Peter Pan grows to be a ballet star

Local | Bernard Charnwut Chan 17 Jul 2019

Peter Pan, the boy who never grew up, is one of the most famous characters in children's fiction.

To children, he is someone their own age who can fly and has amazing adventures in Neverland. To adults, he represents things they have lost, such as freedom from responsibility.

Peter Pan first appeared in part of a 1902 novel for adults by British writer J M Barrie. After stage adaptations, the character became the subject of a best-selling children's book, Peter and Wendy.

Barrie rewrote the stage version several times, and other artists went on to treat the story in their own way.

Perhaps the best-known versions of Peter Pan are the Disney animations in the 1950s and later. Peter and other characters like the pirate Captain Hook, the hungry crocodile and Tinkerbelle the fairy have also appeared in musicals, TV shows and even Japanese manga comics.

Over the years, several choreographers have adapted the story for ballet.

And next month, Hong Kong audiences will be able to see the Asian premiere of Septime Webre'sPeter Pan! performed by Hong Kong Ballet, with the Hong Kong Sinfonietta performing Carmon DeLeon's musical score.

The production follows the classic Peter Pan storyline, with plenty of humor and even slapstick, making it an ideal family event. Hong Kong Ballet promises unforgettable costumes by award-winning Liz Vandal and set design by Holly Highfill.

Performances will be staged in August at the Hong Kong Cultural Centre and (with recorded music) at Shatin Town Hall. See www.hkballet.com for details.

Bernard Charnwut Chan is chairman of The Jockey Club CPS Advisory Committee

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