One of the highlights of Dance.MNL: The Philippine Dance Festival is set to be the full-length romantic ballet “Giselle” to be staged by Ballet Manila on June 25 at the CCP Main Theater, with the special participation of Philippine Ballet Theatre and Ballet Philippines on the gala performance.
In honor of Philippine dance icon Felicitas “Tita” Radaic, the gala night will mark the first time that all three ballet companies will be part of one full-length ballet. Ballet Manila takes the lead, bringing in all of the corps de ballet roles, as well as the title role of Giselle, to be essayed by Joan Emery Sia, a former student of Mrs. Radaic. Dancing opposite her will be Ballet Manila Soloist Romeo Peralta as Albrecht. The pivotal role of Myrtha, the Queen of the Wilis will be danced by Ballet Philippines’ Stephanie Cabral, while the iconic peasant pas de deux is set to be performed by Philippine Ballet Theater’s Regina Magbitang and Jared Tan of Atlanta Ballet. The matinee show will feature an all-Ballet Manila cast.
Even the sets will be a collaboration – with Ballet Philippines bringing in the hanging drops and Ballet Manila bringing in the stand up sets like the 2 cottages and Giselle’s grave for Act 2. As an added treat, artistic directors Paul Alexander Morales of BP and Lisa Macuja Elizalde of BM will be taking on the mime roles of the Duke of Courland and Bathilde, respectively. Both Morales and Macuja Elizalde had Mrs. Radaic as their first ballet teacher.
“I have wanted to mount a tribute performance to Mrs. Felicitas Radaic for the last few years,” shares Macuja Elizalde. “However, for the longest time as well, Mrs. Radaic has refused a tribute to herself. So, last year, when she finally agreed to have a tribute performance, and the collaboration opportunity came up in Dance.MNL, we all immediately agreed that all 3 companies would combine forces and do the tribute. It is also made more meaningful that Mrs. Radaic turns 80 this year.”
Known for her lyrical-romanticism, Mrs. Radaic is one of the very first Giselles in the Philippines. She also presented the full-length Giselle as a tribute to her own mentor Anita Kane in the 1980s. She was the first Filipino to ever become a member of the Royal Academy of Dance and the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing, and in 1996, received the President’s Award of London’s Royal Academy of Dance. She is the only Filipino to be so honored. Together with Julie Borromeo and Eddie Elejar, she co-founded Dance Theatre Philippines, the precursor of what is known today as Philippine Ballet Theatre, and now sits on its Artistic Council. She also spearheaded the creation of the Philippine Syllabus for Classical Ballet and Character Dance, together with co-authors Noordin Jumalon and Vella Damian.
“Giselle” will be performed at the Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo (CCP Main Theater) on June 25, 2016, 2:00PM and 8:00PM as part of Dance.MNL: The Philippine Dance Festival. This production will be restaged by Osias Barroso, Lisa Macuja Elizalde, Eileen Lopez, and Jonathan Janolo after the original choreography by Jules Perrot, Jean Corrali and Marius Petipa. Tickets are priced at Php 1000, Php 800, Php 400, and Php 200.
Presented by the Cultural Center of the Philippines and Ballet Philippines in cooperation with Philippine Ballet Theatre and Ballet Manila, Dance.MNL is a biennial festival focused on uniting and celebrating the Filipino dance community. Supported by the National Commission for Culture and the Arts and Manila Broadcasting Company, this inaugural festival will feature 11 performances, a two-week dance intensive and a conference, gathering more than 500 dance professionals in the metropolis from June 14 to 26 at the CCP, Aliw Theater, and Star Theater.
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SOURCE: Mr. Toots Tolentino, Dance.MNL