On its 51st season, Ballet Philippines is determined to bring the art of dance to its audience even from a virtual space. They’ve officially launched their website ballet.ph where they have a number of offerings for dancers and spectators alike.
Live and Learn
Whether you’re a dancer looking to polish your skills or an amateur wanting to dabble in dance, Ballet Philippines is offering free Masterclasses online. A mix of lectures, routines, and even cardio workouts are taught by the company’s Artistic Director Mikhail “Misha” Martynyuk from his home in Russia. Other guest artists include multi-awarded American dancer Joseph Phillips, who will be doing modules on choreography, and online rehearsals with contemporary dancer Joshua Serafin whose classes will explore “the ideas of time and manipulation through the movement of ballet.”
With a full year ahead, you can look forward to more classes with other guest artists from various ballet schools and companies all over the world. Our very own prima ballerina Liza Macuja-Elizalde is also slated to teach a class.
Beyond ballet, you’ll also find workshops conducted by collaborators from other fields in En Pointe. The current lineup includes Bizu’s Annabel Tanco who will be talking about healthy and delicious ways to “Eat Like a Ballerina,” as her talk is called, and Dr. Joven Cuanang of the Pintô Art Museum who will share about his love for art.
Streaming the Stage
While the year’s performances at the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) won’t be pushing through because of the pandemic, Ballet Philippines hopes to reach an even bigger audience by streaming a number of its performances online. What’s currently showing is Gabriel Barredo’s Opera, which is a ballet in three parts that will take you through various emotional states through dance. It’s a real treat to watch our country’s dancers perform!
And for young ballerinas who are missing their dance classes and recitals, they can watch past performances of children’s ballets like The Nutcracker, Duckling, Ang Pilya, and Puppies in a section called Tales, Tutus and Tots. They can even dance along if they want.
Sharing the Gift of Dance
Ballet Philippines has a number of programs that a would-be patron of the arts can support, and you can learn about them in the section Yakap ng BP. They conduct dance training to underserved communities through Barangay Ballet. The companies dancers are also provided for through scholarship programs, technical training, and even supplying pointe shoes as one can go through around 50 to 100 pairs a year.
If you’d like to learn more about Ballet Philippines’ 51st Season and their BP Onstream initiative, you can connect with them on Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube apart from visiting the newly launched site. Now’s your chance to foster a love for the art of dance and the joy it can bring in these challenging times.