Ibong Adarna redefined
Ibong Adarna established an energetic and fantastical vibe from the get-go. The choreography created by Gerardo Francisco, Principal Choreographer, boasted a certain sense of bravado yet familiarity. Part of it lies in the fact that he took inspiration from different cultures in the country. All which cultural identity blended perfectly thus, the success of the smooth and graceful movements of the performers.
A choreography is as good as its music. Diwa De Leon produced an all-original musical composition for the play. Like the technique used by Francisco, it integrated cultural flavors from all over the country. The sounds created charm and strength at the same time and complemented the performance on stage. The script by Angela Blardony Ureta weaved these elements together resulting to a magical show. Completing the spectacular value of the production are the sets and costumes made by Make It Happen Workshop.
Ibong Adarna is a refreshing take on the myth. It should cast away doubts and surprises about its translation into flowy movements. Ballet Manila proves with this performance that they are still one of the top ballet companies in the country. With this show in mind, it is safe to say that Flights of Fantasy is off to soar into places!