Philippine Ballet Theatre, the resident ballet company of the Cultural Center of the Philippines, will be touring California this June to proudly present a glimpse of Filipino artistry and world-class ballet talent to US audiences in the West Coast this June.
The country’s preeminent classical ballet company will be performing critically acclaimed pieces from their original Filipino repertoire.
SAN JOSE and LOS ANGELES
Their first stop is San Jose where the NorCal Academy of the Performing Arts will be presenting Philippine Ballet Theatre to perform at the Hammer Theater on June 8.
Next stop will be the Church of Scientology of the Valley in North Hollywood, Los Angeles on June 15, in a show sponsored by One Global Management Company, Inc., in cooperation with Asian Journal, Balikbayan Magazine, Pageantry Global, and Asian Commodities Company.
Audiences in both cities will be in treat as they perform “Filipino Masterpieces” and “Serye at Sayaw.”
“Filipino Masterpieces” features two of three acts of the ballet “Mantones de Manila,” “Sa Sala,” and “Sa Entablado.”
In performances which have been choreographed to occur at a genteel, upper-class receiving room for guests (“Sa Sala”) and onstage (“Sa Entablado”), both acts use the medium of dance to portray a nostalgic visualization of different customs and traditions during the turn of the 20th century.
Choreographed by the late, esteemed Filipino choreographer, Tony Fabella, this ballet pays homage to different aspects of Tony Fabella’s dance influences, which run the gamut from classical to Philippine folk dance.
The costumes have been originally designed and made by Fabella himself, and now updated to accommodate the passing of the years. Lavish gowns and tutus recall an opulent Spanish-Philippine era, each one accented by the “manton,” a beautifully embroidered shawl worn by the cultured ladies of an era long gone, but still wielding its influence in modern Filipiniana dress and demeanor.
“SERYE AT SAYAW”
“Serye at Sayaw” provides interesting vignettes behind the scenes into the world of dance and the life of Marguerite, a dancer. It chronicles the intimate and triumphant story of a girl who dreamt of becoming a ballerina and discovered the price she has to heed the call of her passion, the loves of her life, and her art.
Portraying the sacrifices, internal conflicts and contrasting traits of a dancer, this ballet is a story of courage and tenacity, loss and regret, of the highs and lows of following one’s passion, and unbelievable devotion – to her art and to those whom she loved.
In celebration of the 121st anniversary of Philippine Independence KalayaanSF and the San Francisco-Manila Sister City Committee, in cooperation with The Philippine Consulate General of San Francisco, Philippine Ballet Theatre will also be presenting “Kalayaan on Pointe” on June 23 at the McKenna Theatre of the San Francisco State University.
Heroes and legends of the 1898 fight for Philippine independence against Spain come alive in a stirring performance by 20 award-winning performers of the highly acclaimed Philippine Ballet Theatre, resident company of the Cultural Center of the Philippines.
“Andres Bonifacio” depicts a vivid slice of Philippine history that revolves around the iconic figurehead of the Philippine revolution against Spanish colonization. This ballet is performed in two acts, each showing pivotal scenes which depict key moments in history that portray the Filipino struggle for independence and freedom.
“The Great Classics” showcases the outstanding artistry and solid technique of the dancers, starting with a curation of well-loved dances from “The Nutcracker” suite, featuring scenes from Act II, where the Clara and the Nutcracker Prince are regaled by performances at the Kingdom of Sweets, followed by a romantic pas de deux from The Merry Widow, and culminating in a fiery rendition of the grand pas de deux from “Don Quixote,” a number which does not fail to rouse cheers of excitement and delight from the audience.
FILIPINIANA FASHION & JEWELRY
Adding panache and flair to the San Francisco and Los Angeles shows, an exhibit of Filipiniana fashion by noted fashion designer Cora Manimbo and exquisite, filigree pieces by jewelry designer Oscar Atendido will grace the shows during intermission.
Bold. Brave. Beautiful. Philippine Ballet Theatre spreads its wings to regale audiences in the US West Coast this June!
For details on ticket bookings for the US shows, please check the Philippine Ballet Theatre website at https://www.pbt.ph or call the PBT office at 632-8848.