Philippine Ballet Theater brings back Philippine folklore to the stage in its production of Filipino Masterpieces featuring the epic legend “Darangen Ni Bantugen,” as well as “Mantones” and “Vinta.” To be staged at the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) until today, this is part of PBT’s 30th season.
“Darangen Ni Bantugen” explores the Maranao hero’s life through modern, contemporary, and classical dance interpretations that portray his odyssey, demise, and resurrection. First performed in 2008, this original ballet features choreography by Gener Caringal and Ronilo Jaynario. The music of Jesse Lucas fuses indigenous wind and percussion instruments with pre-recorded original chants. National Artist Salvador Bernal’s stylized renditions of original Maranao costumes reflect the rich tapestry of Mindanao culture and tradition.
“Vinta,” also choreographed by Caringal, is an abstract interpretation of the sails of indigenous Moro boats, with dancers gracefully depicting boatmen. With music from Vangelis, this Filipino ballet was originally created for Lisa Macuja and Manny Molina, with Liza dela Fuente and Maritoni Rufino as the second leads for PBT’s 8th Season in 1994. That same season, PBT debuted “Mantones,” the late Tony Fabella’s abstract interpretation of the lives of Filipino women at the turn-of-the-century.
“Filipino Masterpieces” has one last show today at 3:00PM. at the CCP. Contact the CCP Box Office at 832-3704. ***