World-class Filipino Talent Takes The Spotlight at Ballet Philippines’ “A Gala Celebration” on August 18-20
Published · Monday, July 24, 2017 04:15 PM
Catch the country’s preeminent ballet and contemporary dance company this August in “A Gala Celebration”. Ballet Philippines revives choreographic gems in a gala featuring Filipino stars from various international dance companies. Among the guest artists are Candice Adea (formerly of Ballet Met and Hong Kong Ballet), Marcelino Libao (Hamburg Ballet), Kris-Belle Paclibar (formerly of Cirque du Soleil), Ronelson Yadao (formerly of Cloud Gate Dance Theatre), Paul Ocampo & Chien-Ying Wang (Ocampo Wang Dance), and Jean Marc Cordero & Rita Angela Winder (Ballett Kiel).
Ballet Philippines in Bam Damian's Minamahal Sinasamba - photo by Chris Yuhico
This production marks the return of Alice Reyes, National Artist for Dance, as the company’s Artistic Director. Handpicked to showcase the excellence at the company’s core, the featured works include Agnes Locsin’s “Salome”, Bam Damian’s “Minamahal, Sinasamba”, Edna Vida’s “Vision of Fire”, Norman Walker’s “Summer’s End”, and an excerpt from the classical ballet “Raymonda”.
Candice Adea - photo by Jojo Mamangun
Marcelino Libao - photo by Holger Badekow
“This is quite an exciting time for all of us at Ballet Philippines, especially as we move towards our 50th anniversary in two years,” remarks Reyes. “The energy in our studios is electric! It is wonderful to see all of these artists coming together to perform these signature works from the company’s repertoire. Truly a cause for celebration!”
Jean Marc Cordero and Rita Angela Winder in Norman Walker's Summer's End - photo by Chris Yuhico
“A Gala Celebration” runs at the CCP Main Theater from August 18 to 20. This is the first production of the 48th Season, entitled “Quintessence”. The season’s lineup also includes “The Exemplars: The Best of Ballet Philippines (1970-1980) on October 20-22, Edna Vida’s “The Nutcracker” on December 1-10, and “Don Quixote” on February 9-18, 2018. Catch us!
Kris-Belle Paclibar in Agnes Locsin's Salome - photo by Jojo Mamangun
Ocampo Wang Dance
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For tickets, call Ballet Philippines at (+632) 551-1003, the CCP Box Office at (+632) 832-3704, or Ticketworld at (+632) 891-9999.