Ballet Philippines shows Pinoy heritage in Neo-Filipino

Performances of Neo-Filipino are scheduled from March 12-15, 2009 at the Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo (Main Theater) of the Cultural Center of the Philippines.

Ballet Philippines (BP), the country's premiere dance company, takes a grand bow as they culminate their rousing 39th anniversary season with Neo-Filipino, electrifying dances that serve as homage to the vast riches of the Filipino cultural heritage with the revival of a repertory favorite and two world premieres.

One of the main highlights of Neo-Filipino is the highly-anticipated revival of founding artistic director, Alice Reyes' Amada, which was inspired by the stories written by National Artist Nick Joaquin's Tatarin and Summer Solstice. Amada explores the mysteries of the Tatarin ritual.

Live music by Kalayo (formerly Pinikpikan) will serve as inspiration for the world premiere of KatiTaog by Ballet Philippines' artistic director, Max Luna III--his first work created especially for the company.

The world premiere of Ulaging--Daog-dog Sa Sang Libong Kulog by BP Resident Choreographer, Alden Lugnasin, draws on a fusion of live music, ethnic instruments, movement, drama and contemporary dance to expose the plight of the indigenous Lumads of Mindanao. The music for Ulaging is an original composition of Roberto Aves, with vocals by Grace Nono.

For this season-ender production, BP is pleased to once again offer discounts to students with ID (50% off) and seniors (20% off). Special discount rates are also available for school groups.

Performances of Neo-Filipino are slated on March 12, (8 pm), March 13 (3 pm/8 pm), March 14 (3 pm/8 pm), and March 15 (10 am/3 pm) at the Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo (Main Theater) of the CCP.

For ticket information, call Ticket World Outlets: at Tel. No. 891-9999; CCP Box Office at Tel. No. 832-3704; and Ballet Philippines at Tel. No. 551-0221/551-1003//832-6011 or please visit BP online at

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