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Bal­let Philip­pines opens its 48th sea­son this month, with Na­tional Artist for Dance Al­ice Reyes, the woman who founded the coun­try’s pre­mier dance com­pany, back as its artis­tic di­rec­tor. One of the orig­i­nal dancers of the ac­claimed Bayani­han dance com­pany, Reyes went to the United States in the mid-1960s to ex­pand her dance skills, train­ing first at Colorado Col­lege and then later earn­ing her Master of Arts de­gree in Dance from Sarah Lawrence Col­lege. It wasn’t long af­ter she re­turned to the Philip­pines in 1969 that she es­tab­lished Bal­let Philip­pines. This per­for­mance sea­son, dubbed “Quintessence,” opens with “A Gala Cel­e­bra­tion,” which is a home­com­ing of sorts, not only for Reyes, but also for alumni of the com­pany. “In the gala, we are fea­tur­ing Filipino dancers who have made it big out­side the Philip­pines. Nor­mally we’d in­vite guest artists, but they’d be for­eign­ers. Now, they’ll be Filipinos, and we’re very proud of that,” says Reyes. In­cluded in the list of per­form­ers are Candice Adea (most re­cently with Bal­letMet and Hong Kong Bal­let), Marcelino Libao (Ham­burg Bal­let), Paul Ocampo and Chien-Ying Wang (Ocam­poWang Dance), and Jean Marc Cordero and Rita An­gela Winder (Bal­lett Kiel). As Reyes ex­plains, the pro­duc­tion will high­light clas­sic pieces from BP’s pre­vi­ous sea­sons. “Peo­ple al­ways come up to me and ask what’s our new piece. I think we want to show off the wealth of what we’ve mounted. How many com­pa­nies here can show what we have? Our vast trea­sures of gems of chore­og­ra­phy? For many pa­trons, a lot of these bal­lets will ac­tu­ally be new be­cause we first pre­sented them in the 1970s, so not many will have seem them.” The dance pieces that will be per­formed at the gala in­clude Agnes Loc­sin’s “Salome,” Bam Damian’s “Mi­nama­hal, Si­nasamba,” Edna Vida’s “Vi­sion of Fire,” Nor­man Walker’s “Sum­mer’s End,” and an ex­cerpt from the

bal­let Ray­monda, by Alexan­der Glazunov. Au­gust 18 to 20, Tang­ha­lang Ni­canor Abe­lardo, CCP Com­plex, Roxas Boule­vard, Pasay; tick­ets avail­able through Tick­et­world, 891.9999, tick­et­; bal­

hOME­COM­ING KINGS AND QUEENS Clock­wise from top: Ronel­son yadao; Rita An­gela winder and Jean Marc Cordero in Nor­man walker’s “Sum­mer’s End”; Kris-Belle Pa­clibar Ma­man­gun; Al­ice Reyes in the 1960s; and Candice Adea.

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