For the holidays and before the year closes, Ballet Philippines gets the groove back with “Awitin Mo At Isasayaw Ko” featuring the songs of VST & Company. Vic Sotto was one of the songwriters for VST and he shared that the songs were patterned from the style of Bee Gees. They just wrote the songs because they needed the work. They never expected that they will be hit makers.
The songs of VST & Company are considered the music of Manila before there was Original Pilipino Music. Until now, the songs remained timeless. Awitin Mo At Isasayaw Ko is actually a musical within a ballet production with collaboration with today’s popular OPM artists.
The stories takes place of two elderly people living in different locations and are considered ill because one is a diabetic and the other is a cancer patient. But the two are drawn back to the past at the hype of “disco fever”.
Then the past flashes back during the time of Martial law era Manila. A construction worker named Victor and a college girl named Teresa met in the most difficult of times. After Manhid, The Pinoy Superhero musical, Ballet Philippines is reunited with Sandino Martin and joined by Karylle, Michael Pangilinan, Cooky Chua , Markki Strom and the Voice Kids’ Kyle Echarri, and Noel Comia, Jr. with Viva Voce for the chorus.
To make the music more lively and grand, the ABS-CBN Orchestra will accompany all the songs. Surely this is something that you will reminisce. The singers are not the only guest artists. Ballet Philippines’ legendary couple Nonoy and Edna Froilan alternates with Butch Esperanza and premier ballroom dancer Ednah Ledesma.
One of the choreographers Carissa Adea said the good thing about the production material was you can infuse hip hop with ballet since there are already early stages of the dance genre in the 70’s. Also choreographing are James Laforteza and Patrick John Rebullida. The story was written by Bibeth Orteza. She was also present during the initial recordings of VST & Co. of the songs we all love.