'We will dance no matter what': Ballet Manila reschedules show after fire hits Aliw Theater home


Posted at Oct 03 2019 08:42 PM | Updated as of Oct 04 2019 05:27 PM

'We will dance no matter what': Ballet Manila reschedules show after fire hits Aliw Theater home 1
A promotional image for Ballet Manila's "Giselle," which was originally scheduled for October 19 and 20. It was rescheduled to October 17 and have changed venues due to a fire that damaged the Aliw Theater. Ballet Manila

MANILA -- Ballet Manila announced Thursday that its upcoming performance of "Giselle" will now be held at the Cultural Center of the Philippines Main Theater instead of the Aliw Theater, which had been damaged by the fire that gutted the Star City theme park.

The Aliw and Star Theaters, both located in the Star City complex, have been home to the classical ballet company for close to 20 years, such that the decision to move venues was made with a heavy heart, it said in a statement. 

"Star Theater is no more; Aliw Theater has sustained damage. But Ballet Manila will dance -- no matter what," the company wrote on Facebook, adding that they have rescheduled the show to October 17. 

According to the company, all tickets purchased for the originally scheduled shows on October 19 and 20 will be honored on the new date. Buyers will also have the option for a refund. 


A huge fire hit Star City early Wednesday, damaging not only the Aliw and Star Theaters but also the Manila Broadcasting Co. building. The amusement park operators, however, are targeting to re-open within the year. 


On Friday, prima ballerina Lisa Macuja-Elizalde happily shared on Friday that many people have offered to help mount the show on October 17.

"There has been an overwhelming outpouring of support and assistance to Ballet Manila! Chris Millado called to offer a venue grant of the CCP Main Theater; Margie Moran Floirendo called to offer to lend the sets and backdrops of Ballet Philippines. National Artist Alice Reyes sent an e-mail of support. Tony Boy Cojuangco and May May Leichtenstein have approved and eased the process. Maan Hontiveros and Jeffrey Solares gave us a discount for the Manila Symphony Orchestra," said Macuja-Elizalde, who leads Ballet Manila, in a Facebook post.

"And because of the Bayanihan spirit of the Filipino community we have a performance of 'Giselle' in the CCP Main Theater on October 17, Thursday at 8 p.m."


Macuja went on to encourage the public to come and watch the show as she and her team work hard "to sustain the company through these times." 

"We are really hoping that we sell enough tickets to warrant a second performance on October 18, Friday, at 8 p.m. so that a second cast of principal dancers can dance their debut performance as Giselle and Albrecht," she said.