Metro.Style: Ballet Philippines’ ‘Cinderella’ Preview

Metro.Style: Ballet Philippines’ ‘Cinderella’ Preview

by Philip Cu-Unjieng
November 14, 2019, 07:07 PM

Halloween may have come and gone this year, but the season for pumpkin isn’t quite over. Over at the CCP, December 6th ushers in the last Ballet Philippines presentation of 2019, the perennial family favorite, Cinderella; and listening to regisseur Nonoy Froilan, it looks very much like magical pumpkins, and enchanted animals will all form part of the magic that’s being promised on stage. Working on the choreography of National Artist Alice Reyes, and the set design of Salvador Bernal, there certainly is much to look forward to in this staging of the much loved Cinderella.

At the special media preview hosted by Kathleen “Maymay” Liechtenstein, current President of the Ballet Philippines Board, ballet legend Froilan expounded on how this was first staged with Alice Reyes’ choreography in 1981, and he regaled us with stories of rehearsals conducted with individual pen lights and flashlights. This was the time when Manila would suffer from constant power interruptions, and as the adage goes, the show must go on – and that holds true for rehearsals as well.

Guest artists Liza de la Fuente and Novy Bereber take on the role of the Widow Brunhilda—the evil stepmother for those who don’t follow the proper names of the characters in these classic tales. There will also be two matinee shows narrated by Tats Manahan.

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