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News: Ballet Manila to end 24th season with a triple treat double bill

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A double-bill grand finale that also brings a triple treat of classical elements. This is how Ballet Manila intends to conclude its most unforgettable 24th performance season.

Following Sleeping Beauty which was filled with enchantment and romance, Ballet Manila will go on a different route as it takes on a production about tragedy, death, and other inexorable fates of mankind with its latest production – Carmina Burana and La Traviata. This rare and powerful performance will combine classical ballet and music, and opera for a one-of-a-kind spectacular production scheduled on March 7, 2020, 6:00 p.m. and on March 8, 2020, 3:00 p.m. at the Samsung Hall, SM Aura Premier, Taguig.

Rudy de Dios. Photograhed by Erickson Dela Cruz.

Carmina Burana is a scenic cantata based on a series of 13th-century songs, while La Traviata is an Italian opera that tells the ill-fated story of a beautiful young courtesan wasting away from tuberculosis and her relationship with a young bourgeois from a provincial family. These timeless works of art will be seen in new light with Ballet Manila’s sophisticated dancing and creativity.

Rudy de Dios, a former principal dancer of Ballet Manila, created a choreography based on the music of Carmina Burana, including the famed “O Fortuna.” On the other hand, Ballet Manila CEO and artistic director Lisa Macuja Elizalde brought the story of Violetta and Alfredo to life once again by choreographing La Traviata.

Leading the ensemble of Carmina Burana are Romeo Peralta as Solom, Gerardo Francisco as Spreo, Joan Sia as Agape, and John Ralp Balagot as Atheos. While, La Traviata will come to life with Nicole Barroso as Violetta, Mark Sumaylo as Alfredo, John Ralp Balagot as Giorgio Germont, and Joshua Enciso as Baron.

Ballet Manila’s Carmina Burana and La Traviata is truly something to look forward to because, aside from great display of artistry, this spectacle will mark the end of a challenging yet fulfilling season filled with a lot of ups and downs for Ballet Manila.

Ballet Manila’s Trivia on Carmina Burana.
Excerpts from Carmina Burana and La Traviata were presented during the presscon, and here are some stills captured by Photographer Erickson dela Cruz:

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Mam Lisa Macuja Elizalde with the Ballet Manila dancers preparing to answer some questions from the Press.

 

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The cast and artistic team of Ballet Manila’s Carmina Burana and La Traviata.

 

For tickets to Ballet Manila’s Carmina Burana and La Traviata, call SM Tickets at (02) 8470 2222 or log on to www.smtickets.com 

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News: ON YOUR FEET! MANILA HAS FOUND ITS GLORIA ESTEFAN

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Atlantis Theatrical Entertainment Group’s upcoming production of the Broadway and West End hit musical ON YOUR FEET! has found its lead star who will play the iconic and multi-awarded singer Gloria Estefan.

After a long search, Gab Pangilinan, who has starred in musicals such as BEAUTIFUL, ANG HULING EL BIMBO, SIDE SHOW, MULA SA BUWAN and RAK OF AEGIS, will take on the coveted lead role of Gloria, one of the most celebrated and successful singers of all time. Gloria Estefan, who has won 7 Grammy Awards, herself approved the casting of Gab after viewing her audition videos which were sent to her by Bobby Garcia, director of the production.

Gab says of her casting, “Being cast as the one and only Gloria Estefan is beyond anything I’ve ever imagined. She has made impossible things possible in her life worth many lifetimes and her incredible life story has touched the lives of so many young dreamers, including mine. What a huge blessing it is to be given the opportunity to portray Gloria, a truly iconic woman of hope and strength. It will be a challenge but one that I welcome with open arms. I am so grateful. I can’t wait to start working on this. And also, I can’t wait to put my dancing shoes on!

GAB PANGILINAN. Photo by Paw Castillo. (provided by ATEG)

Bobby Garcia, who will soon be directing the international premiere of the Tony and Grammy Award-winning musical THE BAND’S VISIT, says, “From the moment she stepped in to audition, it was clear that Gab was the front runner for Gloria.  Her preparation, focus, grasp of the material and of Gloria and the Miami Sound Machine’s music and style were evident throughout the audition process.  Gloria viewed the audition videos and immediately loved Gab.  We are thrilled that one of Philippine musical theatre’s brightest young stars will be taking on the role of this remarkable and inspiring woman who has rocked the music industry for four decades. If there is anyone who can get a Manila audience to Conga other than Gloria herself, it’s Gab.”

ON YOUR FEET! is the story of Emilio and Gloria Estefan, two people who believed in their talent, their music and each other, and became an international sensation. Universally crowd-pleasing and uplifting, ON YOUR FEET! is a celebration of greatest hits that will have audiences dancing in the aisles. Featuring “Rhythm Is Gonna Get You,” “1-2-3,” “Live For Loving You,” “Conga,” and many more, ON YOUR FEET! is a portrait of a legendary artist that reveals fierce determination and visionary creativity matched with the exhilarating energy of the Miami Sound Machine. ON YOUR FEET! features music and lyrics by Emilio and Gloria Estefan and a book by Alexander Dinelaris. ON YOUR FEET! is presented through a special licensing agreement with Theatrical Rights Worldwide and Emilio and Gloria Estefan. ON YOUR FEET! is part of Atlantis Twenty Twenty, a season of musicals that includes the international premiere of THE BAND’S VISIT, which opens on March 13 at the Carlos P. Romulo Auditorium, RCBC Plaza, Makati, and the classic musical OLIVER!

ON YOUR FEET! will run at the Circuit Performing Arts Theater, Makati from November 13 to December 6.  For show buying and group packages, contact Atlantis Theatrical at shows@atlantistheatrical.com.

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News: Daloy Dance Co. will perform a 3-hour interactive dance called Transcendance on Valentines Day

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Choreographer, contemporary performer, movement facilitator, Ea Torrado will offer a 3-hour interactive performance called Transcendance – A Daloy Movement on February 14 at Kondwi in Makati, as part of the 2020 Fringe Manila Art Festival, with live music by DJ Ed Croix. The performance will include an opening performance by K.Go, a Brooklyn-based artist, called “Hungry Ground”.

Originally trained in Ballet, Ea started Daloy Movement in 2014 as an embodied research on dance as a healing practice. She arrived at a place of fulfilment after many years as a company dancer first with Ballet Manila then Ballet Philippines and wanted to break free and shift her footing to a new flavour of expression. Coming from the highly technical, precise, and formalized movement world of Ballet, her exploration and exposure to Physical Theatre, Yoga, somatic practices, and community work, introduced Ea to a language of dance that is both rawfully beautiful and inclusive.

