Ballet Manila: Revenge of the Classics

Let’s go to the ballet… It’s a sentence that holds many different meanings to me. Before I went to my first Ballet Manila performance, the prospect of watching the age-old dance was somewhat intimidating. Would it be too formal? Would I even understand what was going on? But M, whose grandparents are long-time Ballet Manila subscribers, assured me that it would be a fun way to spend my evening.

And fun, it was. The show I went to was the 20th anniversary concert of Ballet Manila, and I was wowed by the way the company was able to showcase a variety of performances. Some were set to classical music, while others grooved to the contemporary. Above all, I found the dance itself to be entrancing. Not only is it something that only a select few can do, but the gracefulness and passion were plain to see. And of course, pointe dancing is AMAZING to watch live. Since then, the prospect of a night at the ballet gives me a rush of excitement.

I even got this photo at the end of the night:

Starstruck, naturally, by Lisa Macuja-Elizalde

So when I was invited to check out a preview of Ballet Manila’s 21st Season: Revenge of the Classics, I was beyond thrilled to see what they’ve prepared this time around.

Ballet Manila Revenge of the Classics

The four shows are an interesting mix of classics, hence the name of the series. Here’s a brief description of each one:

Rebel: EDSA 30

Ballet Manila takes on Philippine history by interpreting the story of the EDSA Revolution through Rebel. The production is choreographed by British choreographer, Martin Lawrence, and features music from world-renowned Armenian composer, Aram Khachaturian, as well as performances by the ABS-CBN Philharmonic Orchestra, with Maestro Gerard Salonga conducting. Lisa Macuja-Elizalde herself will be performing in the show.

Rebel opens the season with performances on August 19, 20, 21, 27, and 28.

The Swan, The Fairy, and The Princess

Celebrating the works of Tschaikovsky, Ballet Manila puts together Swan Lake, The Nutcracker, and The Sleeping Beauty in one show. It’s as classic as it can get, but with the variety. The show will feature performances by Kremlin Ballet Theater’s premier danseur, Mikhail Martynyuk, and Miguel Faustman, who will play Peter Tschaikovsky.

Catch this performance on October 14, 15, or 16.


For the young and the young-at-heart alike, Cinderella is the world premiere of Osias Barroso and Lisa Macuja-Elizalde’s first major choreographic collaboration. The production has the music of the animated feature, so it will be a catchy interpretation of the well-loved fairy tale in time for the holidays.

Cinderella will be on Aliw Theater on November 25, 26, 27 and December 3 and 4.

Don Quixote

The season concludes with an interpretation of Miguel de Cervantes’ Don Quixote to combine the vibrancy of Spain and the romance of the culture. As with The Swan, The Fairy, and The Princess, Kremlin Ballet premier danseur Mikhail Martynyuk performs in the production.

The shows will be on February 24, 25, and 26.

To get tickets and see the full schedule of performances, visit Ticketworld. Ballet Manila is offering discounts to those who purchase tickets in advance. Avail of a 50% discount on all tickets by subscribing to the full season of four shows. Buy at least two tickets, and get 30% off on the total bill.

So what shows are you looking forward to? Personally, I’m thrilled at the idea of Cinderella. I like the nostalgia and, of course, the catchy music! I bet it will take me right back to the time when I was obsessed with watching Cinderella weekly on VHS tapes. lol

*I was invited to watch a preview of the four shows as well as a full show, free-of-charge. I was not otherwise paid or compensated for this post. Opinions expressed are my own.*


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