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4.9.2018
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

1st Annual International Gala of Stars

An Unforgettable Evening with Celebrated Ballet Stars
Title Sponsor: China Everbright Limited


[Hong Kong – 5 Sep 2018] This November, Hong Kong Ballet will stage the 1st International Gala of Stars, proudly presented by China Everbright Limited, featuring international ballet stars partnering Hong Kong Ballet artists in popular classical and contemporary ballet works for one night only.


Guest stars include Tan Yuan Yuan, Principal Dancer of San Francisco Ballet; Sarah Lane, Principal Dancer of American Ballet Theatre; Adiarys Almeida, International Ballet Star and Former Principal Dancer at Cincinnati Ballet & Corella Ballet; Herman Cornejo, Principal Dancer of American Ballet Theatre; Taras Domitro, International Ballet Star and Former Principal Dancer of San Francisco Ballet; Brooklyn Mack, Principal Dancer of The Washington Ballet; and Matthew Golding, Guest Principal Dancer of Bavarian State Ballet.


This glittering programme will include breathtaking performance excerpts from Swan Lake, ALICE (in wonderland), Le Corsaire and Don Quixote, dance set to groundbreaking rock music and choreography from Yuri Possokhov, Edwaard Liang, Christopher Wheeldon and Trey McIntyre. A highlight of the Gala will be the Hong Kong premiere of Anabelle Lopez Ochoa’s mesmerizing Sombrerisimo, with its six men and 24 bowler hats.


Artistic Director Septime Webre enthuses, “This is a programme which packs a punch. It will be an exciting evening filled with elegant poetry, thrilling virtuosity and world-class artistry - a real celebration of dance. It’s an evening of not-to-be-missed ballet!”


With music ranging from Frank Sinatra to the Beatles to Tchaikovsky, the 1st International Gala of Stars will delight and inspire audiences at Hong Kong Cultural Centre’s Grand Theatre on Friday, 2 November 2018. Tickets are going fast and are available at URBTIX now.


