Art shorts: World Stars of Ballet, Ateneo Art Awards


Posted at May 17 2012 05:53 PM | Updated as of May 18 2012 01:57 AM

Lisa Macuja-Elizalde and Rudy De Dios in Ballet Manila's "Don Quixote." Photo: Handout

MANILA, Philippines – Ten principal dancers from different international dance companies will share the stage in two shows to be held in the country next month.

“World Stars of Ballet,” presented by Ballet Manila and Manila Broadcasting Company in cooperation with D & D Art Productions, will be held on June 8 and 9 at 7:30 p.m. at the Aliw Theater in Pasay City.

It will bring together American Ballet Theatre’s Paloma Herrera and Maxim Beloserkovsky, The Royal Ballet’s David Makhateli and Natalia Kremen, Mariinsky Theatre’s Daria Pavlenko and Yevgeny Ivanchenko, English National Ballet’s Dmitri Gruzdev, Kremlin Ballet’s Aleksandra Timofeeva, Norwegian National Ballet’s Yoel Carreno and Yolanda Correa Frias, and the country’s very own Lisa Macuja-Elizalde.

“It is going to be an exciting evening of great artistry, and very athletic and graceful dancing!” Macuja-Elizalde said in a statement.

She added that “World Stars of Ballet” will combine classical, neoclassical and modern dance pieces.

Tickets to “World Stars of Ballet” are available on Ticketworld at For more information, contact Ballet Manila at (02) 400-0292 or 525-5967 or e-mail [email protected]

Ateneo Art Awards

Meanwhile, nominations are open for the 2012 Ateneo Art Awards, which recognizes Filipino artists aged 35 and below.

Now on its ninth year, the Ateneo Art Awards has the theme “Sneak Peak” as it “approaches a peak in its history” and “calls for introspection.”

“The contemporary Philippine art scene is as dynamic as ever and the world is taking notice. With the overwhelming recognition, we are called back to the core to reminisce, to hope and to work anew,” organizers said in a statement.

Nominations are accepted from visual artists, curators, museum and gallery directors, members of the present and former juries, art educators and art writers until May 31.

Forms are available at the Ateneo Art Gallery at the Ateneo de Manila University in Loyola Heights, Quezon City; at Casa Gorodo Museum in Cebu City; and online at

Twelve exhibits and artworks will be shortlisted, and will be displayed at the Grand Atrium of the Shangri-La Plaza mall in Mandaluyong City from August 3 to 13. Three will be declared winners on August 9.

The winners will be invited to apply for international residency grants funded by the Ateneo Art Gallery and partner institutions such as the Common Room Networks Foundation in Indonesia, Artesan Gallery in Singapore, La Trobe University Visual Arts Center in Australia, Art Omi in New York, and Liverpool Hope University in the United Kingdom.