Ballet Philippines premiered Carlo Calma’s new contemporary ballet DIYOSA with a special gala event at the Theatre at Solaire last Friday, April 14, 2023. Set in the mythical world of Philippine gods and goddesses, the production is where dance, architecture design, electronic music, and fashion collide. At the heart of the production is a celebration of Filipino culture.
It was only fitting that guest at the opening night celebration were asked to come dressed in their interpretation of Modern Filipino. Gentlemen looked sharp in barongs with unique silhouettes and modern finishes, while the ladies looked enchanting in bespoke ternos and gowns made from local and traditional textiles. Upon entering the theater lobby, attendees were greeted to a photo display by celebrated artist Jay Yao, who photographed a series of images to capture the spirit of the ballet. His work featured locals on the streets of Manila wearing the deity costumes featured in the ballet.