Programme

Act I


1. Pas de Deux from Swan Lake Act II 

Cast: Tan Yuan Yuan and Matthew Golding

Choreography: Maurius Petipa/Lev Ivanov

Music: Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky 

Costumes: Peter Farmer 

Live Accompaniment by Hong Kong Sinfonietta

Conductor: Andrew Mogrelia


2. Sinatra Suite 

Cast: Sarah Lane and Herman Cornejo

Choreography: Twyla Tharp

Music: Frank Sinatra

Costumes: Oscar de la Renta


3. Excerpts from A Day in the Life 

Cast: Hong Kong Ballet Dancers

Choreography: Trey McIntyre

Music: John Lennon and Paul McCartney. Songs performed by The Beatles

Costumes: The Bisou Consortium


4. Lankendem and Gulnare Pas de Deux from Le Corsaire Act I

Cast: Ye Feifei and Xia Jun

Choreography: Anna-Marie Holmes after Petipa and Sergeyev

Music: Grand Duke Pyotr Georgievich of Oldenburg

Editions: Anna-Marie Holmes, 

Edited/Arranged/Re-orchestrated: Kevin Galie 

Costumes: Hugo Millán

Live Accompaniment by Hong Kong Sinfonietta

Conductor: Andrew Mogrelia


5. Pas de Deux from Rush 

Cast: Chen Zhiyao and Wei Wei

Choreography: Christopher Wheeldon

Music: Bohuslav Martinů, Sinfonietta La Jolla for Chamber Orchestra and Piano

Used by arrangement with Boosey & Hawkes, Inc., publisher and copyright owner

Costumes: Jon Morrell

Live Accompaniment by Hong Kong Sinfonietta

Conductor: Andrew Mogrelia


6. Dos Gardenias Pas de Deux from Juanita y Alicia (Asian Premiere)

Cast: Venus Villa and Brooklyn Mack

Choreography: Septime Webre

Music: Buena Vista Social Club 

Costumes: Liz Vandal


7. Grand Pas de Deux from Don Quixote 

Cast: Adiarys Almeida and Taras Domitro

Choreography: Marius Petipa

Music: Ludwig Minkus

Live Accompaniment by Hong Kong Sinfonietta

Conductor: Andrew Mogrelia


Act II


1. Sombrerisimo (Asian Premiere) 

Cast: Hong Kong Ballet Dancers

Choreography: Annabelle Lopez Ochoa

Music: Banda Ionica, Michael Small, Titi Robin

Costumes: Annabelle Lopez Ochoa


2. Pas de Deux from Swan Lake Act III 

Cast: Adiarys Almeida and Taras Dimitro

Choreography: Marius Petipa/Lev Ivanov

Music: Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

Live Accompaniment by Hong Kong Sinfonietta

Conductor: Andrew Mogrelia


3. Habanera from Carmen 

Cast: Tan Yuan Yuan

Music: Georges Bizet


4. Excerpts from ALICE (in wonderland) Act I 

Cast: Hong Kong Ballet Dancers

Choreography: Septime Webre

Music: Matthew Pierce

Costumes: Liz Vandal

Live Accompaniment by Hong Kong Sinfonietta

Conductor: Andrew Mogrelia


5. Pas de Deux a Trois from Le Corsaire Act II

Cast: Sarah Lane, Herman Cornejo and Brooklyn Mack

Choreography: Anna-Marie Holmes after Petipa and Sergeyev

Music: Riccardo Drigo and Baron Boris Fitinhoff-Schell

Editions: Anna-Marie Holmes, 

Edited/Arranged/Re-orchestrated: Kevin Galie

Costumes: Hugo Millán

Live Accompaniment by Hong Kong Sinfonietta

Conductor: Andrew Mogrelia


6. Excerpts from ALICE (in wonderland) Act II

Cast: Hong Kong Ballet Dancers

Choreography: Septime Webre

Music: Matthew Peirce

Costumes: Liz Vandal

Live Accompaniment by Hong Kong Sinfonietta

Conductor: Andrew Mogrelia


Performance Details

2.11.2018 Fri 7:30pm
Grand Theatre, Hong Kong Cultural Centre
$1,000 (Limited VIP Tickets)
$680 $480 $280 $140 | * $340 $240 $140 $70
*Available for full-time students, senior citizens aged 60 or above and people
with disabilities


Ticketing Enquiries: 3761 6661
Credit Card Booking: 2111 5999
Internet Booking: www.urbtix.hk
Programme Enquiries: 2105 9724


Suitable for ages 6 and above

The presenter reserves the right to alter the programme and artists

The performance lasts approximately two hours, including one intermission


Discounts

50% offFull-time students, senior citizens aged 60 or above, people with disabilities (Limited tickets for students and senior citizens available on a first-come, first-served basis. This discount cannot be used in conjunction with other discounts.)
15% offFriends of The Hong Kong Ballet
10% offCCDC Dance Inspirations Card holders, Members of Chung Ying Theatre’s Energy Fun Club Plus, Friends of HKCO, Friends of HKDC Prestige Members, HK Phil Club Bravo members, Members of HKRep Pals, Zuni’s Friends, Fringe Club Members, Hong Kong Dance Alliance members, Hong Kong Arts Administrators Association members and HKBU Foundation members
Group Booking10% off for every purchase of 10-19 tickets at regular price,
15% off for 20-40 tickets
Patrons can enjoy only one of the above discounts for each purchase.
Discounts are not applicable to $1,000 VIP tickets


$1,000 VIP Ticket Holders Special Privilege
Present your ticket stub to Hong Kong Ballet’s reception counter (Level 2 Foyer, Hong Kong Cultural Centre) before the performance or during the intermission to receive a coupon for a free drink. Each ticket stub is valid for one free drink only.


15% off food and beverages at InterContinental Hong Kong
Ticket holders can enjoy 15% off food and beverages at all restaurants and bars at InterContinental Hong Kong before or after the performance upon presentation of their tickets on the performance date. Terms and conditions apply.

Enquiries: 2313 2323 /fb.hongkong@ihg.com
Website: hongkong-ic.intercontinental.com


HKB Up-Close

Ballet Happy Hour: The Art of Classical Ballet 

Attend an interactive working rehearsal of an upcoming premiere, and then hob-knob with our artists over a glass of your favourite brew!


19.10.2018 Fri 7:30pm 

Jockey Club Hall, Asia Society

Registration details to be announced


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DOWNLOAD PRESS PHOTOS 

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Photo 1: 1st Annual International Gala of Stars promotional image | Dancer: Ye Feifei | Creative:
Design Army | Photography: Dean Alexander
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Photo 2: Tan Yuan Yuan, Principal Dancer of San Francisco Ballet | Photographer: Keith Hiro
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Photo 3: Sarah Lane, Principal Dancer of American Ballet Theatre
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Photo 4: Adiarys Almeida, International Ballet Star and Former Principal Dancer at Cincinnati Ballet & Corella Ballet | Credit: World Podium Russia | Photographer: Irina Abdullaeva
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Photo 5: Herman Cornejo, Principal Dancer of American Ballet Theatre | Credit: American Ballet Theatre | Photographer: M. Parpagnoli
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Photo 6: Taras Domitro, International Ballet Star and Former Principal Dancer of San
Francisco Ballet | Credit: San Francisco Ballet | Photographer: Erik Tomasson
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Photo 7: Brooklyn Mack, Principal Dancer of The Washington Ballet | Credit: BACKSATGE | Photographer: Erik Sawaya
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Photo 8: Matthew Golding, Guest Principal Dancer of Bavarian State Ballet | Credit: Royal Opera House | Photographer: Bill Cooper

About Hong Kong Ballet

An eclectic mix of talent, a balance of classical and contemporary works, and a unique repertoire are the trademarks of Hong Kong Ballet, Asia’s premier ballet company. Internationally recognised and acclaimed for its creativity, talent and artistry, the Company, led by Artistic Director Septime Webre, is committed to providing captivating experiences that delight and inspire audiences from all walks of life, both at home and abroad.



About China Everbright Limited (“Everbright”)

Everbright (stock code: 165.HK) is China Everbright Group’s largest cross-border asset-management and investment platform. By the end of June 2018, the asset scale of the 55 domestic and overseas funds managed by Everbright exceeded HKD138.9 billion. Through its managed funds and principals, Everbright has invested in more than 300 companies in China and around the world respectively. Its investments include real estate, healthcare, new energy, infrastructure, high-tech, high-end manufacturing, fintech, cultural consumption and many other industries. Among them, more than 150 companies have already exited through listings or mergers and acquisitions in China and overseas markets, with outstanding investment performance. For more information about Everbright, please visit www.everbright.com 

For further information, please contact:
Nick Chan

Director of Marketing

T: (852) 2105 9716

M: (852) 9728 1777
nick_chan@hkballet.com