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Ballet Philippines- Don Quixote

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Recently,on a trip to Manila, we attended a run through-coaching rehearsal of a new production of Don Q ,through the courtesy of principal dancer,Candice Adea and Artistic Director,Paul Morales of Ballet Philippines . The premiere will be on the 17th of Feb at the Cultural Center of the Philippines w/Candice A.and Connor Walsh , a guest from Houston Ballet. There are several more performances scheduled the rest of February with alternate cast.

The rehearsal was supervised by N Jumalon , Victor Ursabia and Ai-Gui Gasina, a Vaganova Choreographic Institute-trained coach from the Australian ballet.Ms Gasina coached the alternate Kitris and Basils and the soloists-corp de ballet.It was very interesting and enlightening to watch her correct and show the finer points of the choreography.

The 2 Kitris, Katherine Trofeo and especially Carissa Adea were excellent as well as Jean Marc Cordero, a finalist at the most recent Jackson IBC. The company,as a whole, was impressive considering the limited budget and performances.

The following night ,we attended a Gala for the benefit of dancer welfare and Edna Vida. It consisted mainly of the choreographic excerpts of the works of Edna Vida, a very talented choreographer but seldom seen outside of the Philippines. Candice Adea, a silver medalist at the last Jackson IBC, and JM Cordero danced a spectacular Diana and Acteon PDD that brought down the house. Lisa Macuja ,a Vaganova-trained ballerina, danced a very moving duet to Chopin .There were other world-class dancers in the gala but ,unfortunately, not credited in the program.

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