The Philippine Ballet Theatre (PBT) is renowned for its dedication to showcasing the rich cultural heritage of the Filipino people through ballet. In their upcoming 37th season, PBT presents a mesmerizing production titled “Ibalon,” a full-length Filipino ballet that draws inspiration from the Bicolano epic of the same name. This ballet, directed and choreographed by Ronilo Jaynario, explores the enchanting love story of Handyong, the warrior, and Oryol, the cursed creature. With an original score composed by Paulo Zarate, this performance promises to transport the audience into a world of myth and movement, celebrating the diverse traditions of the Philippines.
An Imaginative Reimagination
Delving into the depths of Philippine mythology, Artistic Director Ronilo Jaynario takes creative liberties to reimagine the love story of Handyong and Oryol. Through his choreography, Jaynario aims to captivate the audience with an emotionally charged display of love in motion. By infusing elements of Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao’s vibrant dances, he invites viewers on a journey through the rich tapestry of Filipino culture.
Epic Musical Composition
Composer Paulo Zarate brings the ancient world of “Ibalon” to life with his original musical score. Drawing from the percussive and rhythmic nature of traditional Filipino instruments, Zarate combines bold melodies with sweeping movements to create an epic soundtrack. By incorporating researched details of Filipino elements, Zarate’s music sets the stage for a theatrical and cinematic experience, amplifying the intensity of Handyong and Oryol’s love story.
The Stellar Cast
Under the spotlight, Matthew Davo portrays the valiant warrior Handyong, while Eloisa Jessa Tangalin embodies the cursed princess Oryol. These rising stars of the Philippine Ballet Theatre promise to mesmerize the audience with their exceptional talent, breathing life into the characters and captivating hearts with their performances. With their skillful execution, the ancestral stories of the Filipino people will come alive through the harmonious combination of music and dance.
“Ibalon” is an extraordinary production that aims to leave an indelible mark on Philippine dance history. Through the fusion of old and new, PBT seeks to revive the forgotten tales of our ancestors, providing a platform for creativity and cultural preservation. Don’t miss the opportunity to witness the magic unfold as the Philippine Ballet Theatre opens their 37th season with “Ibalon” from July 28 to July 29, 2023, at the Samsung Theater. By attending, you not only support the arts but also contribute to the fundraising campaign for the 65th Anniversary of the Ramon Magsaysay Awards. For ticket inquiries and reservations, contact the provided numbers or visit Ticketworld’s website. Immerse yourself in this captivating love story and experience the beauty of Filipino ballet firsthand.
- Title: IBALON
- Venue: Samsung Performing Arts Theatre
- Date & Time of Performances: July 28, 2023, Friday 8:00 pm, July 29, 2023, Saturday 8:00 pm
For ticket inquiries and reservations, contact:
- Landline: 86711697
- Mobile: 09688708887
- Via Ticketworld: 8891-9999 / ticketworld.com.ph
You can also message PBT on their Instagram and Facebook Page.
- P2500 – Orchestra Center
- P2,000 – Orchestra Sides
- P1,500 – Loge
- P500 – Balcony I
- P350 – Balcony II