Philippine Ballet Theatre, Inc. (PBT) a Resident Company of the Cultural Center of the Philippines will present the classic all-family Christmas favorite, “The Nutcracker” on November 13-15 at the CCP Main Theatre.
By popular demand, the “Golden Boy of Ballet”, Joseph Phillips, will return to Manila from Russia to perform the role of the Nutcracker Prince, partnering PBT’s home grown ballerinas, Lobreza Pimentel and Regine Magbitang who will take on the roles of Clara and the Sugar Plum Fairy.
Joseph Phillips has won more gold medals than any American male dancer and is currently one of only two American danseurs in Russia as principal dancers. The State Primorsky Opera and Ballet Theatre where Joseph performs multiple roles has recently become a part of the Mariinsky Ballet Company.
Probably one of the most popular ballets in the world, The Nutcracker Ballet story originated from the “The Nutcracker and the Mouse King” (German: Nussknacker und Mausekönig), a story written in 1816, by the German writer E. T. A. Hoffmann.
In this tale, the young Marie Stahlbaum’s favorite Christmas toy, the Nutcracker, comes alive and, after defeating the evil Mouse King in battle, whisks her away to a magical kingdom of sweets populated by dolls.
In 1892, the Russian composer Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky and choreographers Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov turned Alexandre Dumas père’s adaptation of the story into the ballet The Nutcracker, which became one of Tchaikovsky’s most famous compositions, and perhaps the most popular ballet in the world.
Close to 100 dancers participate in this wonderful German tale story. The charming Mother Ginger scene with numerous petite ballerinas from leading area ballet schools will be included in the production this year. Ronilo Jaynario, Artistic Director, restages the production.
To purchase tickets, contact CCP Box Office (02) 832-3704, Ticket World (02) 891-999 or PBT (02) 632-8848; 255 8076 to purchase tickets.
For more information, contact Sylvia Lichauco de Leon 0920/801-6845; 0917/855-5652 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.