Cover Ballet Philippines shows a portion of their Nutcracker show at the CCP Main Theatre on December 17-18, 2022 (Photo: Jove Moya)

This year, Ballet Philippines seeks to give its audiences yet another whimsical holiday experience. Choreographed by its artistic director Mikhail “Misha” Martynyuk, the dance group illuminates the stage with a full-length performance of 'The Nutcracker'

The weather was fairly nice when Tatler joined Ballet Philippines for tea at the MiraNila Heritage House in Quezon City. The dance group sought to show snippets of its much-awaited The Nutcracker show which audiences may enjoy on December 17 and 18 at the Cultural Center of The Philippines' (CCP) main lobby. 

The performance, which artistic director Misha Martynyuk intricately choreographed, was just as gratifying as guests expected it to be. Among the most striking parts (and one that the public must not miss) was the Sugarplum Pas de Deux.

"This is our second show for the 53rd season," says Ballet Philippines president Kathleen Liechtenstein. "It is not by accident that we're putting out Nutcracker, we really had a well-thought-out plan. We've been remarkably cooped up in our homes for two Christmases."

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Dancing Billboards

The first of its kind among professional dance companies in the country, Ballet Philippines’ dancing billboards and posters endeavour to capture the magic and movement of dance. As the country’s premier dance company, it only made sense that all its communication be told through movement. “This new approach in marketing follows our season’s call to 'dance where no one else has.' In our mission to bring audiences high calibre dance to the widest possible audience, we felt that a dancing billboard would expand our reach beyond the four walls of the theatre.” 

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In partnership with the country’s top LED billboard providers, DOOH and Globaltronics, dancing billboards of Ballet Philippines’ The Nutcracker will be shown throughout key thoroughfares in the metro. This marketing and communications initiative will not only fully convey the beauty and artistry of ballet, but it also aims to bring a piece of magic to every nook and cranny of the city. 

The dancing billboards of Ballet Philippines’ The Nutcracker will be visible throughout the months of November and December at:

  • EDSA GA Tower
  • EDSA Magallanes
  • EDSA Deca Tower
  • EDSA MRT Boni Avenue (North, West, and South Bound)
  • EDSA Shaw
  • C5 Bagong Ilog
  • De La Salle Lipa
  • Mac Arthur Highway, Tarlac
  • Ortigas Avenue, Lasalle
  • Xentro Mall, Antipolo
  • Bacoor
  • Buendia, Makati
  • Malibay
  • Greenhills, Ortigas Center

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A Holiday Presentation to Watch Out For

Ballet Philippines' version of The Nutcracker is truly unlike any other. Martynyuk explains, “We are creating a fresh version while still respecting the classical version of the play. The performance will not only uphold the motives of E.T.A. Hoffman’s Nutcracker and The Mouse King, it equally showcases the brilliant libretto of Marius Petipa.”

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Ballet Philippines’ The Nutcracker will be extra special as it will be performed to live music from the Manila Symphony Orchestra. Playing time-honoured compositions of Peter Tchaikovsky, audiences can expect complete enchantment as music and dance transport senses to the Land of The Sugar Plum Fairy.  “The uniqueness of our performance is its high level of musicality. Every scene is built precisely to the rhythm of the composer’s work,” Martynyuk discloses. This symbiosis of ballet and orchestra, experienced only in Ballet Philippines’ The Nutcracker, makes the show extraordinary.

Nutcracker has been synonymous with Christmas all around the world since it was first staged in December 1892,” he adds. With a libretto by Marius Petipa, the 130-year-old ballet has been beloved by audiences as it brings beloved Christmas characters to life through music, rhythm, and the magic of dance. 

For tickets to Ballet Philippines’ The Nutcracker, visit or go to TicketWorld


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