It was a weekend at the ballet the night when Ballet Philippines opened for the timeless classic, Snow White. The young and young-at-heart filled the main lobby of the CCP Main Theater hours before the curtain raised. Art patrons, members of the diplomatic core and fans of the ballet enjoyed cocktails at the mezzanine where Bizu served up crisp white vino, refreshing currant sparkly and tasty canapes. The main floor was abuzz as audiences surrounded a beautiful floral centerpiece filled with fresh red apples from Honestbee. On each apple, a card shaped like a bee was attached where a thoughtful message had been written: “To the fairest of the all.” The company also saw special guests join them during opening weekend, among them, kids from Smile Train whose smiles were made even brighter the day they went to the ballet.
These sweet nothings for audiences were just some of the treats that the country’s premiere dance company had cooked up for the season to enhance the experience of watching the ballet. Captivating imagery of the company’s upcoming shows, Romeo and Juliet (showing in February 2019) and Tales of the Manuvu (in March 2019) were also on display, ballet regulars and even those watching for the first time to book their tickets next year.
It was inside the theater where the real magic happened. As soon as the curtains went up, audiences were transported into the enchanted world of Snow White. A large cast that also included dance students and scholars from various performance arts schools brought to life colorful characters imagined by the Grimm Brothers. A captivating set by Arturo Cruz included a cottage which was, in itself, a main character to the show. At curtain call, inspiring women of the hour took their bows to an audience awestruck by the season’s most exceptional dance performance: Ballet Philippines’ Artistic Director Alice Reyes, choreographer Effie Nanas and regisseur Rhea Bautista.
The night ended on a sweet note. As audiences left the theater they were treated to delectable apple pies from Delightful Catherine’s Cakes and Pies. It was an uplifting and unforgettable weekend at the ballet from start to finish. And it was a weekend that truly set the tone for a joyous holiday season ahead.