Ballet Philippines, Southeast Asia’s longest-running professional dance company and the country’s premier dance group, looks at a bright and promising 44th season aptly themed IllumiNATION.
“Through the years, Ballet Philippines has been known for nurturing world-class Filipino talent and excellence,” begins Ballet Philippines’ Artistic Director, Paul Morales. “And with the Philippines progressively developing as a nation, all the more it is important that we focus on strengthening our artistic and cultural identity.”
This year, Ballet Philippines welcomes the new season with a reenergized spirit, a rekindled passion for the art of dance, the quest for enlightenment, and most of all, realigned goals, especially for Filipino performers and its audience. “It’s about going back to the company’s tradition of celebrating Filipino skill and talent by embracing our distinct artistry,” says Morales.
He adds: “IllumiNATION’s underlying theme is the light of love in all its forms. This season is about invoking its illuminating energy and channeling it through dance.”
For its 44th season Ballet Philippines presents four major productions to look forward to: the classid and timeless Giselle, the hip and edgy Rock Supremo, the fresh and modern A Christmas Carol, and finale The Art of Dance, which showcases the diversity of the company through a variety of forms.
Season opener Giselle depicts undying love beyond life in its classic, romantic story. “The famous ballet remains iconic through the centuries for its great music, dance, and dramatic story elements. Giselle is ballet as we know it,” Morales declares.
He continues: “The next two shows, Rock Supremo and A Christmas Carol, feature an all-new approach opposite to traditional ballet; challenging one’s preconceived notions on the dance form.”
Rock Supremo is a brave and hopeful revisiting of Philippine history and the story of Andres Bonifacio, featuring songs by local music artists, as well as interactive videos and other post-modern techniques that give a new and unique twist to the performance.
A classic story retold with a fresh approach, A Christmas Carol also uses similar elements, but is specifically intended for a family audience, revolving around the value of being responsible for one another.
Lastly, for those who still have yet to appreciate the full extent of the art of dance, Morales recommends the season finale. “With pieces ranging from classical to hip-hop, as well as contemporary dance theater all in one presentation, The Art of Dance showcases the best of dance in all its versatility,” Morales says.
He concludes: “This finale brings back the experience of pure love and passion for dance. We believe that such a production makes a great season culmination as it also celebrates the accomplishments and cultural contributions of Ballet Philippines, especially as we approach our 45th year.”
Indeed, with exciting and innovative productions slated to take over the stage this season of IllumiNATION, Ballet Philippines is set to shed light on the beauty of dance in all its dimensions.
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