A fill of pure magic, romance, and fantasy- that’s what Lisa Macuja-Elizalde, Ballet Manila’s CEO and Artistic Director, promises to everyone who will witness Snow White. The adaptation of the beloved fairy tale will be the third outing of Ballet Manila’s 22nd Performing season, Flights of Fantasy.

Growing up, a week has not passed with me not watching Walt Disney’s animated classic Snow White. The story of love, family, and friendship stuck with me. The Prima Ballerina’s fascination with fairy tale is also one of the reasons for staging this show. As she puts it herself, “the classical ballets are all fairy tales, or at least stories, that have come to life in dance form.”

Katherine Barkman as Snow White | Ballet Manila Snow White
The love between the prince and Snow White is and will always be one of the highlights of the classic story of Snow White.

Ballet Manila’s take on the beloved fairy tale will be more Brothers Grimm than Disney in terms of the production’s look and feel. It will still enchant the viewers but the focus will mostly be on the story itself as Lisa Macuja-Elizalde wants the storytelling to be the main star of the show.

Abigail Oliviero as The Evil Queen | Ballet Manila Snow White
“Mirror, mirror on the wall. Who’s the fairest of them all?” Ballet Manila Company member Abigail Oliveiro as none other than the Evil Queen in Lisa Macuja-Elizalde’s Snow White

Staying true to the spirit of Ballet Manila, Snow White will exhibit its dancers’ mastery of the Vaganova technique. The performers have undergone the masterful choreography training by Ballet Master Osias “Shaz” Barroso. Completing the fantasy of the show are the exquisite costume and elaborate set designs.

Michael Miguel, a longtime Ballet Manila collaborator, designed the costumes. Macuja even hinted on audiences to keep an eye out for Snow White’s magical costume changes. Mio Infante’s set design is promised to create a lasting impact on the audiences as it harmonizes with Von de Guzman’s musical arrangement.

Godwin Moreno as the Witch | Ballet Manila Snow White
Should she accept kindness of this stranger? It is just an apple, or is it? Ballet Manila Principal dancer Katherine Barkman as Snow White and Godwin Moreno as the Evil Queen/Witch

Truly, Ballet Manila Presents Snow White is a production worth keeping an eye out for. The country’s premiere ballet company has consistently brought magical experiences to its audiences. From Cinderella, Don Quixote, Ibong Adarna, and to the most recent, Swan Lake, it’s as if they are set to outstand each show. Ballet Manila keeps on soaring higher!

Take a bite out of the apple!

I loved every show that Ballet Manila has performed and I want you to feel it too! It is why we are giving away two pairs of passes to the world premiere of Ballet Manila Presents Snow White on November 25, 6PM at the Aliw Theatre. Simply share this post on your social media, tag @TheLittleBinger either on Facebook or Instagram. Also, tag that one person who you’d want to watch it with! Contest ends on November 24! Good luck!

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