Ballet Philippines (BP) is the flagship professional classical and contemporary dance company in the country. A resident company of the Cultural Center of the Philippines, it was founded in 1969 by Alice Reyes and Eddie Elejar. It is widely recognized today as a cornerstone of contemporary Filipino identity.
With a treasure trove of almost 500 choreographic works, Ballet Philippines’ wide ranging, eclectic repertory is unparalleled in Asia. From full-length classical ballets and internationally recognized masterworks to indigenous works of Filipino folklore and social issues, the company weaves a colorful tapestry of the Philippine’s rich and diverse cultural heritage – uniquely and distinctly Filipino.
Led by its Artistic Director, Paul Alexander Morales and President, Margie Moran Floirendo, the company continues to pursue its vision of nurturing the best Filipino dance artists through its year-long program of professional and developmental dance.
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Founded in 1987, Philippine Ballet Theatre (PBT) has established itself as the pre-eminent classical ballet company in the Philippines today. It was borne out of an alliance of leading dance groups in the eighties but immediately won recognition as a resident ballet company of the Cultural Center of the Philippines. PBT is celebrating it’s 30th season in 2016.
Philippine Ballet Theatre has now expanded its vision and pursues the goal of bringing the upscale art of dance to general appreciation among Filipino audiences. With its concurrent preservation of the rich and elegant classical story ballets, such as Swan Lake, Giselle, Nutcracker, and Raymonda, PBT also launches contemporary ballets that are of emotional depth, dramatic realism and stark inventiveness like the critically acclaimed Carmina Burana and Daughters of Mourning (Bernarda Alba). Its repertoire continues to dazzle and amaze various audiences with its distinct and poetic delicacy and refined sophistication. New contemporary choreography by Artistic Director Ronilo Jaynario won acclaim in the recent productions of Serye at Sayaw and Dancing in One Voice.
The company has traveled in national and international tours presenting the best of its Filipino and Western repertoire; highlighting the company’s commitment to artistic excellence in the classical, neo-classical and pop-classical traditions.
For it’s 2016 Season PBT will present The Great Classics in July, PBT’s Filipino Masterpieces in September and A Christmas Dance Concert in November at the Main Theatre of the CCP.
Ballet Manila is the Philippines’ leading classical dance company and most beloved “storytellers on toes.” It was established in February 1995, fueled by the dreams, aspirations and unbridled optimism of 12 young dancers led by Lisa Macuja-Elizalde and Osias Barroso, under the wing of founding artistic director Eric V. Cruz. From its inception, the company had been very clear about its ultimate goal: to bring ballet to the people and people to the ballet.
Envisioned as a ballet company “by the dancers, of the dancers and for the dancers,” Ballet Manila ranks training and education among its foremost priorities. Majority of the group’s principals, soloists and members have received professional training exclusively with Ballet Manila under mentors Macuja-Elizalde and Barroso, as well as with visiting teachers from the Vaganova Academy of Russian Ballet (formerly Leningrad Choreographic Institute) in St. Petersburg who continue to drill the company in the highly rigorous Russian method of classical ballet.