‘Rebel’ opens Bal­let Manila’s 21st sea­son

The Philippine Star - - ARTS & CULTURE -

Bal­let Manila opens its 21st per­for­mance sea­son with the re­turn of a mod­ern mas­ter­piece. Af­ter its suc­cess­ful world pre­miere in Fe­bru­ary, Martin Lawrance’s Rebel:

EDSA 30 goes on­stage on Aug. 27 at 8 p.m., and Aug. 28 at 3 p.m. at the Aliw Theater in Pasay City.

“Af­ter un­veil­ing Rebel in time for the 30th an­niver­sary of the Peo­ple Power Revo­lu­tion, we re­ceived nu­mer­ous re­quests for a sec­ond run since there were too many ac­tiv­i­ties go­ing on that same week,” re­veals BM artis­tic di­rec­tor and prima bal­le­rina Lisa Macu­jaEl­izalde.

“The re­views were highly pos­i­tive and en­cour­ag­ing, thank­fully, and more re­quests kept com­ing in. Fi­nally, while plan­ning the pro­gram for our 21st sea­son, my co- artis­tic di­rec­tor Osias Bar­roso and I de­cided that Au­gust would be the per­fect time to restage Rebel as our own way of cel­e­brat­ing two im­por­tant Philip­pine hol­i­days this month — Ni­noy Aquino Day on the 21st and Na­tional He­roes Day on the 29th.”

Aside from the im­pec­ca­ble tim­ing, Macuja- El­izalde adds that the new chore­og­ra­phy (which is a con­tem­po­rary take on the clas­si­cal piece Spar­ta­cus) is also an ap­pro­pri­ate piece to kick- off an en­tire sea­son built around the clas­sics.

Un­der the theme “Re­venge of the Clas­sics,” Bal­let Manila’s 21st sea­son reper­toire will be com­prised of some of the world’s most pop­u­lar and beloved bal­lets: each given a fresh, new twist in the way they will be pre­sented to a mil­len­nial au­di­ence. Each pro­duc­tion has also been care­fully se­lected to high­light the ex­cep­tional abil­i­ties of the com­pany’s present crop of dancers — a cre­ative bat­tal­ion 58- strong, all trained ex­clu­sively in the rig­ors of the for­mi­da­ble Rus­sian tech­nique known as the Vaganova method.

“We feel that Rebel — with its stun­ning chore­og­ra­phy that matches the mag­netic orig­i­nal score of Aram Khacha­turian and the provoca­tive strains of pa­tri­otic songs linked to the me­mory of Peo­ple Power — would be an ex­cel­lent way to launch this very ex­cit­ing, if very am­bi­tious, new per­for­mance sea­son.”

The semi- re­tired Macuja- El­izalde re­turns to the stage in a spe­cial role as Inang Bayan, who rouses and in­spires her suf­fer­ing chil­dren to unite be­hind a com­mon cause. Also in the prin­ci­pal cast are Bal­let Manila artists Rudy de Dios and Mark Su­maylo ( Benigno), Ger­ardo Fran­cisco and Al­fren Sal­gado (Fer­di­nand), Kather­ine Bark­man and Dawna Reign Man­ga­has (Co­ra­zon), Tif­fany Chi­ang-Janolo and Abi­gail Oliveiro (Imelda), Romeo Per­alta and Ru­dolph Capong­col (Juan dela Cruz), Anselmo Dic­tado (Jose), and Sofia Sangco-Per­alta (al­ter­nat­ing as Inang Bayan).

Also fea­tured as guest per­form­ers are in­ter­na­tion­ally ac­claimed mu­si­cal theater artist Joanna Ampil (as the voice of Inang Bayan) and the ABS- CBN Phil­har­monic Or­ches­tra un­der the ba­ton of Mae­stro Ger­ard Sa­longa. Cos­tume de­sign is by Jef­frey Ro­gador while set de­sign is by Mio In­fante.

Macuja- El­izalde says, “Hope­fully, by its own artis­tic mer­its, we hope that Rebel could help rekin­dle the ide­al­ism that once in­spired us to be­come an ac­tive part of the change we all wanted to see, as a na­tion and as in­di­vid­u­als.”

Tick­ets to all pro­duc­tions of Bal­let Manila’s 21st per­for­mance sea­son are now avail­able at Tick­etWorld Manila at www. tick­etworld.com.ph or through 891-9999. Sea­son sub­scribers can avail of as much as 50 per­cent dis­count on reg­u­lar prices. For in­quiries, call 552-7502, SMS 0918-8077148, or email info@bal­let­manila.com.ph.

Lisa Macuja-El­izalde as Inang Bayan in Bal­let Manila’s pro­duc­tion of Rebel: EDSA 30 at Aliw Theater

Kather­ine Bark­man as Cory and Rudy De Dios as Benigno Tif­fany Chi­ang as Imelda and Ger­ardo Fran­cisco as Fer­di­nand

Lisa Macuja with Bal­let Manila com­pany artists in Rebel

Lisa Macuja and Joana Ampil as the voice of Inang Bayan. Photo by Ian San­tos

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