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THE SLEEPING BEAUTY ON ICE (article first published : 2005-08-23)

Pieter Toerien and James Cundall for Lunchtime Productions are to present The Sleeping Beauty On Ice which unfortunately is not to include KwaZulu-Natal on its South African tour.

The Imperial Ice Stars’ classic tale of Sleeping Beauty performed to the magnificent music of Tchaikovsky is the only ice show to have played at the prestigious Sadler’s Wells, Britain’s foremost dance theatre venue.

The Imperial Ice Stars Company boasts 23 Olympic, World, European and National Championship skaters who have won over 210 competition medals between them. Featured artist Mandy Woetzel is a World and European champion as well as an Olympic bronze medallist.

Some critics have called it “ballet on ice”, others “theatre on ice”. What audiences can be sure of is that The Sleeping Beauty On Ice is like no other ice show in the world. The company has managed to perform jaw-dropping skating feats normally seen only in Olympic-sized arenas within the intimacy of a theatre stage including triple flips, triple-toe loops, double axles, death spirals, camel spins, triple-throw axles and lifts galore.

The show’s director Tony Mercer has been designing ice shows for 10 years. Choreographer Tatiana Tarasova is one of the top skating coaches with more than 40 gold medals to her credit. The Sleeping Beauty On Ice will be performed against lavish backdrops and scenery created by one of the world’s leading scenic designers, Eamon D’Arcy, who was the production designer of the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games Opening Ceremony. The 110 costumes are designed by Russia’s Natella Abdulaeva.

The colourful show appeals to a wide audience and its spectacle and gymnastics compare to Riverdance and Cirque du Soleil. More than 16km of refrigeration pipes are used to create 14,000kg of ice on a “stage” ice rink that is 15-20 metres in diameter and requires two chillers.

The show, which is been co-produced during its South African leg by Pieter Toerien, will be staged at the South African State Theatre in Pretoria from October 12 to November 6 and the Artscape in Cape Town from November 21 to December 10.

Book at Computicket or group bookings available on 011 511 1988 or 021 438 3301.




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