Ballet Manila performance rescheduled |

Ballet Manila performance rescheduled

A paperwork glitch has grounded a scheduled appearance by Ballet Manila at Carnegie Music Hall in Oakland.

The concert, originally scheduled for Oct. 6, has been rescheduled for June 4 because four of the principal male dancers were unable to obtain visas in time to enter the United States.

The performance, sponsored by the Filpino American Association of Pittsburgh, is a fund-raiser for the Philippine Nationality Room at the University of Pittsburgh’s Cathedral of Learning.

Board member Justina Purpura says the dancers were unaware that they needed a performance visa instead of a tourist visa. She says the troupe had toured on tourist visas in 1997, but could not do so this time because of stricter immigration requirements instituted after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

“They were just expecting to perform here for two weeks and fly back home,” Purpura says.

The Filipino American Association of Pittsburgh will file a petition on behalf of Ballet Manila with the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service that should enable the troupe to enter the United States for the June 4 performance. Sponsoring organizations on the three other cities on the tour will also file petitions, she says. She described it as a formality.

The troupe will also perform in New Orleans, Detroit and Corpus Christi, Texas.

The June 4 performance will be at 7 p.m. at Carnegie Music Hall in Oakland.

Tickets for the original date will be honored at the June 4 performance. Refunds can be obtained by calling (412) 563-0594 or (412) 856-1445.

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