For one night only, Ballet Philippines 2’s acclaimed concert, Hugot Sa Rosas, returns for a performance at the CCP Little Theater. Set to music from Vincent de Jesus’ Songs to Slash Your Wrist By, the show highlights the talents of BP’s junior company and its new breed of dancers and choreographers. The show premiered at Ballet Philippines Studio One in February 2015, as part of Fringe MNL.
Original Pilipino Music shines in this production, with songs sung by industry icons such as Aiza Seguerra, Noel Cabangon, Jett Pangan, and OJ Mariano interpreted into dance form by Ballet Philippines’ young choreographers. The performances include Erl Emmanuel Sorilla’s “As Long as I Can Wait”, set to Pangan’s vocals, and “Sirang Oyayi” to Cabangon’s “Duwag”, as well as other songs performed by Daryl Ong, Sweet Plantado, Kalila Aguilos, Daryl Reyes, and Aiza Seguerra.
Hugot Sa Rosas also features the premiere of the dance film, Where the Light Settles. Comprised of three music videos to Autotelic’s “Unstable”, Maya’s Anklet’s “Kung Alam Ko Lang”, and The Sun Manager’s “In Darkness”, the film is directed by AJ Orlina, starring BP’s Denise Parungao & Timothy Paul Cabrera, and features choreography by Paul Alexander Morales, Gillianne Therese Gequinto, and Erl Emmanuel Sorilla. The film is a Ballet Philippines and Sindikato presentation of an Alter the Native and Smashed Pumpkin Projects film.
The show tackles the Filipino concept of Hugot – an action of taking inspiration from one’s own personal experiences and emotions, especially in love, to produce emotionally powered works of art. The Rosas are the experiences that are created upon, deemed the symbolic object of the different faces of love.
Photography by Erickson Dela Cruz and Pia de Ungria