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8.11.2017
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Hong Kong Ballet
Celebrates the Holiday Season with FANCL Proudly Presents

The Nutcracker

[Hong Kong – 8 Nov 2017] Hong Kong Ballet continues a beloved holiday tradition with its sixth annual production of The Nutcracker, with FANCL as its Title Sponsor for the second consecutive year. The world’s most popular festive ballet returns to bring families and friends together as they follow Clara and Fritz into the dollhouse on Christmas Eve and embark on an unforgettable adventure to help the heroic Nutcracker defeat the evil Rat King and reunite with his Ballerina true love. Experience this wondrous world filled with a mischievous rat army, valiant toy soldiers, dramatic sword fights, enchanting snowflakes and captivating dolls. 


Acclaimed Australian choreographer Terence Kohler created this production especially for Hong Kong Ballet, reimagining this Christmas classic in a refreshing new visual style while maintaining all the elegance and charm from the original version. Hong Kong audiences can’t get enough of The Nutcracker’s perfect blend of Tchaikovsky’s timeless music with live accompaniment by Hong Kong Sinfonietta, exquisite dancing, magical scenery and sparkling costumes, all wrapped up in the warmth of a world famous Christmas tale.


The production will run from 15-17, 19-20 & 22-26 December 2017 at the Grand Theatre, Hong Kong Cultural Centre for 14 performances. Tickets are available at URBTIX now and are priced at $680, $480, $320 and $180, with VIP tickets at $1,000. Suitable for ages 3 and above. Celebrate the festive season with loved ones at this joyful holiday event, and make memories to cherish!


Terence Kohler, Choreographer


Terence Kohler was born in Sydney, Australia. He studied Performing Arts at The McDonald College, and in 2002 he won a scholarship to the Academy of Dance in Mannheim, Germany. In 2004, Terence was employed as both a dancer and choreographer at the Badisches Staatstheater. As a dancer, Terence performed in choreographies by William Forsythe, Jorma Uotinen, Philip Taylor, Peter Wright and Renato Zanella, most notably dancing the role of Mercutio in the German premiere of Kenneth MacMillan's
Romeo and Juliet. As a choreographer he made full-length ballets including Anna Karenina and The Temple Dancer as well as numerous one-act ballets including transcended, in the near distance and Empty Frames.


In 2007 Terence was awarded the German Dance Prize "Future" award for choreography, and in the dance magazine ballettanz, Wiebke Hüster (FAZ), Jochen Schmidt and Bettina Trouwborst nominated him Most Promising Chorographer. In 2009 he took part in a Royal Ballet of Flanders choreographic project, creating 11:11, which was nominated for the prestigious Benois de la Danse. 


As Choreographer in Residence with the Bavarian State Ballet in 2009/10, Terence created a full-length murder mystery ballet entitled
Série noire, Maurice Ravel’s Daphnis et Chloé and a shorter work entitled ONE:third. He also participated in the National Ballet of China’s first ever Choreographic Workshop, creating a one-act ballet entitled TAKE YOUR TIME


Terence has created ballets including
Once Upon an Ever After for the Bavarian State Ballet, Cinderella – a Tragic Tale for the Finnish National Ballet, and RHETORIC for the West Australian Ballet. In April 2013, Terence created a new full-length ballet entitled Helden which opened the Bavarian State Ballet's Festival Week and in December the Junior Company presented his new work Streichquintett.


