Ballet Manila bridges art forms with “Ballet & Ballads”

Arts & Culture

February 2, 2018 | BY Charles Aames Bautista

From amazing choreography to breathtaking music, Ballet & Ballads offers a stunning milieu of various art forms to bring about a feast for the senses

Premiering on February 10, 2018 (6:00PM) at the Aliw Theatre, Ballet Manila stages “Ballet & Ballads” in partnership with Klassikal Musical Foundation (KMF) and spotlight performances by renowned crooner and theatre actor, Christian Bautista. There will be three other show dates perfect for the Valentines’ season – February 11 (3:00PM), February 17 (6:00PM), and February 18 (3:00PM).

Ballet Manila CEO and Artistic Director Lisa Macuja-Elizalde muses about the latest installment, “It combines a singer with ballet numbers—an interesting concept that we’ve been experimenting with for quite some time now. It’s an entertaining way to enjoy ballet, especially for first-time audiences.”

“We are catering to each of our strengths. Every audience will have a piece of us to take home,” says Bautista.

Joining Christian Bautista are artists from the Klassikal Musical Foundation (KMF) such as Andrew Fernando (Baritone), Jade Riccio (Soprano), Stephanie Aguilar (Soprano), Krisann Manikan Tan (Mezzo Soprano), Leo Angelo Lanuza (Tenor), and with the special participation of Dr. George T. Yang (Tenor). This marks the first-ever creative partnership between the country’s premier classical dance company and KMF. The audience will be serenaded by the ABS-CBN Philharmonic Orchestra to accompany the entire show.

Andrew Fernando shares, “I think every collaboration in any genre of the arts is very uplifting. There are new things to discover as we all work on this together. Some beautiful always comes out.”

Another highlight to expect is the world premiere of Martin Lawrance’s Aria, which will feature five acts covering classical operas. Shadows. Lisa shares, “He really is a genius when it comes to weaving a ballet together and exploring movement with different kinds of music. The idea was first to combine musical theater and ballet. But when he proposed the classical arias instead, I told him to go for it!”


For more information about the shows, including ticket prices and schedules, you may visit or follow Ballet Manila on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Tickets are also available through all TicketWorld outlets. Please call 891-9999 or visit for more information. In addition, those who are planning to watch all the shows may take advantage of the company’s Season Subscription Programs, which offer up to 50% discount on ticket prices. For more information, you may visit and click on ‘View Details’ under ‘Season Subscription Program’.

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