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Experience the Vibrant Heritage of Philippine Dance Tonight with Ballet Philippines

Get ready to be captivated by an evening of extraordinary dance performances that celebrate the rich cultural heritage of dance in the Philippines. Tonight, May 23, 7:30PM at the Metropolitan Theater in Manila, the Cultural Center of the Philippines proudly presents “Pulso Pilipinas: Mga Likhang Sayaw.” This spectacular production promises to be a feast for the senses, featuring the incredible talents of various dance companies, with Ballet Philippines leading the charge.

“Pulso Pilipinas: Mga Likhang Sayaw” is more than just a performance; it is a journey through the diverse and vibrant dance traditions that have shaped Filipino culture. This event offers a unique opportunity to experience the full spectrum of Philippine dance.

One of the highlights of the evening will be Ballet Philippines’ performance of an excerpt from “Equus.” Known for their breathtaking precision and emotional depth, Ballet Philippines is set to deliver a performance that will leave audiences in awe. This piece, which seamlessly blends classical ballet with modern themes, showcases the company’s versatility and artistic excellence.

Whether you’re a long-time fan of ballet or a newcomer to the world of dance, “Pulso Pilipinas: Mga Likhang Sayaw” promises to be an unforgettable experience. Join us tonight at the Metropolitan Theater and be a part of this vibrant cultural event.

Secure your tickets now via this link and prepare to be enchanted by the grace, power, and passion of Ballet Philippines. See you there!

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Birthday Greetings to BP Trustee, Carlo Calma

Mavericks and magicians are not made.

They are born—and one we hold dear celebrates his special day today! 

Happy birthday, Carlo! 🎂

From your BP Family 💖

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BP’s Ballet Brigade in Batanes: Celebrating Culture and the Transformative Power of Dance

Ballet Philippines embarked on a transformative journey to the idyllic landscapes of Batanes to share the power of ballet and immerse in the rich cultural tapestry of the province. Through a series of workshops held over Mother’s Day weekend, the Ballet Brigade endeavored to introduce ballet to the children of the Ivatan tribe of Batanes, imparting the magic of movement and expression. However, the experience proved to be a reciprocal exchange of knowledge and appreciation, as the locals graciously shared their own cultural heritage, enlightening the visiting artists with the beauty of their traditions.

Ballet Philippines President Kathleen Liechtenstein poses with the children during the first workshop
Ballet Philippines embarked on a transformative journey to the idyllic landscapes of Batanes to share the power of ballet and immerse in the rich cultural tapestry of the province

Facilitated by the collaborative efforts of Ballet Philippines and the Batanes locals, the workshop was a meaningful cultural exchange. Gratitude to Mr. John Jesus Asa, a member of the Ivatan indigenous community, who tirelessly worked as the local liaison to make the Ballet Brigade happen. Among the distinguished guests were Ms. Anastacia B. Viola, Sitting Provincial Board Member for District 1, and principal dancers from Ballet Philippines, including Jemima Reyes, Ian Ocampo, Rudolph Capongcol and Regina Magbitang. Ballet Philippines President Kathleen Liechtenstein also graced the occasion.

Sitting Provincial Board Member for District 1 Anastacia B. Viola welcomes Ballet Philippines to Batanes
BP President Kathleen Liechtenstein during her opening remarks
BP President Kathleen Liechtenstein with Batanes liaison John Jesus Asa
Ballet Philippines Princial Dancers Regina Magbitang, Rudolph Capongcol, Ian Ocampo and Jemima Reyes

The Ballet Brigade kicked off with the first workshop held at the Batanes National Science High School on May 11, 2024. Over 180 Ivatan children, spanning various age groups from toddlers to teenagers, gathered for the event. Despite it being Saturday, which is traditionally a busy farming day for the Batanes people, the community showed remarkable enthusiasm for the event. One of the highlights of the day was introducing ballet to young aspiring dancers like Dotan, a 9-year-old with dreams of becoming a ballet dancer. For Dotan, and many other children like him, the Ballet Brigade workshop represented a transformative moment which ignited a newfound passion for dance.

Ian Ocampo shows the children some movements
Many kids from Batanes were experiencing ballet for the first time
While Saturday is traditionally a farming day, the Batanes people came to the Ballet Brigade with enthusiasm
Meet Dotan, a 9-year-old with dreams of becoming a ballet dancer

Throughout the rest of the weekend, the exchange of artistic expressions flourished as everybody engaged in both ballet and traditional dance forms native to Batanes. The locals performed the traditional Palu Palu Dance, a poignant and unique “mock battle dance” and a symbol of cultural resilience. It captivated audiences with its grace. In addition, the following day found the Ballet Philippines dancers learning traditional dances, and performing it with the Batanes youth.

