Paul Alexander Morales
Artistic Director, Ballet Philippines
Paul Alexander Morales unites his varied interests and experience in the arts in the service of dance.
Morales graduated from the University of the Philippines where he majored in theater directing, mentored by Prof. Tony Mabesa. In UP, Morales was first able to study ballet under Tita Radaic and Steve Villaruz of Dance Theater Philippines. He further pursued dance with Ballet Philippines as a scholar and member of the pioneer batch of Ballet Philippines II under Agnes Locsin, concurrently while pursuing his college degree. After graduation, with the support of BP’s former director Denisa Reyes, the CCP and the British Council, Morales became a scholar at the Laban Center in London, where he received a Diploma in Advanced Dance Theater Performance. There he performed and toured with Transitions Dance Co. and worked with top European choreographers.
As director and choreographer, he has created works for Dulaang Talyer, Airdance, Ballet Philippines, the Philippine Educational Theater Association (PETA), E-Dance Theater, Myra Beltran Dance Forum, Philippine Ballet Theatre, Repertory Philippines, Tanghalang Pilipino as well for mainstream and independent films. As an independent filmmaker, he won Best Screenplay Adaptation at the 6th Golden Screen Awards for his first feature film, ‘Concerto.’ The film was also a Cinemalaya finalist, was graded ‘A’ by the Cinema Evaluation Board, and received the Bamboo Camera Award from Kidlat Tahimik. In 2010 Paul’s short video was one of the winners of the online video contest of the acclaimed Martha Graham Dance Company.
Artistic Director of Ballet Philippines since 2009, Paul has choreographed ‘Tales of the Manuvu’ and the contemporary ballet, ‘Crisostomo Ibarra’ which was awarded Outstanding Dance Production at the 2010 Gawad Buhay! Awards. His works typically involve multi-media collaborations that combine his many interests.
Leading BP in its Main Theater season was his childhood dream, a dream he feels that was made a reality by the skills and talents he had honed in pursuit of his artistic dreams, talents strengthened by the mentoring, sharing, exploration and celebration of his fellow artists.