Ballet Manila comes up with On Pointé theme for its 24th Season

For its 24th season, Ballet Manila is all set to capture the hearts of their audiences with breathtaking production that reflects their refined techniques, dignified artistry, magnificent storytelling, and genuine passion for dancing.

With the theme “On Pointé,” Ballet Manila highlights the most iconic element in a ballet performance – the pointé shoes which make a ballerina stand and dance daintily on her toes. The theme is also fitting for the ballet company’s upcoming performances as it is also a play on being “on point” which defines something to be excellent and perfect – the kind of shows Ballet Manila consistently gives to their audience.

According to Ballet Manila CEO and artistic director Lisa Macuja Elizalde, the decision to go with the theme is related to Ballet Manila’s Russian Vaganova style of training and dancing. “It defines what classical ballet is – being able to dance on pointé,” Macuja Elizalde said.

This season, Ballet Manila will be staging a thoughtfully curated line up of four shows. The first one is the restaging of Snow White, the second installment in Macuja Elizalde’s Princess Trilogy, which will run from September 7-8, 2019.

Giselle, a romantic ballet in two acts, will follow on October 19-20, 2019. Sleeping Beauty, the last installment in the Princess Trilogy, will have its world premiere on December 7-8, 2019.

Lastly, the season’s finale will be Carmina Burana and La Traviata, a collaboration of opera, ballet, and orchestra, which will be staged on February 29 and March 1, 2020.

“When I plan a season, I first program the full-length classical ballet that we need to present every year. My teacher and mentor Tatiana Udalenkova told me that I should always have a classical warhorse every season to strengthen the company,” Macuja Elizalde spoke of their decision to perform Giselle.

She also wanted to revisit the earlier installment of her Princess Trilogy and present Snow White before the premiere of The Sleeping Beauty, which will be the company’s Christmas production, to factor in continuity.

“I love the fact that we are opening our 24th season with Snow White because it captures the fun everyone needs to have when watching and dancing ballet,” she said.

After the first two installments of the trilogy, Macuja Elizalde said that the best is yet to come with the final production. “I am saving the best for last. The Princess Trilogy is going to conclude with a bang!” she said.

Talking about the last show, Carmina Burana and La Traviata, Macuja Elizalde said that the back-to-back presentation is a fitting finale to their 24th season.

“I have always wanted to choreograph to the music of my favorite opera – La Traviata – and am excited to collaborate with my long time “partner in crime”, Ballet Manila co-artistic director Osias Barroso. Rudy De Dios, recently retired principal dancer of the company, will be making an auspicious choreographic debut in his first full-length evening work with Carmina Burana,” she said.

All of Ballet Manila’s 24th performance season shows will be staged at the Aliw Theater, Pasay City. Visit any Ticketworld outlet, call 891 9999, or go to their website to get your tickets.

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  1. Can't remember the last time I watched ballet but I do love Lisa Macuja. Hoping to have time for ballet again.

  2. Waaaah I love her! Used to watch her before in Aliw Theater

  3. I haven't watched any performance from Ballet Manila but I would love too. I just don't know if my boys will like it in case I bring them to their show.

  4. The first and last ballet I watched was with my dad when I was in grade school. I'd love to bring my children to watch one of these line up. Sana magka budget soon. 😊

  5. I have not yet watched a Ballet Manila show before. Hope to see one soon.

  6. I love Ms. Lisa Macuja, good to know about her ballet activity. I love to watch ballet too when I was young, coz my sister pursue ballet class.

  7. They all look amazing and did great. It's been a while since I saw a ballet performance.

  8. I haven't seen a show by ballet Manila. Hope to see one soon.

  9. It would be a once-in-a-lifetime experience to see Lisa Macuja in a ballet show. I hope to experience it one day.

  10. I love ballet shows. Sadly, my kids don't like it so ayoko naman pilitin.

  11. Liza Macuja-Elizalde is indeed commendable for keeping ballet alive in the country.


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