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The world’s leading theatrical ice skating company, The Imperial Ice Stars, returns to the UK in May by popular demand with THE SLEEPING BEAUTY ON ICE. The production has been re-choreographed by award-winning Artistic Director Tony Mercer, widely regarded as the world’s leading creator of theatre on ice, together with 2002 World Champion and Olympic Medallist Ilia Averbukh and international medallist Maria Orlova.
THE SLEEPING BEAUTY ON ICE returns hot on the heels of the company’s worldwide tour of Swan Lake on Ice. Together these stunning productions from The Imperial Ice Stars have garnered international critical acclaim and been enjoyed by over two million people across five continents, from London to Sydney, Toronto to Cape Town and Tokyo to Moscow.
Set to Tchaikovsky’s magnificent score, The Imperial Ice Stars tell the classic love story of THE SLEEPING BEAUTY ON ICE through sublime world-class skating, breathtaking high speed throws, awe-inspiring aerial gymnastics, stilt skating, fire effects and their performance speciality of incredible lifts and lift sequences, unrivalled throughout the ice skating world, as part of their unique style of theatre on ice. These stunning skating feats, normally only seen in Olympic arenas, are performed within the confines of a frozen theatre stage, to thrilling effect.
***** “Skilful, exciting and utterly beautiful… a cut above the rest in every way.”
THE SCOTSMAN (on The Sleeping Beauty on Ice)
The Imperial Ice Stars enjoyed phenomenal international success with THE SLEEPING BEAUTY ON ICE in 2005. At a time when public interest in ice-skating is at an all time high, UK audiences who missed out first time around now have the opportunity to see this captivating production.
The tour begins at The King’s Theatre, Southsea on Tuesday 7 May 2008 and travels to nine venues across the UK until Saturday 12 July.
THE SLEEPING BEAUTY ON ICE features a 23-strong cast of Olympic, World, European and National Championship skaters including Ilia Klimkin (Turin 2006 Winter Olympics) in the role of Catalabutte and Sergei Malishev (ITV1’s Dancing on Ice Series Three. Appearing Stevenage onwards) who glide through this much-loved story with grace and athleticism.
Set against a backdrop of sumptuous sets designed by Eamon D'Arcy, one of Australia's top scenic designers, the company dazzles in more than 100 lavish costumes from renowned Russian costume designer Natella Abdulaeva.