Last Saturday, Randy and I made sure we were at the Aliw Theatre before the clock struck midnight. I mean, 8 p.m.
Yes, we braved the Metro Manila weekend traffic because we got an invitation to the ball(et). 🙂
Here’s what I wore to the ball(et):
- coat: Uniqlo
- dress: Simply Vera by Vera Wang
- bag: LV Multicolore Alma
- shoes: hay naku hindi nakuha ni Randy, but I was wearing my only remaining decent pumps, my white Aldo pumps
I’ve never watched ballet before. As in even a child’s ballet recital! But I love the theater—props, costumes, stage, etc. So I figured I’d also have a blast, especially because:
1. It’s Cinderella! Which girl never dreamed of being Cinderella, right?
2. It’s an original production by the country’s premier classical dance company, Ballet Manila.
3. Lisa Macuja will perform!
A production that combines theatrical comedic elements, modern live special effects, and romantic classical scores, Ballet Manila’s version of Cinderella puts a lighter comical spin on the well-loved classic, whilst keeping intact all the elements that make it so magical.“Modern, witty, romantic, very funny, but still every bit magical. It’s Cinderella as you’ve never seen before,” shares Lisa Macuja-Elizalde. “I want to create a ballet that appeals to all audiences. I want it to be a really light and happy ballet where kids will laugh out loud and the grownups will have a great time listening to children’s laughter. I also want the romance and magic of this story to come to life and make the audience remember the power of love.”
True enough, it was a visual extravaganza! I couldn’t help but share Facebook live video snippets of the event, while Randy was snapping photos.
Everyone was mesmerized when Lisa Macula-Elizalde appeared onstage
A magical moment!
The magnificent cast of Ballet Manila’s Cinderella
Thank God we were given a press pass (because taking photos inside was not allowed)
Indeed, Ballet Manila’s Cinderella was told in a way that kept me in awe, made me laugh, and made me fall in love again. Yihee!
Looking forward to watching more productions from Ballet Manila—there are more in 2017, yippee! To keep yourself updated with Ballet Manila’s productions, Like it on Facebook.
PS: If you’re wondering why this is Wardrobe Diary #81 already when my last Wardrobe Diary entry was #79…well, because #80 is still in the works. I’m having ambivalent feelings whether I’ll post it because there is an usapang mag-asawa there.
About Ballet Manila
Founded in 1995 by Prima Ballerina Lisa Macuja-Elizalde and Osias Barroso, Ballet Manila is the country’s premier classical dance company. With the mission of connecting both ballet and the people, the company, which puts education at the forefront of its priorities, is well-known as the only Philippine dance company to adopt and strictly adhere to the Vaganova Academy of Russian Ballet style of dancing, which is well-regarded the world over as the most disciplined and technically-superior style. The company currently has 65 artists under its wing, all of whom have been trained in the Vaganova Academy style of dancing. The company boasts of a solid repertoire that consists of some of the most technically challenging and timeless ballet favorites.