Ballet Philippines's Neo-Filipino: Kabaret March 18-19, 2011

Media release from Ballet Philippines:

Ballet Philippines: KABARET 
4 Stages, 10 Choreographers, and Ballerinas Singing 

On March 18 to 19 (Friday and Saturday), Ballet Philippines will give a special for-mature-audiences-only performance, Kabaret, at 9 PM at Arts in the City, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig. "The staging of the whole affair will be very interesting-it will be in four different stages at the ATC so the audience will have the option to walk around," reveals Ballet Philippines' artistic director Paul Alexander Morales.  

The show features 10 choreographers, all of them encouraged to go crazy and think out of the box.

"One choreography by BP principal dancer Carissa Adea is inspired by women in the flesh trade "in an aquarium" and will be performed inside a studio, which the audience can watch from outside through the glass walls. Alden Lugnasin, BP's resident choreographer will be restaging two pieces: You Don't Bring Me Flowers and This is My Life. Flowers will be done with three pairs performing simultaneously in different venues, while This is My Life will be interpreted in two. 

 He is also working on a new pas de deux, Guinhilom Ko, using a Waray song with a peculiar provincial sound. "Sabi ni Alden, ‘ganyan talaga ang tunog ng Kabaret sa amin'," Morales says, referring to Alden's home province of Leyte. 

 Dwight Rodrigazo, artistic director of DancePull Company in Negros Occidental and former BP soloist, is working on a new piece for principal dancers Candice Adea and Jean Marc Cordero. 

"Hindi ito the usual piyesa na iko-conceptualize mo muna tapos lalagyan ng drama," says Rodrigazo. The process, he says takes time to bring out the dancers' best attributes - it highlights the considerable technical skills of the BP star dancers in an exciting contemporary piece. 

Theater actor and director Tess Jamias, known for being a "mover" in theater circles, is channeling the dancers' hidden talents. Rehearsals have been mostly closed-door, but this much is known: The dancers were made to audition showcasing a talent other than dancing, and that there will be lipsyncing and even an Aegis song.

Kabaret is timely for both dancers and the public. "It's time for the dancers to break out, and for choreographers to think out of the box," says Morales. "We promise the public something exciting, something sexy, something more mature, something intimate that we can't show in the CCP Main Theater shows. 
This is a special thanksgiving performance for a successful 41st season that is free for our subscribers." 

Other highlights include; live performances of noted singers Eladio Pamaran (here on a holiday from Europe) and Naomi Villa, accompanied by composer Jed Balsamo on the Piano and guest dancer/choreographers including Kendra Samson, a recent graduate of the prestigious Julliard conservatory for the Arts in New York and Eisa Jopson of the Philippine Pole Dance Academy - winner of the 1st Philippine Pole Dance Competition. 

Ticket prices start at P1000 with 50% discount for students 18 years and above, and 20% discount for senior citizens. Drinks will be available for the audience. 

Please call Ballet Philippines at 551-1003 or Arts in the City at 399-2211 or 889-3028. Or visit or Special offers available through

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