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.