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Ballet Manila’s ‘Nutkraker: Pasko Na Namang Muli’ opens Nov. 29 at Aliw Theater

BALLET Manila’s Christmas presentation combines classical ballet and standard carols. Right: Excerpts
from the ballet classic “Nutcracker”

When it comes to Yuletide ballet fare, nothing beats the tale of the young girl Masha whose generous spirit on Christmas Eve transports her to a land of giant dolls, dancing snowflakes, the Nutcracker Prince and the Sugar Plum Fairy.

Posted: November 17th, 2014 in Arts and Books,Headlines,Lifestyle Stories | Read More »

2 young men break out of the mold to say they love–and teach–dancing


In a culture that hails machismo as an asset, in an art form predominantly peopled by females, it is seldom to chance upon young males who declare their intent to pursue dance for the plain and simple reason that they like it.

Posted: November 17th, 2014 in Arts and Books,Headlines | Read More »

Agustin Goy’s art of the ballet

“A Terre”

Agustin Goy’s ballet paintings, which were shown during ManilArt 2014, herald the marriage of two art disciplines; his brushstrokes echo the stringent demands of classical ballet.

Posted: November 10th, 2014 in Arts and Books,Headlines,Lifestyle Stories | Read More »

‘Nutcracker’: A Yuletide tradition

PHILIPPINE Ballet Theater to perform ballet classic on Nov. 15-16 at the CCP

A list of the things that make the Christmas season truly Christmas-y and traditional would most certainly include the belen, the Midnight Mass, the tree and the parol.

Posted: November 3rd, 2014 in Arts and Books,Headlines,Lifestyle Stories | Read More »

Agnes Locsin’s ‘Bulak’: Cycles of the season in beautiful ballet

LIKE a tree expanding, Biag Gaongen hoists Krisbelle Palicbar. Right: intertwined like vines. PHOTOS BY JOJO MAMANGUN

Every work of choreographer Agnes Locsin is always highly anticipated. Her work is noted for its intense imagery and the breathtaking bravura of her dancers. Yet, despite her cult status and impressive body of work, she has to strive, like most artists, to get patronage and support.

Posted: October 27th, 2014 in Arts and Books,Headlines,Lifestyle Stories,Photos & Videos | Read More »