Celebrate summer with the enchanting fairytale of Cinderella — and the Ugly Stepsisters!
Hong Kong – 25 June 2012
The glass slippers, the pumpkin coach and the clock striking midnight – everyone knows the iconic motifs of this enchanting fairytale ballet. Watch Cinderella’s dreams come true as she is whisked from the daily grind of drudgery to a life of happily-ever-after with the help of a magical makeover from her Fairy Godmother. The Hong Kong Ballet will open the new dance season with Cinderella, a fairytale ballet for the whole family this summer. Choreographed by David Allan to a dramatic and melodious score by Sergei Prokofiev, with magnificent sets and costumes designed by Peter Cazalet, Cinderella will be performed at the Hong Kong Cultural Centre’s Grand Theatre from 31 August to 2 September 2012.
This much-loved story captures the romance of Cinderella and the Prince, the magic of the glass slipper, the hilarious antics of the Ugly Sisters and the glittering elegance of the Royal Ball. With a swish of her magic wand, the Fairy Godmother turns a pumpkin into a sparkling coach, and mice into horses. As well as the magic of Cinderella’s transformation, watch out for the ugly stepsisters’ hilarious slapstick antics that provide more than enough wit and humour to get the whole family giggling.
Tickets are available at all URBTIX outlets and via URBTIX website from 29 June 2012. Suitable for children aged 3 and above. A range of fringe activities will be held to enhance the audience’s appreciation for this delightful ballet, including a lecture demonstration on 21 August, a pre-performance talk on 31 August and a pre-performance workshop especially for children on 2 September. For details, please visit Hong Kong Ballet’s website.
David Allan – Choreographer
- As an international choreographer, David Allan has choreographed more than 50 ballets. His critically acclaimed works are in the repertory of such prestigious companies as the New York City Ballet, The National Ballet of Canada and Italy’s Rome Opera Ballet.
- He has also choreographed for opera, film, television and musicals. He is the recipient of the 1989 Jean A. Chalmers Choreographic Award (Canada) and the 1997 Choo-San Goh Award (U.S.A.).
- David Allan is now a Professor and Director of Ballet at the University of California.
Sergei Prokofiev (1891-1953) – Composer
- 20th century Russian composer who wrote in a wide range of musical genres, including symphonies, concerti, film music, operas, ballets and programme pieces.
- Prokofiev wrote music for ballet throughout his career from 1915 until his death in 1953. He had a special gift for ballet music, and is mentioned alongside such greats as Tchaikovsky, Ravel and Stravinsky.
- His most popular works include: The Love for Three Oranges, Romeo & Juliet, Peter and the Wolf and Cinderella.
- Cinderella has dark overtones despite the fact that it is a charming, lyrical ballet. Prokofiev wrote that he saw Cinderella, “not only as a fairy-tale character, but also as a real person – feeling, experiencing, and moving among us.”
|31.8 – 2.9.2012
$1000(VIP), $600, $400, $260, $140
Grand Theatre, Hong Kong Cultural Centre
Tickets available at URBTIX from 29 June 2012
Ticketing Enquiries 2734 9009
Credit Card Booking 2111 5999
Programme Enquiries 2105 9724
Get to know Cinderella!
Find out more about the endearing classical ballet, Cinderella. Artistic Director Madeleine Onne will introduce the ballet, explore the classic ballet technique of mime, and also give a short presentation of the costumes. The talk will be accompanied by a short excerpt of the ballet, performed by the Company’s dancers.
Date: 21. 8. 2012 (Tuesday)
Venue: Studio Theatre, Hong Kong Cultural Centre
Conducted in English. Free admission. Limited audience capacity, advanced registration required.
Registration & Enquiries 2105 9724 / [email protected]
Date: 31. 8. 2012 (Friday)
Venue: Level 2 Foyer, Hong Kong Cultural Centre
The programme is about 20 minutes long. Free admission with Cinderella tickets. Conducted in English with Cantonese translation.
Designed for kids 4 to 8 years old, this fun workshop will teach children more about the ballet through storytelling, costume display, basic dance steps and handicrafts. No dance experience is necessary.
Date: 2. 9. 2012 (Sunday)
Venue: GR2, 8/F, Grand Theatre Backstage, Hong Kong Cultural Centre
Fee: $70 (PER PERSON)
Only for Cinderella ticket holders. Advanced registration required.
Registration & Enquiries 2105 9743 / 2105 9744 / [email protected]
About The Hong Kong Ballet
One of the premier classical ballet companies in Asia, The Hong Kong Ballet turned 33 in 2012. It is becoming internationally recognised as a world-class institution with an identity that fully reflects the unique vitality of Hong Kong.
The Company’s artistic team of over 40 dancers is led by Artistic Director Madeleine Onne. The majority of The Hong Kong Ballet’s dancers hail from China while others are from elsewhere in Asia, Europe and North America. The Company performs a repertoire that combines 19th to 21st century classical masterpieces, acclaimed contemporary works and newly commissioned ballets. Since 1997, The Hong Kong Ballet has raised its international profile by conducting over 20 tours. 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.