursued a Dance degree (which is in consortium with Ballet Philippines).
This was followed by a performance by young scholars and seasoned ballerinas. The first was a symbolic depiction of the journey of a young ballerina. It showed how the young dancers blossomed after benefactors and teachers encouraged the young ballerinas to show their talent through color and dance. The second was a beautiful pas de deux by soloists Rita Winder and Timothy Cabrera.
The program was closed by Ms. Margie Moran-Floirendo, president of Ballet Philippines, who encouraged everyone to support the young scholars of Ballet Philippines by buying Caronia’s “Art of Dance” collection.
Caronia’s “Art of Dance“ collection is available at all leading department stores and beauty outlets.
- Published on Friday, 14 March 2014 03:12
- Written by Gianna Hervas
CCP Dance School's Summer Dance workshop brings out the most fun of my summer!
What makes the summer dance workshop so fun is that I get to do what I love everyday for more hours. The workshop helps me with my confidence and adds to my love for the music; the stage; and the dance.
The first time I came to CCP, my ballet teacher had to accompany me because I was too afraid! I was afraid because I'm not used to the city life. Living in Sta. Rosa, Laguna, I'm used to having everything within reach. The Grocery is just 15 minutes away, school is 3 minutes away, and my ballet school is just a 10 minute ride away.
My ballet school was very small and everybody knew each other. Each class had about 7 students with the same teacher for every class. Then one day, my teacher asked me if I would want to try taking classes at the CCP Dance School. Teacher Gianna (yes, we have the same name) is a Ballet Philippines alumnus and so she encouraged me to try a bigger school. I took the opportunity and she knew how scared I was! She was supportive and encouraged me by bringing me to my very first audition.
I was blessed to be given a scholarship and I was assigned to take up two classes every Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday. I only had a lecture series in addition to dance class and so I had much time in between to wait. What I would do while waiting was either go downstairs to rehearsal hall and watch the other dancers rehearse and I would take out a notebook and pen and take note of the corrections that the teacher tells them, or I would go around CCP and admire all the artworks.
I really looked forward to the lecture series. The first lecture was about Dancing and it was taught by Teacher Edna [Vida Froilan] and when I took notes, it was around 8 pages! There is so much to learn from all the lectures and you really feel the stretch when you take class.
One thing I look forward to is that so many students come from all over the country to dance at CCPDS. I get to develop new friends with the same love for dance. It's interesting to meet dancers from other ballet schools, but we only get to dance with each other every summer.
I enjoyed my first summer so much that I decided to audition for the school year. I got my first scholarship then, and from there, I experienced so much. I got to dance with the company, join master classes, and get to meet really great teachers and friends.
CCP Dance School is the best part of my summer! And I am soooo looking forward to it.
- Published on Tuesday, 11 March 2014 09:41
- Written by Ballet Philippines
If you're a dancer who can act or an actor who can move, Ballet Philippines wants you! On March 20, 2014 from 3PM to 5PM at the CCP Rehearsal Hall,, we will be holding auditions for the role of Emilio Aguinaldo in Agnes Locsin's "La Revolucion Filipina".
Actors who have played this role in the past were Nonie Buencamino (in the original production), Raymond Bagatsing, and Richard Joson, as well as former Ballet Philippines dancers Patrick Rebullida and Angel Gabriel.
Auditionees must prepare a monologue. Dance exercises will be part of the audition process.
Agnes Locsin’s “La Revolucion Filipina,” the modern dance masterpiece hailed by critics as “poignant and powerful”, returns to the stage on July 2014 in celebration of the sesquicentennial birth anniversary of its lead character – Apolinario Mabini, the paraplegic, ‘brains of the Katipunan.’
Last restaged in 2008, the show won the Gawad Buhay award for Outstanding Dance Production, Outstanding Choreography for a Dance Production for Agnes Locsin, Male Lead Performer in a Dance Production for Biag Gaongen, and Featured Female Performer in a Dance Production for Camille Ordinario.