Ballet dancers from Manila delight Taipei crowds
By Nancy T. Lu for The China Post
Sylphlike Filipino dancers trained in classical ballet had big crowds riveted on the open-air stage in front of the Chung Shan Hall in Taipei for two afternoons in a row.
The organizers of the Taipei Arts Festival this year had invited the Philippine Ballet Theater to stage a program in tandem with the Cuban a cappella group called Vocal Sampling in the open air on Saturday and Sunday.
Gener Caringal's "Vinta" — the opening piece — was inspired by the colorful sailboats familiar to many tourists in Zamboanga and Sulu in the largely Muslim Mindanao of the Philippines. The stripes and geometric patterns in vivid hues are a sight to behold when the vintas sail out in the Philippine waters.
Dancers on point gracefully played with an abbreviated version of the tubelike garment called malong and identified with the Muslim women in the Philippines. They dramatically unfurled at one point yards and yards of colorful fabrics to recreate a dazzling Philippine seascape.
In a way, the ballet choreography suggested the Muslim suite of a Philippine folk dance repertoire. click for more