Friday, October 02, 2009

Ballet Philippines brings back Tales of the Manuvu

Ballet Philippines' second offering for its 40th season features an exciting musical journey that begins with Venezuelan piano music in the international ballet classic "Our Waltzes", and culminates in a contemporary production of Alice Reyes' groundbreaking pop-rock opera ballet, "Tales of the Manuvu".

Written by National Artist Bienvenido Lumbera with Music by Nonong Pedero, "Tales of the Manuvu" is based on the Manobo myth of creation. With vibrant sets and costumes, acclaimed singers (Robert Sena, Banaue Miclat, Jaime Barcelon, Guji Lorenzana, Al Gatmaitan, Eladio Pamaran, Jai Sabas Aracama), soloists from the UP Concert Chorus and the Makiling Rock Band, Manobo folklore melds seamlessly with dance to tell an epic and sweeping tale that touches on our origins, our nationhood, our love of and appreciation for the primal powers of nature.

"Manuvu's" score features the OPM hit song, "Noong Unang Panahon." Choreography by BP artistic director Paul Alexander Morales.

To open the show, BP presents "Our Waltzes", featuring the choreography of world-renowned Venezuelan dancer Vicente Nebrada. This famed neo-classical dance has been performed by more than 30 companies worldwide. Danced to the strains of live piano music, dancers are shown searching for love in this famed fusion of classical and modern dance.

Performance dates are October 23-25, 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. (and a 10 a.m. show on Oct. 25) at Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo, CCP Main Theater. For tickets, call 5510221, 5511003 or 8919999.

PLUS: Kuh Ledesma in her vocal and artistic prime singing Noong Unang Panahon, a song worth recalling now more than ever--

1 comment:

rudeboy said...

God, I used to love that song. And now that it resonates with even more urgent meaning, you've made me love it all over again.

Thanks, Gibbs.

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