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West End performers join Ballet Manila in ‘Ballet & Ballads’

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BAM DAMIAN’S “The Last Poem,” the story of a man and his dying beloved featuring Ballet Manila principal danseur Rudy de Dios and prima ballerina Lisa Macuja-Elizalde

Ballet Manila’s long-running “Ballet & Ballads,” with its unique fusion of dance and song numbers, has always been a crowd-pleaser.

Posted: February 17th, 2014 in Arts and Books,Editor's Pick,Headlines,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Ballet Manila ends 18th season with ‘Heart 2 Heart’

LONDON-BASED West End Mamas and Papas, composed of Gerard Duffy and
Maya Barredo-Duffy, Robert Atchison and Gia Macuja-Atchison and Nick Bonner
and Cez Campos-Bonner

Ballet Manila ends its 18th performance season with the latest installment of its popular “Ballet & Ballads” series, this time titled “Heart 2 Heart.” The London-based musical theater groups West End Mamas and Papas are featured guests.

Posted: February 8th, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Ballet Manila’s ‘Nutcracker,’ ‘La Bayadere’ to raise funds for ‘Yolanda’ victims

Lisa Macuja-Elizalde has announced that all proceeds from ticket sales to her “Swan Song Series” Year 3 shows will be donated to relief operations for the victims of Supertyphoon “Yolanda.”

Posted: November 18th, 2013 in Arts and Books,Editor's Pick,Headlines | Read More »

Ballet Manila stages ‘La Bayadere’

Ballet Manila continues its 18th performance season with a staging of “La Bayadere,” a lyrical and dramatic ballet set in India that revolves around love and sacrifice.

Posted: November 11th, 2013 in Arts and Books,Headlines | Read More »

Ballet Manila stages ‘Le Corsaire’ pirate adventure

“Le Corsaire” is a show-off piece that highlights pyrotechnical dancing. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

After its successful staging of “Tatlo Pang Kuwento ni Lola Basyang”, Ballet Manila continues its 18th performance season with the full-length pirate adventure on pointes, “Le Corsaire”.

Posted: October 5th, 2013 in Lifestyle Stories | Read More »

Ballet Manila with MSO stages ‘Le Corsaire’ pirate adventure

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MANILA Symphony Orchestra

After its successful staging of “Tatlo Pang Kuwento ni Lola Basyang,” Ballet Manila (BM) continues its 18th performance season with the full-length pirate adventure on pointes, “Le Corsaire.”

Posted: September 30th, 2013 in Arts and Books,Headlines | Read More »

Lisa Macuja performs ‘Carmen’ at FEU

Far Eastern University (FEU), through its President’s Committee on Culture (PCC), will present Ballet Manila’s production of “Carmen,” featuring prima ballerina Lisa Macuja-Elizalde, on Sept. 25, 3 p.m., at the historic FEU Auditorium.

Posted: September 16th, 2013 in Arts and Books,Headlines | Read More »

Ballet Manila dancers reap medals at Asian Grand Prix

THE BALLET Manila team arrives in Manila after a successful participation at the Asian Grand Prix in Hong Kong: (front row) Sergio Capa III, Anselmo Dictado, Missy Macuja Elizalde, Jessa Balote, Arnulfo Andrade Jr. and Camille Santiago; (back row) Rudy de Dios, Violet Hong, Elpidio Magat, Dawna Reign Mangahas, Rissa May Camaclang, Alfren Salgado, Joan Emery Sia and co-artistic director/coach Osias Barroso

From a field of 212 contestants from 15 countries, dancers from Ballet Manila emerged with medals and citations at the 2013 Asia Grand Prix competition held Aug. 13-18 at the Y-Theater in Chai Wan, Hong Kong. Most notable among these is the Silver medal win of 14-year-old Rissa May Camaclang, the youngest Filipino to be awarded in an international ballet competition.

Posted: September 16th, 2013 in Arts and Books,Headlines | Read More »

Ballet Manila postpones ‘Lola Basyang’ shows

PRIMA ballerina Lisa Macuja and Luz Fernandez lead the cast of “Tatlo Pang Kuwento ni Lola Basyang.”

Due to the current situation in Metro Manila and parts of Luzon brought about by inclement weather, Ballet Manila is postponing the performances of its latest production, “Tatlo Pang Kuwento ni Lola Basyang”, scheduled this weekend or on August 23, 24 and 25.

Posted: August 21st, 2013 in Lifestyle Stories | Read More »

Ballet Manila opens new season with ‘Lola Basyang’ Redux Aug. 23

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PRIMA ballerina Lisa Macuja and Luz Fernandez lead the cast of “Tatlo Pang Kuwento ni Lola Basyang.”

Lisa Macuja-Elizalde was in a fair at her children’s school when she came across a series of “Lola Basyang” books on sale. Leafing through the pages, she was enthralled by images of enchanted lands, bewitched sisters and mythical creatures. She thought how wonderful it would be if these stories could be told in dance.

Posted: August 19th, 2013 in Arts and Books,Headlines | Read More »

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.”

Posted: July 22nd, 2013 in Arts and Books,Editor's Pick,Headlines | Read More »

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