Swan Lake is one of the classic ballet productions that spans 140 years now. Swan Lake is based on the tale written by Hans Christian Andersen. According to my sister who also teaches ballet for kids, Swan Lake is one of the most complex choreographies and the part of the Black Swan is the most difficult. To take part as Odelle means that the dancer is a prima ballerina.
For Ballet Philippines, it already spans many generations of who already performed in this production. Returning to this year’s production of Swan Lake is none other than Ballet Master Mr. Nonoy Froilan. Mr. Froilan already performed many times as the Prince Siegfried and now as restager. It will be good for the dancers since he will draw from his own experiences. Mr. Froilan is the first male principal dancer in the country.
What makes Swan Lake great is not just the dance but the music which Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky composed. I remember researching about him for my high school music classes. For the part of Odette will be played by Denise Parungao, Jemima Reyes and guest Candice Adea. Siegfried will be played by Victor Maguad, Garry Corpuz and international guest artist Joseph Phillips who performed before in the country for Don Quixote. Garry Corpuz was highlighted from his great performance in the recent production, Awitin Mo At Isayaw Ko. Ballet Philiippines opens the stage for Swan Lake on February 24 until March 6 at CCP Main Theater (Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo).
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