Audition for Ballet Philippines on June 18!

Who: OPEN TO BALLET DANCERS WITH INTERMEDIATE AND ADVANCE LEVEL SKILLS

 

What: AUDITION FOR APPRENTICE AND COMPANY MEMBERSHIP

 

When: JUNE 18, WEDNESDAY, 06:30PM - 08:00PM

 

Where: REHEARSAL HALL, CCP

 

Details:

- THE AUDITION WILL BE A CLASSICAL BALLET CLASS.

- APPLICANTS SHOULD BE IN FULL PROPER BALLET ATTIRE.

- NO REGISTRATION FEE.

- PLEASE COME IN EARLIER TO FILL UP AUDITION FORMS AVAILABLE ON THE AUDITION DAY.

- PLEASE BRING A 1x1 OR 2x2 ID PHOTO

 

DO TAKE THIS CHANCE TO SHOWCASE YOUR SKILLS. WHO KNOWS? YOU JUST MIGHT BAG A SLOT AS A SCHOLAR OF CCPDS OR AN APPRENTICE/COMPANY MEMBER OF BALLET PHILIPPINES!

 

SEE YOU ON JUNE 18! :)

BP's Sapphire Season: 10 Things You Should Be Excited About!

 

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!

MANHID Audition Announcement

The Cultural Center of the Philippines and Ballet Philippines with Tanghalang Pilipino invites you to be part of MANHID, our 45th season ender performance slated for February 20 to March 8, 2015 at the CCP Main Theater.
  

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

 
 
WHAT: MANHID Auditions
 
WHO: Actors/Singers between 20-35  who are able to play the following characters:
 
DILIM (coloratura soprano)
LAM-ANG (soprano)
ALUNSINA (rock alto)
BANTUGAN (tenor/baritone)
RADYA/INDARAPATRA (baritone)
and other roles
 
WHEN:
June 13, 2014 – Friday
03:00pm Registration
04:00pm-09:00pm Audition Proper
 
June 14, 2014 – Saturday
03:00pm Registration
04:00pm-09:00pm Audition Proper
 
June 17, 2014 -- Tuesday
4:00pm Registration
5:00pm-9:00pm Audition Proper 
 
WHERE:
Museo ng Kalinangang Pilipino (MKP Hall),
4th Flr. Cultural Center of the Philippines
CCP Complex, Roxas Blvd., Pasay City
 
WHAT TO BRING:
-  Bio Data with pertinent theater experience
-  Minus 1 or a musical score of a Filipino song
 
For more information, call Ballet Philippines at (02) 832-3689.
 

You may access the songs of the characters through the following links:

 
SONG: MGA TINIK AT ROSAS
Character: Radya Indarapatra
 
 
SONG: NAGIISA
Character: Bantugan
 
 
SONG: MURA DUGO
Character: Alunsina
 
 
SONG: DIWATA NG GABI
Character: Urduja/Radya
 
 
SONG: MAARI
Character: Lam-ang
                                                                                                                                           
 
SONG: MARAGTAS
Character: Dilim
 
 

Caronia and Ballet Philippines team up to move Filipinos through color and dance

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.

Ballerinas

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. 

Summer School

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.