In a Daloy Movement Jam, all bodies and all backgrounds are welcome. The participants move to bracing music as Ea guides through winged verbalization of anatomical cues and imagery prompts that birth the space for each body to flow through the state of order, swell exponentially into chaos, and be trance-ported back into order again.
Titled, “Transcendance”, the movement jam aims to destroy and transcend the popular notion of love as clinginess and death without the other.

Daloy Movement also espouses the principle of a fluid payment scheme where the participants pay based on their economic capacity and their perceived value of the experience. This serves as a reflection of the body’s accessible and encompassing availability to be free. Expect to be enthralled by a live show of mind-body dance and cathartic release that our ancient ancestors knew very well.

Transcendance” is co-presented by Daloy Dance Company, Kondwi, and 10 Days of Art for Art Fair PH.

When asked, why is the title Transcendance? Ea asnwers, “Hmmm perhaps to Transcend through dancing And to transcend the common misused meaning of love in pop songs that is associated with clinginess or dying without the other etc.”

Ea Torrado

Cited as one of the most exciting and sought-after contemporary dancer-choreographers in the Philippines today, Ea creates visceral and evocative works that have been presented in numerous sites and stages in Manila and abroad. Rigorously trained in classical ballet from a young age, Ea has essayed principal and soloist roles in traditional and contemporary full-length dances, and toured extensively in the Philippines and abroad. She is the founder and artistic director of Manila-based dance theatre group, Daloy Dance Company. Her creations manifest in site-specific work, film, installation, improvisational performance and dance theatre pieces. She was awarded the prestigious Alvin Erasga Tolentino Koreograpiya Award (2014), Remedios De Oteyza Award for Choreography (2016) and Asian Cultural Council Grant (2017). She is also a member of World Dance Alliance- Philippines and (ICONS) International Consortium for Advancement in Choreography.

Daloy Dance Company

Daloy DC is committed to the appreciation and critical understanding of dance by realizing the creation of new choreographies and workshops by Ea Torrado and her guest artists.

Since 2014, Daloy Dance Company has made waves in the Manila art scene by fulfilling its founder and artistic director, Ea Torrado’s vision of generating daring and evocative dance theatre pieces with an ever-evolving group of dancers, thespians and artists from diverse backgrounds. Nominated by Aliw Awards as Best Dance Company of 2017 and Best Classical Dance Company of 2017, and Outstanding Contemporary Dance Group by The Philippine Leaf Awards 2019, the company has performed in a range of dance and art festivals in the Philippines and abroad, Japan, Korea, Thailand and USA, among others. They have also worked with guest teachers from Sweden, Singapore, USA, Australia and Canada. Capturing the energy and philosophy of Ea Torrado’s exploration of the human body as an instrument to provoke reflection and dialogue, Daloy has co-produced Walang Hiya Festival, Sayaw Galaw, Ugnayan Community Program, Tanghal at Talakay, and Daloy Movement— dance workshops that utilise dance as a tool for personal development, empowerment and change.

Daloy Dance Co. Photographs by Erickson Dela Cruz:
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KGo With Opening Performance titled ‘Hungry Ground’

K.Go is a Manila born experimental movement artist & biomythographer from Connecticut currently based in New York. She is inspired by questions around migrations, time travel or timelessness, shape shifting or shaping, queering and queer futurity. She has shared her work at Movement Research at Judson Memorial Church, Dancers Unlimited, Miguel Gutierrez’s Landing 3.0 at the Gibney Dance Center and is currently working with artist Lu Yim, at the Center for Performance Research. She is continuously grateful to have opportunities to share and move with others.

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News: “Joseph The Dreamer”, An inspired re-imagination fit for the times

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Gathering some of the most promising and most formidable names in the local theatre industry, Trumpets’ presents a reimagined production of its hit musical, “Joseph the Dreamer.”

Joseph the Dreamer” goes onstage February 21 to March 7 at the Globe Auditorium, Maybank Performing Arts Theater and promises to recreate moments of sheer nostalgia for people who have experienced the magic of previous stagings. The updated material is aimed at reaching a newer, younger audience and has been given new twists and takes that make it more vibrant and playful yet somehow more profound.

Trumpets President Butch Jimenez says, “The time is ripe for younger generations to experience this incredible musical and the best way to reach them is to have millennials at the helm of this new production. We did not have to look far to assemble the best artistic team. “

Renowned concert director and stage actor Paolo Valenciano, who grew up witnessing the magic of “Joseph the Dreamer,” makes his theater debut as Director. He has assembled only the finest young artists to form his team. Nelsito Gomez, accomplished theater actor and rising new director, sits at his right hand as Associate Director. Myke Salomon, acclaimed Musical Director of “Rak of Aegis” and “Ang Huling El Bimbo,” puts on that hat once again for “Joseph.”

Hip-hop group A-Team’s choreographer Mike Arda also lends his talent for the musical. The dance numbers for this his first theater adventure will be as energetic and powerful as those his award-winning crew is known for.

Trumpets veteran and skilled scenographer Mio Infante, Sound Engineer Rards Corpus, and Lighting Director Dong Calingacion, who are all known for their brilliant work in their respective fields of expertise, round-off the artistic team.

Born and bred for theater Sam Concepcion (“The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe,” “High School Musical,” “Peter Pan”) returns to Trumpets and his first love playing the title role of Joseph after time away from theater making a name for himself in mainstream entertainment. Playing his love interest, Asenath, is Kayla Rivera, who headlined a string of hit musicals including ATEG’s “Beautiful.

The King of Philippine Musical Theater Audie Gemora, who played Joseph in earlier runs, returns as Joseph’s father, Jacob.

Also returning is the original Benjamin, Carlo Orosa, who now plays multiple key characters that show off his flair for comedy including the role of Egypt’s Pharaoh.

A former member of the JTD ensemble and one of many Mrs. Potiphars, powerhouse performer Bituin Escalante is now Rachel, Jacob’s wife and Joseph’s mother.

It is so good to have Sam, a mainstay of Trumpets, and Kayla, a Trumpets first-timer, in one production. Sparks really fly between them,” shares Audie. “And it is also nice to share the stage with returning cast members Carlo and Bituin.”

Completing the cast are Mitzi Lao, RJ Dela Fuente, Carlos Canlas, Paul Anthony Valdez, Neo Rivera, Jim Ferrer, Renz Bernardo, Edrei Tan, Matthew Barbers, John Paul Fausto, Joshua Ade Valenzola, Guido Gatmaytan, Aldo Vencilao, Alys Serdenia, Jo Mari Logdat, Coleen Paz, Samantha Libao, Kathleen Francisco with two child wonders Elai Estrella and Eli Luis.

