Dancer on Spotlight for BP’s Don Quixote: Victor Maguad


I have known one of Ballet Philippines’ soloists, Victor Maguad for almost three years now.  Got nothing but praises for this young dancer who always puts in his 200% best in every performance onstage. 

He has appeared in all of BP’s major and minor productions which include notables, Swan Lake, The Nutcraker, Peter Pan, Exemplar, A Gala Celebration, Dance MNL, Crisostomo Ibarra to name a few. 

As the season closer for Ballet Philippines’ 48th Season, the re-staging of Don Quixote by Adam Sage is not an easy thing to do. Don Q may be fun and colorful onstage but deep inside, its choreography is one of the best there is which requires a lot of intricate and fancy footworks and leaps and lifts and strong techniques from its lead, Basilio.

The three exciting Basilio’s were portrayed by international guest danseur Joseph Gatti (for two Gala Shows only) and alternating are Victor Maguad and Ian Ocampo in certain performances. 

We asked Victor a few questions on how he handled his lead role demands and working with fellow dancer Jemima Reyes. He answered in Tagalog-English to better express himself.

What makes Don Quixote  production different from the other shows?   

Victor Maguad: Sobrang iba po itong Don Quixote kasi bravura siya hindi katulad ng Swan Lake at Nutcraker na parehas White Classic. Honestly, mas nakakapagod po pala ito keysa sa dalawa. It demands stamina, techniques, character and of course charisma.

 Astig.Ph: How special is it to play Basilio?  Was it your dream role?  

Victor:  Yes po, dream role ko po itong Basilio. Isa po ito sa hinihintay ko na magawa kasi mahirap siya technically at kailangan mong ma-deliver yung story na napakaganda kahit sobrang pagod ka na.  

Photo Credit:  Jude Bautista 

Astig.Ph:  What's scene/s are the most difficult and challenging to do in Don Q?  

Victor:  Of course, The Grand Pas De Deux. Ito yung inaabangan ng lahat. Dito makikita lahat nang pinagtrabahuan nyo sa mga classes and rehearsals. Kailangan ng character, stamina, strong technique and communication nyo sa isat-isa at sa audience.  

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