Prima Ballerina Lisa Macuja and Nonoy Froilan Reunite in Romeo & Juliet Classic

R & J -Katherine Barkman as Juliet and Rudy de Dios as   Romeo

Ballet Manila CEO and Artistic Director, Lisa Macuja Elizalde reunites with the country’s premier danseur Nonoy Froilan  in Paul Vasterling’s “Romeo and Juliet”.

Playing Lord and Lady Capulet,  the parents of female lead character Juliet the reunion marks decades of onstage romance that gave life to  glittery list of dance productions.

“Nony Froilan was my first Albercht when I arrived from Russia in 1986. He was my first Basilio, Prince Sigfried, Nutracker Prince, Colas – together we danced Normal Walker’s ‘Summer’s End”, Basilio’s “Oriental fantasy’ and many more adagios and pas de deux. We competed in Jackson together, we toured the Philippines together and for our Ballet Manila production of “Romeo and Juliet’ in 2001,  he was Lord Capulet to my Juliet in the Sergey Vikulov’s full length version.  I can’t wait to dance with him again in the Asian premier of Paul Vasterling’s version, ” Lisa said.

R&J- From the second cast, Abigail Oliviero as Juliet and   Brian Williamson as Romeo

Although she has announced her retirement Lisa continues to  support Ballet Manila’s performances. “My life is all about ballet and I will continue to dance roles that I feel I’m comfortable with,” she said.

Fresh from their victory at the Asian Grand Prix in Hong Kong, Ms. Lisa proudly shared that the top winners in the international  competition will be playing the role of Juliet.

Katherine Barkman the 2015 Asian Grand Prix winner will play Juliet with Silver medalist Abigail Oliveiro and Bronze medalist Joan Sia as her alternates. Playing Romeo are Rudy de Dedios (opposite Katherine Barkman) Brian Williamson (opposite Abigail Oliveiro) and Elpido Magait (opposte Joan Sia}.

Vasterling’s  “Romeo and Juliet” is a contemporary approach to the universal love story. The Artistic Director and CEO of Nashville Ballet USA, Paul Vasterling is  known for his electrifying execution of Shakespeare’s works.  The international choreographer will be in Manila to personally oversee the local staging, which also happens to be its Asian premiere

Lisa Macuja-Elizalde  & Nonoy Froilan as Lord and Lady   Capulet

Leaving no stone unturned the audience  will witness the endless brawls between feuding families as defined by the expansive set, authentic period costumes and passionate renditions of  love, power and death. Aside from the tribute to immortal love, the audience will also have their share of suspense with the action packed fight scenes, a  thrilling match of graceful gestures and leaps, along with a symphony of flying swords.

This staging is also a lot steamier than the traditional versions.  “This ‘Romeo and Juliet’ will have a lot more kissing than the other versions we did,” remarked Lisa.

“Romeo and Juliet” goes onstage on Oct. 2 and 3. 8pm and Oct. 4 at 3pm at Aliw theater tickets are available at


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