After news that the Star City was razed by fire, even damaging the nearby DZRH building and the Aliw Theater, CCP artistic Chris Millado called Ballet Manila artistic director Lisa Macuja-Elizalde and unhesitatingly offered the Main Theater to stage the ballet company’s second offering for its 24th perfomance season.
A neighborly gesture that Lisa welcomed. After the devastating incident, she and her ballet team know that the show must go on.
In their official statement: “Aliw and Star Theaters have been the home of Ballet Manila for close to 20 years. It is with a lot of sadness that we share the news that both theaters were affected by the fire that recently razed the Star City compound… But Ballet Manila will dance — no matter what.”
And they will dance Giselle with one performance on 17 October, 8 p.m., at the Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo (CCP Main Theater).
Originally, their second production for the new season was scheduled on 19 and 20 October, with three performances.
One of well-loved ballet pieces, it follows the story of a peasant girl named Giselle, who dies of a broken heart after discovering her lover Albrecht is betrothed to another girl.
Ballet dancers Abigail Oliveiro and Elpidio Magat take the lead roles of Giselle and Albrecht, respectively.
Considered one of the greatest romantic ballets, experience love, betrayal, heartache and forgiveness as ballet dancers bring to life the story with their beautiful, well-choreographed movements.
Ballet Manila always includes a classic ballet in every performance season.
“When I plan a season, I first program the full-length classical ballet that we need to present every year. My teacher and mentor Tatiana Udalenkova told me that I should always have a classical warhorse every season to strengthen the company,” Lisa shared.
Dubbed “On Pointe,” the BM’s 24th ballet season highlights the most iconic element in a ballet performance — the pointe shoes. Aside from tutus, it is what makes a ballerina stand and dance daintily on her toes.
The theme is also a play on the phrase “on point,” which defines something to be excellent and perfect — the goals that BM consistently achieves in its every performance.
According to Lisa, they decided to go with the theme to put a spotlight on BM’s Russian Vaganova style of training and dancing. “It defines what classical ballet is — being able to dance on pointe.”
After Giselle, BM will have the world premiere of Sleeping Beauty, which is the last installment of Lisa’s Princess Trilogy. The season will close with Carmina Burana and La Traviata. Fans of BM will have to wait for further announcement for these productions.
In the meantime, catch Giselle on 17 October at the CCP. For those who have already bought tickets for Giselle, don’t fret. Those tickets will be honored. Ticketholders also have the option to refund.
More information will be made regarding how to purchase tickets for the October performance. You can email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (0918) 807-748 for inquiries.
Let’s continue to support Ballet Manila in this trying time.