[Hong Kong—23 August 2021] Once upon a time in a land far away, a beautiful princess lay in a deep slumber for a hundred years. This fall, Hong Kong Ballet (HKB) brings back the one of the world’s most beloved classical ballets The Sleeping Beauty, a captivating production commissioned for HKB in 2010 and produced by Cynthia Harvey, former Principal Dancer of American Ballet Theatre and The Royal Ballet.
Following his critically acclaimed success in HKB’s recent productions of Balanchine’s Jewels and Romeo + Juliet, international ballet star Daniel Camargo, former Principal Dancer at Dutch National Ballet and Stuttgart Ballet, will return to perform alongside HKB artists in this enthralling ballet.
Featuring Mark Bailey’s lavish sets and glorious costumes, the highly-anticipated production will feature Tchaikovsky’s iconic score performed live by Hong Kong Sinfonietta under the baton of Yip Wing-sie. Harvey’s interpretation of the classic fairytale exquisitely tells the good versus evil story of Princess Aurora, who is bewitched by the wicked fairy Carabosse and fated to slumber until awakened by true love’s kiss.
The cast of fantastical characters includes the benevolent Lilac Fairy, the White Cat, Puss in Boots, the Bluebird and Princess Florine. Filled with dazzling choreography and unforgettable magic, The Sleeping Beauty features a myriad of opportunities for dancers to share all aspects of their craft and artistry. The first act’s famous ‘Rose Adagio’ is one of the greatest challenges of nineteenth-century choreography and demands incredible stamina, technical skill and mastery of classical style from its Aurora.
Creative: Design Army | Photography: Ken Ngan | Courtesy of Hong Kong Ballet
Dancers (from left):Ye Feifei, Wei Wei, Jessica Burrows, Reina Sawai, Kim Eunsil
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About Hong Kong Ballet
One of Asia’s premier ballet companies, Hong Kong Ballet (HKB) is internationally recognised as a vibrant arts institution that represents Hong Kong’s unique character. Established in 1979 and led by Artistic Director Septime Webre, HKB has a dynamic repertoire performed by nearly 50 dancers from all over the globe and award-winning education and community programmes.
With almost 50 international tours, HKB has won recognition from critics and fans both at home and abroad. Its diverse repertoire includes classic and modern masterpieces, original full-length ballets created for HKB, an interactive ballet series for younger fans and groundbreaking dance by today’s most sought-after choreographers, including Alexei Ratmansky, Christopher Wheeldon, Jiří Kylian, Nacho Duato and Trey McIntyre, among others.
HKB maintains an active schedule of community initiatives throughout Hong Kong to ensure that ballet is accessible to people from all walks of life.