Ballet Philippines: Impressive from start to finish-A A +A
Wednesday, September 11, 2013
I HAD been roped in at short notice by Ms. Apple and Ms. Acey about Ballet Philippines performances and it is a good thing that I gave in, the performances were indeed a "Bravo" moment.
Last August 23 and 24, SM Annex and SM Lanang Premiere mall-goers were in for a treat as Ballet Philippines performance sparkled with crisply rendered repertoire and well-timed and executed steps.
"Bravo" showcased Ballet Philippines' twin mastery of classical ballet and contemporary dance. The mix of timeless classics such as excerpts from "Coppelia", "Sleeping Beauty", and "Don Quixote" highlighted the young dancers' impeccable technique, while the modern pieces such as "Reysing", "Lahat ng Araw" gave them the freedom to express themselves and exhibited their dramatic abilities.
The most arresting number was "This is My Life" and "You Don't Bring Me Flowers" repertoire. These two numbers whose music and interpretation demands of the challenging steps were handled easily by the dancers, also noteworthy was the table ballet, somehow a reminiscent of an erotic dance.
Surely no performance in ballet today is more definitive that given by Ballet Philippines. In "You Don't Bring Me Flowers", the dancers (Victor Maguad and Mark Grantos) plucked up energy from the ground with their feet, leaped up to greet the air as if it were their natural element, spinned across the stage like a tornado. In one passage the other jumped with twinkling legs to one side and the other, flourishing their hands to either side as if to shrug off their own prowess.
But what's most irresistible was the way these two male dancers rapidly transfers weight from one foot to another and back, side to side, both are charming and the embodiment of entertainment.
There is something about the story through dance and the emotion it brings that transcends, despite having no dialogues in the said performance.
The performance concluded with the melodious "Moslem" by Davao’s pride, Filipino choreographer-extraordinaire Ms. Agnes Locsin, as expected the choreography was impressive from start to finish.
Ballet Philippines was established in 1969 by Alice Reyes with the support of Eddie Elejar and the Cultural Center of the Philippines. Since then, it has come to be known worldwide for its repertoire of classical and modern pieces. It’s school, the CCP Dance School to produce dancers of international caliber.
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Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on September 11, 2013.