What do you get when you put a ballet company, three choreographers, and eleven rock bands together? The most daring ballet performance Manila has seen in years!
Ballet Philippines got together with Rock Ed Philippines to put together [rock] Supremo as part of the year-long celebration of the birth anniversary of Andres Bonifacio, the father of the Philippine Revolution against Spanish colonial rule. Last Saturday, my husband and I watched the single show where the bands performed live. I loved it! I couldn't take photos of the actual performance, of course, and these were taken after the ballet ended. I have to apologize for their quality—the Cultural Center of the Philippines does not allow cameras inside the entire building so I had to use my phone.
The ballet was episodic, with one song from each of the eleven bands for each episode. The last song was by Radioactive Sago Project, one of the most popular bands in the country right now, and which refuses to be boxed into a single musical genre.
After the standing ovation, the audience couldn't let them go, and they gamely played a few more songs. And that's when things went a little riotous on stage. (Yes, that's one of the crew taking photos on the stage.)
And the dancers of Ballet Philippines! Oh my goodness, after a two-hour performance, they still had the energy to have a pop dance showdown. (And yes, even the dancers were taking photos of each other and of the audience.)
All I can say is, if you're going to have a dance showdown with professional dancers, you better be one yourself.
Bravo, Ballet Philippines! Bravo, Rock Ed Philippines!