Ballet Philippines celebrates women in 42nd season

Posted at 06/21/11 11:28 AM

MANILA, Philippines - To celebrate the centennial of International Women's Day this 2011, ballet and contemporary dance company Ballet Philippines (BP) decided to celebrate women in its new season.

BP's 42nd season dubbed "Faces of Eve" will feature the company's "excellent dancers, rich and diverse repertoire and its relevance to society."

BP, the resident company of the Cultural Center of the Philippines, will kick off its 42nd season with "Encantada", a full-length modern dance choreographed by Agnes Locsin to the music of Joey Ayala.

Set during the Spanish colonial era, "Encantada" is about man's destruction of nature and its aftermath. The last time it was performed was in 1998, and it has been toured in the Philippines and Japan. It will go onstage on August 12-14.

"Inamorata", BP's mixed bill gala, is next on the calendar on September 23-25. This ballet features classics like "Harlequinade" along with contemporary pieces.

 The full-length ballet "The Sleeping Beauty", set to the music of Tchaikovsky, will be BP's Christmas offering. A guest artist will dance with the BP ballerinas, and a full orchestra will perform the music on evening shows. A special matinee version for children will also be held.

"The Sleeping Beauty" is scheduled on December 2 to 4 and 8 to 11.

The new, bold works of Filipina choreographers and collaborating artists led by Neo-Filipino series originator Denisa Reyes will be featured in BP's "Neo-Filipino Womb" in February 2012.

BP, founded 41 years ago by Alice Reyes, has over 400 original works in its treasure trove. It is said to be the longest-running dance company in southeast Asia.

BP announced that season subscriptions are now available at P3,600 per person and P15,000 per box. For details, contact Mavic Lipat at (632) 551-1003 or (6322) 345-6601 or visit www.balletphilippines.org.