Ballet isn’t just about people turning on their toes or prancing about in tutus and crowns. While having originated from the West, ballet still remains an important art form among Filipinos as it’s a beautiful expression of emotions that Filipinos can connect with. Ballet is a mixture of hard work and passion, much like a Filipino is.
That’s why Filipinos will be excited to see what Ballet Manila has in store for them.
Now on their 24th performance season, Ballet Manila comes out with a series of shows that will surely make their audiences want to come back for more.
This season’s theme is “On Pointé”. When explaining the meaning of the theme, Lisa Macuja-Elizalde, Ballet Manila’s CEO and artistic director, said:
“It highlights the most iconic element in a performance: the standing en pointé of the ballerinas in order to dance… a play on being on point, which defines something to be excellent and perfect– the kind of shows that Ballet Manila would like to give our audience.”
The lineup consists of four shows: Snow White, Giselle, Sleeping Beauty, and La Traviata and Carmina Burana.
The first of the season is a restaging of Snow White, which is the second installment of Macuja-Elizalde’s Princess Trilogy. Macuja-Elizalde wanted to start the season off with this magical show that encapsulates the fun and joy that everyone can experience when watching a ballet. She also said that she wanted to begin the season on such a high note to continue from the previous season’s Cinderella, the first of her Princess Trilogy. The show will run from September 7-8, 2019.
With the seven dwarves we all know and love, along with the beautiful Snow White, people of all ages, especially kids, are sure to have a blast watching them stumble around (gracefully, at that) to tunes that they’ll definitely recognize.
Next on the lineup is Giselle, a tragic story of love and loss that will make anyone truly appreciate the beauty of ballet. It’s quite haunting but that’s what makes it so magical. It will show on October 19-20, 2019.
Sleeping Beauty is the third show of the season and is also the third installment of the Princess Trilogy. This version, while still using Peter Tchaikovsky’s music and the traditional choreography, brings something new to the table. Macuja-Elizalde added a Keeper of the Golden Plates and Catalabutte, the Master of Ceremonies– two fairly key characters in this particular version of the classic ballet. She also added both Snow White and Cinderella into it as Aurora’s friends, making this show, as she puts it, a “fitting conclusion to the Princess Trilogy”. The show will be staged from December 7-8, 2019 as the company’s Christmas production.
To end the season is a back-to-back presentation of the operas La Traviata and Carmina Burana. In a mixture of these classic operas, a live orchestra, and a masterful display of art and dance that represents something less of a fantasy and expresses more human emotions, this 24th performance season ends with something new and exciting that audiences, both new and old, will enjoy. This will be on February 29 and March 1, 2020.
With their technique, artistry, and passion, Ballet Manila’s lineup of shows this performance season is a mixture of fantasy, tragedy, and storytelling like no other that will show just how on pointé they really are.
All shows in Ballet Manila’s 24th performance season will be held in Aliw Theater, Pasay City. For tickets, visit any Ticketworld outlet, call 891 9999, or head straight to the website http://www.ticketworld.com.ph. To know more, visit https://balletmanila.com.ph/ or https://www.facebook.com/BalletManilaOfficial/.