The first of four previews is Ibong Adarna. I feel that this will be very unique as there is this mystery to the concept of Ibong Adarna, that even the lead dancer herself got mixed opinions from different people as to what Ibong Adarna is.
I also feel that this will be the most majestic and breathtaking of all because there indeed is this unexplainable mystic feel to the Ibong Adarna.
I feel that Snow White will have the best production values amongst all the shows this season. I just feel it. or maybe that’s also because Lisa herself was very pressured as the production levels for Cinderella were so high last year that people expect no less from the next Disney princess the company will be showing. I’m among the people who have really high production value expectations for this hahahaha.
Lisa wants to have a light hearted version, with a mix of elements from the Grimm brothers version and the Disney version. But in general, this will not be the dark kind of Snow White some people might be thinking of.
They will also be staging a contemporary kind of show this season with Ballet and Ballads. This intrigues me the most because unlike the other shows, this will not be so heavy on fantasy or theatrical elements production wise, as far as what is known as of now. It will hinge on the technicalities of dance and the raw emotion the dancers will bring to the audience.
After the preview, the creative directors and dancers of Ballet Manila answered questions from the press and gave deeper insights into what their visions were for the shows.