Ballet Manila celebrates 23rd season with ‘Tour de Force’
Ballet Manila celebrates 23rd season with ‘Tour de Force’
Ballet Manila celebrates its 23rd season with classics

MANILA, Philippines – Ballet Manila will formally open its 23rd season, called Tour de Force, on September 1. 

The season will showcase Ballet Manila’s classics performances.

On September 1 and 2, the season kicks off  with Iconic 1.0, featuring the  Annabelle Lopez Ochoa’s Bloom, by Augustus “Bam” Damian III’s,  Sotto Voce and a restaging of Russian Sergei Vikulov’s version of Romeo and Juliet.

BLOOM. The production is choreographed by   Annabelle Lopez Ochoa,


On September 8 and 9, the company will revisit its own work featuring the choreopgraphies of Osias Barroso, Eric V Cruz Jr, and Lisa Macuja-Elizarde via Iconic 2.0.

In a press release, Ballet manila artistic director Liza Macuja-Elizarde said the lineup is worth celebrating.

“We’re reliving the past in a very special way, because our company has seen many changes happening—most especially in our roster of dancers. It is such a fantastic learning experience to have some of our most loved and successful original ballets handed down to the new generation that is Ballet Manila today,” she said.

She added: “This series is also an introduction of what Ballet Manila can do – and we can do it all, from the classics to contemporary pieces. We curated this series in such a way that we show as much variety and versatility as possible, so there’s a performance for everyone. 

Tour de Force is part of Ballet Manila’s preparations for their silver anniversary in 2020. –

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