What to Expect at Ballet Manila’s 26th Season

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Ballet Manila, the premier ballet company in the Philippines, known in the country and the world for their production of ballet masterpieces, is gearing up for its 26th performance season extravaganza. With a lineup of exciting and captivating ballet masterpieces, this season promises to be a treat for both ballet enthusiasts and newcomers alike.

Under Lisa Macuja-Elizalde, the Ballet Manila artistic director and world renowned prima ballerina, the production company continues to showcase the beauty and elegance of classical ballet while also incorporating elements of Filipino culture.

From romantic ballets, ballet masterpieces, to original Filipino story performed, Ballet Manila’s 26th season is set to captivate audiences with its technical and virtuosic feats. Let’s take a closer look at what this season has in store.

Ballet Manila’s Resilience: Recuperating After Fire and Pandemic

Ballet Manila, a prominent dance company, has showcased remarkable resilience by re-emerging in the live performance scene after a devastating fire and the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The company’s return to the stage is marked by the unveiling of the re-envisioned Aliw Theater, a testament to its determination to overcome adversity and continue its artistic journey. The iconic arts theatre in Pasay City was gutted in 2019 during the Star City fire.

Despite the setbacks, the company’s artistic director, Lisa Macuja-Elizalde, remained undeterred, expressing optimism and determination to start anew, more passionate and determined than ever.

The unveiling of Ballet Manila’s home, the new Elizalde Complex, featuring the renovated Aliw Theater, marks a significant milestone for Ballet Manila’s resurgence. The complex not only houses the theater but also includes facilities for rehearsals, events, business meetings, and small conferences, demonstrating the company’s commitment to redefining its role beyond just a theater.

Le Corsaire: A Voyage into Romanticism

Set to open two classical ballet productions, Ballet Manila’s 26th performance season will kick off with the much-anticipated production of “Le Corsaire” the pirate story. This classical ballet, originally choreographed by Marius Petipa, tells the thrilling tale of a pirate’s love for a beautiful harem girl.

The ballet is known for its technical and virtuosic feats, showcasing the dancers’ incredible athleticism and precision. Ballet Manila’s staging of “Le Corsaire” promises to be a feast for the eyes, with stunning costumes, elaborate sets, and breathtaking choreography.

Audiences can expect to be transported to a world of romantic adventure as they follow the story of Conrad, a dashing pirate, and his quest to rescue his beloved Medora from the clutches of the villainous Pasha.

The production will showcase Ballet Manila’s exceptional talent and its ability to bring classical ballet to life. With performances on February 24th at 8 p.m. and February 25th at 5 p.m. at Aliw Theater, “Le Corsaire” is a must-see for ballet enthusiasts and newcomers alike.

Tatlong Kwento ni Lola Basyang: A Celebration of Filipino Heritage

In May, Ballet Manila will present one of the well loved Filipino tales, “Tatlong Kwentong ni Lola Basyang,” a production that pays homage to the beloved Filipino children’s book series written by Severino Reyes.

This unique ballet brings together the enchanting storytelling of Lola Basyang with the beauty of classical ballet. Audiences can expect a whimsical and magical experience that celebrates the rich literary tradition of the Philippines.

“Tatlong Kwentong ni Lola Basyang” will feature three stories with enchanting and timeless appeal: “Ang Prinsipe ng mga Ibon,” “Ang Binibining Tumalo sa Mahal na Hari,” “Ang Mahiwang Biyulin,” and “Ang Kapatid ng Tatlong Marya.”

Each story will be brought to life through graceful movements, intricate costumes, and captivating music. This production is a testament to Ballet Manila’s commitment to showcasing the vibrant Filipino culture and fostering a love for the arts among the Filipino audience.

Don’t miss the opportunity to watch this production on May 12th and 18th.

Giselle: A Timeless Tale of Love and Redemption

As summer turns to fall, Ballet Manila takes the stage with the timeless romantic ballet, “Giselle.” On Aug. 31 at 8 p.m. and Sept. 1 at 5 p.m., audiences will be transported to a world of love, betrayal, and redemption.

“Giselle” tells the story of a young peasant girl who dies of a broken heart and joins a group of supernatural spirits called the Wilis. With its hauntingly beautiful music and ethereal choreography, “Giselle” is a classical ballet production that never fails to captivate the audience.

Ballet Manila’s staging of “Giselle” promises to be a breathtaking experience filled with emotion and grace.

Florante at Laura with Gerardo Francisco and Martin Lawrence

In a collaboration between Ballet Manila and the Gerardo Francisco Dance Company, audiences can look forward to the world premiere of “Florante at Laura” on Oct. 12 at 8 p.m. and Oct. 13 and 19 at 5 p.m. This ballet production brings to life the epic Filipino literary masterpiece written by Francisco Baltazar.

With choreography by Gerardo Francisco and Martin Lawrence, “Florante at Laura” combines the beauty of classical ballet with the richness of Filipino storytelling. Audiences can expect a visually stunning and emotionally charged performance that showcases the talent and versatility of Ballet Manila’s dancers.

Ang Ibong Adarna with Aréte Ateneo

Continuing its commitment to showcasing the vibrancy of Filipino culture, Ballet Manila collaborates with Aréte Ateneo for the ballet production of “Ang Ibong Adarna.” Inspired by the Filipino epic poem, and one of the famous Filipino literary classics, this ballet weaves together music, dance, and storytelling to bring the enchanting tale of the mythical bird, Ibong Adarna, to life.

With Aréte Ateneo’s exceptional musicians providing the live accompaniment, Ballet Manila’s dancers will take the audience on a journey through the colorful and magical world of “Ang Ibong Adarna.”

Snow White: A Magical Holiday Extravaganza

To end the 26th performance season on a magical note, Ballet Manila presents “Snow White” as their Christmas production and part of their holiday cheer series.

This beloved fairy tale comes to life through graceful choreography, enchanting music, and dazzling costumes. Audiences of all ages will be captivated by the story of Snow White and her encounters with the seven dwarfs, the evil queen, and the charming prince.

Ballet Manila’s staging of “Snow White” is a perfect way to celebrate the holiday season and keep the Christmas spirit alive with your loved ones. From December 25th to 30th, immerse yourself in the enchanting world of this timeless fairy tale and witness Ballet Manila’s exceptional talent and artistry.


Ballet Manila’s 26th performance season extravaganza is a celebration of the beauty and artistry of classical ballet intertwined with vibrant Filipino culture. From the technical and virtuosic feats of “Le Corsaire” to the world premiere of “Tatlong Kwentong ni Lola Basyang,” each production promises to transport audiences into a world of enchantment and emotion.

With collaborations with renowned dance companies and the incorporation of beloved Filipino stories, Ballet Manila continues to push the boundaries of classical ballet productions.

As the company takes the stage at the Aliw Theater, ballet enthusiasts and the Filipino audience can look forward to a season filled with grace, passion, and the magic of dance.

Don’t miss out on the opportunity to witness the extraordinary talent of Ballet Manila’s dancers as they bring these masterpieces to life. Book your tickets now and be a part of Ballet Manila’s 26th-season extravaganza!

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