As the bell rang to indicate the start of the show, guests made their way inside The Theatre at Solaire. A hushed silence fell over as Act One of Ballet Philippines’ CHRISTMAS FAIRYTALES began. The ballet follows the holiday adventure of Little Tala. On Christmas Eve, Tala awakens to a magical world where imagination knows no bounds. There, she meets the Wizard, who tells her that her beloved fairytale characters are in disarray. Little Tala has until the stroke of midnight to make everything right again. If she should fail to bring back the world’s most celebrated happy endings, she will never return home.
During her adventure, Tala is swept into iconic fairytales that have captured the imaginations of multiple generations. Among them is Alibaba whom she hides from the thieves, Cinderella who has lost her shoe, Prince Siegfriedsearch looking for the Black Swan, Sleeping Beauty under a magic spell, and the Rat King who continues to plot a vicious attack against the Nutcracker. Ballet Philippines’ Artistic Director Mikhail “Misha” Martynyuk wrote the original libretto for CHRISTMAS FAIRYTALES, in hopes of creating a distinctively unique story where good triumphs over evil.
That weekend when Ballet Philippines presented CHRISTMAS FAIRYTALES, the beautiful tradition of spending the holidays at the ballet was brought back to life. It was infused with art, good company, and a heart for advocacy.