The Batanes youth taught the Ballet Philippines dancers some traditional dances
The Batanes locals performing the traditional Palu Palu Dance

The cultural exchange culminated in a lovely evening celebration, in which the Ivatan community elders shared a traditional Batanes dance, offering a deeper glimpse into the province’s rich heritage. The entire event was a testament to the power of dance and its ability to bridge cultures and unite communities. The timing of the Ballet Brigade also felt appropriate as May is National Heritage Month in the Philippines.

Learning a traditional dance from the province elders
The culmination event on the final evening with the Batanes elders

Ballet Philippines is extremely proud to continue its commitment in fostering local dance culture in all its forms across the country. The Ballet Brigade’s journey to Batanes not only left an unforgettable mark on the hearts of those who participated, but also served as a celebration of culture, unity, and the transformative power of the dance.

The Ballet Brigade participants
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BP Celebrates Ballet Moms–and all Moms–this Mother’s Day!

On this cherished occasion of Mother’s Day, let us honor the extraordinary ballet mothers who form the bedrock of our dance family. Your unwavering support and boundless love imbue every performance with a brilliance unmatched, casting a luminous glow upon our collective journey of grace and splendor!

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Birthday Greetings to BP Trustee Katrina Razon

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Ballet Philippines on ANC’s At The Moment

ANC’s “At the Moment” team accompanied us to the Samsung Performing Arts Theater for the International Dance Day Festival last Saturday, April 27.

Several ballet companies showcased their talents that evening, among them Ballet Philippines, who delivered a flawless performance of an excerpt from Carlo Calma’s “Diyosa.” You can catch the episode here:

Ballet Philippines presented an excerpt from an original production that made its world premiere to close BP’s 53rd Season.
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A Special Tribute: Labor Day Greetings from Ballet Philippines!

Ana, an OFW nurse heroine from BP’s 54th season, Limang Daan, is a symbol of those whom we honor today. 

Happy Labor Day!

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Ballet Philippines to Perform at the International Dance Day Festival

Step into a world where movement becomes poetry and rhythm tells stories. From April 24th to April 28th, 2024, the Samsung Performing Arts Theater transforms into a haven for over 500 passionate dancers, converging for a magnificent weeklong celebration in honor of International Dance Day on April 29th.

Welcome to the International Dance Festival, where the heartbeat of the Philippines’ vibrant dance scene echoes through performances from various dance companies. Here, under one roof, the finest from across the nation converge to illuminate the stage with a kaleidoscope of styles and emotions, showcasing the diverse tapestry of dance.

Among the luminaries gracing this grand affair is Ballet Philippines, a testament to both grace and innovation in the realm of dance. On the evening of April 27th, BP shall whisk you away on a mesmerizing journey with excerpts from Carlo Calma’s spellbinding creation, “DIYOSA.” Originally unveiled as the crowning jewel of the company’s 53rd season, this ballet is not merely a performance but a transformative experience.

Prepare to be transported as DIYOSA breathes life into the rich tapestry of Philippine mythology, where gods and goddesses step down from the heavens to dance upon the mortal stage. Through a modern lens, ancient legends are reimagined, weaving together tradition and innovation in a breathtaking display of artistry.

Join us for an unforgettable evening as Ballet Philippines unveils the magic of DIYOSA, a testament to the enduring power of dance to captivate, inspire, and transcend. Let your imagination take flight and lose yourself in the timeless allure of movement, as we pay homage to the universal language of dance.

Get your tickets for the International Dance Festival’s BALLET GALA at www.ticketworld.com.ph today!

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Ballet Philippines Celebrates Araw ng Kagitingan (Day of Valor)

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Pili Ani Best Dressed Awards at Ballet Philippines’ Limang Daan Gala

The world premiere of Ballet Philippines’ groundbreaking production LIMANG DAAN coincided with International Women’s Day on March 8, 2024.

Patrons and ballet enthusiasts made their way to The Theatre at Solaire to attend the gala performance of this proudly original production. Attendees donned their best “modern Filipino” outfits, which showcased the beauty of local fabrics and iconic silhouettes in a refreshing and stylish manner. The 12 best dressed women were selected by Ballet Philippines, and were given special surprise gifts from Filipino skincare and wellness company Pili Ani.  

Vogue Philippines’ Audrey Carpio
Mia Borromeo
Pauline Juan
Liza Ilarde
Trickie Lopa
Lauren Liechtenstein
Queenmelo Esguerra and Michelle Asence Fontelera
Moira Lang with Erwin Romulo.