Ballet Philippines

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Ballet Philippines (BP) is a ballet company in the Philippines founded in 1969 by Alice Reyes with the support of Eddie Elejar and the Cultural Center of the Philippines. Proficient in both ballet and modern dance,[1] the company synthesizes diverse dance and movement forms,[2] from classical ballet to avant-garde choreography, from traditional dance to modern dance, from martial arts to aerial movements, into distinctively Filipino contemporary expressions.[citation needed]

As the resident dance company of the Cultural Center of the Philippines, Ballet Philippines is recognized[by whom?] as the country's flagship company in ballet and contemporary dance.[citation needed] The company has been cited[by whom?] for its strong dance foundation, flexibility of style and exciting sense of theater.[3]

Each year outreach and educational programs introduce audiences to dance,[4] to music, and to visual art. BP's official school is the CCP Dance School.

With over 400 works, Ballet Philippines' repertory is unparalleled in Asia,[according to whom?] from full-length classical ballets and internationally recognized masterworks to indigenous works of Filipino folklore and social issues.[citation needed]

History[edit]

In February 1970, the Alice Reyes Modern Dance Company premiered its debut performance at the Cultural Center of the Philippines. Its original members included dancers from the Bayanihan Dance Company, U.E. Dance Troupe and Dance Theater Philippines. In April that year, recognizing the available time and space at the CCP as well as the need to train more dancers, the company introduced the first CCP Summer Dance Workshop which would eventually be held annually, training two to four hundred students each year in classical and modern dance. That same year, the CCP Dance Workshop and Company was launched with Alice Reyes and Eddie Elejar as Artistic Directors.

Artistic directors[edit]

  • Alice Reyes, National Artist for Dance[5] (1969–1989)
  • Denisa Reyes (1991–1994/2000-2004)
  • Agnes Locsin (1995–1996/1999-2000)
  • Cecile Sicangco (1996–1999)
  • Noordin Jumalon (1999–2000)
  • Alden Lugnasin (2004)
  • Agustus "Bam" Damian III (2004–2008)
  • Alan Hineline and Max Luna III (2008–2009)
  • Paul Alexander Morales (2009–Present)

Notable alumni[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Jacinto, J. 2007. The Ballet Company: A Philippine Experience Through Repertoire. MA Thesis. University of the Philippines.
  2. ^ Bong, Austero (15 August 2011). "A splendid production". Manila Standard Today. Retrieved 1 September 2011. ... Ballet Philippines’ restaging of Encantada, Agnes Locsin’s dance masterpiece. ...showcasing various local myths, traditions, and rituals. ... In Encantada, Agnes Locsin fused together classical ballet techniques with stylized Filipino ethnic movements. 
  3. ^ Logarta, Michele T. (2000, May 29). The Story of Ballet Philippines. the Philippine Star. Retrieved from: http://www.newsflash.org/2000/05/sb/sb001237.htm
  4. ^ "Wealth Treats Orphans to a Ballet Philippines Presentation of Cinderella". The Philippine Star . Retrieved From: http://www.philstar.com/good-news/2015/01/05/1409429/whealth-treats-orphans-ballet-philippines-presentation-cinderella.
  5. ^ By the President of the Philippines. ""Proclamation no. 807""

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