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The cast of 2020 Trumpets’ Joseph the Dreamer. Photographed by Erickson dela Cruz.

Joseph The Dreamer” is based on the anointed life of Joseph and his journey towards becoming one of the most beloved characters in the Holy Bible.

Written by Freddie Santos based on the cantata by Cam Floria’s “Joseph, Whatever Happened to the Dreamer?”, the musical, rechristened “Joseph the Dreamer,” was first staged at the St. Teresa’s Auditorium Cebu in 1989. The modest staging was such a hit that the show quickly snowballed and had numerous runs shuttling back and forth between Manila and the provinces. It has played at the Meralco Theater, Cebu Plaza Ballroom, Waterfront Ballroom, 8000 seater Cebu Coliseum, the Ultra, San Agustin Gym in Iloilo, Bacolod Convention Center, Davao Convention Center, Dagupan Coliseum, Cuneta Astrodome and was even aired on television.

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2020 TRUMPETS’ Joseph The Dreamer Cast. Photo by Erickson dela Cruz.

Its record-breaking ten-year-run was brought to a new high when pop superstar Gary Valenciano played Joseph in the 1999 staging. These were followed by school runs in the early 2000’s and full runs at the SM Megamall theaters.

Because of the increasing clamor for its return, Trumpets has long dreamt of bringing back “Joseph the Dreamer” and on February 21, that dream finally comes true.

Be part of the dream! Catch Trumpets’ “Joseph the Dreamer,” one of the most awaited stage productions of 2020.

For tickets, please visit www.ticketworld.com.ph or Trumpets, Inc.’s official Fan Page.

 

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News: Ballet Manila’s Sleeping Beauty world premiere -A modern retelling of a classic story

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A beautiful princess who was cursed by an evil fairy so that she will fall on a sleep-like death after pricking her finger on a spindle of a spinning wheel, only to be awakened after a hundred years by true love’s kiss – this is the story of Sleeping Beauty which has gained worldwide popularity through narrations in various media.

Ballet Manila, the Philippines’ most solidly trained classical ballet company, will bring this classic fairy tale to life with the world premiere of Sleeping Beauty featuring an original choreography by Ballet Manila CEO and artistic director Lisa Macuja Elizalde. As part of the ballet company’s 24th performance season, On Pointé, this grand spectacle will also be the last installment of Macuja Elizalde’s Princess Trilogy. The shows are scheduled on January 18 at 6:00 PM and January 19 at 3:00 PM at the Newport Performing Arts Theater, Resorts World Manila.

Sleeping Beauty will be a modern retelling of the story of Aurora, Prince Philip, and Maleficent with new elements that were conceptualized by the prima ballerina herself with the help of Ballet Manila’s co-artistic director Osias Barroso, who is also the show’s choreography assistant and rehearsal master.

A production that reflects the company’s sophisticated talent and creativity, Ballet Manila’s Sleeping Beauty will be different from the classic ballet by Ivan Vsevolozhsky and Marius Petipa. It will explore the origins of the story and explain what urged Maleficent to cast the spell on Aurora. New characters will also be introduced such as the Keeper of the Golden Plates, and the royal couples from the other installments of the Princess Trilogy. Moreover, Macuja Elizalde further modified the story by shortening the show and removing its divertissements. With these and more, Ballet Manila’s Sleeping Beauty will truly give a fresh and contemporary take on a story that has been around for centuries.

However, Ballet Manila’s Sleeping Beauty is not only about new characters, interesting crossovers, and unexpected twists. With this show, Ballet Manila’s goal is to preserve traditional aspects of ballet. The production will stay true to the story’s central plot about first love, enchantment, and goodness prevailing over evil, as well as the ever-majestic music of Peter Tchaikovsky.

All in all, Sleeping Beauty will showcase how Ballet Manila has always identified with the classics and the Russian Vaganova method, and will manifest the company’s classical ballet abilities.

But more than a spectacular presentation, Sleeping Beauty is an apt offering to start 2020 as the company rises from the recent tragedy after its home, Aliw Theater was ravaged by fire. With Sleeping Beauty, Ballet Manila is all set to show Filipino ballet fans that they will continue to dance, beautifully, majestically.

Leading the ensemble is principal dancer Jasmine Pia Dames who will take on the role of Aurora, while her fellow principal dancer Romeo Peralta will be her love interest, Prince Phillip. Other cast members include Mark Sumaylo, Rissa May Camaclang, Joan Sia, Gerardo Francisco, Rafael Perez, Alvin Dictado, Shaira Comeros, Joshua Enciso and Emma Harris.

To buy tickets for the shows, visit any Ticketworld outlet, call 891 9999, or go to www.ticketworld.com.ph. For more information, visit https://balletmanila.com.ph/ or https://www.facebook.com/BalletManilaOfficial/.

Here are some photographs from Ballet Manila’s Sleeping Beauty Press Launch that was happened last Thursday (January 9) taken by Erickson Dela Cruz:

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(From L-R) BM co-artistic director Sir Osias Barroso, Ballet Manila CEO and Artistic Director Ma’m Lisa Macuja Elizalde, Principal dancers Jasmine Pia Dames and Romeo Peralta.
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The Cast of Ballet Manila’s SLEEPING BEAUTY.
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News: Philippine Leaf Awards announces their finalists for the 2019 LEAF THEATER

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The Philippine Leaf Awards proudly announces the finalists for LEAF THEATER 2019. This covers performances from October 1, 2018 to November 30, 2019.

OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A MUSICAL

Kim Molina (Rak of Aegis 7/PETA)
Joanna Ampil (Waitress/Atlantis Theatrical)
Shiela Valderrama – Martinez (Passion/Philippine Opera Company)
Aicelle Santos (Himala/9 Works Theatricals)
Krystal Kane (Spring Awakening/Ateneo Blue Repertory)
Tanya Manalang (Ang Huling El Bimbo/Full House Theater Co./Resorts World)

OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A MUSICAL

Sandino Martin (Spring Awakening/Ateneo Blue Repertory)
Vien King (Passion/Philippine Opera Company)
Arman Ferrer (Mabining Mandirigma /Tanghalang Pilipino)
Gian Magdangal (Ang Huling El Bimbo/Full House Theater Co./Resorts World)
David Ezra (Mabining Mandirigma/Tanghalang Pilipino)

OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS
IN A FEATURED ROLE (MUSICAL)

Bituin Escalante (Waitress/Atlantis Theatrical)
Marriela Munji Laurel (Binondo/MA-Yong Foundation)
Carla Guevara-Laforteza (Ang Huling El Bimbo/Resorts World)
Maronne Cruz ( Waitress/Atlantis Theatrical)
Bernadette Mamauag (Noli Me Tangere The Opera/J&S Production)

OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR
IN A FEATURED ROLE (MUSICAL)

Nino Alejandro (Waitress/Atlantis Theatrical)
Rody Vera (Rak of Aegis 7/PETA)
Vince Lim (Rak of Aegis 7/PETA)
Bibo Reyes (Waitress/Atlantis Theatricals)
Juancho Gabriel (Spring Awakening/ Ateneo Blue Repertory)

OUTSTANDING ENSEMBLE CAST FOR A MUSICAL

Spring Awakening (Ateneo Blue Repertory)
Binondo, A Tsinoy Musical (MA-Yong Foundation)
Ang Huling El Bimbo (Full House Theater Co./Resorts World)
Mabining Mandirigma (Tanghalang Pilipino)
Rak of Aegis 7/(PETA)

OUTSTANDING MUSICAL DIRECTOR

Ejay Yatco (Mabining Mandirigma/Tanghalang Pilipino)

Von de Guzman (Binondo, A Tsinoy Musical/MA-Yong Foundation)
Eugene Belbis (Sleeping Beauty/Kids’ Act Philippines Inc)
Herminigildo Ranera (Noli Me Tangere, The Opera/J&S Production)
Jesse Lucas (Roses for Ben/Artist Playground)

OUTSTANDING DIRECTOR FOR A MUSICAL PRODUCTION

Ed Lacson (Himala/9 Works Theatricals)
Chris Millado (Mabining Mandirigma/Tanghalang Pilipino)
Missy Maramara (Spring Awakening/Ateneo Blue Repertory)
Dexter Santos (Ang Huling El Bimbo/Resorts World)
Jerry Sibal/Jose Jeffrey Camanag (Noli Me Tangere, The Opera/ J&S Productions)

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OUTSTANDING PLAY

Ang Dressing Room (Dulaang UP)
Katsuri (Tanghalang Pilipino)
Alyas July (Dulaang Filipino/CSB)
Nana Rosa (Dulaang UP)

OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS

Missy Maramara ( Stop Kiss/Music Artes)
Bibeth Orteza (Dolorosa/Tanghalang Ateneo)
Peewee O’Hara (Nana Rosa/Dulaang UP)
Delphine Buencamino (If He Doesn’t See Your Face/Arete Productions)
Jill Pena (Dancing Lessons/Twin Bill Theater)
Jenny Jamora (Stop Kiss/Music Artes)

OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR

Roeder Camanag (Ang Dressing Room/Dulaang UP)
Marco Viana (Katsuri/Tanghalang Pilipino)
Jonathan Tadioan (Katsuri/Tanghalang Pilipino)
Ron Capinding (Dolorosa/Tanghalang Ateneo)
Brian Matthew Sy (If He Doesn’t See Your Face/Arete Productions)
Randy Villarama (Dancing Shoes/Twin Bill Theater)

OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS
IN A FEATURED ROLE

Stella Canete (Ang Bahay ni Bernarda Alba/Dulaang UP)
Sherry Lara (Coriolano/Tanghalang Pilipino)
Joan Cabunag (Alyas July/Dulaang Filipino)
Krystle Valentino (Nana Rosa/Dulaang UP)
Jannah Baniasia (Ang Dakilang Teatro ng Daigdig/ CSB School of Design)

OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR
IN A FEATURED ROLE

Brian Matthew Sy (Coriolano/Tanghalang Pilipino)
Norman Penaflorida (Nakakapagpabagabag/Artist Playground)
Mitoy Sta Ana (Ang Dressing Room/Dulaang UP)
Seth Dela Llana (Alyas July/Dulaang Filipino/CSB)

OUTSTANDING ENSEMBLE CAST

Ang Dressing Room (Dulaang UP)
M. Butterfly National Tour (Frontrow Entertainment)
Alyas July (Dulaang Filipino/CSB)
Manila Notes(Tanghalang Pilipino/Japan Foundation)
Katsuri (Tanghalang Pilipino)
Marat/Sade (UP Dulaang Laboratoryo)

OUTSTANDING DIRECTOR

Carlitos Siguion Reyna (Katsuri/Tanghalang Pilipino)
Alexander Cortez (Ang Dressing Room/Dulaang UP)
Riki Benedicto (Alyas July/Dulaang Filipino/CSB)
Francis Matheu (Dancing Lessons/Twin Bill Theater)
Ed Lacson Jr. (Stop Kiss/Music Artes)
Joy Cerro (Marat/Sade, UP Dulaang Laboratoryo)

OUTSTANDING EMERGING PERFORMANCE ART (Musical or Non Musical)

Mural (Uyat Artista/Jocson College CLDCAS)
Tao Po (Rise Up/Juana Change Movement)
La Luna Roja (Fundacion Centro Flamenco)
The Weight of Words (Black Canvas Theater)

OUTSTANDING PERFORMER IN AN EMERGING PERFORMANCE ART

Elle Ocampo (Mural/Jocson College/CLDCAS)
Mae Paner (Tao Po/Rise Uo/Juana Change Movement)
Tami Monsod (La Luna Roja/Fundacion Centro Flamenco)
Abner Delina Jr. (The Weight of Words/Black Canvas)

OUTSTANDING DIRECTOR EMERGING PERFORMANCE ART

Leo Rialp (La Luna Roja/Fundacion CentroFlamenco)
Ed Lacson Jr (Tao Po/Rise Up/Juana Change Movement)
Jayson Gantan Pabalan (Mural/Uyat Artista/Jocson College CLDCAS
Abner Delina Jr. (The Weight of Words/Black Canvas)

OUTSTANDING PRODUCTION FOR CHILDREN

Tigmamanukin (Artist Playground)
Sleeping Beauty (Kids Acts Philippines Inc.)
Hanggang Isang Araw (UP Dulaang Laboratoryo)
Nia & Anwar/The Whale Shark Tale (Gloria Fantasyland/Dapitan)

OUTSTANDING CULTURAL/THEATER GROUP

Uyat Artista (Angeles City)
Tanghalang Sandaang Pulo (Alaminos Pangasinan)
Aklan Performing Arts Network (Western Visayas)
Kanlaon Theater Guild (Negros Occidental)
Barasoain Kalinangan (Malolos Bulacan)

OUTSTANDING SCENOGRAPHY

Nia and Anwar/The Whale Shark Tale/ Gloria Fantasyland
Katsuri/Tanghalang Pilipino
Alyas July/Dulaang Filipino CSB
Himala/9 Works Theatricals
Hanggang Isang Araw (UP Dulaang Laboratoryo)

BEST SPECIAL EVENTS

Imbukada (Belison, Antique)
70th Anniversary PESA (Phil Electronic Suppliers Assoc)
San Miguel Yamamura Packaging Conference
Pinoy Playlist, BGC
Koryo Mindanao

BEST SPECIAL EVENTS DIRECTOR

Noel Maximo (San Miguel Yamamura Packaging Corp Conference)
Rodel Mercado (70th Anniversary, Federation of Electrical Suppliers)
Basilidas Pilapil (Koryo Mindanao)
Peter Macrohon (Imbukada)

 

THE AWARDING CEREMONY IS SET ON FEBRUARY 8, 2020 (SATURDAY)
at CARLOS P. ROMULO AUDITORIUM RCBC PLAZA, MAKATI CITY, 2 PM – 5 PM

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News: Cultural Center of the Philippines unveiled their line up of programs for 2020.

