Monday, June 18, 2012

Ballet Philippines: Experience art appreciation and inspiration

Candice Adea with Eugene Obille:43rd Season - Dragon Songs,CCP
BE inspired and experience the beauty of ballet as an art and appreciate the graceful and expressive movements of Ballet Philippines’ (BP) artists with the schedule below.
Art appreciation and admiration to something beautiful and lovely in art form like ballet is an important social skills one cultured person must have. It basically teaches us how to be open-minded, enthusiastic and grateful with the things around us.

“Art appreciation must start when young. Young children must see ballet as an art education. Education is not just books. Arts feed the soul,” Margie Moran-Floreindo president of Ballet Philippines and the Miss Universe crown in 1973 believes in the talents of Filipinos.

Watching ballet relaxes our minds with graceful fluid movements. This type of dance is an art form, and it takes quite a bit of work to learn how to perform the moves like a trained professional such as extending the leg in 90 degree, with toe pointing and other steps mostly in French language.
Katherine Trofeo and Earl John in Songs (July 6-8, 2012, CCP Main Theater)
“It takes 10 years to become a dancer. Great dancers should be watched at their prime,” Paul Alexander Morales, the artistic director of the events promotes all the special performances in BP.

We believe that art like ballet is important. The magical world of the ballet has fascinated audiences for hundreds of years. From the complicated steps of the ballerinas to the most regal leaps of the male dancers, ballet requires great strength and stamina. Most of the famous positions, jumps and leaps have particular names and some are performed in specific ballets themes.

Ballet Philippines on its 43rd Season: Dragon Song
A bold gala of local and international works opens the season of Ballet Philippines’ 43rd Season: Dragon Song in Songs, on July 6-8, 2012 at the CCP Main Theater.

A shared heritage
Of hopes and dreams
In his eye.
Cultures, woven
With magical threads
Singing, birthing moments
Of flight, strength,
Courage, faith,
And love…

- Dragon Song

The season is composed of four performances and one special performance, namely:
Janine Arisola expresses her ballet moves in Dragon Song at CCP
1.  Songs (July 6-8, 2012, CCP Main Theater)—A gala of masterworks featuring the work of international and Philippine choreographers—BP Artistic Director Paul Alexander Morales, the legendary Agnes Locsin, BP resident choreographer Alden Lugnasin, former BP artistic director Augustus Damian III and French choreographer Redha Beintefour.

Songs also features sensational masterworks in the arsenal of Ballet Philippines including:
  • Les Petit Mots D’Amour by Redha Beintefour (France)
Wow! This is a compelling dance piece that embodies man’s innermost desires. In it, man is reduced to his primal origins as he covets and yearns for an interactive idea. This vigorous search thrusts him into an enigmatic core of emotional existence. This was first performed in the Philippines in 1994.
  • Moriones by Agnes Locsin (Philippines)
Inspired by the Moriones Festival of Marinduque, Locsin’s Moriones was choreographed for Ballet Philippines at the Recontres Festival Du Danse in La Baule, France. It was also a study for movement for the Guardias Civil dance for Locsin’s coming Encantada, slated to be premiered the next year. First performed in July 1991, Manila, Philippines.
  • This is My Life by Alden Lugnasin (Philippines)
This solo contemporary dance piece highlights the independence and elegance of woman.

2.  Neo-Filipino: Anting (Sept. 14-16, 2012, CCP Little Theater)—Featuring four noted Filipino choreographers who will bring to life pre-eminent dramatist Tony Perez’s libretto that explores the world of talismans and amulets of Filipino magical traditions.
Rama Hari: Katherine Trofeo and Richardson Yadao
3.  Rama Hari (Nov. 30-Dec. 9, 2012, CCP Main Theater)—BP’s hit ballet musical returns! Choreography by BP founder Alice Reyes, with music by Ryan Cayabyab and libretto by National Artist for Literature Bienvenido Lumbera. This is based on the Indian epic The Ramayana. The performance also coincides with the grand theater design retrospective on Rama Hari’s set and costume designer, National Artist for Theater Design Salvador Bernal, also at the CCP. Rama Hari features top Filipino singers and the Manila Symphony Orchestra.

4.  A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Feb. 2013, CCP Main Theater)—A new production of Shakespeare’s timeless romantic comedy by award-winning Hong Kong-based choreographer Carlo Pacis.

SEASON'S SPECIAL: Crisostomo Ibarra (June 2012)— After a successful national and international tour, Ballet Philippines’ Crisostomo Ibarra returns at the CCP Little Theater to close the 150th birth anniversary celebration of Jose Rizal. This was awarded “Outstanding Dance Production of 2010” by the Gawad Buhay.
'Crisostomo Ibarra'  in ballet choreographed by BP director Paul Alexander Morales
Candice Adea and Jean Marc Cordero, principal dancers of BP and international winners of the recently concluded Helsinki Ballet Competition will reprise their critically acclaimed roles in Crisostomo Ibarra with live music on June 24, 2 p.m. at the CCP Little Theater.

Let us remember Rizal by revisiting his Noli in dance form. Choreographed by BP artistic director, Paul Alexander Morales, the two evening performances features the live performance of Jed Balsamo’s noted original score with five leading musicians performing for these special gala nights.

Plus subscribers get awesome benefits like having the best seats at the best prices and 20% discount on all tickets, with complimentary souvenir program per show (that’s an additional P600 savings!), and gentle reminders so they don’t miss the show.

Mark your calendar on June 23, 2012, 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. and June 24, 2012, 2 p.m. at CCP Little Theater. Tickets are available at P600 for Matinees, P1000 for Gala Shows.

“Dragon years are always significant with their great energy and sense of renewal, the beginning of a new cycle,” says Morales. “We encourage all BP friends and supporters to subscribe and empower us to being the company to greater heights. Let’s all rally behind and embrace the company that has brought much pride to the country—after all, it is truly OUR OWN.”

Proceeds from subscriptions go to the enabling of the Philippine dance artist—professional wages, top-notch training for both amateur and professional dancers, and the creation of meaningful dance works among others.

Subscriptions are now available! Please contact Ballet Philippines at 551-1003, 551-7919, 624-5701. Or visit Ballet Philippines at the 4th Floor Cultural Center of the Philippines Bldg., CCP Complex, Pasay City.  Visit    
Cyrill Fallar as Puck in 'A Midsummer's Night Dream,' CCP

Photo courtesy of: 
Jojit Lorenzo, Ballet Philippines


Pinoy Vision appreciates art like ballet.  Thanks to Ballet Philippines and to Ms. Rhea Bautista.  Special appreciation to Stephanie Mayo for extending the invitation. 

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