The Sleeping Beauty Creative Ballet in Practice Project
Hong Kong Ballet

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Highlights and Objectives

  • Eight-month creative training project in ballet
  • Suitable for primary students with an interest in ballet
  • Project includes an introduction session, basic training in ballet, behind-the-scenes and  costume workshops, an interactive introduction to stage technology, visits to dance rehearsal or class, and a finale performance cum sharing session
  • Participating students will take part in the production and performance of a ballet story on campus

Content

The programme, based on the iconic story The Sleeping Beauty, will provide students with confident performance skills and behind-the-scenes production training as they work towards the creation of an instructive mini ballet drama.

Tchaikovsky’s three-act ballet The Sleeping Beauty is one of the most well-known classical repertoires of major ballet companies, and its classic story embraces all the elements of an enduring fairy tale: passion, fate, good versus evil, and of course, true love. Come witness the charming Désiré as he saves Aurora from the evil Carabosse’s wicked spell and revives a magical kingdom from its century-old slumber.

Implementation

The project will run for 8 months in four phases. Schools can choose one of the programme schedule:
Period 1: September 2019 to April 2020
Period 2: October 2019 to May 2020

Event Date Activities
Phase 1:
In-school Creative Ballet Programme Introduction Session
September 2019 Hong Kong Ballet’s Education and Community Outreach Department will hold an one-hour promotional briefing session about ballet in the school hall to assist the school with recruitment. The briefing session includes an introduction to the project, an overview of the theme, an interactive session and a video excerpt with accompanying explanation to deepen students’ knowledge of ballet and their understanding of the theme of this project.
Phase 2:
Creative Ballet Workshop (20 sessions)
September 2019 to April 2020
or
October 2019 to May 2020
Ballet, stage technology and costumes instructors will guide the participants towards an all-round understanding of ballet. Students will learn to express emotion through body movements, make props on their own and decorate costumes with parents, explore their unlimited creativity and unleash their hidden potential, whilst to enhance parent-child relationship.

Dance Workshop (17 sessions)
In dance sessions, students will learn basic ballet skills through creative and interactive games. They will play different characters from The Sleeping Beauty in order to explore the possibilities of body movement and to practise the expressive skills of body language.

Behind-the-scenes (1 session) &
Costume Workshop (1 regular session &
1 parent-child session)

After understanding the personality of each character in The Sleeping Beauty, the students will be able to brainstorm together and unleash their creativity to decorate costumes and build unique props and scenery during the behind-the-scenes and costume sessions. Their creative work will then be part of the finale performance on stage.

It is suggested that dance sessions should be held in the school’s dance room or activity room, and behind-the-scenes and costume sessions can be held in the art room.
Phase 3:
Magic Theatre (1 session)
15 February 2020 (Sat) A guided performance of about 75 minutes will be held at the Auditorium of Ko Shan Theatre New Wing. Participants will learn about backstage operations, processes, terminology and audience etiquette through demonstrations and interactive games. Students will also have the opportunity to admire the performance of dancers from Hong Kong Ballet.
Phase 4:
Rehearsal, Finale Performance cum Sharing Session (1 session)
April to May 2020 (within the period chosen by the school) Rehearsal of Finale Performance and Costume Fitting
Schools are required to set aside a day to allow students who completed the workshops and participated in the costume and props production to try on the costumes and accessories to rehearse for the finale performance. Rehearsals will be held in the school hall.

The Finale Performance cum Sharing Session Students will be able to use the dance and acting skills that they learned during the series of workshops and rehearsals to perform the exciting story The Sleeping Beauty in the school hall, as a finale performance. After the performance, students, parents, instructors and teachers will share their experience and comments about their participation in this programme. At this time, students whose attendance rate is 80% or above will receive a certificate.
Fringe Activity (Exact date by agreement) Studio Visit
Hong Kong Ballet will arrange for participating students to visit the studio and watch the dancers rehearsing or taking a class. Through these visits, students will learn about ballet technique and gain an enhanced ability to appreciate ballet.
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Project Details

No. of Participating Schools 6 Primary Schools
Target Students Primary 1 to 6
No. of Participants 20-26 students / school
Course Schedule 1 or 2 session(s)/week
Dance & Costume Workshops: 1.5 hours / session
Behind-the-scenes Workshop: 2 hours / session
No. of Sessions 20 sessions
Fee Payable# $390/student*
* Student participating in the finale performance are required to pay an additional $260 for the costume.
# Fees are on a per-person basis. All fees paid are not refundable.

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Enquiries

Application & General: 2591 1722 (LCSD)
Project: 2105 9743 (Hong Kong Ballet)