DEKADA’ 70

Town & Country (Philippines) - - OUT & ABOUT -

For mu­sic lovers, “Best of” com­pi­la­tions are a quick way to learn about a par­tic­u­lar group or mu­si­cal genre; it’s also a good way to trace a band’s de­vel­op­ment, its evo­lu­tion over the years. The same concept ap­plies to the world of dance this month, as Bal­let Philip­pines mines its chore­og­ra­phy ar­chives to present The Ex­em­plars: The Best of Bal­let Philip­pines (1970-1980). Kather­ine Tro­feo, former prin­ci­pal dancer and in­terim as­sis­tant artis­tic di­rec­tor for the com­pany, ex­plains: “The Ex­em­plars is going to be part of our build up to our 50th season, it’s a ‘Best of Bal­let Philip­pines,’ as we re­ally started our pro­duc­tions in the 1970s. So we have works like ‘Amada,’ by Alice Reyes, which is also per­fect now that we are cel­e­brat­ing the birth cen­ten­nial of Nick Joaquin, as it is in­spired by his story, ‘The Sum­mer Sol­stice.’ We also have Gener Carin­gal’s ‘Ang Sul­tan’ and other pop­u­lar works such as Nor­man Walker’s ‘Songs of a Way­farer’ and Pauline Koner’s ‘Con­certino.’” Main­tain­ing the au­then­tic­ity of the restaged works shouldn’t be a prob­lem as Reyes, who re­turned as artis­tic di­rec­tor this year, was among Bal­let Philip­pines’ founders. If that’s not enough, “We will have a lot of former dancers com­ing back to teach our cur­rent batch, so that the danc­ing style will be the same,” as­sures Tro­feo. Among the fea­tured dancers in this pro­duc­tion are Jean Marc Cordero and Rita An­gela Win­der in Walker’s “Sum­mer’s End,” Candice Adea in the lead role in “Amada,” and Ronel­son Yadao who stars as Don Rafael in “Amada” and the Groom in “Songs of a Way­farer.” Oc­to­ber 20 to 22, Cul­tural Cen­ter of the Philip­pines, Roxas Boule­vard, Pasay; 832.1125; tick­ets avail­able through Tick­et­world, 891.9999, tick­et­world.com.ph; bal­let.ph.

GREAT­EST hiTS Jean marc Cordero and Rita An­gela win­der in Nor­man walker’s Sum­mer’s End.

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