Set in the mythical world of Philippine gods and goddesses, Carlo Calma’s “DIYOSA” is Ballet Philippines’ latest original production that juxtaposes elements from the country’s rich culture with a call to action on the global environmental crisis.
Choreographed by Ballet Philippines’ Artistic Director Mikhail Martynyuk, DIYOSA takes audiences on an unique sensorial journey where dance, design, fashion, electronic music, and art come together to inspire future generations. DIYOSA is anything but a literal interpretation of deities from ancient worlds. In the realm created by Carlo Calma, “the gods and goddess are reinterpreted as elements in architecture—creating these metaphysical worlds.”
In the adaptation, Philippine gods and goddesses are characterized through distinctive elements of local life—sunrise in the countryside, crowded alleys, the chorus of tricycles and jeepneys, just to name a few. In interpreting Calma’s concept of modern day deities on stage, Martynyuk shares a precise picture of how every god or goddess moves. He shares, “The concept of gods and goddesses in this ballet is very abstract. In Diyosa, we want to modernize our experience of a god or goddess. So, we had to create a dance for each character. This performance will see a fresh new combination of classical, neo classical, and modern dance styles.”
The elements of Carlo Calma’s masterpiece presented in unison will be a sight to behold. Ballet Philippines welcomes both new and regular audiences to see this and looks forward to the conversations and exchanges it will surely inspire afterwards.
Carlo Calma’s Diyosa by Ballet Philippines will make its debut on April 14, Friday at the Theatre at Solaire at 8:00PM with shows on April 15 and 16 at 2pm and 7pm. Purchase tickets at https://www.ballet.ph/diyosa/