Creative Team
Choreography
Terence Kohler
Music Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Dramaturge Clair Sauran
Set & Costume Design Jordi Roig
Lighting Design David Bofarull
Painters Jordi Castells & Quique Conde
Live Accompaniment Hong Kong Sinfonietta
Conductor Marc Taddei

Performance details
15-17 & 19-20.12.2017

Fri – Sun & Tue – Wed 7:30pm | Sat & Sun 2:30pm
22-26.12.2017
Fri – Sun 7:30pm | Sat – Tue 2:30pm
14 performances 
Grand Theatre, Hong Kong Cultural Centre 
$1,000 (Limited VIP Tickets) $680 $480 $320 $180 | * $340 $240 $160 $90
* Available for full-time students, senior citizens aged 60 or above and people with disabilities


Tickets available at URBTIX now
Ticketing Enquiries: 3761 6661
Credit Card Booking: 2111 5999
Internet Booking: www.urbtix.hk
Programme Enquiries: 2105 9724


Suitable for ages 3 and above
The presenter reserves the right to alter the programme and artists 
The performance lasts approximately 2 hours, including one intermission


Discounts

50% offFull-time students, senior citizens aged 60 or above, people with disabilities and the minder (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% off
(First two tickets)
CCDC 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 Arts Administrators Association members, Hong Kong Dance Alliance 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 end of intermission to receive a coupon for a free drink. Each ticket stub is valid for one free drink only.

FANCL x The Nutcracker Exclusive Privilege
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Exclusive Champagne Appreciation Session with Perrier-Jouët Champagne
$1,000 (VIP) and $680 ticket holders can enjoy a complimentary Exclusive Champagne Appreciation Session hosted by Hong Kong Ballet's Champagne Partner Perrier-Jouët Champagne.

Participant must be aged 18 or above
Original ticket stub must be presented for entrance
One ticket stub admits one person for one entry only
Limited quota; first-come, first-served 
Date of the Exclusive Champagne Appreciation Session to be determined
Terms and conditions may apply
In case of any dispute, Perrier-Jouët Champagne reserves the right to make final decision


Registration:
Ophelia.Hui@pernod-ricard.com/ Dominic.Hu@pernod-ricard.com
(Please include name, phone number and a copy of The Nutcracker ticket stub)

Enquiries:
2398 3636 (Ms Hui) / 2378 7965 (Mr Hu)


15% Off Food and Beverage at InterContinental Hong Kong

Ticket holders can enjoy 15% off food and beverage in 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
This offer is not applicable on 24 – 25 December

Enquiries:
2313 2323 / fb.hongkong@ihg.com

Website:
hongkong-ic.intercontinental.com


Programme Plus! 

The Preview of The Nutcracker 
Find out how our unique The Nutcracker story evolved from its initial concept to the compelling final stage production! Begin your magical evening inside the intimate Rehearsal Studio with a very special and personal introduction to The Nutcracker to learn more about its fascinating background and the creative process behind choreographer Terence Kohler’s vision when he created this family-friendly ballet especially for our Company. Afterwards, guests will be treated to exclusive excerpts from The Nutcracker with Hong Kong Ballet dancers!


5.12.2017 Tue 7:30pm – 8:45pm  
GR2, 8/F, Grand Theatre Backstage, Hong Kong Cultural Centre
Free admission

Conducted in English 
Suitable for ages 6 and above 
Limited capacity, advance registration required 
Registration Details:  hkballet.com/preview


Pre-performance Talks 

The perfect introduction to The Nutcracker, our pre-performance talks will offer fascinating insights from behind the scenes of this Christmas classic ballet. Personally hosted by Company members, these talks are designed to introduce you to Terence Kohler’s unique version of The Nutcracker, set to Tchaikovsky’s iconic score. To help enhance your enjoyment of the festive production, the discussion will highlight the dancers’ experiences in the show and the popular ballet’s historical journey from St. Petersburg, Russia to Hong Kong. It’s a memorable way for Nutcracker fans of all ages to begin their magical experience at the theatre! 


