Stella Abrera: Ballerina on a Double Mission

September 14, 2014 4:53 AM

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Stella Abrera: Ballerina on a Double Mission

Ballet history is usually made in the august opera houses of St. Petersburg, Moscow, London, Paris and New York. But these days historic moments in ballet are taking place elsewhere: last week Misty Copeland made her debut as Odette-Odile in Swan Lake with American Ballet Theatre in Brisbane, one of very few black ballerinas ever to be cast in this iconic role. And this week, another distinctive ABT ballerina, Filipino American Stella Abrera returns to her homeland to debut in Giselle with Ballet Philippines, and to call attention to the continuing plight of children in Guiuan, the coastal town on Leyte hardest hit by typhoon Haiyan late last year.

Ballet to the People caught up with Abrera by phone just as Giselle rehearsals were wrapping up in Manila and she was headed for the airport, bound for Guiuan, to visit the construction site of a new school being built by disaster-relief organization Operation USA and Honeywell.

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