Friday, February 19, 2010

A Valentine's Date with Liza Macuja and Ballet Manila

Last 13th February at about 2PM, I went to SM Clark for a hair cut but then I noticed that there was a program at the SM Clark's Event Center by the students of Angeles University. The AUF program was nearly over when I arrived and I managed to take some photos.

Later a ballet program by the well-known Liza Macuja and the Ballet Manila commence.

Booth at SM Clark of the " Confusing Institute at Angeles University Foundation."


Feb 13 . Sat. 5 pm  at the Event Centre, SM Clark.

Lisa Teresita Pacheco Macuja-Elizalde (born on October 3, 1964) is a Prima Ballerina. She is the first Philippine ballerina, and first foreign soloist who ever joined the Kirov Ballet in 1984. She is regarded as the most phenomenal ballerina the Philippines has ever produced. In the Philippines, she is the Artistic Director of Ballet Manila and Vice-Chairman of the Philippine UNESCO National Commission. She was also the Commissioner of the National Commission on the Role of Filipino Women. Macuja-Elizalde is also Directress and faculty member of the Ballet Manila School – a training center for ballet professionals who are steeped in the Russian Vaganova method. Lisa Macuja has performed the principal roles in over 200 full-length and contemporary ballets in some 81 cities, spanning five continents. Her repertoire as principal includes: Don Quixote, Swan Lake, Giselle, La Bayadère, Sleeping Beauty, The Nutcracker, Le Corsaire, La Fille Mal Gardée, Coppélia, La Sylphide, Romeo and Juliet, Les Sylphides, Carmen, Pineapple Poll, El Amor Brujo, Serenade, and the role of Cio-Cio San in the world premiere of Thomas Pazik's Madame Butterfly. Several contemporary Filipino ballets have also featured her in the lead role, or have been created especially for her.

Lisa Macuja uniquely combines lecture and dance in mini-ballet concerts conducted in schools and communities. She also regularly performs in corporate events and other special shows. Hailed as the "ballerina of the people", Lisa Macuja is committed to bringing ballet closer to the hearts of the Filipino masses.

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