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THE Cultural Center of the Philippines unveiled its 2020 performance season.  CCP vice president and artistic director Chris Millado presented the CCP’s year-long programming in a press conference held recently at the CCP Tanghalang Huseng Batute.

CCP welcomes the new year with forthcoming productions from its resident companies – the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra, Ballet Philippines, Philippine Ballet Theatre, Tanghalang Pilipino, Ramon Obusan Folkloric Group, Bayanihan Dance Company, UST Symphony Orchestra, National Music Competitions for Young Artists (NAMCYA), and the Philippine Madrigal Singers.  Local and international outreach performance tours are likewise set for some of the resident companies throughout the year.

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A scene from Dulaang UP’s production of Lope de Vega’s “Fuente Ovejuna”. Photo by Erickson dela Cruz

A University Theater Season is set in 2020 wherein select university-based theater groups take to the CCP venues to showcase next-generation talent in their productions of original Filipino works, adaptations of classics and experimental work.  The season of university theater productions ramps up to the 13th International University Theater Association’s (IUTA) Congress and Festival to be held in August.

International Filipino tenor Arthur Espiritu leads a stellar international cast from Italy and Manila in the staging of the opera “Lucia Di Lammermoor” by Gaetano Donizetti, the Italian-language libretto written by Salvadore Cammarano based upon Sir Walter Scott’s historical novel “The Bride of Lammermoor.”

Ternocon II, a unique competition involving the young designers in a mentoring atelier workshop with established designers in a process that engages the history, technique, and construction of the classic Filipino terno, culminates in a grand fashion concert where the winners are announced.

Other events include concerts (Triple Threats), festivals (CCP Jazz Festival in Baguio City, Banda Rito Banda Roon: Symphonic Band and Clarinet, The Rainbow LGBTQI Arts; Festival of Arts and Ideas), plays (Tanghalang Pilipino’s “Batang Mujahideen” and “Lam-Ang, an Ethno-Epic Musical”), a production of “Senadala at Persyanus: Ang Bagong Mukha ng Moro by community-based theater organization Komedya ng Don Galo, and other productions. 

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Markki Stroem will be part of the Triple Threats concert series. Photo by Erickson dela Cruz.

Highlights of the 2020 CCP season calendar include the inauguration of the CCP’s newest venue Tanghalang Ignacio Gimenez (CCP Black Box Theater), the first CCP Arts and Social Media Festival, Launching of Rare Digitized CCP Performances Collection of the CCP Library and Archives, and the Genesis Magazine Anniversary Edition, CCP Digital Time Capsule, Luces: Festival of Illuminations, CCP Arthouse Cinema screenings, Philippine Hip-Hop Dance Championship and the like.

 The CCP Encyclopedia of Philippine Art (EPA) will soon be available digitally in 2020 including a Digital Installation, Website launch, Mobile Application, and Offline Version as well.

 There are also the CCP regular events such as the Pasinaya, considered the largest multi-arts festival in the country; the Virgin Labfest, the annual festival of raw, untested and unstaged one-act plays, followed by an Extra Virgin LabFest to be held in other regions; Cinemalaya, the largest independent film festival with the aim to support cinematic works by upcoming and veteran Filipino filmmakers.

 Proud of its art education and outreach programs, the CCP continues to hold various training and workshops for national rondalla, national folk dance for teachers, choral groups, and summer dance, to name some.

 Must-see exhibitions include the following: “1986 People Power Revolution – The aftermath from Cultural Center of the Philippines to Sentrong Pangkultura ng Pilipinas: The Center in the Midst of Change”,  “Valerio Nofuente and Emmanuel Sanchez Collections: The Banned Library Materials During the Martial Law Era”, “Allegories And Realities Ofelia Gelvezon-Tequi: In Retrospect”, Launching of the 21AM (21st Century Arts Museum), “1st of May: The Roles of Amado Vera Hernandez and Isabelo Florentino De Los Reyes in the History of the Labor Movement in the Struggle for Social Justice and Liberation”, Severino Rivera Reyes (1861-1942) “Father of the Tagalog Sarsuwela”, “Launch of the CCP Print Folio: 20/30 I & II: A Limited Edition Print Portfolios in Celebration of the 50th Year Anniversary of CCP”, Cinemalaya Eye Fix, among other shows.

 

HIGHLIGHTS OF THE CCP INSTITUTIONAL PRESSCON:

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  • The fully editable and interactive Digital CCP Encyclopedia of Philippine Arts, to be distributed free to public schools and universities.
  • Interactive Digital Wall Installations, which not only feature full info on current shows but also layerable timeliness on the different arts, along with a Time Capsule.
  • CCP Digital HD to extend the lifespan of high-budgeted productions to be launched with Virgin Lab Fest’s “Mga Kontrabida” by Lasallian Dustin Celestino.
  • A Dulaang UP production of Lope de Vega’s “Fuente Ovejuna“, the last work of Antonio “Tony” Mabesa+, translated by Nicolas Pichay.
  • The First Social Media and the Arts Festival in May, a brainchild of Irene Rada who is retiring this year.
  • The opening of CCP’s New Black Box Theater, which Tess Rances herself assured will finally push through.
  • The revival of Triple Threats concerts featuring Markki Stroem, among others, and
  • Spinifex Group’s dynamic Audiovisual Light and Video Matting for the CCP Facade in September, 2020

 For more information, please call CCP at 8832-1125 and visit www.culturalcenter.gov.ph

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News: CINEMA UNDER THE STARS AT CCP

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Enjoy the yuletide season while watching free movies as the Cultural Center of the Philippines presents Cinema under the Stars, a three-night special event featuring screenings of the best Cinemalaya, Gawad Alternatibo, and select family-friendly films, surrounded by the glittering parols and featuring performances as part of the CCP’s Sinag: Festival of Radiance from December 13-15, 2019 at the CCP Front Lawn at 6pm.

