Ballet Philippines Opens its 43rd Season: Dragon Song
Posted by: | on June 6, 2012
Special Education Philippines remembers the time when Ms. Lisa Macuja-Elizalde described an artist’s dance performance. She spoke so passionately when she gave her last full dance performance of the Swan Lake. She said ‘a singer has a song , a painter his painting but a dancer only has a moment to be remembered in the hearts of its viewers“.
Once again, its another season for the Ballet Philippines (BP). This year it announces its 43rd Season with a theme called: Dragon Song
A shared heritage
Of hopes and dreams
In his eye.
With magical threads
Singing, birthing moments
Of flight, strength,
BP’s 43rd season is composed of four performances and one special performance, namely:
1. Songs (July6-8, 2012, CCP Main Theater)—A gala of masterworks featuring the work of international and Philippine choreographers
2. Neo-Filipino: Anting (Sept. 14-16, 2012, CCP LittleTheater)—Featuring four noted Filipino choreographers who will bring to life pre-eminent dramatist Tony Perez’s libretto that explores the world oftalismans and amulets of Filipino magical traditions
3. Rama Hari (Nov. 30-Dec. 9, 2012, CCP MainTheater)—BP’s hit ballet musical returns! Choreographed by BP founder AliceReyes, with music by Ryan Cayabyab and libretto by National Artist forLiterature Bienvenido Lumbera, it is based on the Indian epic The Ramayana. Theperformance also coincides with the grand theater design retrospective on Rama Hari’s set and costume designer, NationalArtist for Theater Design Salvador Bernal, also at the CCP. Rama Hari features top Filipino singersand the Manila Symphony Orchestra
4. A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Feb. 2013, CCP Main Theater)—Anew production of Shakespeare’s timeless romantic comedy by award-winning HongKong-based choreographer Carlo Pacis
Crisostomo Ibarra (June 2012)—A special performanceof the award-winning contemporary ballet by BP Artistic Director Paul AlexanderMorales to close the 150th birth anniversary celebration of JoseRizal
Subscribers get awesome benefits:the best seats at the best prices, a 20% discount on all tickets, acomplimentary souvenir program per show (that’s an additional P600 savings!),and we even give gentle reminders so they don’t miss the show.
“Dragon years are always significant with their great energy and sense of renewal, the beginning of anew cycle,” says Morales. “We encourage all BP friends and supporters tosubscribe and empower us to being the company to greater heights. Let’s allrally behind and embrace the company that has brought much pride to the country—afterall, it is truly OUR OWN.”
Why should we patronize our own Ballet Philippines?
Proceeds from subscriptions go to the enabling of the Philippine dance artist—professional wages, top-notch training for both amateur and professional dancers, and the creation of meaningful dance works among others.
How can I subscribe to Ballet Philippines’ performance?
Subscriptions are now available! Please contact Ballet Philippines at551-1003, 551-7919, 624-5701. Or visit Ballet Philippines at the 4thFloor Cultural Center of the Philippines Bldg., CCP Complex, Pasay City.
Special Education has already blocked the July 6 date to attend the Gala of Songs. Let’s all support Ballet Philippines!