Dancer Profile : Veronica Atienza

Dancer Profile : Veronica Atienza

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Veronica Atienza


Training and Honors

Veronica had her first taste of ballet at an early age of four. It was only at the age of thirteen when she started her formal ballet training at the Effie Nañas School of Classical Ballet, taking classes and private trainings directly under Effie Nañas. She has participated in study tours at the Beijing Dance Academy in Beijing, China in 2011, and Universal Ballet Academy in Seoul, South Korea in 2013. She also attended classes and private coaching under ballet masters Edward Ellison of Ellison Ballet, and Elena Kunikova of Steps in Broadway, both in New York City in the years 2012, 2014, and 2016.

In 2015, she also took classes and private coaching under Viktor Kabanaiev of Westlake School of arts in Daly City, along with the different faculties of City Ballet in San Francisco. Veronica competed in the 1st CCP National Ballet Competition in 2014 where she garnered the Luva Ademeit Special Award for Female Performance in the Junior Category.

In 2016, she placed 4th Over-all in the Pre-professional Level of the World Ballet Competition held in Orlando, Florida, an annual event where around 175 dancers from all over the world compete in various categories. She was then granted a scholarship for the Kirov Academy of Ballet in Washington, D.C. She recently competed in the 2018 USA International Ballet Competition, where she won the Jury of Encouragement Award.


Performances

Veronica was chosen to perform in the 10th Anniversary Gala of the World Ballet Competition in June 2016, where she danced the Diana variation from Diana & Acteon. For PBT, she joined as a guest artist dancing in The Nutcracker’s Dance of the Reed Flutes. She joined as an apprentice in 2016, where she danced the Diana & Acteon pas de deux in the The Great Classics; and Lead Diwata in Filipino Masterpieces. Veronica was promoted to Company Artist in the last show of PBT’s 2016 Season, where she performed as the Dew Drop Fairy and Snow Queen in The Nutcracker. For PBT’s 31st and 32nd season, she performed the role of Dyesebel in Pilipino Komiks, Gamzatti in La Bayadere, debuted her role as Hanna Glawari in The Merry Widow, Sugarplum Fairy in The Nutcracker, and as Cinderella.

Philippine Ballet Theatre Open Audition 2019

Philippine Ballet Theatre Open Audition 2019

Attention dancers! Philippine Ballet Theatre invites you to its 33rd season this year. We are opening our doors to new aspiring dancers to be part our company.

AUDITION DATE: January 28, 2019 (Monday)

TIME: 4:00PM Opening of Registration and 5:30PM Audition proper.

VENUE: PBT Studio, Meralco Theater Backstage

This audition is open for male and female ballet dancers who are at least intermediate in level. Please come early and make sure to wear a proper ballet attire during the audition. Female dancers are required to bring their pointe shoes during the audition.

Audition and be part of the PBT family!

Philippine Ballet Theatre presents The Nutcracker

Philippine Ballet Theatre presents The Nutcracker

Whether you're a kid or a kid at heart, one thing is for sure—this show is a must watch! Join us this November 18 & 19 at the CCP Main Theater for PBT's favorite holiday classic, The Nutcracker

Show Schedule

  • November 18, 2017 : 8 PM
  • November 19, 2017 : 3 PM

Philippine Ballet Theatre presents The Merry Widow

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

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

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/

PBT presents Pilipino Komiks at the Filipino Heritage Festival

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

Theater and dance now made more affordable

Theater and dance now made more affordable

...the Philstage Premium Pass gives you a 20-percent discount on all Philstage productions during the first half of the show’s run, for a maximum of four tickets per performance, excluding sponsored and blocked shows.

 Dancing for their dreams

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.

The Nutcracker

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.

Joseph Phillips returns to Manila for PBT’s THE NUTCRACKER

Joseph Phillips returns to Manila for PBT’s THE NUTCRACKER

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

A Nutcracker Christmas

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. 

THE NUTCRACKER

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.

Nutcracker, other concerts; Doy Laurel remembered

With a cast of almost 100 and with “Golden Boy of Ballet” Joseph Phillips and Veronica Ylagan in the lead, the Philippine Ballet Theater headed by President Sylvia Lichauco de Leon will present The Nutcracker Ballet Suite. 

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.

Dynamic American danseur graces PBT’s ‘Don Quixote’

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.