‘A Gala Celebration’ Marks Alice Reyes’ Return as Ballet Philippines’ Artistic Director

A Gala Celebration

Catch the country’s preeminent ballet and contemporary dance company this August in “A Gala Celebration”.

A Gala Celebration

Ballet Philippines revives choreographic gems in a gala featuring Filipino stars from various international dance companies. Among the guest artists are Candice Adea (formerly of BalletMet and Hong Kong Ballet), Marcelino Libao (Hamburg Ballet), Kris-Belle Paclibar (formerly of Cirque du Soleil), Ronelson Yadao (formerly of Cloud Gate Dance Theatre), Paul Ocampo & Chien-Ying Wang (OcampoWang Dance), and Jean Marc Cordero & Rita Angela Winder (Ballett Kiel).

Candice Adea
Candice Adea in Ballet Philippines’ Songs (photo by Jojo Mamangun)


Marcelino Libao (photo by Holger Badekow)


Kris-Belle Paclibar in Agnes Locsin’s Salome (photo by Jojo Mamangun)

This production marks the return of Alice Reyes, National Artist for Dance, as the company’s Artistic Director. Handpicked to showcase the excellence at the company’s core, the featured works include Agnes Locsin’s “Salome”, Bam Damian’s “Minamahal, Sinasamba”, Edna Vida’s “Vision of Fire”, Norman Walker’s “Summer’s End”, and an excerpt from the classical ballet “Raymonda”.

Ballet Philippines in Bam Damian’s Minamahal Sinasamba (photo by Chris Yuhico)

“This is quite an exciting time for all of us at Ballet Philippines, especially as we move towards our 50th anniversary in two years,” remarks Reyes. “The energy in our studios is electric! It is wonderful to see all of these artists coming together to perform these signature works from the company’s repertoire. Truly a cause for celebration!”

Paul Ocampo and Chien-Ying Wang in OcampoWang Dance
Jean Marc Cordero and Rita Angela Winder in Norman Walker’s Summer’s End (photo by Chris Yuhico)

“A Gala Celebration” runs at the CCP Main Theater from August 18 to 20. This is the first production of the 48th Season, entitled “Quintessence”. The season’s lineup also includes “The Exemplars: The Best of Ballet Philippines (1970-1980) on October 20-22, Edna Vida’s “The Nutcracker” on December 1-10, and “Don Quixote” on February 9-18, 2018. Catch us!

You can buy tickets HERE.

For more details about what’s happening in the Manila theater scene, please view our Theater Calendar.


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