We’re all familiar with the story of Snow White, the Disney princess and heroine of the Brothers Grimm fairy tale. This year, the timeless story is brought to life by Ballet Manila in a charming and sweet watch that’s perfect for kids and kids at heart.
Any conversation on ballet will inevitably touch on Swan Lake, one of the form’s most timeless pieces. I was lucky enough to have seen it again, this time from Ballet Manila, and I was spellbound by the magic I saw on stage.
Swan Lake tells the story of Odette, a beautiful young princess who is turned into a white swan by an evil sorcerer’s curse. The only way to break the spell is for a virgin to fall in love with her and promise eternal fidelity. Siegfried, a young prince who needs to find a bride, meets her and falls in love, but the sorcerer has other plans, using the black swan.
The Sound of Music is one of those musicals where you know, and can even sing along to, the songs even if you haven’t seen the musical or the film. That’s certainly what happened when I watched it onstage, where I quietly sang along to “Do Re Mi” and “My Favorite Things.”
Swan Lake is considered as one of the most difficult ballets to perform, but for prima ballerina Lisa Macuja-Elizalde, it was what inspired her to pursue a life-long career in dance. Now, it will be like a homecoming as Ballet Manila, the company that Macuja-Elizalde co-founded, will be staging a performance of the classic this October!
Social media and our waning attention span have taught us that the length of a story, a film, or a play doesn’t necessarily guarantee quality. This month, Short+Sweet Theatre is returning to Manila for a collection of 10-minute plays, proving that big things indeed come from small packages.
Short+Sweet Theatre is known around the world as the festival of 10-minute plays and the biggest little play festival. It showcases bite-sized stories handpicked from submissions, and covers a wide breadth of genres from comedy to drama, romance, and tragedy.
This year is a good year for theater. Apart from the countless quality local shows we have, more and more international productions are coming to the Philippines to show us a good time. This year alone, we saw Wicked, Sister Act, and West Side Story. Now, it’s The Sound of Music‘s turn to wow us as the West End production opens this month in Manila!
Many of us grew up with the story of Ibong Adarna, an epic poem we read in school. Later, we watched the film adaptation starring Jolina Magdangal as the legendary bird. It’s a timeless story that has become part of the tapestry of Filipino culture and Ballet Manila is reintroducing the story with the world premiere of a breathtaking ballet rendition.
Beauty and the Beast is a timeless story that many of us grew up with. We know the characters, the scenes, and the songs like the familiar rooms of a well-loved home, and it was a joy to revisit them in the live-action remake that was shown this year. What we seem to have forgotten is that it is one of many interpretations. Now, we can watch a different take on this story of true love and selflessness with Repertory Philippines’ charming stage adaptation for kids.