It’s been ages the last time I have seen a play and theater act. I promised myself to support local talents and artists, and open my eyes to a new spectrum of arts.
This September is special for the arts community, as Giselle, returns to Philippines to celebrate Ballet Philippines’ Sapphire Year. The beloved romantic ballet is once again being restaged by the Philippines’ premier danseur, Nonoy Froilan to start off the Blue Moon Series, a two-week
fundraising series celebrating the company’s sapphire milestone.
Giselle is a classical romantic tragedy of loss, forgiveness, and love beyond death. Her story is a familiar one – two men are in love with her, but she chooses to surrender her heart to Albrecht, the suave newcomer who, as Giselle later finds out, is engaged to be married (ouch!)
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What makes Giselle’s restaging a very important event is the first homecoming of Filipina ballerina Stella Abrrera, soloist of the world famous AMERICAN BALLET THEATER. She will be performing as Giselle with James Whiteside, principal dancer of the American Ballet Theater.
Ballet Philippines principal dancers Katherine Trofeo and Jean Marc Cordero, as well as newly promoted soloist Denise Parungao and junior principal dancer Earl John Arisola will reprise their roles of Giselle and Albrecht for the other 4 shows in the production’s one-weekend run.
The 2013 restaging of “Giselle” earned recognition at the Philstage Gawad Buhay awards, winning the trophies for Outstanding Ensemble Performance for Classical Dance, Male Lead Performance in Classical Dance for Jean Marc Cordero, and Female Featured Performance in Classical Dance
for Rita Winder.
The production also features Mailes Kanapi as Berthe, Giselle’s mother, with Nonoy Froilan and Butch Esperanza alternating as the Duke of Courland, as well as Carissa Adea, Richardson Yadao, Rita Angela Winder, Ma. Celina Dofitas, with Ballet Philippines’ company members, apprentices, and scholars.
I am really excited about this ballet show. People say that most ballet shows would make you remember the fantastic movements; but Giselle would be remembered by how it made people feel.
For bulk reservations, show buys, and inquiries, visit www.ballet.ph or call Ballet Philippines at 551-1003. For tickets, call the CCP Box Office at 832-3704 or Ticketworld at 891-9999.