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Sofia Zobel-Elizalde and Stella Abrera on how to raise a star
by Pristine L. De Leon - August 12, 2019 - 12:00am
Dancers wear a lot of hats: sometimes actor, always athlete, and then the time finally comes — and this Sofia Zobel-Elizalde and Stella Abrera know too well — when they take on the role of mentor.
From white swans to the black she-wolf: Ballet Philippines soars at 50
by Pristine L. De Leon - August 5, 2019 - 12:00am
The exact moment when I decided I wanted to watch more of Ballet Philippines’ modern dances was during the brief staging of Amada.
Scratches, glitches and realism: It’s a four-man party at Secret Fresh
by Pristine L. De Leon - June 24, 2019 - 12:00am
The latest four-man show which opened on June 23 at Secret Fresh tugs at different directions.
Philippine Montessori kids play their way to Carnegie Hall
by Pristine L. De Leon - May 27, 2019 - 12:00am
It was a hot May afternoon and I was surrounded by preschoolers telling me they’d rather play Mozart than go swimming.
Legends rock the stage in ‘Tales of the Manuvu’
by Pristine L. De Leon - March 25, 2019 - 12:00am
That rock and ballet could have a long, lingering affair was a premise too interesting to resist in 1977.
A peep into the life of Malang’s women
by Pristine L. De Leon - February 18, 2019 - 12:00am
Malang’s women first appeared like dots in a field, dwarfed by lemon-yellows, carnation, and squares of rust-orange.
Romeo as a dancer: Ballet Philippines reintroduces Joseph Gatti
by Pristine L. De Leon - February 11, 2019 - 12:00am
Romeo and Juliet, from the point of view of a ballet dancer, is a different animal. “It’s emotionally draining, not just physically,” says American danseur Joseph Gatti.
Asian Threefold Mirror takes the long drive home
by Pristine L. De Leon - January 14, 2019 - 12:00am
Last year, The STAR sent me on a number of trips outside the country — my editor’s way, I want to think, of telling this writer to go out more.
The masked prophets march on
by Pristine L. De Leon - December 24, 2018 - 12:00am
From an outsider’s perspective, Alfredo Esquillo Jr.’s painted mob looks like a circus waiting for a god to arrive.
Tokyo International Film Festival champions Kidlat Tahimik, Brillante Mendoza & Lav Diaz
by Pristine L. De Leon - November 12, 2018 - 12:00am
It was Halloween in Tokyo, or at least in this restaurant called Chinese Café Eight, where bats and pumpkins populated the walls and where three journalists — this writer, included — had cornered...
Figuration makes a morbid comeback in CCP 13 Artists Awards
by Pristine L. De Leon - October 22, 2018 - 12:00am
Ronald Achacoso calls it “the revenge of figuration.”
How madly Filipiniana can Rachelle Gerodias get?
by Pristine L. De Leon - October 1, 2018 - 12:00am
Rachelle Gerodias remembers the old LPs back in the ’80s.
Alice Reyes’ ‘Carmina Burana’: The dance that thunders
by Pristine L. De Leon - September 17, 2018 - 12:00am
Clad in long, flowing white, bodies run from one point to another, roll on the floor, and raise their arms to the sky, as if in worship.
The relevance of comedies in Cine Argentino
by Pristine L. De Leon - September 10, 2018 - 12:00am
In its fourth year, Cine Argentino has settled into a quieter place.
Pirates and the Beatles in Ballet Manila’s 23rd Season
by Pristine L. De Leon - August 27, 2018 - 12:00am
When Ballet Manila staged Agnes Locsin’s Arachnida at the American Stars Gala last July 7, limbs thrust out into the black beyond, the human body reconfiguring itself into serpentine shapes.
Shapes of the land: Can Southeast Asia be tied together?
by Pristine L. De Leon - August 13, 2018 - 12:00am
Whenever countries are clumped together in one short-lived little village otherwise known as the international exhibition, questions often recur to me.
Nori Koizumi makes movies about time and belief
by Pristine L. De Leon - July 23, 2018 - 12:00am
Thirty-seven-year-old filmmaker Nori Koizumi would humbly confess, “I’m not good in karuta,” but would play with you anyway.
I was silent in the face of hangings
by Pristine L. De Leon - July 9, 2018 - 12:00am
I usually know what I am expected to do in a gallery which, more often than not, involves a staring game with hanging objects. In “Nil,” this easy enough task was predictably painful to perform.
YSL, Jazz stars, and French resistance fighters take over
by Pristine L. De Leon - June 4, 2018 - 12:00am
It’s amusing to watch the lives of famous figures. Think Yves Saint Laurent and his enigmatic, melancholic persona coming to life onscreen, artist Paul Cezanne arguing with novelist Emile Zola, or French actor-director...
The triumph of personal stories at the Singapore International Festival of the Arts
by Pristine L. De Leon - May 28, 2018 - 12:00am
There is something about theater,” says Palestinian actor, playwright, and director Amer Hlehel, “that cinema can’t do. It’s immediate and direct — it’s happening now.
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