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Ballet Manila will bring together some of today’s most esteemed names in the international and local art scene for an unforgettable showcase of talent and mastery of their respective crafts.

A production that pays tribute to one of the world’s most distinguished composers, Peter Tschaikovsky, whose masterpieces are immortalized in classical ballet, The Swan, The Fairy, and The Princess  goes on stage on Oct. 14 and 15 at 8 p.m., and on Oct. 16 at 3 p.m at the Aliw Theater. It features excerpts from three of the master composer’s most celebrated works, namely Swan Lake, The Nutcracker, and The Sleeping Beauty. The ballet company is bringing together some of the world’s most notable artists including Kremlin Ballet Theater’s premier danseur, Mikhail Martynyuk, and maestro Alexander Vikulov of the Mariinsky Theater, who will be conducting the Manila Symphony Orchestra for the ballet’s live musical scoring. In addition, veteran theater and TV actor Miguel Faustmann will assume the role of Tchaikovsky.

Joining these masters are some of Ballet Manila’s strongest Vaganova Academy style-trained danseurs and ballerinas, including Abigail Oliveiro who will dance the role of Odette, Dawna Mangahas who is playing the role of the Sugar Plum Fairy in The Nutcracker, and Katherine Barkman who will dance as the well-loved princess Aurora.



Visual arts

“Composer” is Alan SyCip’s first solo exhibit in nine years, choosing to work in privacy. In his exhibit, SyCip explores composition in 16 new acrylic paintings on canvas. His impetus for this show was a meeting he had with the great Lor Calma last December. “Lor Calma’s art is about purity of form, visual art at its most essential. Simplicity is the ultimate artistic challenge,” says SyCip.

The title, “Composer” refers to jazz musicians these works are named for (Miles Davis, Charles Mingus, Joe Zawinul, etc.), as well as two multi-faceted Filipino artists: Lor Calma and SyCip’s mentor, the late Rodolfo Paras-Perez.

Opens tomorrow at the Crucible Gallery, 4th floor, SM Megamall, Mandaluyong, and runs until Oct. 16.

Am Singing Octopus, acrylic, 2016

Am Singing Octopus, acrylic, 2016

Visual arts

The Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) presents the first solo exhibition of artist and musician Vinty Lava. Entitled “Yellow Green Sound Town,” the exhibit opens on Oct. 7 and will run until Nov. 20, 6 p.m. at the CCP’s Bulwagang Fernando Amorsolo (Small Gallery).

In the exhibit, Lava’s fictive reimagining of plot characters is spawned from the repository of music used for his videos. He investigates the evocative power of sound to entwine locations with notes, seasons to rhythm, and people to the encompassing musical tone. His video installations simulate the fictional world he wants his viewers to immerse in. Inversely, some of the images he uses are amalgamations of the two-dimensional characters he introduces in his paintings. This allows him to retain the subliminal dimension of music and provides the audience with the participatory role of interpreting the images and sound independently.

Lava will also be giving an artist talk on Oct. 19, 4 p.m., at the CCP’s MKP Hall.

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Mixed media

The 2016 SikatPinoy National Arts & Crafts Fair, with its theme “Piling-Piling Likhang Pilipino,” will be held from Oct. 26 to 30, at Megatrade Halls 1 to 3 at SM Megamall, Mandaluyong City.

Organized by the Department of Trade and Industry-Bureau of Domestic Trade Promotion (DTI-BDTP) to help promising micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs), especially those from the regions, reach a wider domestic market and, with hope, prepare them for the global export market.

Focusing on innovative expressions of Philippine arts and crafts across the regions of the country, the fair has two main components: (1) Crafts that broadly refers, but not limited to, ornaments, jewelry, interior fixtures, fashion accessories, fabric, and related objects; and (2) Contemporary Art that crosses the conventional divide between art and craft.

According to DTI-BDTP director Rhodora M. Leaño, “We want the 2016 SikatPinoy National Arts & Crafts Fair to promote craft practices that are strongly rooted in local environments, but are, at the same time, responsive to the demands of a new global esthetic, attentive to cosmopolitan strategies, conscious of ecological issues, and open to experimentation in the area of material and design.”

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