The Fairy Doll, originally Die Puppenfee, was staged in Russia by Sergei and Nikolai Legat in 1903, and later performed by the cast of St Petersburg Ballet, including Agrippina Vaganova, one of the most respected icon in ballet who also devised the Vaganova method, on which the Academy’s training is based. The production has remained in the repertoire of the Vaganova Academy of Russian Ballet for more than a century.
The classical ballet is comprised of characters from various cultural backgrounds. In Act II, dolls representing different countries – China, Japan, India, France, Spain, and Russia – take turn to showcase their characteristics, each in costumes and steps symbolizing the unique culture of their home. In Asia Ballet Academy’s brand new set, there are even Korean Dolls and Malaysian Dolls. In the end, they all come together and dance in unity and harmony. The Fairy Doll reminds everyone to that simple and positive attitude will bring innocence. To be young at heart is to love life, wake up every day and enjoy that day as a gift.
4 Open auditions were held in Kuala Lumpur and Penang with more than 200 candidates in total. This production has disrupted the ballet industry which consisted of mainly practices and examinations in the past. Through collaborating with Arts Ballet Theatre of Florida, a Vaganova-based professional company from USA, teachers, parents and students will learn first-hand what a professional ballet production is like, how it is made and hence raising the standard of performing arts in Malaysia. It also educates the community on how ballet belongs on stage and every child deserves to shine on it on top of dancing in a classroom.
Join us on 18th and 19th January at Istana Budaya to turn a new page in The Fairy Doll history with us.