Sinag: Festival of Radiance is a light and sound show showcasing the CCP’s fifty years of excellence in the field of performing, literary, visual and multi-media arts and its continuing partnership with its regional network.

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The 20-feet sundial art installation by artist Toym Imao Jr. Photographed by Erickson dela Cruz
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Abner Delina Jr. hosts the program. Photographed by Erickson dela Cruz

The performances complement the beautiful lanterns created by the Kapampangan craftsmen from the renowned family of lantern makers, now led by 5th generation artisan, Arvin Quiwa, as well as the 20-feet sundial art installation by multimedia artist Abdulmari “Toym” Imao Jr.  Located at the CCP Front Lawn, the installation represents the role of arts and culture in society over time.
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Sir Ariel Yonzon of the Cultural Center of the Philippines led the Organizing Committee for this event. Photographed by Erickson dela Cruz

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Creator of PANDESALAWAL film Direk Che Espiritu graces the event. Photographed by Erickson dela Cruz

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Program for the event consists of the following:

December 13, Friday

6pm-6:25pm – Sinag: Festival of Radiance – a light and sound spectacle

6:30pm-7pm – Diskarte by Mich Cervantes and Agu Crisostomo – Short film

            Asan Si Lolo Me? by Sari Estrada – Short film

7pm-7:25pm – Sinag: Festival of Radiance

7:30pm-9:20pm – Christmas in Our Hearts Reloaded (by RESBAK) – Short film

        Pan De Salawal by Che Espiritu – Full length film

9:20pm-9:45pm – Sinag: Festival of Radiance.

 

December 14, Saturday

6pm-6:30pm – Ephesus Teatron Group Inc.’s Tribu – Performance

6:35pm-7pm – Sinag: Festival of Radiance

7pm-7:30pm – Ephesus Teatron Group Inc.’s Tribu – Performance

7:30pm-9:20pm – Maligaya Sana Ang Pasko (by RESBAK) – Short film

                          Paper Cut by Patricia Baguio Camino – Short film

                          Ekstra by Jeffrey Jeturian – Full length film

9:20pm-9:45pm – Sinag: Festival of Radiance.

 

 

December 15, Sunday

6pm-6:30pm – PWU Indayog Gongs – Performance

6:35pm-7pm – Sinag: Festival of Radiance

7pm-7:30pm – PWU Indayog Gongs – Performance

7:30pm-9:20pm –

      Christmas In Our Hearts Reloaded (by RESBAK) – Short film

      Sa Saiyang Isla by Christian Candelaria – Short film

      Doon Sa Kabila Ng Bulkan by Ellen Ramos – Short film

      Ang Maangas, Ang Marikit at Ang Makata by Jose Ibarra Guballa – Short film

      Ang Babae Sa Septic Tank by Marlon Rivera – Full length film

9:20pm-9:45pm – Sinag: Festival of Radiance.

 

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Performance Photos: Tanghalang Pilipino’s ethno-epic musical, Lam-ang

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The first week run of Tanghalang Pilipino’s presentation of Lam-ang was a success and is now preparing for its 2nd week. And to accomodate more audiences, they added special weekday shows set on December 11, 12 and 13.

Lam-ang is an ethno-epic musical that re-imagines and reinterprets Biag ni Lam-ang, the oldest among the folk epics of Luzon. This play, which aims to rediscover a significant portion of Philippine culture and heritage, is inspired by the published Ilocano version of Isabelo delos Reyes and Tagalog translations of Angel Acacio and Ariel Tabag.

This musical takes us back to the times when we were our own selves by ourselves in our own little worlds. It chronicles the conquests of Lam-ang from the land of Nalbuan while envisioning local traditions that are being lost, ancient customs and lores that are being forgotten, and vestiges of our affluent past that are in danger of disappearing forever.

The production of Lam-ang also features the collaboration of award winning actors led by JC Santos and Anna Luna with Tex Ordoñez-De Leon, Joshua Cabiladas, Raflesia Bravo, Jonathan Tadioan, Ybes Bagadiong, Lance Reblando, Alvin Maghanoy, Hazel Maranan, Remus Villanueva, Paw Castillo, Karenina Ng, JV Ibesate, VJ Cortel, Francis Gatmaytan, Rapah Manalo, Miah Canton, Antonette Go, Gabo Tolentino, Alys Serdenia, and Lhorvie Nuevo.

The Creative Team of “Lam-ang” is an artistic collaboration among the following:
Eljay Castro Deldoc (New Book and Lyrics), Jen Darlene Torres (Music and Lyrics), Fitz Edward Bitana (Direction), Marco Viaña (Direction and Set Design), TJ Ramos (Musical Direction and Sound Design), JM Cabling (Choreography), Bonsai Cielo (Costume Design) and Lighting Design by Meliton Roxas, Jr.

Here are some Lam-ang performance photos taken by Erickson dela Cruz;

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Hazel Maranan as Namongan.
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Jonathan Tadioan as Tandang Guibuan.
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Antonette Go and Lhorvie Nuevo.

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Remus Villanueva as Lakay Lokan.
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Ybes Bagadiong as Ka-ul.

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Alvin Maghanoy bilang Batang Lam-ang.
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JC Santos as Lam-ang.
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Joshua Cabiladas as Gumakas.
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Ybes Bagadiong (Ka-ul) and Lance Reblando as Taraok.
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Anna Luna as Kannoyan.

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Lam-ang” closes on December 15, 2019 at the Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino (Little Theater) of the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP).

Tickets are available at the CCP Box Office, Ticketworld, Ticket 2 Me, Blimo and the Tanghalang Pilipino office.

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News: Tanghalang Pilipino presents ‘Lam-ang’ into an Ethno-Epic Musical

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Lam-ang takes centerstage this December as Tanghalang Pilipino’s third production for this MAKIDIGMA season (33rd Theater season, 2019-2020). This ethno-epic musical promises to present this oldest folk epic in Luzon with utmost respect for to its purest elements but, with some contemporary innovations in consideration of the sensibilities, level of artistic appreciation and cultural education of our contemporary audiences. Unforgettable songs, movements, dramatic actions and rituals artistically blend the old with the new in this musical.

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Topbilling this production is TV, movie and theater actor JC Santos, a graduate of Theater Arts from University of the Philippines, Diliman. Previous to “Lam-ang”, JC appeared in many stage productions including “Orosman at Zafira,” and “Isang Panaginip na Fili,” He received warmest accolades for his well-received turn as Roland in “Constellations“, which paved the way for him to find a niche in mainstream showbiz.

Lam-ang” marks JC’s stage comeback after years of devoting his time to the small and big screens.

