They say you either love or hate ballet and perhaps they were right: I knew exactly which performances I wanted to watch after I saw a preview by Ballet Manila – The Swan, The Fairy, and The Princess, to be exact!
Getting invited to the preview of Revenge of the Classics was such a treat for me. After all, Ballet Manila, the name we all remember when we talk about a Philippine ballet, has been giving us great performances for twenty-one seasons (and counting).
“I am proud to say that Ballet Manila does not simplify the choreography for classical ballet. We stay true to the original choreography from a hundred years ago,” said Macuja-Elizalde during the press preview.
“It is hard to cheat in classical ballet. If you make a mistake, everyone will see it.”
When Miss Lisa Macuja-Elizalde said Ballet Manila didn't do away with the difficult parts of known acts, I knew what she meant. I had goosebumps all over when I saw Princess Odette, the white swan (of Swan Lake), dancing onstage!
But as much as I enjoyed watching ballet, would I have enjoyed it as much if I had to dance it?
To help answer my question, I asked Miss Macuja-Elizalde what she had to say about her injuries, how to dance ballet safely, and what injuries she dreaded the most.
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