Savor a unique drive-in experience as the Cultural Center of the Philippines, in cooperation with SM Mall of Asia and with the support of Century Tuna Premium Red, presents the artists of the CCP Dance Workshop in back-to-back screenings of The Nutcracker Ballet Act 2 and Tuloy Ang Pasko at the SM Mall of Asia Concert Grounds on December 19-20, 2020.
Both dance films will be screened as a double bill at 5:30pm and 8:30pm.
This special yuletide season treat offers audiences a rare opportunity to enjoy a twin-bill of one classic Christmas ballet and a contemporary work, and have a fun outdoor movie experience while staying safe amidst the current circumstances.
Featuring Tchaikovsky’s sweeping musical score, The Nutcracker Ballet Act 2 brings to life the beloved Christmas story through dances from many distant lands. All wrapped together and spun with sugar by the Sugarplum Fairy herself, this holiday treat will surely warm everyone’s hearts and fill them with the joy of the Christmas season.
The Nutcracker Act 2 is choreographed by Adam Sage after Marius Petipa, with additional choreography by National Artist for Dance, Alice Reyes. Costumes are supervised by Adam Sage and Ace Polias.
Set in the Christmas season in Manila during the 70’s, Tuloy Ang Pasko narrates Lolo Val’s lonely Christmas Eve in the “new normal” that turns into a joyous one when he is able to reconnect with his old barkada through a video call. The story reminds us that no matter the distance, time, or situation, we can still celebrate Christmas and feel the Filipino Christmas spirit.
Tuloy Ang Pasko features Christmas classics arranged and conducted by National Artist for Music, Ryan Cayabyab. Choreography is by Ronelson Yadao with Erl Sorilla, John Ababon, Lester Reguindin, Bonifacio Guerrero, Danilo Dayo and Al Abraham. Artistic direction and costumes are by Alice Reyes.
As an added treat, behind-the-scenes footage documenting the making of these dance films will be shown in between the two productions.
Both dance films are directed by Carlos Siguion Reyna, with set designs by Eric Cruz and lighting designs and technical direction by Barbie Tan-Tiongco. Performances were filmed at the CCP Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo without a live audience, following a stringent health and safety protocol.