If my being a girly-girl wasn’t indication enough, I had a childhood with plenty of Disney Princesses in it. My top three would have to be Snow White, Cinderella, and Mulan. On VHS tapes, no less. So you can guess that I will always have an appreciation for those catchy songs and that magic-is-in-the-air vibe. And I can’t think of a more magical way to spend a pre-holiday weekend than in catching Ballet Manila’s take on the classic fairy tale, Cinderella.
Keeping it light, funny, and fresh, Cinderella is prima ballerina, Lisa Macuja-Elizalde’s first major choreographic work. She wanted a production that would appeal to a wide audience, both the young and the young at heart, thus creating dances that convey beauty, romance, and magic.
Cinderella will be on stage in Aliw Theater on November 25, 26, and December 3 at 8pm, as well as on November 27 and December 4 at 3pm. Audiences can expect many bida-kontrabida (protagonist-antagonist) and kilig moments, just like in the animated version that won the hearts of generations. According to Lisa, “It took time. But to be honest, I had such a ball choreographing this ballet. We know what we wanted from the very beginning, and that is to create a magical experience that’s light and entertaining.”
To get tickets and see the full schedule of performances for the season, visit Ticketworld. Ballet Manila is offering a 30% discount to those who purchase tickets to at least two season shows. Meaning, you can catch Cinderella now and ring in the new year with Don Quixote!
*I was invited to watch the show, free-of-charge. I was not otherwise paid or compensated for this post. Opinions expressed are my own.*