Ballet Philippines collaborates with independent artist Eisa Jocson in "Your Highness"

Eisa Jocson’s newest creation, “Your Highness” will have its world premiere on July 27 (8pm) and 28 (3pm, 8pm) at the CCP Little Theater, and will be performed at several major European performing arts festivals from August to September 2017. The work is a production by Ballet Philippines and Künstlerhaus Mousonturm Frankfurt am Main (Germany), in co-production with Internationales Sommerfestival Kampnagel (Germany), Zürcher Theater Spektakel (Switzerland), La Bâtie – Festival de Genève (Switzerland). 

Eisa Jocson is an internationally renowned artist creating and touring works in Asia, Europe, America and Australia. Educated as a visual artist and trained as a ballet dancer, she won her first pole-dancing competition in Manila in 2010 and began her international dance career with public interventions like “pole-tagging” here and abroad. Her 3 solos, “Death of the Pole Dancer” (2011), “Macho Dancer” (2013) and “Host” (2015) toured extensively in major festivals abroad. Under the HAPPYLAND (2017) series, her new creations, “Princess” a duet with Filipino performance artist Russ Ligtas and “Your Highness” are a continuation of her investigation into Filipino labour, performance of happiness and production of fantasy within the happiness empire. “Your Highness” is her first ensemble creation, and is the first of all her works to be premiered and produced in the Philippines.
 
In “Your Highness”, the classically trained dancers masterfully alternate between stylized Disney gestures and standards of ballet classics like Giselle, The Sleeping Beauty and Swan Lake – and explore the fine line between portrayals of happiness through ballet history and princess archetypes in a globalized entertainment industry.
 
The massive employment of Filipino performers by Hong Kong Disneyland has led to a dire brain drain, with its impact strongly felt in Ballet Philippines, which has lost half of its top dancers within the last decade. Against this backdrop, choreographer Eisa Jocson has now created a dance piece with five young dancers of the Ballet Philippines. 
 
“As an independent Filipina choreographer it is a unique and inspiring adventure to collaborate with Ballet Philippines in creating this new ensemble work,” shares Jocson. “It is exciting to see the dancers push their capacities into unknown terrain with incredible virtuosity. And I am looking forward to share this performance born out of an intense and meticulous process of exploring the dancer's and ballet's manifold bodies and voices.”
“Your Highness” international artistic team is led by Eisa Jocson (choreographer), Gia Gequinto, Stephanie Cabral, Maila Habagat, Alexis Piel, and Carlo Padoga (Ballet Philippines dancers), Arco Renz & Anna Wagner (dramaturgs), Teresa Barrozo (music & sound design), Florian Bach (lighting design), and Dennis Maristany (costume design).
 
Connect to Ballet Philippines online through the following social media networks:
 
Facebook: www.facebook.com/balletphilippines
Twitter: @balletph
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YouTube: balletph
 
For tickets, call Ballet Philippines at (+632) 551-1003, the CCP Box Office at (+632) 832-3704, or Ticketworld at (+632) 891-9999.
 

Alice Reyes returns as Artistic Director of Ballet Philippines in April 2017

 
Coming full circle, Ballet Philippines’ founder, National Artist for Dance, Alice Reyes steps back into the company’s helm as Artistic Director starting this 48th season.
 
“It is our great honor to welcome Alice back,” says BP President Margie Moran Floirendo. “She has generously given the company much support especially over the past few years. We felt that this was the perfect time for her to take on a more active role in the company’s overall planning and direction, particularly in leading us to our 50th season in 2019.”
 
“I am elated to be coming in at this most opportune time,” says Alice Reyes. “The company is two short years away from its golden anniversary, and so this is a fantastic chance to start drumming up the energy and keep it up even beyond the 50th season.”
 
Alice Reyes is the visionary founder of Ballet Philippines who propelled the company into a national arts institution we can all be proud of. In the Philippines, she established regular season concerts, professionalized dance as a career, and played a major role in the phenomenal development of dance in the country. 
 
