Thursday, April 23, 2015

Katherine Trofeo takes her final bow as Ballet Philippines principal dancer


Ballet Philippines’ Sapphire Season will be remembered for its successful productions such as La Revolucion Filipina, Giselle, and Manhid. But as the company celebrated many memorable curtain calls throughout the past year, the night Katherine Trofeo took her final bow as Ballet Philippines' principal dancer could be considered as the most meaningful.

On stage, Trofeo brought with her an extraordinary passion and class that made her every performance a must-watch. She was widely-praised for her roles in the Asian premiere of The Hunchback of Notre Dame, in Don Quixote, in La Bayadere, in Swan Lake, and in Madame Butterfly. She has also performed in featured roles in Myra Beltran’s Dance Forum, including the Romeo and Juliet Project and Payatas: Point Counterpoint, a dance video project of Beltran and film director Carlitos Siguion Reyna during the Global Dance 2002 World Dance Alliance Festival in Dusseldorf, Germany.

It was in 2008 when Trofeo joined the company where she performed lead roles such as Swanilda in Coppelia, Marie in The Nutcraker, Wendy in Peter Pan, Maria Clara in Crisostomo Ibarra, Manda in Pusong Wagas, Sita in Rama Hari, Dryad Queen, Kitri in Don Quixote, Aurora in Sleeping Beauty and the title role in Giselle.

She was twice nominated for Philstage’s Gawad Buhay Awards in 2011 for Female Featured Performance in a Modern Dance Production for Encantada and Female Lead Performance in a Modern Dance Production for Carlo Pacis’ Mithi, and again nominated for the same award in 2012 for her lead performance in Rama Hari.

At the early age of 8, Trofeo took up ballet under Amelia Yulo and turned professional at the age of 15 with mentor Enrico Labayen’s Lab Project. Katherine has worked with the finest choreographers and teachers including Alan Hineline, Max Luna III, Anatoli Panasiukov, Gener Karingal, Ida Beltran, Tony Fabella, Maiqui Manosa, Nonoy Froilan, Edna Vida, Denisa Reyes, Paul Morales, Irene Sabas, Anna Villadolid, Thomas Mayr, Jean Paul Comelin, Jean Paul Comelin, Graham Lustig, Stefan Hoff, David Campos Cantero, Michael Chernov, and Gelsey Kirkland.

Trofeo will continue to teach Intermediate Ballet in the Ballet Philippines Dance School’s Summer Dance Workshop.

"I look forward to watching the younger dancers bloom and find their own voices in our art form," Trofeo says. "BP has always had this culture of excellence and passion for dance. I was very privileged to have experienced that and humbled by how the creators of the company along with past directors and ex-dancers keep giving and passing on their knowledge to the current generation. I look forward to being part of that...of those who keep coming back and helping 'the family' out.”

(Image courtesy of Ballet Philippines)

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