#TheaterPH - Ballet Philippines presents Crisostomo Ibarra and Simoun

José Rizal was one of the leading champions of Filipino nationalism and independence. In 1887, he published his first novel, Noli Me Tangere, written in Spanish, a searing indictment of clerical abuse as well as of colonial rule’s shortcomings. That same year, he returned to Manila, where the Noli had been banned and its author now hated intensely by the friars. In 1888, he went to Europe once more, and there wrote the sequel, El Filibusterismo (The Subversive), published in 1891. 

Rizal’s martyrdom only intensified the ultimately successful fight for independence from Spain. Because of his role in shaping his country’s destiny, José Rizal is often described as the “First Filipino” and has since served as an inspiration to countless nationalists and intellectuals.

Ballet Philippines presents Noli Me Tangere and El Filibusterismo in an epic ballet performance for Crisostomo Ibarra and Simoun. Using the language of dance, the narration takes the audience into the psychological worlds of the novels' protagonists and strips the epic underlying stories with the continuing relevance of Rizal's masterpieces. This year marks the 120th death anniversary of the most celebrated Filipino hero that's why together with the National Historic Commission of the Philippines and Cultural Center of the Philippines comes the much awaited collaboration to bring a powerful and awesome depiction of the two controversial novels.

Mr. Alcid from National Historic Commission of the Philippines

Paul Alexander Morales, Artistic Director of Ballet Philippines

Paul Alexander Morales, Artistic Director of Ballet Philippines, and Jed Balsamo, musical composer and resident music director, are the driving forces of Ballet Philippines' Crisostomo Ibarra and Simoun.

Ballet Philippines' Simoun - photo by Jojit Lorenzo
an excerpt from Crisostomo Ibarra during the Technical and Dress Rehearsal.

The demise of Juli in Simoun - photo by Jojit Lorenzo 

Crisostomo Ibarra will be performed on October 21 - 3PM, October 22 - 2PM, and October 23 - 10AM, and Simoun will be performed on October 21 - 8PM, October 22 - 6PM, and October 23 3PM at the Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo (CCP Main Theater).

Hope to see you there!

Denise Parungao as Maria Clara in Simoun

Victor Manguad as Crisostomo Ibarra

Monica Gana as Maria Clara and Victor Manguad as Crisostomo Ibarra
Rita Winder as Pepay in Simoun and the rest of BP


Victor Manguad as Crisostomo Ibarra

Click here to see more photos from the Technical and Dress Rehearsal

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