Asian World Premiere of ‘The Sleeping Beauty’
Jointly Organised by St Petersburg Theatre Russian Ballet and The Dance Company
by Richard Liaw
Following the success of last year’s ‘Swan Lake’ which was staged by The Dance Company in collaboration with Ballet West, it was no surprise when The Dance Company struck a great deal again to stage the Asian World Premiere of ‘The Sleeping Beauty’ here in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. ‘The Sleeping Beauty’ will be performed by a full team of 33 Russian ballet dancers from the renowned and legendary St Petersburg Theatre Russian Ballet. The collaboration with this Russian ballet troupe will indeed place Malaysia on the international dance map as well as encourage professional and cultural exchanges between the two countries. This will be St Petersburg Theatre Russian Ballet’s first ever performance in Malaysia and the first ‘The Sleeping Beauty’ performance in Asia.
The St Petersburg Theatre Russian Ballet is world-renowned and made up of the finest dancers that include professional artistes and soloists of the Mariinsky Theatre which belongs to a dynasty of more than a hundred years old. The Russian troupe performs 250 sold-out shows annually, in over 130 countries including Finland, Belgium, Netherlands, Germany, Canada, and the United States of America (USA). ‘The Sleeping Beauty’ will be premiering in Asia after 129 years since its first ever premiere in St Petersburg in 1890. It is a real masterpiece of the Russian Ballet as it was choreographed by the famous Marius Petipa whom ballet critics all over the world consider to be the “father of classical dance”. In addition, the music composition was done by the world-famous Russian composer, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, who is also the music composer of ‘Romeo and Juliet’, ‘The Nutcracker’ and ‘Swan Lake’.
The Sleeping Beauty in Malaysia continues the long and great tradition of Russian classical ballet as it will be performed in its most original choreography. The principle dancers of ‘The Sleeping Beauty’, Anna Voitina and Aleksandr Voitin, both confirmed that the piece is indeed very technically challenging, making it a performance to behold. Great lengths were also gone to prepare the best possible costumes for the dancers, allowing for greater dramatic presentation and true expressivity.
Audrey Kwan, the President of the Dance Artistry International, expressed how humbled she was by the agreement of St Petersburg Theatre Russian Ballet to bring the classic all the way from their home and that many critics consider the piece to be the “encyclopedia of classical dance”. ‘The Sleeping Beauty’ shows will be staged on the 11th – 12th October 2019 at the Plenary Hall, Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The tickets are available now at TicketCharge!