Philippine Ballet Theatre presents The Merry Widow

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Philippine Ballet Theatre presents The Merry Widow

It is the year 1905. The fate of Pontevedro, a proud but increasingly impoverished Balkan principality, relies perilously on the marriage plans of Hanna Glawari, a rich and beautiful widow. If she weds a foreigner, Pontevedro will lose the benefit of her wealth and will be left in dire straits. To save her homeland therefore, she must be coaxed into marrying a fellow Pontevedrian.

“The Merry Widow” was first shown as an operetta by Franz Lehar in Vienna in 1905. The operetta has been used as the basis for several choreographic versions by ballet companies worldwide.

In its very own version, “The Merry Widow” is skillfully choreographed and presented by Philippine Ballet Theatre’s Artistic Director, Ronilo Jaynario in way that’s guaranteed to appeal to the Filipino audience’s inherent eye for passion, melodrama and “vida/contravida” counterplay. Through a series of pas de deux and dance scenes, themes of courtship,
romance, forbidden love and adultery receive both provocative and witty treatment. The dancers are called upon to show their talents in classical ballet, character dance, mime, and theater acting.

Coming from a wellspring of Filipino talent, honed by the dedication of its Russian ballet master, Anatoly Panasyukov and its Artistic Director, Ronilo Jaynario, and supported by a powerhouse cast of homegrown talent, PBT’s “The Merry Widow” features Irene Kim Abrogena, the highest awarded female dancer in the 2016 CCP Ballet Competition’s Senior
Solo Category and Veronica Atienza, 4th place winner at the 2016 World Ballet Competition (widely considered to be the Olympics of Dance) alternating in the lead role, with esteemed guest artist Martin Buczko, whose dancing and choreographic talents come to the Philippines from Germany, his current base in Europe.

It is worthwhile to note that prima ballerina Margot Fonteyn danced the role of Hanna Glawari when she was almost 60 years old, as her last major ballet role before her retirement. At PBT, “The Merry Widow” will be danced by young lead dancers, both between the ages of 19-21. It will be interesting to watch their take on this ballet’s challenging mix of maturity and humor with grace and aplomb.

Come and enjoy “The Merry Widow”, PBT’s second offering for its 31st Season, on Sept 30 at 3pm and 8pm and on October 1 at 3pm.

PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE:
September 30, 2017 (Saturday) | 3PM & 8PM
October 1, 2017 (Sunday) | 3PM

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Maria Michaella Carreon places 2nd in the Junior category at the 2016 CCP Ballet Competition

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Maria Michaella Carreon places 2nd in the Junior category at the 2016 CCP Ballet Competition

THE Cultural Center of the Philippines held its second Ballet Competition on November 17 & 19, 2016 at 5:30 PM at the Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino (Little Theater).

Ballet dancers from different parts of the country competed in the Junior Category (13-18 years old) on November 17, 2016 and the Senior Category (19-25 years old) on November 19, 2016. The Competition consisted of two parts: the first part was the rendition of classical variations, and the second part was the performance of a contemporary piece.

Winners List:

Junior Category:

  • First Prize: Nicole Klaudine Barroso
  • Second Prize: Maria Michaella Carreon
  • Third Prize: Brian John Sevilla.

Senior Category

Female

  • Second Prize: Irene Kim Abrogena
  • Third Prize: Aisha Josephine Polestico

Male

  • First Prize: Godwin Merano;
  • Second Prize: Al Frederick Abraham
  • Third Prize: Matthew Davo.

Trudl Dubsky Zipper Award for Contemporary Choreography

Junior Category

Choreographer of “Ili Ili” Gerardo Francisco interpreted by Joshua Rey Enciso.

Senior Category

Choreographer of “Empty” Gebvelle Ray Selga interpreted by Al Frederick Abraham

 

Original Article: http://culturalcenter.gov.ph/press-room/ccp-announces-ballet-competition-2016-winners/

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PBT presents Pilipino Komiks at the Filipino Heritage Festival

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PBT presents Pilipino Komiks at the Filipino Heritage Festival

The Filipino Heritage Festival and PAGCOR presented Philippine Ballet Theatre's "PILIPINO KOMIKS" on May 14, 2017 (3PM & 8PM) at the Main Theater of the Cultural Center of the Philippines.

This comedy neo-classical ballet in 3-acts pays tribute to Mars Ravelo and brings to life such characters such as Darna, Valentina, Dyesebel and Bangenge, in a dance story and spectacle of the battle between good and evil.

Original Article: http://philippinewide.blogspot.com/2017/05/gener-caringals-pilipino-komiks-re.html

Photo Credits: Erica M. Jacinto

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 Dancing for their dreams

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Dancing for their dreams

When I sit quietly during a show, I absorb everything, the artistry, the music, and I just sit there and I soak it all in. It feeds the soul. Something always stays with you: something beautiful, elegant, and inspiring. If you’ve never seen a good ballet production, you’re missing out on something very important in your life.

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The Nutcracker

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The Nutcracker

Probably one of the most popular ballets in the world, The Nutcracker Ballet story originated from the “The Nutcracker and the Mouse King” (German: Nussknacker und Mausekönig), a story written in 1816, by the German writer E. T. A. Hoffmann.

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A Nutcracker Christmas

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A Nutcracker Christmas

Close to 100 dancers participate in this wonderful German tale. The charming Mother Ginger scene with numerous petite ballerinas from leading area ballet schools will be included in the production this year. Artistic director Ronilo Jaynario restages the production. 

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THE NUTCRACKER

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THE NUTCRACKER

By popular demand, the “Golden Boy of Ballet”, Joseph Phillips, will return to Manila from Russia to perform the role of the Nutcracker Prince, partnering PBT’s home grown ballerinas, Veronica Ylagan. Lobreza Pimentel and Regine Magbitang will take on the roles of Clara and the Sugar Plum Fairy.

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PBT’s Spectacular ‘Don Q’

The spectacular production at the CCP main auditorium manifested to a most remarkable degree the technical skill, grace and musicality of both the soloists and the corps de ballet.

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Dynamic American danseur graces PBT’s ‘Don Quixote’

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Dynamic American danseur graces PBT’s ‘Don Quixote’

Based in Russia, the heartland of ballet, he is one of the few Americans to make it in the major companies that have remained exclusive to Russians. Phillips is a principal dancer of the Primorsky Opera and Ballet Theater in Vladivostok, Russia’s port city. Primorsky is a satellite of the legendary Maryinsky (formerly Kirov) Ballet, the company that honed such icons as Mikhail Baryshnikov, Natalia Makarova and Rudolf Nureyev.

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Of pirates and slave traders

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Of pirates and slave traders

Philippine Ballet Theater (PBT) will present Le Corsaire -- with music by Adolphe Charles Adam and original choreography by Francois LeComb -- this weekend as a full-length ballet with two acts, featuring Lemuel Capa and Nordic Caraig alternating as Conrad, Veronica Ylagan and Regine Magbitang playing Medora, and Joanna Galeste and Lobreza Pimentel alternating as Gulnare.

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