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WSD2017|The Frog Prince - A Ballet Chinois
1-9 July.Taipei, Taiwan
An extraordinary festival of performance design, including exhibitions, performances
and diverse events,attracted over 15,000 visitors from 71 countries.


Professional Designers

Hong Kong

Bridget Steis

The Frog Prince - A Ballet Chinois

Category: Costume Design

Design Statement

The Frog Prince combines its namesake Western fairytale with a historical story from Imperial China in a dark tale depicting the bond between a mother and son and the perilous effect on his romantic relationship. Visually, this is told through a gothic chinoiserie where racial stereotypes and acts of cultural appropriation are given a fantastical—if humorous—touch. Each character is transported from modern day back to the Imperial Palace, before entering the final, Alice-in-Wonderland-like world of surrealism, with each becoming the dream-like incarnation of their previous form.

Characters begin in contemporary dress, clothed in soft-toned dancewear. As they are transported back in time through the Imperial Palace, costumes become more richly regal. In a parade of opulent textiles—with a French touch—sheer fabrics are utilized to reveal the lines of the legs and arms while maintaining the modesty of the era. Finally, the audience is magically transported down a well, arriving in a watery fantasy world of lotus flowers and sea creatures. Their costumes become deeply surreal art forms, incorporating sculpture, couture textile design, and outerworldly colours which marry Imperial sensibilities with fairytale-like dreams.


Bridget Steis

Bridget Steis 詩沛姿, a critically-acclaimed costume and set designer, and Canadian native, has made Hong Kong her home for over a decade. She received a Hong Kong Dance Award nomination in the Outstanding Design for Dance category for her costumes in the strikingly imaginative Hong Kong Ballet production: ‘Frog Prince: A Ballet Chinois’. Another costume collaboration exploring the darkness of mental illness, Hong Kong Ballet ‘Bolero’, earned a Hong Kong Dance Award for Best Ensemble. Her set and costumes have been featured in art house Hong Kong films, and in theatre productions in Hong Kong, Japan, and across Canada. A sought-after installation and mural artist, she has been commissioned by clients such as The Mandarin Oriental and The Venetian Macao as well as by numerous private collectors. Her fine art continues to challenge, with the refugee-focused ‘Yana & Child’ being shortlisted for the 2015 Hong Kong Human Rights Art Prize. Present throughout Bridget’s work is a playful yet enriching approach to tackling social, cultural, and political issues, putting her at the forefront of innovative and educational design in Asia.

Email Address: bridget@bridgetsteis.com

Theatre Company Hong Kong Ballet

The Premiere Date of Production 2013-04-19

The Premiere Space of Production Hong Kong Cultural Centre

Author Composer: Maurice Ravel

Director/ Choreographer Choreographer: Yuri Ng / Associate Choreographers: Yuh Egami, Ricky Hu

Set Designer Leocampo Yuen

Lighting Designer Albert Wong

Costume Designer Bridget Steis

Sound Designer Kester Lee

Other Creative Collaborator/s Artistic Director: Madeleine Onne