The Hong Kong Ballet | The Sleeping Beauty
A Production by Cynthia Harvey, former Principal Dancer of American Ballet Theatre & The Royal Ballet
Starring Stuttgart Ballet Principal Dancer Friedemann Vogel
<Hong Kong – 14 January 2013> Commissioned for The Hong Kong Ballet in 2010 and produced by former Principal Dancer of American Ballet Theatre and The Royal Ballet Cynthia Harvey, The Sleeping Beauty will be revived from 15th to 17th March 2013 at Sha Tin Town Hall Auditorium. This sumptuous production features magnificent sets and lush costumes by English designer Mark Bailey and a wonderful score by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky. Guest artist Stuttgart Ballet Principal Dancer Friedemann Vogel will perform the role of Prince Désiré, partnering The Hong Kong Ballet’s star ballerina, Jin Yao. Friedemann Vogel will dance with Jin Yao on the opening night on 15th March, 2013 and again in the evening performance on 16th March, 2013.
One of the finest ballets in the classical repertoire, The Sleeping Beauty has all the elements of an enduring fairy tale: romance, fate, good versus evil, and of course, love. Audiences will be enthralled by Princess Aurora’s Rose Adagio in Act I, one of classical ballet’s most technically challenging set pieces. A cast of magical characters including the good Lilac Fairy, the White Cat, Puss in Boots, the Bluebird and Princess Florine will all provide entertainment and many rapturous moments.
Artistic Director Madeleine Onne added, “We are thrilled to welcome Friedemann Vogel in Hong Kong again. He was with us in 2010 for the première of The Sleeping Beauty and audiences were enchanted by his charisma and technical brilliance. He will partner Jin Yao (as Princess Aurora) again for the two performances. Their natural chemistry was evident last time around, and the audience will once again see them shine together on stage.”
This year’s version lasts about 2.5 hours so it is slightly shorter and faster-paced than the première in 2010. The Sleeping Beauty, an enchanting classical fairytale, will deliver fun for all the family. Tickets are available at all URBTIX outlets and via the URBTIX website, , from 16th January 2013. Suitable for children aged 3 and above. For details, please visit Hong Kong Ballet’s website.
Production: Cynthia Harvey, after Marius Petipa
Music: Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Set & Costume Design: Mark Bailey
Lighting Design: Billy Chan
About The Sleeping Beauty
In a faraway kingdom long, long ago, the evil fairy Carabosse casts a spell on the realm’s beloved Princess Aurora, cursing her to die on her 16th birthday. The good Lilac Fairy comes to the rescue; she cannot counteract the curse, but instead puts the Princess and the rest of the kingdom into a deep sleep. A hundred years later, Prince Désiré passes through the dark forest with his friends. The Lilac Fairy meets the prince and together they set out to break Carabosse’s wicked spell. In time-honoured fashion, good triumphs over evil and the Prince and Princess live happily ever after.
About Friedemann Vogel
Born in Stuttgart, Vogel received his initial ballet training at the John Cranko School in Stuttgart. He has won several ballet competition awards including the Prix de Lausanne, the Prix de Luxembourg and the Erik Bruhn Prize for young dancers and the Pemio Positano “Léonide Massine” Prize for best international male dancer.
Vogel joined the Stuttgart Ballet as a member of the corps de ballet in 1998 and by 2002, he had become a Principal Dancer at the company. He has been invited to perform with many prestigious companies such as the Mariinsky Theater in St Petersburg, Teatro alla Scala Milano, the English National Ballet, the National Ballet of China, the Finnish National Ballet and Staatsballett Berlin.
About Cynthia Harvey
Cynthia Harvey’s style marked her as one of ballet’s most versatile and valued artists. Over her career, Cynthia danced virtually every ballerina role with American Ballet Theatre and was a Principal Dancer at The Royal Ballet. She performed as a guest artist with Baryshnikov and Company, Nureyev and Friends and with numerous other companies before retiring in 1996.
Co-author of Physics of Dance & the pas de deux, in addition to teaching and coaching she re-staged a production of The Sleeping Beauty in 2008 and most recently staged her own complete production of the ballet Giselle. She has also been guest teacher for American Ballet Theatre, The Australian Ballet, Teatro alla Scala, The Royal Swedish Ballet, the Semperöper Ballett, Dresden, The Royal Ballet School in London as well as the English National Ballet School and The Elmhurst School in Birmingham, England. Ms Harvey has been awarded membership of the International Dance Council, CID, at UNESCO.
About Mark Bailey
Mark’s designs for ballet include A Time There Was (Tivoli Pantomime Ballet); The Snow Queen, Melody on the Move (English National Ballet); L’Arlesienne (English National Ballet School) and Varii Capricci in celebration of Sir Peter Wright’s birthday. Opera designs include Madame Butterfly (Nevill Holt / Grange Park), Carmen (ROH); Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny (Los Angeles Opera) and Ariadne Auf Naxos (Maggio Musicale Florence / Opera de Lausanne).
West End theatre credits include Rent, The Importance of Being Earnest(also Toronto), The Winslow Boy, The Gondoliers (TMA Best Musical Award), Iolanthe, Legal Fictions, Mack and Mabel, Present Laughter and Rat Pack Confidential.Other theatre includes Sweet Smell of Success (Arcola); The Threepenny Opera(National); Save the Last Dance For Me, Jekyll and Hyde(UK tours); Privates on Parade (West Yorkshire Playhouse); Fiddler on the Roof, Irma La Douceand Cabaret (Watermill); Boeing Boeing, God of Carnage, Rape of the Fair Country (Clywd Theatr Cymru where he is an Associate Artist); Macbeth, Hamlet (Chicago Shakespeare Theatre) and The Pretenders (National Theatre of Norway).
Cynthia Harvey will be rehearsing with The Hong Kong Ballet from 21 January – 9 February 2013; while Friedemann Vogel will be in Hong Kong from 13 March 2013. Please contact Pauly Au to arrange media interviews.
The Sleeping Beauty
Auditorium, Sha Tin Town Hall
|$500 (VIP), $300, $240, $180, $120|
16.3.2013 3pm & 8pm
17.3.2013 2:30pm & 7:30pm
Tickets available at URBTIX from 16th January 2013
Ticketing Enquiries 2734 9009
Credit card booking 2111 5999
Programme Enquiries 2105 9724 / [email protected]
For ages 3 and above
Programme duration: approximately 150 minutes (including two intermissions)
About The Hong Kong Ballet
One of the premier classical ballet companies in Asia, The Hong Kong Ballet is becoming internationally recognised as a world-class institution with an identity that fully reflects the unique vitality of Hong Kong. The Company turns 34 in 2013, and over time has evolved into a vibrant performing arts organisation with accomplished dancers, a strong repertoire, and sparkling, technically challenging productions.
The Company’s artistic team is led by Artistic Director Madeleine Onne, with over 40 dancers originating from all over the world. The Company performs a repertoire that combines classical masterpieces and acclaimed contemporary works from the 19th to 21st centuries, as well as new commissions. Since 1997, The Hong Kong Ballet has raised its international profile by conducting over 30 tours; in the summer of 2012, The Hong Kong Ballet toured the United States and Canada, performing at Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival and in Aspen, Montreal and Santa Fe. An integral part of the Company’s activities is an extensive education and community outreach programme, which brings the art of ballet to students as well as to the wider community of Hong Kong.