Ballet Manila’s “Rise!” ushers in the renaissance of live performances  

“We will come back leaner but stronger,” This was the promise made and fulfilled by  Prima Ballerina and  Ballet Manila artistic director and CEO Lisa Macuja Elizalde as the foremost dance company returns to stage one of itsspecial performances of 2022: “Rise!”, set for October 7 (8pm)  and 9 (5pm), at its fully upgraded home venue, the Aliw Theater.

Ballet Manila’s “Rise!” ushers in the renaissance of live performances
Lisa Macuja-Elizalde

Echoing a message of hope and light amid a time of uncertainty and fear, Ballet Manila’s new show captures the essence of rising through adversities and fulfilling Macuja-Elizalde’s well-publicized “phoenix rising” pronouncement after the home theater was razed by a fire. 

Much more than just incorporating a phoenix’s nature of rebirth and new beginnings, the special performance is also a celebration of the return of live performance.  “Rise!” is a double bill show that will begin with a pop program entitled “Ballet & Ballads” and a retelling in ballet of the opera “La Traviata” as choreographed by Lisa Macuja Elizalde. 

While the moving performance of Ballet Manila is the centerpiece of the much-awaited production,  “Rise!” is a rare treat for fans as it will feature the beloved elements of  performing arts such as opera, popular music, OPM, and orchestral music.

Featuring the highly respected conductor Maestro Gerard Salonga as the musical director and orchestra conductor, the show will be graced by renowned artists, including pop singer Bituin Escalante who is touted as one of the country’s best female vocalists.  Award-winning opera singer Jade Riccio and multi-talented singer Ivan Nery are also headlining the show. 

Ballet Manila’s “Rise!” ushers in the renaissance of live performances
A highlight from Lisa Macuja Elizalde’s “La Traviata”

Supporting these prominent artists is a powerhouse creative team,   led by prima ballerina Lisa Macuja-Elizalde  as overall artistic director, theater artist Michael Williams as the stage director, playwright Luna Inocian as the scriptwriter and Gerardo Francisco Jr. and Martin Lawrance as choreographers. There is a 12 person opera ensemble and a 60-piece bespoke orchestra handpicked by the Maestro Salonga himself.  

The fire, the pandemic, and the challenges before this amazing comeback – Macuja-Elizalde believes they gave the company the opportunity to rest, recover, rebuild, and rethink their future – reinventing both the theater and Ballet Manila to become leaner, meaner, better, and ready to adapt to any kind of change that the winds may bring.

“It’s great to be back with a real live performance. There’s nothing like live performances after two years of video, filmmaking, and teaching ballet online. They say seeing is believing. We can do it and we have done it. Yes, we will soar. We all need each other to make this happen, not just Aliw, Ballet Manila, but all of the creative industries. We are here for you and we can do this together,” Macuja-Elizalde concluded.

‘Rise!’ will be staged on the 7th of October at 8:00 pm and on the 9th of October at 5:00 pm at the Aliw Theater.

Tickets are available exclusively through Ticketworld, visit or call Ticketworld hotline at 8891 -9999.  

For more details, visit and @BalletManilaOfficial on Facebook and Instagram.  . 

For inquiries or to book a space at Aliw Theater, visit

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