I’ve always been fascinated with ballerinas and the performing arts as a whole. I never really did have the courage to take lessons as a child, not that I have the grace and tenacity to devote myself to the craft, so I greatly admire does who can. Maybe I was just meant to watch and applaud them from a far… and maybe now is my chance. Haha. 😉
The second act for the 21st performance season of the country’s leading ballet company, Ballet Manila, will bring together some of today’s most esteemed names in the international and local art scene for an unforgettable showcase of talent and mastery of their respective crafts.
A production that pays tribute to one of the world’s most distinguished composers, Peter Tschaikovsky, whose masterpieces are immortalized in classical ballet, The Swan, The Fairy and The Princess goes on stage on October 14 and 15 at 8:00p.m., and on October 16 at 3:00p.m at the Aliw Theater. It features excerpts from three of the master composer’s most celebrated works, namely Swan Lake, The Nutcracker, and The Sleeping Beauty.
Of course, Ballet Manila knows that honoring a legend will require only the best. That’s why the ballet company is bringing together some of the world’s most notable artists for this production, including Kremlin Ballet Theater’s Premier Danseur, Mikhail Martynyuk, and Maestro Alexander Vikulov of the Mariinsky Theater, who will be conducting the Manila Symphony Orchestra for the ballet’s live musical scoring. In addition, veteran theater and TV actor, Miguel Faustmann, will assume the role of Peter Tchaikovsky.
Joining these masters are some of Ballet Manila’s strongest Vaganova Academy style-trained danseurs and ballerinas, including Abigail Oliveiro who will dance the role of Odette, Dawna Mangahas who is playing the role of the Sugar Plum Fairy in The Nutcracker, and Katherine Barkman who will dance as the well-loved princess Aurora.
The Swan, The Fairy and The Pricess is co-presented by the Manila Broadcasting Company, Star City, and Aliw Theater. Other sponsors include ACS Manufacturing Corporation, First United Corporation, Papa John’s Pizza, Hot Star Chicken, Oasis Paco Park Hotel, Microtel Wyndham Hotels, Island Rose, and Philcom.
Revenge of the Classics
Ballet Manila’s 21st performance season pays homage to some of the most memorable and technically challenging classical ballets that were ever made. Aptly named Revenge of the Classics, the new season also features Rebel: EDSA 30, a symbolic retelling of the events that transpired during the EDSA Revolution.; Don Quixote, which is essentially a ballet retelling of Miguel de Cervantes’ classic novel and; Cinderella, which according to Ballet Manila promises to stay true to the animated feature that generations of young girls and boys loved.
For more information about the shows, including ticket prices and schedules, you may visit www.balletmanila.com.ph or follow Ballet Manila on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Tickets are also available through all Ticketworld outlets. Please call 891-9999 or visit www.ticketworld.com.ph, for more information.
In addition, those who Subscription Programs, which offer up to 50% discount on ticket prices. For details, you may visit www.ticketworld.com.ph/balletmanila/Online/ and click on ‘View Details’ under ‘Season Subscription Program’.