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‘Sensual, animalistic’ ballet premieres this week

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Expect no cutesy, Tinkerbell-type fairies in Ballet Philippines’ season-ender, “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” which runs Feb. 15-17 at Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo of the Cultural Center of the Philippines.

Posted: February 15th, 2013 in Fashion and Beauty,Featured Gallery,Headlines | Read More »

Come and watch Sayaw Pinoy

BAYANIHAN, Philippine national folkdance company

Sayaw Pinoy is about to get bigger. Now on its 10th year, the longest-running Arts Month flagship project organized by the National Commission for Culture and the Arts, is aiming to enjoin some 35 Philippine dance groups to participate in the event and beef up audience numbers.

Posted: February 5th, 2012 in Arts and Books,Headlines | Read More »

Sparkly ballet gives holiday cheer

MYLENE Aggabao as Ballet Teacher and Salgado as Pedicab Driver in “Kutitap,” Ballet Manila’s holiday offering

It’s funny how an artistic endeavor that is haphazardly put together would turn out to be one of the best performances of the season.

Posted: January 16th, 2012 in Arts and Books,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Argentine tango company to set Manila on ‘Fire’

TANGO Fire dancers in “Flames of Desire”. PHOTO BY LORENZO DI NOZZI

Think of it as traveling without moving while being generous and having yet another reason why “it’s more fun in the Philippines” when you watch Tango Fire Company of Buenos Aires at the Newport Performing Arts Theater, Resorts World Manila on Jan. 17 and 18 at 8 p.m.

Posted: January 9th, 2012 in Arts and Books,Editor's Pick,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Ballet Philippines’ lavish ‘Sleeping Beauty’ hurdles the odds


Most people in the dance community thought Ballet Philippines had gone bonkers when, as a holiday offering, the company decided to stage “Sleeping Beauty.”

Posted: December 26th, 2011 in Arts and Books,Featured Gallery,Headlines | Read More »

Pure stage magic out of Zippo lighters and kitchen sinks


A relatively young audience on opening night of the “Stomp!” group’s maiden performance in Manila seemed to be in a Catch-22 situation. The local “guinea pigs” with ages ranging from 3-50 years old alternated between laughter and expressions of amazement for the coolest rag-tag bunch of men and women on a Masonite stage. Eight paint-smeared [...]

Posted: October 24th, 2011 in Arts and Books,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Fairytale endings and the ‘Maniya effect’


Much to do with the success of Philippine Ballet Theater’s “Cinderella” was that it was like a bespoke Chanel suit: simple, classic, timeless. On opening night at the Cultural Center of the Philippines, PBT artistic director Ronilo Jaynario relives the Jean-Paul Comelin choreography, set to music by Sergei Prokofiev, of the rags-to-riches tale of a [...]

Posted: October 17th, 2011 in Arts and Books,Headlines | Read More »

Thwarted lovers, mountain spirits and magic violins


It’s about time that two of the country’s major ballet companies drew out tried-and-tested productions from their baul. Appreciative whistling and applause from a younger set of audience on opening nights of Ballet Manila’s “Tatlong Kuwento ni Lola Basyang” and “Encantada” by Ballet Philippines validated two local dance treasures that made  theater-goers proud to be [...]

Posted: September 26th, 2011 in Arts and Books,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos | Read More »

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