The all-Filipino Christmas ballet “Kutitap,” Ballet Manila’s special Christmas presentation, is now running at Aliw Theater in Pasay City for the entire holiday season.
Recreating scenes that spell Christmas to the Pinoy, the 50-minute program features the entire company of Ballet Manila together with acrobats, clowns, aerial acts, contortionists and other circus performers in a creative weaving of different entertainment forms.
The story follows an angel sent down to earth as a cripple, who gets enmeshed in a love triangle between a pedicab driver, a ballerina and rich boy. Along the way, he finds himself amid circus performers who symbolize the frenzied urban jungle.
Upon witnessing a change among the rude, rich characters, he transforms back into an angel and heralds the Christmas season, replete with Simbang Gabi and noche buena scenes, along with overseas workers coming home to their loved ones.
“Kutitap” is a joint choreographic work by Lisa Macuja-Elizalde, Osias Barroso, Rudy de Dios, Gerardo Francisco, Nino Guevarra, Michael Divinagracia, Ricardo Mallari, Romeo Peralta and Roduardo Ma, danced to the tune of unforgettable Christmas carols masterfully arranged by Arnold Buena.
“We are happy to present to our Pinoy audiences this heartwarming show that we know will strike a chord with them, especially at Christmas, which symbolizes family togetherness, love and sharing,” says Macuja-Elizalde. “Ballet Manila will not only bring them cheer, but also offer them thoughtful messages for reflection and valuable lessons for the young generation.” —CONTRIBUTED
“Kutitap” runs on Dec. 26-30, 4 and 7 p.m. On Jan. 1, the performances will be at 4, 7 and 10 p.m.
Admission is free for all Star City guests on a first-come, first-served basis. Call 8323713.