‘A Gala Celebration’ gathers world-class Filipino ballet dancers

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The country’s preeminent ballet and contemporary dance company, Ballet Philippines, gathers Filipino stars from various international dance companies reviving choreographic gems in the production of “A Gala Celebration.”

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This production marks the return of Alice Reyes, National Artist for Dance, as the company’s artistic director. Handpicked to showcase the excellence at the company’s core, the featured works include Agnes Locsin’s “Salome”, Bam Damian’s “Minamahal, Sinasamba,” Edna Vida’s “Vision of Fire,” Norman Walker’s “Summer’s End” and an excerpt from the classical ballet “Raymonda.”

Candice Adea

“This is quite an exciting time for all of us at Ballet Philippines, especially as we move toward our 50th anniversary in two years. The energy in our studios is electric! It is wonderful to see all of these artists coming together to perform these signature works from the company’s repertoire. Truly a cause for celebration!” rem- arked Reyes.

Ballet Philippine in Bam Damian’s ‘Minamahal Sinasamba’

Among the guest artists are Candice Adea (formerly of BalletMet and Hong Kong Ballet), Marcelino Libao (Hamburg Ballet), Kris-Belle Paclibar (formerly of Cirque du Soleil), Ronelson Yadao (formerly of Cloud Gate Dance Theatre), Paul Ocampo and Chien-Ying Wang (OcampoWang Dance), and Jean Marc Cordero and Rita Angela Winder (Ballett Kiel).

A Gala Celebration runs at the CCP Main Theater from August 18 to 20.

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