Fairy tale ‘The Ugly Duckling’ transforms into film

Benilde Theater Arts and Damian School of Ballet student Anthony Peñaranda. / Photograph courtesy OF DLSU-CSB

A neoclassical version of the fairy tale The Ugly Duckling takes the form of an online film, The Not So Ugly Duckling, which showcases the beauty of ballet as performance art.

The dance piece is about Cacciatore, a duck from a small town who pursues a dream to conquer Hollywood.

The modern interpretation of the fairy tale touches on self-love, acceptance and appreciation. It highlights the importance of embracing individuality and the different facets of beauty in the 20th century.

The film seeks to curate a one-time, theater-like experience. Though films can be recorded through videos, it still embodies the philosophy of dance: An art form that is always, and can only be, of the moment.

The Not So Ugly Duckling is written by De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde Dance Program chairperson Nina Anonas-De Santos, a former soloist at Ballet Philippines, principal dancer at the Manila Metropolis Ballet and Junge Ballett Compagnie in Frankfurt, and featured international artist at Ballett Frankfurt.

The show is directed and choreographed by contemporary dancer and Australian Conservatoire of Ballet teacher Ruthame Hurtado, currently a Dance Program major at Benilde.

The production is a collaborative effort between Hurtado and fellow Benildean artists including Dance alumni Cariaso and Mariella Lia Carlos, Multimedia Arts student Lois Laylo, Music Production student Raphael Padua and Theater Arts pupil Anthony Peñaranda.

It features emerging classical ballet dancers and performers including Halili Cruz School of Dance’s Nika Villarin, Academy One Music and Dance Center’s Yella Carlos, Ballet Philippines’ Jireh Cariaso, and Damian School of Ballet’s Anthony Peñaranda.

It likewise spotlights the talent of promising primary ballerinas Agatha Yulo, Jessa Aquino, Jharexa Myze Carvajal, Trisha Galang, Esabel Galang and Athena de Guzman.

The Not So Ugly Duckling will be

live-streamed for free from 10 to 17 April, from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. on its Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/TNSUD2021).

Credit belongs to : www.tribune.net.ph

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