With a background in ballet, folkdancing and jazz, Reyes ventured into the challenging and exciting realm of modern dance. Through a grant from the John D. Rockefeller III Fund, she went through an extensive training period in the United States at the Colorado College under a Hanya Holm scholarship. She was subsequently awarded a grant from the Music Promotion Foundation of the Philippines, which enabled her to study further under leading exponents of the medium and earn a Master of Arts in Dance from the Sarah Lawrence College under its scholarship program.
 
Upon her return in 1969, she staged her first modern dance concert at the CCP. Its success made her decide to remain in the Philippines and develop the great potential of dance in the country. Since then, her outstanding performances on stage have provided artists an enriching example to emulate. The sheer diversity of her choreographic talent has produced highly acclaimed works ranging from the classics like “Cinderella” and “Romeo and Juliet”, to Filipino modern works like “Amada”, “Itim-Asu”, “Bayanihan Remembered”, “Mga Babae”, “Tales of the Manuvu”, and “Rama Hari”. Through her efforts, dance has become among the country’s respected careers and distinguished professions. The Filipino dancers have emerged as an indispensable part of our cultural heritage.
She served as Ballet Philippines’ Artistic Director for the company’s first 20 years. In June 20, 2014, Alice Reyes was declared National Artist for Dance by President Benigno S. Aquino III through Proclamation No. 807.
 
Paul Alexander Morales will be on sabbatical leave for the 48th season. He served as Ballet Philippines’ Artistic Director from 2009 to 2017.
 
Ballet Philippines (BP) is the flagship professional classical and contemporary dance company in the country. A resident company of the Cultural Center of the Philippines, it was founded in 1969 by Alice Reyes and Eddie Elejar. It is widely recognized today as a cornerstone of the contemporary Filipino identity. The Ballet Philippines Dance School continues to produce dancers of international caliber. 
 

Congratulations to the scholars of the 48th BPDS Summer Dance Workshop!

48th CCP SUMMER DANCE WORKSHOP

SCHOLARS LIST

(as of 17 March 2017)

 

Well done! Kindly complete all enrollment requirements and settle accounts with the Registrar.
Contracts will not be released if there are previous balances.

Deadline for submission of contracts is on March 25, Saturday.

 

Company Scholars

1.      Andes, Ana Graciela

2.      Mercado, Jacqueline

3.      Santos, Karla Marie

4.      Orande, Justine Joseph

5.      Ocampo, Julia Daphne

6.      Bondoc, Daniella

7.      Roque, Lea Klariza

8.      Habagat, Maila Jean

9.      Yusay, Ramona Amanda Anne

 

BPDS Full Scholar

1.      Shy, Isabel

2.      Hervas, Gianna Venice

3.      Tangalin, Eira Joanne

4.      Laico, Alyssa Ariane

5.      Reyes, Iliana

6.      Agustin, Beatrice Therese

7.      Lacaba, Edgardo Jr.

8.      Aguinaldo, Lucia

 

BPDS Half Scholar

1.      Biacora, Laxmir Roselle

2.      Vittali, Nigelle

3.      Quimno, Anna Francesca

4.      Estoria, Alyssa Kaye

5.      Zaragoza, Bianca

 

BPDS Full Scholar ages 9-13

1.      Buhia, Idelle Lauryn

2.      Uy, Christianne Mariana

3.      Gallemit, Martina Anne

4.      Riego, Therese

5.      Francisco, Sophia Gabrielle

6.      Rivera, Channel

7.      Mendoza, Shekina Zarah

8.      Sebastian, Heilleigh Brigette

9.      Tolentino, Hannah

10.   Lim, Trisha Gabrielle

11.   Sebastian, Isabelle Viktoria

12.   Raynes, Illenram Therese

 