“This is also my first time to bag a lead role in a musical. And, on top of that, this is my first with Tanghalang Pilipino,” adds JC Santos. “I am extremely honored to be part of this production and to work with all these talented artists.”

Also making her Tanghalang Pilipino debut is Anna Luna, who impressed audiences with her performance in the stage and movie versions of “Changing Partners“. Anna plays the beautiful Kannoyan, Lam-ang’s first love.

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“Kannoyan will teach Lam-ang that the power of a lifelong love is far stronger than any loss or victory in a war,” expresses Anna. “I am so honored and grateful for the trust given to me to play this landmark role of Kannoyan.”

Both JC and Anna have lead roles in full-length film entries in this year’s Cinema One Originals Film Festival, JC stars in “Tayo muna habang hindi pa tayo” with Jane Oineza while Anna stars in “O” alongside with Jasmine Curtis-Smith and Lauren Young. The films are shown in cinemas last October.

Respected stage veteran Tex Ordoñez-de Leon, former resident actor of Tanghalang Pilipino, lends her powerful voice to Baglan. Tex, a prolific stage actress, once recorded a duet with Gary Valenciano.

JC, Anna, Tex are joined by a host of the most versatile young stage actors in the country, including Lance Reblando, Alvin Maghanoy, Hazel Maranan, Remus Villanueva, Paw Castillo, Joshua Cabiladas, Raflesia Bravo, Alys Serdenia, Miah Canton, Rapah Manalo, VJ Cortel, Gry Gimena, Gabo Tolentino, Francis Gatmaytan, and the members of the multi-awarded Tanghalang Pilipino Actors Company – Jonathan Tadioan, Ybes Bagadiong, JV Ibesate, Antonette Go and Lhorvie Nuevo.

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The cast and artistic team of Tanghalang Pilipino’s Lam-ang. Photo by Erickson dela Cruz

Lam-ang” is an artistic collaboration among the following: Eljay Deldoc (New Book and Dramaturgy); Jen Darlene Torres (Music and Lyrics); Fitz Edward Torres Bitana (Director); Marco Viaña (Director and Set Designer).
Torres is also the composer of songs with TJ Ramos as musical director and sound designer; with JM Cabling as choreographer. The costume designer is Bonsai Cielo and the Lighting designer is Meliton Roxas Jr.

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(From L-R) Marco Viaña, Eljay Deldoc and Fitz Bitana. Photographed by Erickson dela Cruz

Lam-ang” runs from December 6 to 15, 2019 at the Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino (Little Theater) of the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP).

Tickets are available at the CCP Box Office, Ticketworld, Ticket 2 Me, Blimo and the Tanghalang Pilipino office.

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Performance Photos: BALLET MANILA’s GISELLE

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A day before Ballet Manila’s CEO and Artistic Director Ma’m Lisa Macuja Elizalde‘s birthday, a fire broke out in the facilities of Star City and damaged the two Theatres that served as home to Ballet Manila for almost two decades. The Star Theater reduced to ashes and damaged the Aliw Theater, two venues close to her heart as these had been personal gifts from her husband Fred Elizalde. A tragic incident which happened just 17 days before the scheduled shows of Giselle, the second Ballet Manila’s production for their 24th season, originally has playdates of October 19 & 20. The next day, Ma’m Lisa announced on her facebook page that the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) offered the venue grant of their Main Theater. Ms. Margie Moran also called to offer and lend the sets and backdrops of Ballet Philippines for Giselle. Ms. Maan Hontiveros and Jeffrey Solares gave them a discount for the Manila Symphony Orchestra. And finally the show goes on and got the playdate of October 17 at the Main theater of the CCP.

Despite of grievances and sorrows, Ma’m Lisa keeps sending positive messages and always says the phrase “WE WILL RISE LIKE A PHOENIX”. She even made it printed in her shirts as a statement. Last thursday, Giselle was successfully presented at the CCP supported by many friends, most from and within the Ballet community.

“Ballet Manila was born in 1995 with nothing but youthful ideals, big dreams, and 12 fearless dancers led by our Artistic Director, the late Eric V. Cruz. We come before you tonight, 57 fearless dancers strong with artistic direction shared between myself and my fellow dreamer, ever-reliable partner, and faithful friend, Osias Barroso. We may be homeless for now, but we are determined to rise like a phoenix and rebuild, to be even more committed and determined to continue our mission and vision of bringing ballet to the people and more people to the ballet.” –Ma’m Lisa on her speech before the show. 

Principal dancers Joan Emery Sia played Giselle and Elpidio Magat as Albrecht, Mark Sumaylo played as Hilarion, Akari Ida as Myrtha, Nicole Barroso and Joshua Enciso as the peasant couple, accompanied by more than 50 Ballet Manila dancers. Music performed by the Manila Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Maestro Alexander Vikulov.

Here are some of my captured images from the historical and lovely presentation of Ballet Manila’s GISELLE at the CCP:

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For further announcements and updates regarding Ballet Manila’s upcoming shows. Follow their Official Social Media accounts on facebook, twitter and Instagram. Also visit their official website at www.balletmanila.com

* Photographs by Erickson Dela Cruz © 2019

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Performance Photos: Ballet Philippines’ A Midsummer Night’s Dream

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A Midsummer Night’s Dream reimagined by Carlo Pacis, is the second offering in the Ballet Philippines Golden Year’s repertoire. An enchanted world awaits in a delightful comedy showcasing the genius of William Shakespeare, With the music of Felix Mendelssohn, Scenery and additional costume design of Eric Cruz, And lighting by Jay Aranda.

Here’s an exclusive peek at the some performance photos of Ballet Philippines’ staging of A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
 Photographs by Erickson Dela Cruz

Ballet Philippines’ A Midsummer Night’s Dream runs from October 11 to 13 in the Main Theater of the Cultural Center of the Philippines.

October 11, Friday, 8PM
October 12, Saturday, 2PM
October 12, Saturday, 7PM
October 13, Sunday, 2PM

 

Connect to Ballet Philippines online through the following social media networks:
Facebook: www.facebook.com/balletphilippines
Instagram: @balletphilippines
YouTube: balletph
Official Website: www.ballet.ph

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News: CARLO PACIS REIMAGINES A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM FOR BALLET PHILIPPINES’ GOLDEN SEASON

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The genius of William Shakespeare inspires Hong Kong-based choreographer Carlo Pacis’ magical and reimagined interpretation of A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

His early days can be traced back to dancing on the Main Theater Stage of the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) in the 80’s as the dream child of Esther Rimpos in Anton Juan’s Yerma for Ballet Philippines’ Likha. He would then graduate as Valedictorian and Outstanding Artist in Dance of Batch Delarama (’93) from the Philippine High School for the Arts, and after graduating with a BFA in Dance with First-class Honours from The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts (HKAPA) in 1998, he joined the Hong Kong Ballet as a senior soloist. He received the Hong Kong Dance Alliance Award in 2002 for his technical artistry and the depth of his dramatic reading of roles and in 2006, the company was invited to perform his work, There’s a Fly in This Soup, at the 1st Asia Pacific Ballet Festival held in Seoul, Korea. He created the additional choreography in Act I for the company’s production of Swan Lake in August 2007 as Choreographic Apprentice under John Meehan and in October that same year he choreographed for Opera Hong Kong’s production of Aida, which also toured to Seoul.

