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  • Choreography in focus – OFW by Gerardo Francisco
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    Choreography in focus – OFW by Gerardo Francisco

      OFW portrays in dance the often sad journey of Filipino workers as they work from family. Photo by Ocs Alvarez On the darkened stage, the spotlight falls on two men in blue-collar shirts with their luggage in tow. With such visual cues, one can probably deduce what this choreographic piece is about. Of course, the title says it all.This is OFW which...

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  • BM scores a first with Jakarta dance workshop
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    BM scores a first with Jakarta dance workshop

    By Susan A. De Guzman The call for participants to JIDWas 2016 shows the pictures of guest teachers Lisa Macuja-Elizalde, Osias Barroso and Ernest Sarino Mandap. Ballet Manila artistic directors Lisa Macuja-Elizalde and Osias Barroso are conducting an intensive dance workshop in Jakarta in what could be the initial step towards the  establishment of Indon...

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  • Revenge of the brokenhearted wilis
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    Revenge of the brokenhearted wilis

    By Susan A.De Guzman Ballet Manila’s Giselle drew raves not just for its lead stars but for its corps. Photo by Erica Jacinto Looking ethereal in their gossamer tutus, the two dozen or so ballerinas moving in unison paint an eerie but breathtaking picture. Led by their queen, Myrtha, these so-called wilis — spirits of women jilted by their love...

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  • The headache of my teacher
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    The headache of my teacher

    (This article is a chapter from the biography Ballerina of the People published in 2006. In it, Lisa Macuja-Elizalde shares her memories of her first ballet teacher Mrs. Felicitas “Tita” Radaic who instilled in her an enduring love for dance and an understanding of the hard work it would entail. On June 25, as a tribute to her first dance mentor, Macuja-...

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  • For Christine Rocas, Ballet Manila will always be home
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    For Christine Rocas, Ballet Manila will always be home

    By Michele T. Logarta While on a break from Joffrey Ballet, Christine Rocas is happy to be working again with Ballet Manila which she considers home. Photo by Giselle Kasilag Ballet Manila alumna Christine Rocas is in Manila on her break from Joffrey Ballet, the renowned American ballet company based in Chicago where she is a company member.  But it’s a ...

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  • Martin Lawrance channels Shakespeare in ‘Amid Shadows’
  • Ballet is Katherine Barkman’s life
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    Ballet is Katherine Barkman’s life

    By Michele T. Logarta Katherine Barkman says she was only two years old when she told her parents she wanted to be a ballerina. Photo by Jimmy Villanueva American dancer Katherine Barkman, when preparing for a role, will dance until her legs won’t work. When that happens, she’ll work on her arms. And, when her arms hurt, she’ll work on her facial expres...

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  • Choreography in focus – Reve by Ernest Mandap
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    Choreography in focus – Reve by Ernest Mandap

    Ernest Mandap’s Reve is about the journey of two men as they reach for their goals together, like brothers. “I stand waiting for the time/ Within the cycle of Time/ For the healing of the brothers/ With their goals and dreams. Live in balance and harmony/ With each of the Other… like brothers.” These are the words choreographer Ernest Mandap used to de...

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  • Tribute to a teacher
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    Tribute to a teacher

    Dance icon and teacher Felicitas “Tita” Radaic is being honored with a full-length production of Giselle. It will be a full circle moment when the full-length romantic ballet Giselle has its gala on June 25, 8 p.m., at the Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo of the Cultural Center of the Philippines. This tribute performance dedicated to dance icon Felicitas “T...

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  • A day for celebrating dance
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    A day for celebrating dance

    From classical ballet to folk dance, from pole dance to a dance fitness routine fusing Latin and hip-hop – the extensive variety of dance and movement will be on full display at the local celebration of International Dance Day on April 29. Ballet Manila, in cooperation with Manila Broadcasting Company and Aliw Theater, and in partnership with the National...

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  • Ballet Manila receives 22 Gawad Buhay! nominations
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    Ballet Manila receives 22 Gawad Buhay! nominations

    BM2.0 was nominated for seven Gawad Buhay! Awards, five of which were for Annabelle Ochoa’s Bloom. In photo is Dawna Mangahas who is nominated for Outstanding Female Lead Performance in Modern Dance. Ballet Manila received 22 nominations for its various productions in the upcoming 2015 Gawad Buhay! Awards. Leading the charge are BM2.0 and the full-length ...

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