Thursday, August 13, 2009

Ballet Philippines marks 40 years with Masterworks

In celebration of Ballet Philippines' 40th year, the company will open the season with "Masterworks," a showcase presenting significant works that have established BP as the flagship company in ballet and contemporary dance in the country.

From its treasure trove of over 400 works in classical and contemporary works, Masterworks will feature gems including Agnes Locsin's neo-ethnic Igorot; Edna Vida's Ensalada to the music of Ryan Cayabyab's "Mamang Kutsero," "Bakya Mo Neneng" and "Limang Dipang Tao"; Bam Damian's athletic pas de deux "Evacuation"; "Gaano Kadalas...," created by the late Tony Fabella; "Swimming the Ilog Pasig" by Alden Lugnasin; William Carter's neo-classical ballet "Bach Concerto"; BP Founding Artistic Director Alice Reyes' "Romeo and Juliet"; and Denisa Reyes' timely "Te Deum." created in 1985 before the EDSA Revolution, which portrayed through dance the struggles and aspirations of the Filipino people.

For this landmark work, Ballet Philippines will be accompanied live by the Manila Symphony Orchestra. For its musical premier in the Philippines, "Te Deum" will be performed with the special participation of the UP Concert Chorus and the Greenhills Christian Fellowship Chancel Choir with soloists Janet Sabas Aracama, Raymond Roldan and Jeannelle Bihag-Roldan. Pianist Greg Zuniega will be performing Bach’s Piano Concerto No. 5 in F minor in Bach Concerto, also with the MSO.

"Masterworks" is the first production under Ballet Philippines’ new Artistic Director, Paul Alexander Morales, and new BP Foundation President, Margie Moran Floirendo. It is showing at the CCP Main Theater on Aug 14, Friday, 3 p.m. and 8 p.m.; Aug 15, Saturday, 3 p.m. and 8 p.m., and on Aug 16, Sunday 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.

For tickets, call 5511003 or 5510221. All BP Alumni, former collaborators and the press are invited to "Masterworks"' opening night on Aug 14, Friday, 8 p.m. and are requested to call Ballet Philippines for their complimentary tickets (limited tickets available).

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