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Alice Garcia Reyes
Alice Garcia Reyes
October 14, 1942
|Occupation||Filipino choreographer, dancer, teacher , director, producer|
|Years active||1969- 1989|
|Spouse(s)||Ted Van Doorn|
|Parent(s)||Ricardo Reyes (father), Adoracion Garcia (mother),|
National Artist of the Philippines
Alice Garcia Reyes (born October 14, 1942) is a Filipina dancer, choreographer, teacher, director and producer. The organizer of Ballet Philippines, she received last June 20, 2014 from President Aquino the highest award in the Arts, National Artist of the Philippines. She was chiefly responsible in popularizing contemporary dance as she organized Ballet Philippines and staged the first modern dance concert at the Cultural Center of the Philippines Main Theater on February, 1970. She is best known for "Bungkos Suite", "Carmen", "Carmina Burana", "Romeo and Juliet", "Rama Hari", "Cinderella"—all nuanced with Filipino culture, gesture and grace.
Early life & education
Reyes was born in October 1942. Her husband is Ted Van Doorn. At a very young age, Reyes took up lessons in classical ballet under Rosalia Merino while studying at Maryknoll College where she completed a Bachelor of Arts degree in History and Foreign Services. Soon after, she took post-graduate studies at Ateneo de Manila University. She further trained under the guidance of Leonor Orosa Goquingco and Ricardo Casell of the Philippine Women's University (PWU). In addition, she took up folk dance at the Bayanihan Philippine National Folk Dance Company. Thinking of deepening her professional studies, she went to America and enrolled in formal courses in modern dance and jazz. In New York, she took the opportunity to take more formal studies at Sarah Lawrence College in Westchester County, New York.
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Reyes has contributed immensely to increasing awareness and interest for modern dance as her influence has been deep. Her dynamic presence in this field has inspired the growth of dance companies, dance teachers, and choreographers. Her enriched repertoire amazes the audiences. Presently, Reyes is the director emeritus of Ballet Philippines which she founded back in 1969. Reyes' unique abilities lie in drawing materials, styles and moves from traditional dances and infusing them with the contemporary language of modern techniques while the result still remains identifiable as Filipino dances. In her resides an innate skill to balance modern dance and the pursuit of classical ballet technique.
Ballet Philippines, which she created in 1969 with the help of Eddie Elejar and the Cultural Center of the Philippines, had produced over 500 choreographic works. It created a legacy of Filipino dance classics that can still be enjoyed today. It had traveled and held concerts in the United States, Australia, United Kingdom, Russia, Germany and all of Asia. Verily, it is said the story of Ballet Philippines is the story of the life of Alice Reyes
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- Amada (1969)
- At a Maranaw Gathering (1970)
- Itim-Asu (1971)
- Tales of the Manuvu (1977)
- Rama Hari (1980)
- Bayanihan Remembered (1987)
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