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THE WEDDING scene in Gerardo Francisco’s “Alamat...” Enchanting!

Ballet Manila had a good respite from its classical repertoire when it restaged Ryan Cayabyab’s “Kay Ganda ng Ating Musika” in its latest season.

Posted: September 15th, 2014 in Arts and Books,Headlines,Lifestyle Stories | Read More »

Lisa Macuja celebrates the classics in 50th birthday concert

In 1984, Lisa Macuja (fifth from left) graduated at the top of her class from the Leningrad Choreographic Institute in Russia under the tutelage of her mentor Tatiana Udalenkova (center). CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/Ballet Manila

With a grateful heart, prima ballerina Lisa Macuja-Elizalde presents a very special show to mark two significant milestones in her life – her 50th birthday and her 30th anniversary as a professional ballerina.

Posted: September 13th, 2014 in Lifestyle Stories | Read More »

Ballet Manila mixes OPM, advice show, dance in 19th season performance

Papa Jack (center) with Ballet Manila choreographers (clockwise, from left) Gerardo Francisco, Jonathan Janolo, Michael Divinagracia and Francis Jaena, with the dancers interpreting the love stories in TLC. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/Ballet Manila

In another pioneering effort, Ballet Manila combines pop radio, ballet and original Pilipino music (OPM) in its 19th season-opener dubbed “Kay Ganda ng Ating Musika: An OPM Festival”. The gala night was on August 22, Friday, 7:30 p.m., at Aliw Theater, CCP Complex, Pasay City, with other performances slated on August 23 (Saturday), 24 (Sunday), 29 (Friday), 30 (Saturday) and 31 (Sunday).

Posted: August 23rd, 2014 in Lifestyle Stories | Read More »

Love-advice radio program inspires Ballet Manila pieces

ADVICE guru “Papa Jack” (left) of the radio program “TLC,” with Lisa Macuja-Elizalde and Ballet Manila co-artistic director Osias Barroso

The man behind the long-selling love counseling radio program is unapologetically brutal. But it is this frankness and no-frills approach to giving out advice on love and life that has endeared him to listeners of “True Love Conversations” (TLC) through the years.

Posted: August 18th, 2014 in Arts and Books,Editor's Pick,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Ballet Manila’s 19th season features classics, OPM, new works

LISA Macuja-Elizalde says the classics will always be a BM staple.

Ballet Manila will open its 19th performance season starting August, with a repertoire consisting of classics and new works.

Posted: July 28th, 2014 in Arts and Books,Headlines | Read More »