For the first time in 40 years, Sydneysiders can enjoy an unforgettable evening of glamour, music and spectacular dancing with the return of the city’s Dragon Ball – for one night only on 23 February at Sydney Town Hall.
Lord Mayor Clover Moore said the Dragon Ball was once a huge part of Sydney’s social scene and its revival for this year’s Chinese New Year Festival would bring back the glitz, glamour and fancy frocks of a bygone era.
“A big band, big sounds, big frocks, floor shows, dancers and performers will make the Dragon Ball an unforgettable way to welcome the Year of the Snake,” the Lord Mayor said.
“It’s 40 years since the last Dragon Ball, so we’ve asked internationally renowned director Kris Stewart to reimagine this grand old event for 2013.”
A 20-piece big-band will belt out hits by everyone from Nicki Minaj, Beyoncé and Adele to Michael Bublé and Frank Sinatra, while hundreds of Sydneysiders take to the floor to do the cha-cha, New Vogue and swing, and learn new routines taught by professional dancers.
The 2013 Dragon Ball is the creation of internationally acclaimed producer and director Kris Stewart (Sydney Fringe Festival, Festival of Voices in Tasmania, New York Musical Theatre Festival, Sydney Festival’s Trocadero Dance Palace and Wicked – the Broadway musical).
A Sydney institution much-loved by Chinese-Australians, the annual Dragon Ball took place from 1938-73 and was a night local Asian communities wouldn’t miss for the world.
Held at the Trocadero before moving to the Chevron Hotel in Kings Cross and Sydney Town Hall in its final years, the event saw young debutantes rehearse for months before they were presented to the Chinese Consul General with their families looking on.
The event was also a major charity fundraiser, known as the Dragon Festival Princess Contest, with ‘contestants’ competing to raise money for a chosen charity in the lead-up to the night.
Mr Stewart hopes staging a grand, large-scale production like the Dragon Ball will introduce some old-school glamour into Sydney’s night life.
“We want to give Sydney a chance to really dress up – a night of glamour and mystery, but on a scale Sydney hasn’t seen for a long, long time,” Mr Stewart said.
“Historically, the Dragon Ball was about bringing together the Chinese and Australian communities, enjoying food, dancing and drinks – but it was also celebrated by the wider community.
“That’s what we’re trying to create here – a night Sydneysiders won’t ever forget.”
Dragon Ball 2013
Date: Saturday, 23 February 2013
Venue: Centennial Hall, Sydney Town Hall
Cost: General admission – $60pp + booking fee, unreserved table seating – $70pp + booking fee
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