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Hong Kong Ballet

March 2, 2016
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The Sleeping Beauty, Photography by Gordon Wong

The Sleeping Beauty

NAC Southam Hall, Ottawa

(Performances March 3 through 5, 8 p.m.)

The Sleeping Beauty is one of the purest classical ballets, dating back to 1890 Russia, when choreographer Marius Petipa presented the work at St. Petersburg’s Mariinsky Theatre to Tachaikosky’s score. It went on to become one of the Imperial Ballet’s most popular and Petipa’s most enduring works.

The Sleeping Beauty is set in a faraway kingdom long, long ago, when Bad Fairy Carabosse casts a spell on the beloved Princess Aurora, cursing her to die on her 16th birthday. Good Fairy Lilac comes to the rescue by transforming the curse into a modified version, whereby the entire kingdom goes to sleep for a hundred years. At the end of the century-long nap, Prince Désiré rides in to save the day, and the princess, and they live happily ever after.hong kong ballet fairy tale characters

Hong Kong Ballet’s version is a relatively new production, stylized in 2010 by Cynthia Harvey, a former American Ballet Theatre and Royal Ballet dancer. Her staging is elegant, Mark Bailey’s costumes are beautiful rich reds and golds and glittering pastels, and his set magnificent.

The cast of magical characters include the White Cat, Puss in Boots, the Blue Bird, Red Riding-Hood and the Wolf, as well as exotic princes and light-footed fairies.

Set to one of Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s most popular scores, played by the National Arts Centre Orchestra under the baton of Hong Kong-born Canadian conductor Judith Yan, the ballet also features some 20 young local dancers as monsters, courtiers, hunting ladies and pages.

hong kong ballet monstersDon’t miss this enchanting classic story ballet — a true visual spectacle, appealing to children and adult dance aficionados alike.

 

 

 

 

 

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