AFTER the stellar performance of American Ballet Theater’s soloist Stella Abrera and principal dancer James Whiteside in the opening salvo of Ballet Philippines’s 45th anniversary special, its Blue Moon series continues this weekend at CCP’s Main Theater.
Ballet Philippines’ (BP) favorite masterworks and other acclaimed award-winning productions will go onstage in line with the company’s sapphire milestone.
The series of dances include Je Tu Elle, featuring five sensuously sinewy assertive women. Another is the Farandole, chore-ographed by George Birkadze with music by Georges Bizet. This neo-classical piece showcases the dancers’ athleticism and bravura with a slightly Spanish flair that echoes the Filipino’s Hispanic history and tradition.
Salome, choreographed by Agnes Locsin with music by Isaac Albeniz, is a piece that features guest artist Kris-Belle Paclibar who plays the title role. The Cold Song, choreographed by Max Luna 3rd and music by Klaus Nomi, is the choreographer’s tribute to Alvin Ailey, of the American Dance Theater. Luna is a former artistic director of Ballet Philippines.
Bungkok Suite, choreographed by Alice Reyes with Music by Velarde Obispo, is a collection of traditional and popular folk songs reflecting various moods and sense of humor of the Filipino. Nocturne, choreographed by Carlo Pacis, with music by Felix Mendelssohn, is a final duet from A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
R/J, choreographed by George Birkadze with music by Dmitri Shostakovich, is a dance of the ubiquitous Romeo and Juliet love story in a seven-minute pas de deux, which ends right before the moment Juliet awakens from her drug-induced slumber.
For the Gods, choreographed by Denisa Reyes with music by Fabian Obispo is inspired by the ‘Dugso‘ folkdance from Bukidnon; while the Don Quixote pas de duex with music by Ludwig Minkus features BP’s principal dancer Candice Adea and her partner Shen Jie. Both are currently soloists of Hong Kong Ballet.
As a special treat for balletomanes outside the country, the repertoire for the matinee show will feature selected works of the BP’s show “Master Pieces” that will tour around the United States and Canada in October.
For inquiries, log on to www.ballet.ph or call Ballet Philippines at 551-1003. For tickets, call the CCP Box Office at 832-3704 or Ticketworld at 891-9999.