Choreographer: Yuri Ng Associate Choreographers:
Yuh Egami, Ricky Hu Music: Maurice Ravel Costume Designer: Bridget Steis Set Designer: Leocampo Yuen Lighting Designer: Albert Wong Sound Designer: Kester Lee Illustrations: Wilson Shieh
The Frog Prince - A Ballet Chinois
A Brand New Production
What happens when you combine the intrigue of the Qing Court with a traditional fairytale by the Brothers Grimm? Renowned Hong Kong choreographer Yuri Ng has created a colourful ballet of relationships inspired by the past yet relevant to the present. The Frog Prince - A Ballet Chinois is a chinoiserie art piece, synthesising Maurice Ravel’s richly textured music with the story of the frog prince, all set amidst the demise of nearly two millennia of imperial rule in China.
A little green frog looks on as the besotted Emperor gives his favourite consort, Princess Moon, a golden ball to symbolise their true love. As the Qing Dynasty begins to crumble, the Court takes flight; in the chaos of escape Princess Moon, accompanied by the frog, finds herself falling into the dark depths of a well in pursuit of the golden ball. Fantasy and reality blur together until finally she reaches out to grab the golden ball...but the world comes tumbling down and only a kiss can save her.
Lives near the well in the palace garden, and is true to himself. There’s no way this free spirit will accept any responsibility.
Our heroine! The Emperor’s true love, she believes (rightly, as it turns out) that the whole palace is against her.
Under great pressure to live up to expectations. Sure he looks regal, but underneath he’s really just a frightened young man.
The Empress Dowager
The Dragon Lady, mother of the Emperor, call her what you will. This over-protective mother disapproves of Princess Moon.
The Well-Dressed Lady
Represents both the elegance of Court life, and the fate of so many women before her.
aka the Emperor’s baby-sitters. They keep him out of trouble, but their true loyalty is to the Empress Dowager.
This laid-back courtier has not yet completely integrated into Chinese life. Some things cannot be rushed...
The Qing’s sparkling world of creativity crumbles before the terrifying might of these foreign forces.
The Frog Prince - A Ballet ChinoisTrailer
Date: 19. 4. 2013 (Friday)
Time: After the performance
Venue: Studio Theatre, Hong Kong Cultural Centre
Grab a lily pad and settle down after the show to chat with Artistic Director Madeleine Onne, choreographer Yuri Ng and the creative team. They will give you some fascinating insights about the inspiration and creative process for The Frog Prince - A Ballet Chinois. The panel will also be taking questions from the audience.
Primarily conducted in English, with key points interpreted into Cantonese.
Open to The Frog Prince - A Ballet Chinois ticket holders only.
50% off -
Full-time students, senior citizens, people with disabilities
(Limited tickets for students and senior citizens available on a first-come, first-serve basis)
10% off -
Friends of The Hong Kong Ballet
10% off -
CY Buddies, Zuni's Friends, CCDC Dance Generation Premium members, HKPO Club Bravo members, Friends of HKCO and Friends of HKDC(First two tickets)
*None of the above discounts is applicable to $500 (VIP) tickets.
*Patrons can enjoy only one of the above discounts for each purchase.
Audiences are advised to arrive punctually
Late-comers will not be admitted until a suitable break or the intermission
The presenter reserves the right to alter the programme and artists