By Ibarra C. Mateo
THE Ballet Philippines’ “The Innovators: Carmen and Other Dances,” featuring the works of choreographers Denisa Reyes, Augustus “Bam” Damian III, and Alden Lugnasin, is BP’s second offering for its current season.
The featured choreographers “have made their mark in Philippine dance with choreographic gems that showcase unique styles in movement, story-telling, and artistry,” BP said.
“Each of these brilliant dance-makers will present two definitive masterworks that pay homage to Ballet Philippines’ unparalleled repertoire and history,” BP said in a statement.
The second offering “continues the retrospective on the company’s rich history and dynamic repertoire.”
Denisa Reyes presents “Love Lies Bleeding,” a raw and emotional look into the temperament that best describe love and relationships, and “Te Deum,” a window into the Filipino socio-political consciousness of the 1980s, which also mirrors the emotional state of Filipinos today.
Both pieces showcase Reyes’ ‘truthful and fearless” take on choreography.
Damian III showcases the power and precision of the company’s dancers in “After Whom,” contrasting with his sensual and fresh take on one of the most beloved classical pieces of music, Goerges Bizet’s “Carmen.”
Alden Lugnasin’s “Swimming The Ilog Pasig,” a piece inspired by the campaign to clean up the Pasig River, and “This is My Life,” a solo piece highlighting the independence and elegance of a woman, also take center stage as a showcase of Lugnasin’s unique choreographic vocabulary.
(Ballet Philippines’ The Innovators: Carmen and Other Dances runs Oct. 5 – 7, 2018 at the CCP Main Theater. For more information, call 551-1003.)
(Images courtesy of Ballet Philippines)
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