Hong Kong: This first time production by RSP for the Hong Kong Society for the Protection of Children in 2010 delivered an evening of Circus Glamour with a set donation facilitated by RSP from the Monaco Cirque after their own Gala event earlier in the year in Shanghai was a phenomenal success.

Le Grand Cirque

The 2010 Gala Benefit was particularly special, as the décor and props creating the party, were built by RSP for a Monte Carlo Circus performance in Shanghai hosted by Prince Albert and Princess Stephanie of The Royal Family of Monaco, and were donated by their Société de Bains de Mer of Monte Carlo in support of HKSPC.

The ballroom was transformed with large caravans and life-size trapeze artists hanging from the ceiling, with footage of circus since the 1800s projected on the walls. The Gala also received the endorsement of AIDs activist Dame Elizabeth Taylor and was the first time the Hollywood legend and American icon has endorsed a local Hong Kong charity.

According to 2010 Fund Raising Committee Vice-chair Mrs. Katherine Kwun McLane, “The idea of Le Cirque is for the children. The circus is a place of joy and wonder. A place that takes us back to our own childhood, and brings out the child in even the greatest sceptic.”

The Programme

According to Roger Sansom of RSP Productions, the creative designer and production house for Le Cirque, “the evening’s programme was designed to display a fine balance of contrasts: ‘tragedy’ and ‘comedy’ ... ‘new world’ and ‘old world’ ... ‘body’ and ‘soul’. The evening’s performances, which evoked highlights from the European circus and carnival tradition, featured throughout the evening, the two tragic heroes of the Italian commedia dell'arte, Harlequinn and Pierrot. With comedic appeal, a jester-like Harlequin figure gave a delightful juggling performance to dazzling heights. In contrast, a tragic and beautiful performance of Ruggero Leoncavallo’s Vesti la giubba from Pagliacci was performed by a Pierrot-dressed tenor, who also gave a spellbinding encore performance of Puccini’s Nessun Dorma. The finale featured 31 toddlers performing a captivating circus act featuring magicians, animal tamers, acrobats, stilt walkers, and a ringmaster.

“I would like to express my deep gratitude to RSP for organizing an amazing event. The compliments and kudos are pouring in from all over and everyone is saying that this year’s event was one of the best balls they have ever attended.” Katherine Kwun.