Spain’s Ballet David Campos performs Sleeping Beauty and Giselle in Manila
Approximately 11,200 km away from Barcelona, Spain in the heart of Manila at the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP), arts aficionados and dance enthusiasts alike will enjoy a fiery spectacle of a show as the company Ballet David Campos of Barcelona, along with the Spanish Embassy of the Philippines, Instituto Cervantes and the Institut Ramon Llull, present two of its major productions this March.
A new ballet version of a timeless fairytale and one of ballet’s great tragedy will both be produced by one of today’s most sought-after and innovative choreographers in the world, David Campos, at the CCP Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo from March 22 - 25.
“The Sleeping Beauty” and “Giselle” uniquely production performed by Campos’ Barcelona-based dance company combines contemporary and innovative dance styles with the strength and disciplined beauty of classical ballet techniques. With Campos and Filipino dancer Irene Sabas as artistic directors and founders, the 27-member company features a strong Filipino-Spanish artistic blend. Four Filipino ballet dancers based in Spain (Elline Damian, Aileen Gallinera, Eduardo Espejo, Karina Campos) interpret the principal roles of two renowned classics.
This one of a kind artistic event will be an opportunity to present the unique collaboration between the Philippines and Spain, two countries who share a close historical past, with ballet dancers from these two countries.
Unique retelling of classic masterpieces
Campos’ imaginative version of Sleeping Beauty explains what happens to Princess Aurora after she fells asleep with a spell.
“I always thought that the often heavy set staging always used for this ballet repertoire, could be reviewed, revised and updated for this mysterious part of the story, because sleeping and dreaming as it is, can be much freer in interpretation. Therefore this is the result of what I wish to present now for my Sleeping Beauty seen from another perspective, where reality and fiction can merge to show you a story within a story," Campos explains.
The production will also feature a special set design for an almost cinematographic approach that will turn the thousand-year-old fairytale into a unique experience.
Since its Paris premiere in 1841, Giselle has become one of the most popular ballets of all time. A great masterpiece, Giselle tells the story of a young peasant girl seduced and betrayed by a nobleman. After her premature death, her ghost protects her lover from the vengeance of a group of evil female spirits called Wilis, women scorned before their wedding day and doomed to take their revenge for eternity.
In Campos’ version, Giselle is raped and killed: man’s frivolity, superiority and power over women, sexism and violence. A journey between revenge and terror but also the final forgiveness and above all love.
Dance connection between the Philippines and Spain
Campos and Sabas are two renowned classical dance institutions in Spain who met when they became part of the Royal Ballet of Flanders dance company in Hagen city, Germany.
In 1987, the couple focused on the training of young dancers, founding and inaugurating their private school specializing in classical dance, in Campos’ hometown, Barcelona. With this risky venture, in which they invested all their energies, pedagogical abilities and professional discipline, soon they were able to establish impressive results with their alumni, and producing quality dancers in the country. A major international award, the Gold Medal at the prestigious Prix de Lausanne 2008 (Switzerland) was won by one of their most successful students, Aleix Martinez.
In 2004, with the aim to form a legitimate ballet company that can host good dancers, perform big productions and help propagate more dance in the country, the company Ballet David Campos received the honor of being granted residence in one of the best-equipped theaters for dance in Barcelona, Teatre Sagarra de Santa Coloma de Gramenet.
It is from this moment on where one can further appreciate the significance and importance of this unique artistic alliance between the Philippines and Spain. Acquiring quality dancers, four of which were home-grown Filipino amongst its several members, greatly inspired and markedly influenced Campos’ choreographic repertoire for the company, evolving a personal and actualized balletic style attracting the attention of an ever- growing public and the recognition of local and international dance critics.
Hence during all this time, an artistic and professional relationship exists between different dance entities of the Philippines where Campos has mounted some of his choreographic works such as Carmina Burana for the Philippine Ballet Theatre; Petrushka and Velvet Wings for Ballet Manila, and, with Irene, Master Classes with Ballet Philippines, Steps Dance Studio, and the University of the Philippines Dance Majors.
Ballet David Campos is organized by Ballet David Campos of Barcelona, along with the Spanish Embassy of the Philippines, Instituto Cervantes and the Institut Ramon Llull. Other sponsors include: Centunion, Mapfre Insurance Corporation, Ayala Land, San Miguel, and Ollé Beltrán.
The Sleeping Beauty will run from March 22- 23 at 8 PM while Giselle will run from March 24 at 8 PM and on March 25 at 6 PM. Tickets are available at the Cultural Center of the Philippines (tel. 832-3704) and on the TicketWorld website www.ticketworld.com.ph (tel. 891-9999).
Press release and photos from Instituto Cervantes
Press release and photos from Instituto Cervantes
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