‘American Ballet Theatre Studio Company’ Returns to the Philippines
The American Ballet Theatre (ABT) Studio Company is returning to the Philippines once again with Rising Stars, a series of shows that will headline a new generation of ABT Studio Company rising stars with a special performance by Philippines’ very own acclaimed pianist, Cecile Licad.
The series will kick-off with a gala night on April 20 at the Samsung Performing Arts Theater, Circuit Makati. The opening will be followed by public shows at Ayala Center Cebu and Ayala Malls Abreeza on April 22 and 23 respectively, marking the group’s first ever showcase outside of Metro Manila. Furthermore, former ABT Principal Dancer and now Acting Artistic Director of ABT Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School, Stella Abrera, and ABT Studio Company Artistic Director, Sascha Radetsky, will host masterclasses in STEPS Dance Studio in Makati City and Ayala Center Cebu. Radetsky is also directing this year’s gala.
“It’s wonderful to see time and time again how the arts can bring many people together for a common cause. I am optimistic to meet our goal for the Filipino youth to pursue their love for the arts,” shared Sofia Zobel Elizalde, STEPS Dance Studio Founder.
Rising Stars is for the benefit of Ayala Foundation’s CENTEX program, which aims to provide quality education for underserved students while also offering opportunities to grow in the fields of music, dance, and arts. It is presented by Patek Philippe and BPI Private Wealth, with the gala event produced by STEPS Dance Studio, Ayala Malls, and Ayala Land.
The twelve ABT Studio Company rising stars performing in this year’s shows are Madison Brown, Finnian Carmeci, Kayke Carvalho, YeonSeo Choi, Kyra Coco, Brady Farrar, Ayami Goto, Lilia Greyeyes, Takumi Miyake, Sylvie Squires, Alejandro Valera Outlaw, and former Pacita Madrigal scholar under the STEPS Scholarship Foundation, Vince Pelegrin.
The benefit production was initially set in motion in 2018 after Stella Abrera flew to Manila with friends from the American Ballet Theatre to support CENTEX students with a ballet show. After the success of the first performance, the group returned for a second leg in 2019 with the young talents of ABT Studio Company. This year’s series of shows is the company’s third time in the country.
You can get tickets from Ticketworld.