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A Tale of Two Brothers (Gabriel Barredo’s “OPERA” – a visual Review)

Ballet Philippine’s OPERA

Ballet Philippines’s recent production is a tough act to follow. See, it is a spell-binding collage of different art forms in a spectacle of dance, installation art, music and light design. In it’s mere 1.5 hours of non-stop dance and mesmerizing narrative, Gabriel Barredo’s OPERA presents a stunning feat in Philippine Ballet, that I am still at lost for words.

Choreographed by visiting dancer and French-Algerian choreographer, Redha, Opera follows the mythological journey of two brothers to manhood. As they go along, librettist Yvette Tan’s archetypal motif brings the gasping audiences to a mythical world so detached, yet so familiar. Barredo’s design digs far deeper by making the experience more savagely profound. As the twin brothers’ plot unfolds, John Batalla’s bewitching lighting design transforms each scene from unconventional  hominess to consuming sensuality.

Since Ballet Philippine’s OPERA is a visual treat and an equally satisfying orgy of different forms, it is but right to be quick with my words and share with you Mr. Erickson dela Cruz and Ms. Trixie Dauz‘ photos from the opening night, instead.

Who knows? These photos might convince you to grab your things and run to the CCP and catch their closing show tonight.

Ballet Philippine's OPERA
Ballet Philippine’s OPERA
Ballet Philippines' Principal Dancer Jean Marc Cordero as The Watcher
Ballet Philippines’ Principal Dancer Jean Marc Cordero as The Watcher
Victor Maguad and Erl Sorilla as The Twins
Victor Maguad and Erl Sorilla as The Twins
Ballet Philippine's OPERA
Gabriel Barredo’s OPERA (The Ensemble)
Victor Maguad and Erl Sorilla as The Twins
Victor Maguad and Erl Sorilla as The Twins
Victor Maguad and Erl Sorilla as The Twins with Carissa Adea as The Mother
Victor Maguad and Erl Sorilla as The Twins
Victor Maguad and Erl Sorilla as The Twins
Erl Sorilla as The Twin and Earl John Arisola as The Creation
Ballet Philippine's OPERA
Ballet Philippine’s OPERA: Jean Marc Cordero as The Watcher, Erl Sorilla as The Twin and Carissa Adea as The Mother
Ballet Philippine's OPERA
Ballet Philippine’s OPERA
Ballet Philippine's OPERA: Jean Marc Cordero as The Watcher
Ballet Philippine’s OPERA: Jean Marc Cordero as The Watcher
Ballet Philippine's OPERA: Jean Marc Cordero as The Watcher, Rita Angela WInder as The Mistress and Denise Parungao as Death
Ballet Philippine’s OPERA: Jean Marc Cordero as The Watcher, Rita Angela WInder as The Mistress and Denise Parungao as Death
Ballet Philippine's OPERA:
Ballet Philippine’s OPERA:
Ballet Philippine's OPERA
Ballet Philippine’s OPERA: BP’s Principal Dancers Rita Angela Winder as The Mistress and Jean Marc Cordero as The Watcher
Ballet Philippine's OPERA: Victor Maguad and Erl Sorilla as The Twins, Erl John Arisola as The Creation
Ballet Philippine’s OPERA: Victor Maguad and Erl Sorilla as The Twins, Erl John Arisola as The Creation
Ballet Philippine's OPERA: Victor Maguad and Erl Sorilla as The Twins, and Carissa Adea as The Mother
Ballet Philippine’s OPERA: Victor Maguad and Erl Sorilla as The Twins, and Carissa Adea as The Mother
Orly S. Agawin

The author Orly S. Agawin

Orly has been writing for The Jellicle Blog since 2008. He is a training and development consultant by day and an art enthusiast by night. He lives in Parañaque with his mom.

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