Ballet Philippines Celebrates 54th Season With A Timeless Classic

Celebrating its 54th season, Ballet Philippines presents a gala spectacle that explores meaningful societal themes.

This is an excerpt from Lifestyle Asia’s September 2023 Issue.

Ballet Philippines commenced their 54th season with an extraordinary performance of the timeless classic, Coppelia, dazzling the audience at the Theatre at Solaire. 

This marked the beginning of a new era for the renowned dance company.

Originating from the Paris Théâtre Impérial l’Opéra in 1870, Coppelia unfolds a captivating storyline that centers around Dr. Coppelius’ lifelike doll, unexpectedly making an appearance at a lively town festival. 

The tale revolves around two young hearts, Franz and Swanhilda, who dream of marriage. However, Franz’s infatuation with the doll leads him astray from Swanhilda’s affections. 

To regain his attention, Swanhilda ingeniously takes on the role of the doll, sparking a series of amusing events that ultimately culminate in a celebration of love’s triumph.

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One of the guests is Ana de Ocampo
Ana de Ocampo/Photo courtesy of Ballet Philippines

A Deeper Introspection

The heart of Ballet Philippines’ production of Coppelia lies in its exploration of pertinent themes such as mental health, self-love, and acceptance. 

It also delves into the significance of companionship in an age of technological advancements, prompting introspection on whether technology can truly replace genuine human connections. 

The ballet’s inception can be traced back to Charles-Louis Etienne Nuttier’s creation, set to the music of Léo Delibes. 

Ballet Philippines’ Artistic Director Mikhail Martynyuk played a pivotal role in translating this classic for the company’s stage. 

Core dancers including Jemima Reyes, Rudolph Capongcol, Idelle Buhia, and Peter San Juan embodied the lead roles, contributing to the mesmerizing performance during the gala performance.

Solana and Ella Pangilinan, daughters of Anthony Pangilinan and Maricel Laxa-Pangilinan
Solana and Ella Pangilinan/Photo courtesy of Ballet Philippines

Sharing The Magic Of Dance

Founded in 1969, Ballet Philippines holds the distinction of being the first resident company

of the Cultural Center of the Philippines. 

This institution seamlessly fuses tradition with innovation, crafting a contemporary Filipino identity through dance that’s deeply rooted in the nation’s arts and culture. 

Their unique approach merges Western techniques with Filipino expressions, resulting in a skillful dance form that captivates audiences.

Charmain and Mike Lagman with daughter Anya Lagman
Charmaine Lagman, Mike Lagman, and Anya Lagman/Photo courtesy of Ballet Philippines

A cornerstone of Ballet Philippines’ mission is to extend the magic of dance to underprivileged communities through initiatives like the “Share The Magic” CSR program. 

This program has touched the lives of over 10,000 beneficiaries, including street children, orphans, and youth from various organizations. 

Furthermore, their “Men In Uniform” program pays tribute to the dedication and courage of those in the military, navy, and air force, aiming to enrich their lives through the transformative power of dance.

As they embark on their 54th season, Ballet Philippines intends to broaden the scope of their advocacy, reaching out to even more children and individuals in uniform across the nation. 

Guided by the theme “The Power of Dance,” the company strives to ignite joy, hope, and inspiration through dance, making a positive impact on those less fortunate.

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Banner photo courtesy of Ballet Philippines.

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