Ballet Manila Presents: Snow White

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Last year, Lisa Macuja's first full-length choreography, Cinderella, captured our hearts. To say that we loved it is an understatement. From the props to the stage design, to the music choreography - everything is just perfection. 

I watched it with the #FabSkye and she sure had loads of fun. That's when she fell in love with the prince Mark Sumaylo and that's when I fell in love with Abigail Oliveiro (actually no, I liked Abigail na on The Swan, The Fairy and The Princess show and if I'm not mistaken sa BM21 as well pero after Cinderella, I just had to search for her on social media because I know na for a fact that she'll be my favorite).

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So when I learned that this year, Lisa will do another full length choreography, I got really excited. Sinabi palang ng Ballet Manila ang line up nila, I already asked my bestfriend and my sister to join us. Because for sure my little Enchang and my darling Zayne would enjoy the show!

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World Premiere is November 25 (6PM) at the Aliw Theater. Other shows are November 26 (3PM), December 2 (6PM) and December 3 (3PM), all shows are at Aliw Theater.

Tickets are available through all TicketWorld outlets, just call 891-9999 or visit http://www.ticketworld.com.ph.

If you are planning to watch all the shows, you may take advantage of the company’s Season Subscription Programs. They offer up to 50% discount on ticket prices. For more information, you may visit http://www.ticketworld.com.ph/balletmanila/Online/ and click on ‘View Details’ under ‘Season Subscription Program’.

To know more about Ballet Manila's Snow White, here's their official press release...


Funny how the idea of creating her own version of “Snow White” came to Ballet Manila’s CEO and Artistic Director Lisa Macuja-Elizalde right after her full choreographic debut last year. Due to the success of “Cinderella,” what was once regarded simply as “The Next One” has now become a second full-fledged masterpiece from the Prima Ballerina herself—and it’s finally making its world premiere in the 22nd performance season, “Flights of Fantasy.”

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When asked about her fascination with fairy tales as ballet, she says, “My calling has always been to become a classical ballerina—nothing else. First, I believe in sticking to what you know, and I know my classical ballets very well. I have a wealth of classical ballet steps in my dancer’s vocabulary. If you think about it, the classical ballets are all fairy tales, or at least stories, that have come to life in dance form.”

Ballet Manila’s take on the fairy tale classic will be more Brothers Grimm than Disney when it comes to the production’s look and feel. This was a conscious decision made by Lisa herself, as she wanted the storytelling to be the main star of the show. They are “storytellers on toes,” after all.

Last year’s full choreography work in Cinderella was just the warm up. Lisa shares, “I now understand when choreographers say that they get inspiration from the dancers they work with. That was the case with Cinderella, and now, with Snow White.”

Lisa knew that she wanted more, now that her insecurities as a choreographer have gone away. With the help of Ballet Master Osias “Shaz” Barroso and even the dancers’ little quips and comments, and of course, the company’s mastery of the Vaganova technique, Snow White promises to be a magical and fantastic show—all in all, a truly Ballet Manila production.

From the costumes to the dancers themselves, there’s a sense of synergy that will be most evident when the show finally makes its world premiere. Lisa provides a teaser about the set designs and costumes:

“Set designer Mio Infante has talked about making mushrooms the main feature in the forest. There will be so many dynamic elements on stage like a moving mirror, as well as animal figures. Popular nursery rhymes will also be used in the music being arranged by Von De Guzman. Longtime Ballet Manila costume designer Michael Miguel will once again make amazing costumes. Watch out for Snow White’s costume changes!”

With Snow White, Lisa guarantees that each member of the audience will get their fill of pure magic, romance, and fantasy. The audience can only expect the highest quality of dancing as well from the country’s youngest yet strongest ballet company.

About Ballet Manila: Founded in 1995 by Prima Ballerina Lisa Macuja-Elizalde and Osias Barroso, Ballet Manila is the country’s premier classical dance company. With the mission of connecting both ballet and the people, the company, which puts education at the forefront of its priorities, is well-known as the only Philippine dance company to adopt and strictly adhere to the Vaganova Academy of Russian Ballet style of dancing, which is well-regarded the world over as the most disciplined and technically-superior style. The company currently has 65 artists under its wing, all of whom have been trained in the Vaganova Academy style of dancing. Each artist boasts of a solid repertoire that consists of some of the most technically challenging and timeless ballet favorites.


And again, because I love you my dear readers, I am hosting another giveaway for y'all! I'm giving away 4 tickets to 5 lucky winners!! You'll get to catch the December 2 (6PM) show.

As usual super easy to join. Here's how:

1. Follow me on twitter, IG and facebook.
2. Follow Ballet Manila on twitter, IG and facebook.
3. Share this blog post on twitter, IG and facebook. Encourage your friends to watch the show  (note: I'll share this post on my social media so you can RT, RG and share that as well).
4. Leave a comment on this blog with your twitter, IG and facebook handles.

Super easy!!! The more you share, the more chances of winning! I'll announce the winners on November 29! Goodluck!! 



CONGRATULATIONS!!!

Christienne Angelique Cruz 
Jay Santos
Que Gavan
Ishe T. Cabarles
Nadia de Leon

Each of you won 4 tickets each for the December 2 6PM show of Ballet Manila's Snow White!!! SEE YOU AT THE BALLET!

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