BPDS Half Scholars ages 9-13

1.      Gombio, Angelica Antoinette

2.      Briones, Jaque Mae

3.      Sy, Maria Roceo

4.      Pelias, Andrea Marie

5.      Mateo, Janell Marie

6.      Cuesta, Moira Beatrice

7.      Agpaoa, Brickette Faye

8.      Garcia, Hanna Sofia

9.      Saavedra, Rhianna Kristienne Beatriz

10.   Perey, Penelope Joyce

 

Male Scholarship Program

1.      Lacaba, Carl Edison

2.      Abaño, Michael Bryan

3.      Castronuevo, Ivan John

4.      Suntay, Carl Anthony

5.      Villanueva, Matthew

6.      Lopez, Yuri Vladimir Ilych

7.      Sunggalia, Eriel Mike

8.      Ducusin, Lila Rezann

 

PHSA Scholars

1.      Briones, Maisie

2.      Torte, Alliah Xandra

3.      Bearneza, Gillianne Isabel

4.      Olegario, Erina Lisa

5.      Rogando, Mark Jay

6.      Chavez, Claire Margarette

7.      De Chavez, Maria Teresa

8.      Padole, Ren-ar

9.      Dayao, Ronieth

10.   Canlas, Gracious Serene

11.   Albores, Johnrence

12.   Maunahan, Sophia Ailsa

13.   Guinid, Lance Matthew

14.   Abatol, Glycel Therese

15.   De Castro, Michaela Cyril

16.   Presa, Alyanna Margarita

17.   Balido, Princess Stephanie

18.   Dino, Jovit

19.   Astrologo, Celine

20.   Buri, Krislynne Alyanna

21.   De Castro, Niña Moira

22.   Hurtado, Amelia Danielle

23.   Tangalin, Reanne Nicole

24.   Delute, Apple Mae

25.   Desamero, Renee Isabela

26.   Señeres, Carlo Luise

27.   Cuartero, Lia Therese

28.   Hall, Lancelot Vincent

29.   Diolazo, Jethro Serge

30.   Roca, Elijah Jakob

 

Company and Scholarship Auditions 2017

Audition to be a dancer with Ballet Philippines or a scholar of Ballet Philippines Dance School-CCP on the following dates:

 

 

Company Auditions

Date

Time

Venue

Level

April 8, 2017

2:00 PM

CCP Rehearsal Hall

Company Memberships & Apprenticeships

Summer Dance Workshop

Date

Time

Venue

Level

March 11, 2017

11:00 AM

CCP Rehearsal Hall

Dancers aged 9-13 and Male Scholarship Program

March 11, 2017

1:00 PM

CCP Rehearsal Hall

Intermediate/Advanced

April 18, 2017

1:00 PM

CCP Rehearsal Hall

Dancers aged 9-13 and Male Scholarship Program

(Provincial applicants only)

April 18, 2017

2:00 PM

CCP Rehearsal Hall

Intermediate/Advanced

(Provincial applicants only)

 

School Year Program

Date

Time

Venue

Level

May 16, 2017

4:30 PM

CCP Main Theater

BPDS Scholars aged 9-13 and Male Scholarship Program

May 17, 2017

4:30 PM

CCP Main Theater

Intermediate/Advanced

and Apprenticeships

June 3, 2017

11:00 AM

CCP Rehearsal Hall

BPDS Scholars aged 9-13 and Male Scholarship Program

June 3, 2017

1:00 PM

CCP Rehearsal Hall

Intermediate/Advanced

and Apprenticeships

 

Applicants are required to submit 2 pcs. 1×1 ID picture, dance resume, registration form (download here) and audition fee of P200 prior to the audition.

Applicants must come in complete dance attire (leotard, pink tights, and pink ballet shoes for girls; white fitted shirt, black tights, and black or white ballet shoes for boys.)

Intermediate and Advanced ladies must bring pointe shoes.

Applications will only be accepted until one (1) hour before the start of the first audition. Late submissions will not be accepted.

