Last Updated on April 13, 2017 by Marie Bautista
Ballet Manila enjoins dance enthusiasts all over the country to cheer for their world class performers in “Flight 1” on July 31, and “Flight 2” on August 1 at 8 pm at the Star Theater.
A preview of Ballet Manila’s entry to Asian Grand Prix International Ballet Competition (AGP) slated in August at the Y-Theater, Hong Kong, “Flight 1” and “Flight 2” are two different shows featuring the dance company’s bestseller pieces by top choreographers Agnes Locsin, Augustus Damian III, Gerardo Francisco, and the late Tony Fabella. The show also includes classical showstoppers “Don Quixote,” “Sleeping Beauty,” “Le Corsaire” and the “Black Swan Pas De Deux” from “Swan Lake”.
“Two nights, two completely different programs. The back-to-back concert will showcase the best of Ballet Manila and highlight the skill and artistry of all the dancer-competitors. Am truly proud of this year’s competitors; keeping my fingers crossed that we do well this year.”, says Lisa Macuja Elizalde, Ballet Manila Artistic Director and CEO.
Established in 2011, the Asian Grand Prix International Ballet Competition (AGP) is an annual competition hosted by Youth Ballet of Asia and operated by Hong Kong Arts Development & Production Company Ltd.
Now on its fifth year the competition aims to recognize the artistic excellence of local and international dancers by allowing participants to demonstrate their talent, explore their potential, and learn from their peers and dance professionals.
Outstanding dancers receive cash awards for career advancement in professional ballet companies. They can also receive training scholarships in renowned ballet schools.
When Ballet Manila first joined AGP in 2012 the dance company won Finalist certificates and top honors including the Bronze Medal in the Pas de Deux division and the Most Promising Male Danseur award.
In 2013, Ballet Manila won Finalist certificates and the Silver Medal in Junior B division, the Bronze Medal in the Senior division, and the Silver and Bronze Medal in the Pas De Deux division.
This year, 23 dancers from the Ballet Manila Company and School of Ballet Manila will compete in the Junior A, Junior B, Junior C, Pre-Senior, Senior and Pas de Deux, categories.
Join Ballet Manila Artistic Director Lisa Macula-Elizalde at the front seat of The Star Theater, as she sends off her most talented dancers to the international competition.