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Leap of faith: Nigerian boy captivates the world with his ballet

LAGOS — Gracefully spinning among a group of dancers clad in pink, 11-year-old Anthony Mmesoma Madu stands out in black leggings, a white turtleneck and poise beyond his years.

Pirouette like Jagger: Royal Ballet dances to Stones in London streets

LONDON — Dancers from Britain’s Royal Ballet have made a short film in which they perform in London’s deserted streets to the sounds of The Rolling Stones, a project designed to highlight the plight of the arts during the global coronavirus pandemic.

Ballerina Stella Abrera and stars of the American Ballet Theater perform...

THE Ayala Foundation, the STEPS Scholarship Foundation, and internationally acclaimed Filipino-American prima ballerina Stella Abrera join forces again for another series of magical classical ballet performances to raise funds for CENTEX, Ayala Foundation’s flagship education program.

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.

Russian ballet dancers to perform Swan Lake in QC

THE Moscow Ballet’s classical choreography arm La Classique will be coming to the Philippines for a series of performances of the ballet classic Swan Lake, a timeless favorite set to the music by Russian composer Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky.

Tales of the Manuvu: A 1970s classic for the 21st century

BOY CAMARA, a 69-year-old retired rock star and college heartthrob, was hanging out in New Jersey when he received a random message from Alice Reyes. Would Mr. Camara like to join the restaging of Tales of the Manuvu, inquired Ms. Reyes, the founder of Ballet Philippines (BP) who returned to the company in 2017 as its artistic director.

Ballet Manila closes its 23rd season with the Beatles and Chopin

THE dancers of Ballet Manila have been training six times a week since last December for two very different kinds of shows. This is in preparation for the closing performances of its 23rd season, “Tour de Force,” which ends in March with a double-header called Deux.

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.

It takes two to dance ballet

IF EXPERIENCE is the best teacher, then prima ballerina Lisa Macuja-Elizalde is a straight A-student. For 32 years she danced lead in 350 full-length ballets and performed in 90 cities on five continents. Retired from dancing since 2017, the A-student took on the role of teacher early in her career, melding both theory and practice in her teaching style. Among her best students is Ballet Manila’s guest principal dancer, Katherine Elizabeth Barkman, who is the only ballet dancer to win back-to-back medals from two of the most prestigious ballet competitions in the world.

Both the new and the old in focus in BM’s Tour...

BALLET MANILA (BM) is taking both the literal and figurative meanings of “Tour de Force” as the title of its 23rd season which opens in September.

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.

Ballet Philippines | Young Choreographers Showcase

Ballet Philippines' Young Choreographers Showcase will be held from June 9-10 at the Cultural Center of the Philippines. Seven pieces will be presented for the first time.

Traffic is the problem says CCP’s new chairperson Margie Moran

TRAFFIC, and not the misconception that art is elitist, is the reason why many find the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) to be,...

Ang Pag-uusig, Repertory Phils., Ballet Manila win big at Gawad Buhay...

By Nickky Faustine P. De Guzman, Reporter Tanghalang Pilipino’s Ang Pag-uusig was among the big winners at the 10th Gawad Buhay awards — considered as...

Learning to act and dance over summer

DON’T let summer vacation go into waste — get your kids to lift their heads from their screens and instead develop their talents, learn...

Ang Pag-uusig, Ibong Adarna top Gawad Buhay with 12 nominations each

TANGHALANG PILIPINO’s Ang Pag-uusig — a translation of the classic 1953 Arthur Miller play The Crucible — received the most Gawad Buhay awards nominations...

Ballads make for an easy introduction to ballet

By Nickky F. P. de Guzman Concert Ballet & Ballads Ballet Manila and Christian Bautista Feb. 17, 6 p.m. and Feb. 18, 3 p.m. Aliw Theater, CCP Complex, Roxas Blvd.,...

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...

New Year, new shows

WITH THE NEW YEAR comes new shows and encores to the delight of theater fans. Here are some of the plays, musicals, ballets, and...

Lisa Macuja plays the choreographer in Snow White

Ballet Snow White Presented by Ballet Manila Nov. 25 and 26, Dec. 2 and 3 Aliw Theater, CCP Complex, Roxas Blvd., Pasay City By Nickky F.P. De Guzman, Reporter LISA MACUJA’S...

Earning their wings

TCHAIKOVSKY’S Swan Lake has endured more than a century and is known to be one of the most popular ballets in the world –...

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,...

The unlikely Swan Queen

After undergoing hip surgery, what’s next for Lisa Macuja-Elizalde? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pgLiEBhvMSo WORDS  ZSARLENE B. CHUA | IMAGES  G-NIE ARAMBULO When does a ballerina hang up her pointe shoes for...

A Gala Celebration: Fearless on stage

A COUPLE swirls and twirls and mimic each other in a calm and yet arresting manner. Called “Equanimity,” the pas de deux explores the...

Just move

EVERYBODY MOVES, but not everybody moves freely. The poor are particularly susceptible to the arrest of movement, in the figurative and literal sense, by...

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 Manila goes on ‘Flights of Fantasy’

CLASSICAL ballet company Ballet Manila offers “Flights of Fantasy” in its 22nd performance season opening in August. The company will present the tales of a...

Dance on social issues to debut in Manila

THE RIGHTS of indigenous people to use their ancestral land and the issues of mining and its harmful effects on the natural environment are...

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...

Let’s dance

By Camille Anne M. Arcilla THREE top dance companies with over 500 dance professionals are currently showing what the Filipino dance community is all about. Dance.MNL:...

Reliving EDSA with the music of a gladiator-king

By Zsarlene B. Chua Ballet Rebel Ballet Manila Feb. 25-27, 8:00 p.m. Feb. 28, 3:00 p.m. ALIW Theater Sotto St., CCP Complex, Pasay City BALLET MANILA celebrates the 30th anniversary of the...

Pinocchio ballet ushers in the holiday season

BALLET MANILA’s holiday presentation is Pinocchio — the story of a puppet who wishes upon a star to become a real boy. The Italian children’s...

Favorite Things | Dancing Queen

A girl who dreamed of working in a bank and ended up becoming Miss Universe.