Ballet Philippines’ 50th Season welcomes Carlo Pacis as he reimagines A Midsummer Night’s Dream, the second offering of the company’s Golden Season repertoire.

In 2009, Pacis earned his Master of Fine Arts in Dance degree from HKAPA and his work for Ballet Philippines, Shifting Wait, won the Gawad Buhay 2010 Philstage Award for Outstanding Choreography for a Dance Production. His full-length work of A Midsummer Night’s Dream for Ballet Philippines also received five accolades from Gawad Buhay 2013, including the awards for Outstanding Modern Dance Production and Outstanding Choreography for a Dance Production. He was again awarded in 2017 for Outstanding Choreography for a Dance Production from Philstage for his work with Ballet Philippines, Weighted Whispers. Pacis was also the Commissioned Choreographer for the competition solos of The Royal Academy of Dance Genée International Ballet Competition when it was held in Hong Kong in August 2018.

Pacis declares it is a joy for him to come back to Manila and revisit this ballet. He shares, “I am thrilled and humbled that A Midsummer Night’s Dream has been included in Ballet Philippines’ 50th Season.

Felix Mendelssohn’s classic score is merged with this neo-classical spin on the classic tale, breathing new life to the enchanting story about fairies and sprites wreaking havoc on the fates of young lovers trying to find each other through the dark forests of love under the light of the moon. Pacis says in his choreographer’s notes: “Perhaps it is this fascination and preoccupation we have about love that enables the artists of Ballet Philippines to so easily delve into the roles.”

According to Pacis, love is the most prominent theme in Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Seemingly inescapable and being the great equalizer, it overlaps the royal, common, and supernatural characters in the story. He adds, “At a time when indifference, prejudice, and hate are all too common, it is the arts that can bring us to who we are and remind us of who we can be. I hope that our rendition of A Midsummer Night’s Dream can help us all to remember what joy there is in love and that we all have the ability to love, no matter where we are from.”

Ballet Philippines’ homegrown talents essay roles in the delightful comedy, A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare.

As Ballet Philippines celebrates its 50th anniversary, the company presents this delightful comedy as the second offering in its golden season, following the resounding success of its season- opening production, the iconic ballet, Swan Lake.

An enchanted world awaits audiences through A Midsummer Night’s Dream, showcasing the genius of Shakespeare and music of Mendelssohn, as well as the choreography of Pacis with scenery of Eric Cruz.

Ballet Philippines’ A Midsummer Night’s Dream show dates and schedules:

Ballet Philippines’ A Midsummer Night’s Dream runs from October 11 – 13, 2019 at the CCP Main Theater.
Show dates and schedules are as follows:
October 11, 2019 | 8:00 PM
October 12, 2019 | 2:00 PM & 7:00 PM
October 13, 2019 | 2:00 PM & 7:00 PM

Get your tickets exclusively at TicketWorld (891-9999), CCP Box Office (832-3704), or Ballet Philippines Box
Office (551-1003) or online at https://bit.ly/2OCgDnS as well as in all Ticketworld outlets.

For more information, connect to Ballet Philippines online:
Facebook: www.facebook.com/balletphilippines
Instagram: @balletphilippines
YouTube: balletph
Official Website: www.ballet.ph

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NEWS: CATS ADDS TWO MORE WEEKS TO THE MANILA SEASON

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Due to overwhelming popular demand, producers have just announced that 2 more weeks have been added to the Manila season. The sold-out international production of CATS The Musical will be playing in Manila for a strictly limited season, from 6th of November to December 1st at The Theatre at Solaire.

Ms. Jo Ampil (Photographed by Erickson dela Cruz)

World-renowned theatre star and the Philippines’ very own Joanna Ampil reprises her role as Grizabella. Joanna Ampil has performed in several West End musicals, including Miss Saigon, Jesus Christ Superstar and Avenue Q, and she played the role of Fantine in Les Misérables in London.

Joining her in the cast are Luke Fraser Yates, George Hinson, Gavin Eden, Kirsty Ingram, Elizabeth Futter, Sally Frith, Erica-Jayne Alden, Amy Whittle, Ellie Young, Holly Willock, Danielle Cato, Gabrielle Coca, Cian Hughes, Rhys Batten, Thomas Inge, Mukeni Nel, Lloyd Davies, Abigail Dever, Alexandra Wright, Elly Shaw, Liam Buckland, Lee Nicholson, and Brian O’Muiri. Resident director is Dane Quixall. Further casting to follow.

Based on T.S. Elliot‘s Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats, Cats first returned to the West End in December 2014 reuniting the original creative team – Director Trevor Nunn, Associate Director and Choreographer Gillian Lynne, Designer John Napier and Composer Andrew Lloyd Webber. Following a second season at the London Palladium in 2015 and a UK Tour in 2016, the production embarked on an international tour in 2017 and now continues to tour the world throughout 2018 and 2019.

On just one special night of the year, all Jellicle cats meet at the Jellicle Ball where Old Deuteronomy, their wise and benevolent leader, makes the Jellicle choice and announces which of them will go up to The Heaviside Layer and be reborn into a whole new Jellicle life.

Cats, one of the longest-running shows in West End and on Broadway, received its world premiere at the New London Theatre in 1981 where it played for 21 record-breaking years and almost 9,000 performances. The production was the winner of the Olivier and Evening Standard Awards for Best Musical. In 1983 the Broadway production became the recipient of seven Tony Awards including Best Musical, and ran for eighteen years. Since its world premiere, Cats has been presented in over 30 countries, has been translated into 15 languages and has been seen by over 73 million people worldwide. Both the original London and Broadway cast recordings won Grammy Awards for Best Cast Album. The classic Lloyd Webber score includes Memory which has been recorded by over 150 artists from Barbra Streisand and Johnny Mathis to Liberace and Barry Manilow.

The international tour of the Cameron Mackintosh and The Really Useful Theatre production of CATS is again presented by David Ian Productions. RCBC Bankard is a proud sponsor of the 2019 Manila season of CATS.

For more information Please Visit:

www.catsthemusical.com

 

 

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