tradition in almost all of Ballet Manila’s performance seasons, Ballet & Ballads, once again returns
to the stage to bring music and lyrics to life. And in an effort to bring
ballet to the people and the people to the ballet, the country’s premier
classical dance company plans to close its current season with a star-studded
Manila CEO and Artistic Director Lisa Macuja-Elizalde muses about the latest
installment, “It combines a singer with
ballet numbers—an interesting concept that we’ve been experimenting with for
quite some time now. It’s an entertaining way to enjoy ballet, especially for
crooner Christian Bautista is set to lead the roster of singers as a guest
performer. He’ll sing some of his greatest theater hits, as well as songs from
his latest album.
Christian are artists from the Klassikal Musical Foundation (KMF) such as
Andrew Fernando (Baritone), Jade Riccio (Soprano), Stephanie Aguilar (Soprano),
Krisann Manikan Tan (Mezzo Soprano), Leo Angelo Lanuza (Tenor), and with the
special participation of Dr. George T. Yang (Tenor). This marks the first-ever
creative partnership between the country’s premier classical dance company and
ABS-CBN Philharmonic Orchestra, no less, will serenade the audience during the
entire night. The acclaimed group has also prepared a very special Teleserye suitefeaturing a selection of classic hits from the ABS-CBN primetime repertoire.
The show will surely trigger some nostalgia, especially among fans of Filipino
of Martin Lawrance’s Aria, which will
feature five acts covering classical operas. The British choreographer
previously partnered with Ballet Manila for the highly acclaimed Rebel and Amid Shadows. Lisa shares, “He
really is a genius when it comes to weaving a ballet together and exploring movement
with different kinds of music. The idea was first to combine musical theater
and ballet. But when he proposed the classical arias instead, I told him to go
such a powerhouse lineup for Ballet &
Ballads, the audience is set for pure enjoyment when the curtains go up in
Aliw Theater. As the Prima Ballerina sums it up best, “Dancing creates a visual representation of music, and when that music
is played live by the ABS-CBN Philharmonic and sung by Christian Bautista and
the KMF classical singers, it complements Ballet Manila’s mastery of the Vaganova
technique. It is really a concert like no other.”
newest installment of “Ballet & Ballads” will premiere on February 10, 2018
at 6:00PM at the Aliw Theater. There will be three other shows: February 11,
(3:00PM), February 17 (6:00PM), and February 18 (3:00PM).
ticket prices and schedules, you may visit www.balletmanila.com.ph or follow Ballet Manila on Facebook, Twitter,
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are planning to watch all the shows may take advantage of the company’s Season Subscription Programs, which offer up to 50% discount on
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