No, the Imperial Ice Stars Sleeping Beauty on Ice is not another fairy tale involving fairies, pricking fingers and true love kiss. The cutting edge about the musical, “Imperial Ice Stars Sleeping Beauty on Ice” is the way it whisks a classic fairy tale to a modern day piece that blends science with frozen pixie dust. The charm of the musical captivates our imagination through the intricate choice of music, choreography, stunts and style. It’s so slick (
pun intended), blood-stirring, flawless, you almost want to hug the skaters at the end of the show.
24 of the world’s best skaters presented a stunning new interpretation of Sleeping Beauty on Ice, as part of their 10th Anniversary World Tour by the award-winning Imperial Ice Stars. Think of Cirque du Soleil, skating on ice version – Circus Skating? Yes, absolutely inspiring.
Sleeping Beauty on Ice was set to the magnificent music of Tchaikovsky who forever changed the world of ballet. This brings a new plunge and an unexpected twist to the classic love story, with exhilarating choreography and innovative staging from Tony Mercer, the world-renowned director of theatre-on-ice. The 24 World, European and National Championship level skaters were all pushing the boundaries of contemporary ice dance with their skill and athleticism, combining audacious high-speed leaps, throws and lifts with beautiful fluid ice dancing, all performed in the intimate setting of the frozen Mastercard Theater in Marina Bay Sands, Singapore.
Mr. Mercer’s interpretation of the well-known fairytale brings a few surprises: traditionally a wicked fairy, this Carabosse is a menacing male for the first time, who spikes Princess Aurora’s birthday drink. Maleficent, male version indeed who gave a fascinating spin on an old tale. Though the production is set in Imperial 19th century Russia, Mercer wanted to bring a more modern and realistic interpretation to the piece.
Whether you’ve seen The Imperial Ice Stars’ Sleeping Beauty on Ice before or have yet to experience the thrill of world-class ice skating up close in a theatre, this adrenaline-rich production had commendably brought the audiences to the very edge of their seats. The enchantment is visible, from the twisted story, the lavishly made costumes, the talented cast to the skates hissing on ice.