Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Ballet Philippines presents Neo-Filipino



March 13 – 15, 2009
Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino
Cultural Center of the Philippines

Featuring works by

MANILA, PHILIPPINES – In the final program of its rousing 39th Anniversary Season, Ballet Philippines pays homage to the vast riches of the Filipino cultural heritage in NEO – FILIPINO with the revival of a repertory favorite and two world premieres. Highlights include the highly anticipated revival of founding artistic director, Alice Reyes' Amada. Inspired by National Artist Nick Joaquin's Tadtarin and Summer Solstice, Amada explores the mysteries of the Tadtarin ritual. Live music by Kalayo (formerly Pinikpikan) will serve as inspiration for the world premiere of KatiTaog by Ballet Philippines' Artistic Director, Max Luna III - his first work created especially for the company. The world premiere of Ulaging – Daog-dog Sa Sang Libong Kulog by BP Resident Choreographer, Alden Lugnasin, draws on a fusion of live music, ethnic instruments, movement, drama and contemporary dance to expose the plight of the indigenous Lumads of Mindanao.

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Ticket World Outlets: +632 891 9999
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Ballet Philippines: +632 551-0221/551-1003/832-3689/832-6011

Money saving season subscriptions are still available, for as little as P3200, from Ballet Philippines. BP is pleased to once again offer discounts to Students with ID (50% off), Seniors (20% off) and Groups of 20 or More (20% off). Special discount rates are also available for School Groups.

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This production of Neo – Filipino is made possible in part thanks to the support of Ayala Land Premiere, Globe Telecom, Rene Barbier and Freixenet Cava Wines

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Music: Lucrecia Kasilag
Choreography: Alice Reyes

In the Philippines, Spanish Catholicism was absorbed and mixed with local pagan rites and rituals. One of the more primitive ones was that of the "Tadtarin" which was practiced once a year during the Summer Solstice at the Feast of Saint John. It was a Dionysian festival where women reigned supreme for three days and the men who participated could do so by wearing some female garb as a symbol of subservience.

Music: Kalayo
Choreography: Max Luna III

The traditional Pangalay of the TausÅ«g people of the Sulu Archipelago serves as inspiration for Mr. Luna’s exciting live-music collaboration with Kalayo.

Ulaging – Daog-dog Sa Sang Libong Kulog – WORLD PREMIERE
Choreography: Alden Lugnasin

Resident Choreographer, Alden Lugnasin, draws on a fusion of ethnic instruments, movements, drama and contemporary dance to explore the environmental issues facing the indigenous Lumads of Mindanao.

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Founded in 1969 by Alice Reyes with the support of Eddie Elejar and the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP), Ballet Philippines (BP) is widely recognized today as a cornerstone of Filipino cultural identity. Its audience represents a cross-section of Manila’s populace, including local and international visitors. Touring internationally, the company presents indigenous Filipino creations as well as uniquely Filipino interpretations of internationally recognized masterworks. Each year its outreach and educational programs introduce new generations of audience members not only to dance, but also to music and the visual arts. BP’s official school, the CCP Dance School, continues to produce dancers of international caliber. As the resident dance company of the Cultural Center of the Philippines, Ballet Philippines is globally recognized as the flagship company in ballet and contemporary dance.With a treasure trove of over 400 works, Ballet Philippines’ wide ranging, eclectic repertory is unparalleled in Asia. From full-length classical ballets and internationally recognized masterworks to indigenous works of Filipino folklore, the company weaves a colorful tapestry of the Philippine’s rich and diverse cultural heritage.With the support of both the private and public sectors, BP’s achievements continue to strengthen and firmly establish its position as the country’s premier dance company. Ballet Philippines continues to look forward to its future while continuing to pay tribute to its past.

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Programming is subject to change. For further information, please visit BP online at

CCP 40th Anniversary Launching Gala

Monday, February 9, 2009

2008 Gawad Buhay

Monday, February 09, 2009

PHILSTAGE’s Gawad Buhay! nominees bared, CCP awards rites set on February 18

Ballet Philippines’ productions of New Beginnings and Coppelia romped off with seven major nominations in the fourth quarter citations list released by the jury of the 2008 Gawad Buhay!, The PHILSTAGE Awards for the Performing Arts.

New Beginnings earned the jury’s nod for outstanding dance production, ensemble performance, choreography (Max Luna III and Alan Hineline), and set design (Gino Gonzales). Coppelia was cited for ensemble performance and set design (Mio Infante).

Tanghalang Pilipino’s Mga Gerilya sa Powell Street earned citations for ensemble performance, male lead performance (Joe Gruta and Dido dela Paz) and featured performance (Mailes Kanapi).

Ballet Manila’s Tatlong Kuwento ni Lola Basyang was cited for costume design.

Gawad Buhay! is the first industry awards conferred for outstanding achievements in the performing arts by member-companies of the Philippine Legitimate Stage Artists Group, Inc. (PHILSTAGE). The PHILSTAGE Board of Directors is composed of Tanghalang Pilipino’s Fernando Josef, president; PETA's Melvin Lee, vice president; Ballet Philippines’ Sandy Hontiveros, secretary; Repertory Philippines' Gidget Tolentino, treasurer; Actors Actors’ Leonardo Lim, Ballet Manila's Susan Macuja, Gantimpala Theater Foundation’s Tony Espejo, Organisasyon ng Pilipinong Mang-aawit’s Mitch Valdes, TRUMPETS' Joel Reyes as Board Members, and PHILSTAGE Executive Director Elmar Beltran Ingles.

While PHILSTAGE administers the awards, the final recipients will be chosen by an independent Jury Panel selected by the PHILSTAGE Board of Directors from a roster of critics, performing artists, cultural researchers and scholars, and the general public.

The public is invited to watch the final awards rites to be held at the CCP Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino (Little Theater) at 7:30 p.m. on February 18, 2009. Invited to present the awards are the country’s foremost theater personalities.

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Ballet Philippines Company Auditions: 2009-10 Season

Open call for Ballet Philippines and Ballet Philippines II

Saturday, February 28th 2:00pm Ballet Philippines’ Studios/CCP
Sunday, February 29th 11:00am Ballet Philippines’ Studios/CCP

About Ballet Philippines
Directed by Alan Hineline and Max Luna III, Ballet Philippines is one of Southeast Asia’s major dance companies and maintains an internationally recognized repertoire of classical, neo-classical, contemporary and modern works from choreographers including Ailey, Nebrada, Locsin, Fabella, Reyes, Lugnasin, Luna III and Hineline.

Ballet Philippines’ 2009/2010 season will run between April 1, 2009 and March 31, 2010. The Company will perform four programs of both classical and contemporary works at the Cultural Center of the Philippines. In addition, the company may be featured in some national and international touring engagements. The thirteen month contracts include salary, health coverage and educational opportunities.

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