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The Nutcracker

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Prima ballerina Lisa Macuja-Elizalde is dancing her last performances of The Nutcracker to cap the third and final year of her Swan Song Series. The series is her farewell to her favorite full-length classics.

Swan Song Series showdates of The Nutcracker are on November 29 at 7:30 p.m., December 1 at 3 p.m., and December 8 at 3 p.m., at the Aliw Theater, CCP Complex, Pasay City. Also featured are Ballet Manila and the Manila Symphony Orchestra under the baton of guest conductor, Maestro Alexander Vikulov.

In this season of sharing, Macuja-Elizalde has announced that all ticket proceeds from her Swan Song Series shows this year will be donated to typhoon relief efforts.

For Macuja-Elizalde, The Nutcracker is special as it was in this ballet that she made her debut on the Russian stage. In 1984, she was cast as Masha for the student performances of The Nutcracker as given by the Russian Ballet Academy at the Marinsky Theater. Her debut was unprecedented as she was the very first foreign student ever given the chance to perform the lead role.

“There's really something magical about The Nutcracker. You just get caught up in the music of Tchaikovsky and in the story as its many enchanting scenes happen onstage,” enthuses Macuja-Elizalde.

She performs anew with daughter Missy Macuja-Elizalde as Little Masha on November 29 and December 1. Ballet Manila scholar Jessa Balote will dance as Little Masha in the December 8 fundraiser for the Philippine Christian Foundation which runs the school in Tondo where Jessa is an honor student. Proceeds from this last performance will be used to establish an arts and dance center in Smokey Mountain.

Meanwhile, Ballet Manila will also have performances of The Nutcracker on November 29, 30, and December 1, 6, 7 and 8, also at Aliw Theater. With music by Peter Tchaikovsky and choreography by Vassily Vainonen, it is being restaged by Osias Barroso Jr., Eileen Lopez and Jonathan Janolo.

Ballet Manila principal dancer Mylene Aggabao-Salgado and senior soloist Dawna Mangahas alternate as the Sugar Plum Fairy. The Nutcracker cast also includes Rudy De Dios and Junmark Sumaylo (Nutcracker Prince), Alfren Salgado, Romeo Peralta, Glenn Ragel, Elpidio Magat and Manny Febra (Cavaliers), Marcus Tolentino (Drosselmeyer), Alvin Santos and Anselmo Dictado (Fritz), Gerardo Francisco and Roduardo Ma (Harlequin Doll), Mylene Aggabao-Salgado (Columbine) and Sergio Capa (Moor).

For inquiries, please call Ticketworld at (63 2) 891-9999.

Aliw Theater
Star City
Vicente Sotto cor. Magdalena Jalandoni Sts., CCP Complex
Pasay, Metro Manila, Philippines

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