Ballet Manila brings back 'Cinderella' for the holidays


Posted at Nov 21 2018 06:10 PM


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MANILA – Ballet Manila is bringing back the beloved rags-to-riches story of Cinderella for the holidays.

Prima ballerina Lisa Macuja-Elizalde’s adaptation of “Cinderella” will go on stage on November 24 and 25 and on December 1 and 2 at the Aliw Theater in Pasay City. Tickets are available via TicketWorld.

According to Macuja-Elizalde, “Cinderella” holds a special place in her heart not just because it is her first full-length work as a choreographer, but also because it was her last stage performance as a ballerina.

“Shortly after appearing as the Fairy Godmother, I had to undergo a critical hip surgery that resulted in my compulsory retirement,” said Macuja-Elizalde, who now acts as the artistic director and CEO of Ballet Manila. 

“Somehow, it is also the thought of saying farewell to over three decades of dancing through that wonderfully magical role that makes ‘Cinderella’ truly unforgettable for me.”

With “Cinderella,” Macuja-Elizalde hopes to give an early Christmas theater experience to families, and also encourage young audiences to become ballet enthusiasts. 

Bringing to life the role of Cinderella are Ballet Manila’s principal ballerinas Abigail Oliveiro and Joan Emery Sia, who will be partnered with their respective princes, Mark Sumaylo and Rudy de Dios. 

The Fairy Godmother will be performed by company artist Kong Ke Xin. Completing the main cast are John Balagot as Cinderella’s stepmother, with Jasmine Pia Dames, Rissa May Camaclang, Nicole Barroso, and Emma Harris alternating as her stepsisters.