It was a bright and sunny morning on August 18, Friday, when the heads of various performing arts organizations gathered for a Memorandum of Agreement signing on the 8th floor of the impressively organized and well-lit GSIS (Government Service Insurance System) Building in Pasay just a stone’s throw away from the Philippine Senate.
Present at the table were Trustee, Lulette Moran-Monbiot, representing Ballet Philippines, Corazon S. Alvina, Margarita ‘Mindy’ Barredo Perez-Rubio, Fernando “Nanding” Josef, and Alexandra ‘Sandy’ Hontiveros who collectively represented prominent and multi-awarded performing arts organizations such as the Ballet Philippines, Manila Symphony Orchestra, Repertory Philippines, Tanghalang Pilipino, and Popular Music Concerts while GSIS chief, Jose Arnulfo “Wick” Veloso signed the agreement representing GSIS.
The agreement provides all these organizations the use of the newly-renovated GSIS Theater as a possible venue for their performances and shows at a special rate. The MOA has been approved by the heads of the participating companies and by Antonio O. Cojuangco, BP’s Chairman and overall head of this exciting project.
The heads of the various organizations expressed their deep gratitude to GSIS for the opportunity to have another beautiful venue in which to perform their art. After the MOA signing, an appetizing early lunch was served while videos from Ballet Philippines, MSO, among others were playing on the large video screen.
Representatives of these performing arts organizations were able to envision their future performances in this venue that boasts of not only a beautiful Theater Lounge, a Grand Piano, comfortable seats, easily-accessible powder rooms, but a spacious Rehearsal Hall and ample dressing rooms. The event ended on a warm and joyous note with guests taking home beautiful umbrellas and planners generously provided by the friendly GSIS staff.
On August 2nd, BP President Kathleen Liechtenstein and Trustee Bernadette Aboitiz enjoyed a warm tête-à-tête at the Oasis Garden Café in Solaire Resort.
The meeting’s objective was to convey their greetings to Mr. Jit Ng, who recently took on the role of Vice-President for Brand & Marketing at the resort. Accompanying Mr. Ng was Shax Siasoco, Solaire’s Director for Entertainment Venue Operations. Following the introductions, the subsequent focus shifted towards innovative ideas to introduce ballet to a previously untapped audience. Additionally, they explored strategies to seamlessly integrate ballet into the resort’s diverse range of entertainment offerings. The meeting wrapped up on a positive note, and the Ballet Philippines team proceeded to the Theatre, where the Technical Dress Rehearsal for Coppelia was already underway.
This captivating performance premieres today, August 4th, at 8 PM at The Theatre at Solaire.
Spend a wonderful day at the mall and catch Encore! Ballet Philippines Dance School’s performance this Saturday, May 13 at 1:30PM at the Upper Ground Floor of SM Aura in Bonifacio Global City. Entrance is FREE!
Watch riveting excerpts from Sleeping Beauty Suite, a school demo, plus a few surprise guests from Ballet Philippines! Bring mom and the whole family and make this a great weekend 💖
For the 54th Season, Ballet Philippines presents a line up of moving performances that amplify the Power Of Dance.
Coppelia August 4-6, 2023
Professor Coppelius’ daughter, Coppelia, is a mystery to everyone in their small town. She sits on the balcony all day with her books. Coppelia also never speaks to anyone which intrigues everyone in the neighborhood. The heroine, Swanilda, joins a group of girls in the town square. Here, they find the key to Coppelius’ home. After much persuasion, Swanilda agrees to break to discover the truth about the mysterious Coppelia.
As it turns out, Coppelia is a doll created by the mad scientist, Coppelius. Swanilda decides that to win the love of Franz, she would impersonate the beautiful, life-like doll. Chaos ensues, but concludes with joyful dancing–and tunes of a happy ever after.
Christmas Fairytales DECEMBER 15-17, 2023
The fairytale begins on Christmas Eve. Midway through busy preparations, the au pair begins tucking the children to sleep. As the house quiets down and every kid dozes off, Tala asks her minder to read her a fairy tale. She is told to wait, but the little girl decides to go ahead and reach out for her book. Arms stretched to the top of the closet, a key falls off, which would open doors to another world.
Here, everything is oversized and the inanimate comes to life. In this universe, fairytales from far and wide come together. There are princesses and prince charmings from all parts of the world. Tala wakes up the following morning, to a reality that is better than any fairytale: Christmas with family.
Limang Daan MARCH 8-10, 2024
Ballet Philippines production, through the patronage of Art and Dance, depicts 500 years of cross-cultural encounters largely formed Spanish influences. This Filipiniana ballet transports the audience back in time. It is a powerful and resonant piece that captures the rich and often tumultuous past of the Philippines, which informs our national identity today.
‘Diyosa,’ the architect’s collaboration with Ballet Philippines, is ‘an amalgamation of art, architecture, fashion design, and the power of dance’ writes Nina Roxas on The Diarist.ph Read all about it here.
To celebrate the magic of Christmas, Ballet Philippines will treat audiences during the gala night of The Nutcracker to delectable cocktails and fine wines from La Cabrera. The city’s most beloved Argentine steakhouse has been known among gastronomes for its perfectly charred and juicy steaks. La Cabrera’s widely famous parillas paired with chimichurri and provoleta are all-time favorites especially around holiday season.
For Ballet Philippines’ opening night of The Nutcracker, guests can expect a cocktail spread of fabulous specialities from La Cabrera. This includes mouthwatering Argentinian-inspired canapes like chicharones, empanaditas, chorizo de pamplona and brochetas de carne. These delicious treats will be accompanied by free-flowing cocktails, fine wines from Boca Juan and pure enchantment all through the night. Ballet Philippines’ President, Kathleen Liechtenstein, shares, “La Cabrera and Boca Juan have been with us for several years now. They have long been key players in the art of food and fine wines. They are in the business of elevating the culinary experience the same way that Ballet Philippines is dedicated to enhancing the experience of watching ballet in the country.”
The gala night for Ballet Philippines’ The Nutcracker happens on December 17, Saturday at 6PM at the Cultural Center of the Philippines.
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