Ballet Manila presents: Snow White

22 November 2017

One of my favorite books growing up was my Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (yes, the book title said Dwarfs and not Dwarves) storybook not necessarily because of the story but because it had paintings as accompanying illustrations in every page. I consider this book as one of my most prized possessions as a kid because I just loved looking at those illustrations. I'm so sad I lost it during the big fire that razed through our neighborhood back in 2001 because I don't think I'll be able to find another copy anywhere.

A quick Google search let me know that the book I had is a vintage Ladybird Book with the first edition dating back to 1969. I was stoked to see scanned photos of the paintings online!

Snow White discovers the dwarves' cottage after the Huntsman lets her escape
The Evil Stepmother disguises and offers Snow White an apple that she takes reluctantly
The Prince wakes Snow White up from her slumber
That was an unexpected walk down memory lane. I remembered it all over again because Ballet Manila is doing their own rendition of Snow White!

The idea of creating her own version of Snow White came to Ballet Manila’s CEO and Artistic Director Lisa Macuja-Elizalde right after her full choreographic debut last year. Due to the success of Cinderella, what was once regarded simply as “The Next One” has now become a second full-fledged masterpiece from the Prima Ballerina herself—and it’s finally making its world premiere in the 22nd performance season, Flights of Fantasy. Apparently, last year’s full choreography work in Cinderella was just the warm up.

With the help of Ballet Master Osias Barroso, the dancers’ personalities, music arranged by Von de Guzman, costumes by Michael Miguel and set designs by Mio Infante, and of course, the company’s mastery of the Vaganova technique, Snow White promises to be a magical and fantastic show—all in all, a truly Ballet Manila production.

With Snow White, Lisa guarantees that each member of the audience will get their fill of pure magic, romance, and fantasy. The audience can only expect the highest quality of dancing as well from the country’s youngest yet strongest ballet company.

Lisa Macuja-Elizalde’s Snow White will make its world premiere on November 25, 2017 at 6:00PM at the Aliw Theater. There will be three other shows: November 26, (3:00PM), December 2 (6:00PM), and December 3 (3:00PM).

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