Paul Alexander Morales Artistic Director
Paul Alexander Morales unites his varied interest and experience in the arts in the service of dance.
Morales graduated from the University of the Philippines where he majored in theater directing, mentored by Prof. Tony Mabesa. In UP, Morales was first able to study ballet under Tita Radaic and Steve Villaruz of Dance Theater Philippines. He further pursued dance with Ballet Philippines as a scholar and member of the pioneer batch of Ballet Philippines II under Agnes Locsin, concurrently while pursuing his college degree. After graduation, with the support of BP's former director Denisa Reyes, the CCP and the British Council, Morales became a scholar at the Laban Center in London, where he received a Diploma in Advanced Dance Theater Performance. There he performed and toured with Transitions Dance Co. and worked with top European choreographers.
He founded Dulaang Talyer (Theater Workshop) upon his return from England in 1994 for which he was Artistic Director until 2002. From 2003, Morales served as Artistic Director of independent professional dance company Airdance, Aliw Awards' Best Dance Company (Modern/Contemporary) in 2007 and 2008. He is one of the founders of the Contemporary Dance Network Philippines, was festival director of the 5th Wifi-Body contemporary dance festival and was chair of the Choreographers Network of the World Dance Alliance-Philippines.
As director and choreographer, he has created works for Dulaang Talyer, Airdance, Ballet Philippines, the Philippine Educational Theater Association (PETA), E-Dance Theater, Myra Beltran Dance Forum, Philippine Ballet Theatre, Repertory Philippines, Tanghalang Pilipino as well for mainstream and independent films.
As an independent filmmaker, he won Best Screenplay Adaptation at the 6th Golden Screen Awards for his first feature film, 'Concerto.' The film was also a Cinemalaya finalist, was graded 'A' by the Cinema Evaluation Board, and received the Bamboo Camera Award from Kidlat Tahimik. In 2010 Paul's short video was one of the winner's of the online video contest of the acclaimed Martha Graham Dance Company.
Artistic Director of Ballet Philippines since 2009, Paul has choreographed 'Tales of the Manuvu', the contemporary ballet, and 'Crisostomo Ibarra', and co-choreographed 'Rock Supremo', and the rock musical 'Manhid' for the company. His works typically involves multi-media collaborations that combine his many interests. Leading BP in its Main Theater season was his childhood dream, a dream he feels that was made a reality by the skills and talents he had honed in pursuit of his artistic dreams, talents strengthened by the mentoring, sharing, exploration and celebration of his fellow artists.