Filipino-American Stella Abrera, prima ballerina for the American Ballet Theatre, will perform with the top eight dancers of the company at the Maybank stage, Bonifacio Global City on April 5, 6 and 7.
The three nights of dance, music and art are for the benefit of the dance scholarship program of CENTEX (Center of Excellence in Public Education), a subsidiary of the Ayala Foundation.
Abrera, who made her Manila debut in 2014 in Ballet Philippines’ production of “Giselle,” will be joined onstage by Isabella Boylston, Blaine Hoven, Roman Zhurbin, Gillian Murphy, Jose Sebastian, Catherine Hurlin, Arron Scott and Joowon Ahn.
The show, titled “An Intimate Evening with Stella Abrera and the American Ballet Stars,” will feature music from history’s greatest composers.
Isabella Boylston, an ABT principal since 2014 and soloist since 2011, and Blaine Hoven, a recipient of the 2008 Princess Grace Award as well as the prestigious Chris Hellman Dance Award, take on John Philip Sousa’s Stars & Stripes (pas de deux).
Roman Zhurbin, a Russian ballet dancer who trained under Michelle Mathesius, Joey Smith, Michele Benash and Eddie Shelman, joins Abrera to perform the concerto by Dmitri Shostakovich.
Johan Strauss II’s Bier Halle comes to life through the powerful artistry of Gillian Murphy and Jose Sebastian.
Murphy was awarded the Prix de Lausanne Espoir, as well as the Princess Grace Foundation Award.
Sebastian started his professional dance career at age eight. He trained under Fabrice Herrult and Olga Kostritzky.
In another number, Abrera performs with Korean ballet dancer Joo Woon Anh, who began his formal training in 2006 at Y.J. Ballet People Academy and Sun Hwa Art School. Abrera and Anh will perform a romantic excerpt from Romeo and Juliet as choreographed by Sir Kenneth MacMillan.
Catherine Hurlin, the 2007 Youth American Grand Prix NYC Final’s Hope Awardee, and Arron Scott, a soloist since 2015 and an ABT dancer since 2003, are featured in Flames of Paris. This will be followed by “On the Water” with Gillian Murphy and Blaine Hoven.
For the finale, the talented roster of award-winning dancers gathers for a tribute to Don Quixote. They will be joined by Steps scholars from the CENTEX Scholarship Dance Program.
“We’re so grateful and honored to perform for Filipino audiences, and we cannot wait to share with you the special numbers we have lined up for you for the two evenings,” said Abrera. “We do invite everyone to celebrate arts, culture and the love of ballet.”
An Intimate Evening with Stella Abrera and American Ballet Stars is co-presented by Ayala Group of Companies and Patek Philippe with the support of The Aivee Group, Distinqt and Nespresso. The shows are co-sponsored by Ayala Corp., Ayala Land Inc., Bank of the Philippine Islands, Globe Telecom, AirSWIFT, Raffles Makati, Seda Hotels, El Nido Resorts and Steps Dance Studio.
Tickets to the April 5 and 6 shows are sold out but you can still catch this once-in-a-lifetime ballet event on April 7.
For more information, visit ayalafoundation.org.