Ballet Philippines returns to its roots with Coppelia

Ballet Philippines returns to its classical roots with the staging of Alan Hineline’s “Coppélia,” dubbed as the last ballet of the Romantic era and largely considered the precursor of modern ballet. It opens at 8 p.m. tomorrow at the CCP Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo.

“BP hasn’t done classical pieces for a while now. We wanted to bring back a fully classical ballet in the Philippines, and Coppélia is good as a start,” said Alan Hineline, BP chief operating officer who with Max Luna III serves as the company’s co-artistic director. “Filipinos love a story, and with Coppélia, this is what we intend to draw them in.”

BP last performed Coppélia full length in 1986, under its former artistic director and founder Alice Reyes.

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