The country’s premier dance company Ballet Philippines (BP) closes its successful 44th season, themed “IllumiNATION,” with an exceptional repertoire of breathtaking performances in The Art of Dance.
Showing at the RCBC Theater on February 14 to 16 and 21 to 23 (3 p.m. matinee and 8 p.m. evening shows), this highly anticipated season-ender presents a mixed repertoire of new and revived works from notable guest choreographers, showcasing Ballet Philippines’ (BP) acclaimed mastery of both classical and contemporary ballet.
The Art of Dance takes on varied dance forms in a stunning display of technique, talent, contrast, and artistry, presenting two different shows—“Day” (matinee shows) and “Night” (evening shows). Essentially taking into consideration each program’s target audience both shows offer completely different—yet equally-enthralling—experiences for its viewers.
The matinee show line-up, which is intended for all ages, includes a new contemporary production by company member Gillianne Gequinto; the neo-ethnic presentation “Moslem,” by Agnes Locsin; “Rurok,” a modern feature by Alden Lugnasin; a new street dance piece by company member Edana Labitoria; new choreography by artistic director Paul Alexander Morales to National Artist Lucio San Pedro’s “Recuerdos;” and the classic Black Swan Pas De Deux, as restaged by Victor Ursabia.
Directed specifically for more mature audiences are the gala shows, featuring the classical ballet “Paquita,” as restaged by Victor Ursabia; “Muybridge Frames,” a modern production by Denisa Reyes; a new neo-classical piece by Brando Miranda; and “Zebra,” a contemporary feature by Ernest Mandap, a BP alumnus who has been based in France for the past 22 years. Mandap describes the piece as “a representation of tolerance and unity.”
Indeed, with such a diverse mix of dance genres in Ballet Philippines’ grand season finale, there’s no questioning Southeast Asia’s longest-running professional dance company’s mastery and passion for The Art of Dance.
For inquiries, visit www.ballet.ph, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org, or call Ballet Philippines at 551-1003. For tickets, call the CCP Box Office at 832-3704 or Ticketworld at 891-9999. Official pages are www.facebook.com/balletphilippines and Twitter @balletph.