In a country where Christmas celebrations begin in September, there is nothing unusual about jumpstarting the holiday season a full month ahead. If anything, it ushers in the magic, cheers and excitement that still characterize this most awaited time of the year by presenting memorable excerpts from a century-old ballet classic, back to back with original choreographies that capture heartwarming themes that are distinctly Pinoy!
As the title suggests, Ballet Manila’s holiday treat, Nutkraker: Pasko Na Naman Muli, is a ballet concert gala in two parts. The first part relives excerpts from Act II of The Nutcracker, the traditional Christmas classical ballet (music of P. Tchaikovsky and choreography by V. Vainonen) as restaged by Osias Barroso and Natalia Raldugina. For many years, The Nutcracker has been a staple in Ballet Manila’s holiday repertoire, just like with many ballet companies around the world. Somehow, in the world of Dance, every child should experience an evening filled with Sugar Plum Fairies and gallant Princes prancing in the Land of the Sweets live on stage as a memory that would stay throughout their childhood and beyond. So we took some of the most unforgettable scenes and iconic characters that capture all the elements of a classic fairy-tale to re-enact them as a tribute to the world’s most beloved ballet.
Meanwhile, the second part unfolds to a medley of Filipino Christmas carols performed in dance, inspired by familiar themes and elements that are very close to home… An OFW coming home to be reunited with his family. Children singing Christmas carols in the streets for a few coins. Families gathered together while feasting on ham and queso de bola for Noche Buena. Simbang Gabi and puto bumbong. Gifts in colorful wrapper under the tree… These are just some of the moments spent with family and friends during the season that make Christmas in the Philippines so unforgettable.
Fresh from the runaway success of our season opener in August, Ballet Manila’s very own choreographers Osias Barroso, Gerardo Francisco, Michael Divinagracia, Jonathan Janolo, Rudy De Dios and Francis Jaena have again been tapped to create new works to fill the stage with the sights, sounds, colors and flavors of a typical Paskong Pinoy.
So there you have it – something old, something new, something borrowed… but nothing blue. Because we want you to have a very happy Christmas, this year and always!
Hope to see you there on November 29 at Aliw Theater!