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Ballet Manila presents new ‘Lola Basyang’ extravaganza

BALLET Manila breathes life into three new folk tales in “Tatlo Pang Kuwento ni Lola Basyang,” featuring prima ballerina Lisa Macuja-Elizalde (second from left) and veteran actress Luz Fernandez (on rocking chair) as the iconic storyteller of Philippine literature.

Ballet Manila presents three new enchanting tales from Philippine literature’s most iconic storyteller when it opens its 18th season next month with “Tatlo Pang Kuwento ni Lola Basyang.”

This is the much-awaited follow-up to its all-Filipino extravaganza “ Tatlong Kuwento ni Lola Basyang,” which premiered in 2008 and has since become a blockbuster seen by over a hundred thousand viewers.

Based on Anvil Publishing’s “Ang Mga Kuwento ni Lola Basyang ni Severino Reyes,” the new production will have its world premiere on Aug. 23, 7:30 p.m., at Aliw Theater, Cultural Center of the Philippines Complex, Pasay City.

Other shows: Aug. 24 and 31, 11 a.m., 3 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.; Aug. 25, 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.; and Sept. 1, 7 and 8, 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.

Co-presented by Manila Broadcasting Company and Aliw Theater with Anvil Publishing Inc., and the support of Star City and Ticketworld, “Tatlo Pang Kuwento ni Lola Basyang” will once again feature value-laden tales using original choreography and Filipino music as well as colorful sets and costumes.

“We’re happy to bring back Lola Basyang, who is one of the most beloved characters in Philippine literature, with more stories that are sure to captivate young audiences,” said prima ballerina and Ballet Manila artistic director Lisa Macuja-Elizalde.

Featured are the following stories as retold by Christine Bellen, who also wrote the continuity script: “Ang Palasyo ng mga Duwende,” illustrated by Albert Gamos, choreographed by Gerardo Francisco with collaborators Naomi Jaena and Romeo Peralta, and Diwa de Leon as composer/musical arranger; “Labindalawang Masasayang Prinsesa,” illustrated by Abi Goy, choreographed by Lisa Macuja-Elizalde with collaborators Francis Jaena, Rudy De Dios and Sofia Peralta, and Arnold Buena as composer/ musical arranger; and “Anting-Anting,” illustrated by Hubert Fucio, choreographed by Osias Barroso with collaborator Michael Divinagracia, and Juan Carlo Magsalin as composer/musical arranger.

JOAN Emery Sia asYani and Romeo Peralta as Prinsipe Beni-Hamad in “Ang Palasyo ng Mga Duwende”

Veteran TV actress and radio talent Luz Fernandez returns as Lola Basyang, who, together with the young girl Ate Missy portrayed by Missy Elizalde, will be weaving the three stories together.

Stage direction is by Roxanne Lapus; costume design by Michael Miguel; lighting design by Jaime Villanueva; and production design by Jonathan Janolo.

“‘Lola Basyang’ is timeless. I truly believe that if these ballet trilogies will be restaged a decade from now, they will still be a hit!” said Osias Barroso, Ballet Manila co-artistic director.

“Tatlo Pang Kuwento ni Lola Basyang” is sponsored by Pride Powder, First United Travel, Ralph’s Wines and Spirits and Island Rose.

Call 5255967 or 4000292, or Ticketworld at 8919999; visit ticketworld.com.ph.

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