Get to know the Siegfrieds of “Swan Lake”!

 
JOSEPH PHILLIPS
Guest Artist 
 
Joseph Phillips, dubbed by numerous publications as “the golden boy of ballet”, has garnered more gold medals than any other American dancer. He studied at the American Ballet School from 1999 to 2000. In 2001 upon graduating, he completed a summer intensive program at the American Ballet Theatre in New York. He then entered the North Carolina School of the Arts where he studied from 2001 to 2003. He has worked with Ballet San Francisco, Ballet Miami, the American Ballet Theatre, as well as the Carolina Ballet. 
 
In 2001, he won the Jury Prize at the Helsinki International Ballet Competition. In 2002, he was a gold medalist at both the regional, and the final rounds of the Youth America Grand Prix, the I International Ballet Competition in Prague, Czech Republic, and the International Ballet Competition in Jackson, USA. In 2006, he was given the honor of lighting the Olympic Flame at the opening ceremony of the International Ballet Competition in Jackson. In 2007, he received the Laureate of the Ballet2000 Critic’s Award in Cannes, France, and in 2008, he won another gold medal at the Korean International Ballet Competition in Seoul, South Korea.  In 2013, he joined the State Primorsky Theatre of Opera and Ballet (now the Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre) as Principal Dancer.
 
 
VICTOR MAGUAD
Soloist
 
Victor started dancing at the age of 7, training under the supervision of Luther Perez, Tony Fabella and Eddie Elejar at the Manila Dance Center where he was given a chance to join Ballet Philippines' production of Shoes++ in 2000. He played Michael in Edna Vida's Peter Pan in 2001 and essayed John when the production was restaged in 2010. He joined the CCP Dance School in 2004 as a full scholar at the young age of 11 under the tutelage of Noordin Jumalon. His passion for dance and his exceptional technique brought him to dance various male variations for the school and company such as Basilio in Don Quixote, Prince Florimund in The Sleeping Beauty, Prince Siegfried in Swan Lake and the male variation in Paquita.
 
In 2007, he competed at the National Music Competition for Young Artists (NAMCYA) and won 3rd place in the Juniors Ballet category. Later that year he performed in the Philippine Festival in Japan. For the company, his prominent roles in productions include the Peasant Pas de Quatre in Giselle, Gawigawen in Manhid, one of the Twins in Gabriel Barredo’s Opera, Koschei the Immortal in Firebird, and the titular roles in Peter Pan and Crisostomo Ibarra. In 2014, he competed at the USA Jackson International Ballet Competition and won 2nd place at the 1st CCP Ballet Competition.
 
 
GARRY CORPUZ
Company Member
 
Garry started his career as a folk dancer at the Bungkos Palay Dance Company in the Science City of Muñoz. After a year of training in folk dance, he became a scholar at the Philippine High School for the Arts where he graduated with an Outstanding Student Artist award and a MARIA scholarship award. He took the CCP Summer Dance Workshop under the tutelage of Noordin Jumalon, Victor Ursabia, Robert Medina, Hanedy Sala, Cyril Fallar, and Philip Rocamora.
 
Garry was a finalist in the Junior Category of the 2011 National Music Competition for Young Artists (NAMCYA) Ballet Competition. In the same year, he was sent as a delegate to the Mini World Expo in Seoul, South Korea. For the company, he essayed the role of Theseus in in Carlo Pacis’ A Midsummer Night’s Dream, the Peasant Pas de Quatre in Giselle, and Init-init in Manhid. In 2014, he won first place at the 1st CCP Ballet Competition, and reached the semi-finals in the 2016 Helsinki International Ballet Competition. He has recently taken on numerous principal roles, including Siegfried in the White Swan Pas de Deux in Body Positive+, Captain Hook in Peter Pan, the Pearl Merchant in Firebird, and Victor in Awitin Mo At Isasayaw Ko.