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Ballet Philippines launches new website

BEFORE THE pandemic hit, Ballet Philippines (BP) had grand plans and a hefty P74-million budget for its 51st season which included the introduction of a new artistic director, an announcement that caused a controversy and crisis on its own.

The Russians are coming, the Russians are coming

A PALL OF uncertainty, fear, and evaporated dancers’ tears still hangs over the rehearsal halls of Ballet Philippines (BP) days after it was suddenly announced that National Artist for Dance Alice Reyes would be replaced as artistic director (AD) of the company she founded in 1969, by Mikhail “Misha” Martynyuk, a star dancer of The Kremlin Ballet theater — a young company compared to the giants of Russian ballet (Bolshoi, Mariinsky) as it was founded only in 1990 — and Honored Artist of the Russian Federation.

Petition against BP’s new artistic director finds support

NEWS that a Russian will become the new artistic director of Ballet Philippines (BP), replacing National Artist Alice Reyes after her term ends in March, has sparked a social media uproar in cultural circles, inspiring a Change.org petition and a demand that the appointment be rescinded.

Russian dancer to replace Alice Reyes as BP artistic director

AS the term of Ballet Philippines’s founder, National Artist Alice Reyes as Artistic Director is ending in March, the Board of Trustees of Ballet Philippines has appointed her replacement — Mikhail “Misha” Martynyuk.

Swan Style: Cinco designs for Ballet Philippines gala

FASHION and dance both serve the same purpose: to glorify the human body and display it at its zenith. Keeping in mind this goal, Ballet Philippines, for its 50th anniversary gala on Sept. 29, will feature a 50-piece couture collection in a fashion show from renowned Filipino designer Michael Cinco alongside a new dance by Alden Lugnasin, inspired by the Swan Lake ballet. The show will be held at the Marriott Hotel Grand Ballroom.

Taking on the beast

TRANSLATING Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana into dance is a feat not for the fainthearted. Composed between 1935 and 1936, the cantata is a beast of a piece that plays at piety before descending into medieval debauchery.

Young choreographers strut their stuff in BP’s showcase

FROM A dance that empowers women to a metaphor on the fluidity of gender and to that defining moment when we finally meet our significant other, the repertoire of Ballet Philippines’ Ang Pilya atbp. feat. the Young Choreographers Showcase, highlights not only the power of narration and dance, but also the talents of young choreographers and dancers in the country.

Don Quixote returns to the Cultural Center

STAGED and restaged 14 times through the years — most recently seven years ago — Ballet Philippines (BP) is once again performing the iconic...

Ballet Philippines’ Nutcracker treats kids to tea and sweets

SISTERS Edna Vida and National Artist for Dance Alice Reyes have teamed up for Ballet Philippines’ 48th season ending production, The Nutcracker, which will...

Feminism, unrequited love, and a teleserye in one ballet

GOOD STORYTELLING through ballet is not only evident in the dancer’s powerful pirouettes and leaps, or turns and swirls of the hand and feet,...

Int’l stars at BP gala

CONTEMPORARY DANCE company Ballet Philippines presents A Gala Celebration, featuring Filipino stars from various international dance companies, on Aug. 18 to 20 at the...

Ballet Philippines spreads its wings

By Camille Anne M. Arcilla Dance Firebird and Other Ballets Presented by Ballet Philippines Aug. 19, 8 p.m.; Aug. 20 and 21, 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo,...

Ballet’s children

By Camille Anne M. Arcilla When danseur Justin Orande was 10, he backed out from his first ballet lesson because of the awkward atmosphere, as...

Keeping the kids busy this summer

By Nickky Faustine P. de Guzman It is alarming that kids these days belong to “the most sedentary generation in history.” So said Sam Kass,...

I believe I can fly: Victor Maguad on becoming Peter Pan

By Jasmine Agnes T. Cruz BALLET Peter Pan Presented by Ballet Philippines Dec. 4 to 1 Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo (Main Theater), Cultural Center of the Philippines, Roxas Blvd., Pasay...

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