Like a phoenix rising from the ashes, Aliw theater complex reopens – Manila Bulletin
The theater located in Pasay City closed for the first time after the fire in October 2019
In October 2019, a tragedy took place in Pasay City as its famous art and entertainment venues were set on fire. The Star City amusement park and the Star Theater and Aliw Theater theater houses were engulfed in flames, prompting them to close. After three years and the setbacks caused by the pandemic, Star City opened its doors earlier this year. Next is the unveiling of the Aliw Theater, which took place on August 10, 2022.
While the Star Theater has been damaged beyond repair, Lisa Macuja Elizalde, CEO and Artistic Director of Ballet Manila, promises that the renovated Aliw Theater is better and stronger than before for future theater and dance productions.
“The journey to has been bittersweet,” the prima ballerina said during her speech. “When the fire happened, we had a bigger vision of what we’re going to be… [we are] leaner but stronger, leaner but meaner, smaller but better. We start again more determined and passionate… Ballet Manila can finally return home and mount a series of live performances starting in October 2022.”
Her husband, broadcast mogul Fred J. Elizalde, joins her for the official launch of the theater complex. After the ribbon-cutting ceremony, a tour of the space includes three distinct facilities that can accommodate different types of events: the Elizalde Room, the Custom Space, and the Aliw Theater. In the lobby, future theater guests will be greeted by a special work by Franco-Swiss artist Charles-Édouard Jeanneret-Gris. Owned by Fred, the striking “Le Corbusier Tapestry” is proudly hung up to welcome the public. There are only two works of art in the world. The other is at the Sydney Opera House.
Multifunctional and spacious, the 370 square meter Elizalde Hall can be customized for many events, whether for business meetings, trainings or small conferences, among others, since it can be divided into two, each of which can accommodate more than 48 people. Its hall can also accommodate exhibitions and even a bar for gatherings.
Upstairs are two custom spaces. The rooms can be divided and their large space and high ceilings make them perfect places for rehearsals, intimate performances, recitals, exhibitions and social events.
The Aliw Theatre, the resort’s flagship facility, is being refreshed with new lighting and sound equipment. After its restoration, the theater can only accommodate 1,275 spectators. Its first rows can be removed when an orchestra pit is needed. A 50 square meter curved LED screen adds to its splendor, helping to bring the scene to life.
Ballet Manila will open its 25th season in February 2023 with a contemporary version of “Romeo and Juliet” by British choreographer Martin Lawrence. But Filipinos can see the company perform on stage at the Aliw Theater later this year with its holiday dance series beginning with Lisa’s “Cinderella,” which kicks off on December 25.
“I made a wish over two years ago,” Lisa says. “This vow is fulfilled here and now.”
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