- Published on Tuesday, 31 January 2017 06:33
- Written by Ballet Philippines
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 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 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.