16.12.2017 Sat
1:50pm - 2:10pm [Conducted in Cantonese]
6:50pm - 7:10pm [Conducted in English]

Level 2 Foyer, Hong Kong Cultural Centre

The programme is approximately 20 minutes long
Free admission with The Nutcracker tickets

Title Sponsor


Beauty and Health Partner
Champagne Partner
Make-Up Partner

DOWNLOAD PRESS PHOTOS 

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The Nutcracker Promotional Image | Hong Kong Dancers | Photographer: Ricky Lo
Photo 1: The Nutcracker Promotional Image | Dancers (from top left): Wei Wei, Xia Jun, Wu Di, Jonathan Spigner; (Bottom): Ye Feifei | Photographer: Ricky Lo
The Nutcracker Promotional Image | Hong Kong Ballet Dancers | Photographer: Conrad Dy-Liacco
Photo 2: The Nutcracker Promotional Image | Dancers (from top left): Jonathan Spigner, Xia Jun, Wu Di, Luis Cabrera, Leung Chunlong, Forrest Rain Oliveros; (bottom) Ye Feifei | Photographer: Ricky Lo
The Nutcracker Promotional Image | Hong Kong Ballet Dancers | Photographer: Ricky Lo
Photo 3: The Nutcracker Promotional Image | Dancers (from top left): Zhang Xuening, Yang Ruiqi, Wang Qingxin, Chaelee Kim; (from bottom left): Lauma Berga, Liu Miaomiao | Photographer: Ricky Lo
The Nutcracker Promotional Image | Hong Kong Ballet Dancers | Photographer: Ricky Lo
Photo 4: The Nutcracker Promotional Image | Dancers (from top left): Zhang Xuening, Yang Ruiqi, Wang Qingxin, Chaelee Kim; (from bottom left): Lauma Berga, Liu Miaomiao | Photographer: Ricky Lo
The Nutcracker Promotional Image | Dancers: Lai Nok Sze Vanessa, Lucas Jerkander | Photographer: Ricky Lo
Photo 5: The Nutcracker Promotional Image | Dancers: Lai Nok Sze Vanessa, Lucas Jerkander | Photographer: Ricky Lo
The Nutcracker Promotional Image | Dancers: Shen Jie, Li Lin | Photographer: Ricky Lo
Photo 6: The Nutcracker Promotional Image | Dancers: Shen Jie, Li Lin | Photographer: Ricky Lo
The Nutcracker Promotional Image | Dancers: Li Jiabo, Wei Wei | Photographer: Ricky Lo
Photo 7: The Nutcracker Promotional Image | Dancers: Li Jiabo, Wei Wei | Photographer: Ricky Lo
The Nutcracker Promotional Image | Dancers: Li Jiabo | Photographer: Ricky Lo
Photo 8: The Nutcracker Promotional Image | Dancer: Li Jiabo | Photographer: Ricky Lo
The Nutcracker | Dancers: Ye Feifei, Li Jiabo | Photographer: Conrad Dy-Liacco
Photo 9: The Nutcracker | Dancers: Ye Feifei, Li Jiabo | Photographer: Conrad Dy-Liacco
The Nutcracker | Dancers: Ye Feifei, Li Jiabo | Photographer: Conrad Dy-Liacco
Photo 10: The Nutcracker | Dancers : Ye Feifei, Li Jiabo | Photographer: Conrad Dy-Liacco
The Nutcracker | Dancers: Shen Jie, Dong Ruixue and Hong Kong Ballet Dancers | Photographer: Conrad Dy-Liacco
Photo 11: The Nutcracker | Dancers: Shen Jie, Dong Ruixue and Hong Kong Ballet Dancers | Photographer: Conrad Dy-Liacco
The Nutcracker | Dancers (from left): Davit Vardanyan (till 2017), Wei Wei | Photographer: Conrad Dy-Liacco
Photo 12: The Nutcracker | Dancers (from left): Davit Vardanyan (till 2017), Wei Wei | Photographer: Conrad Dy-Liacco
The Nutcracker | Hong Kong Ballet Dancers | Photographer: Conrad Dy-Liacco
Photo 13 : The Nutcracker | Hong Kong Ballet Dancers | Photographer: Conrad Dy-Liacco
The Nutcracker | Hong Kong Ballet Dancers | Photographer: Conrad Dy-Liacco
Photo 14 : The Nutcracker | Hong Kong Ballet Dancers | Photographer: Conrad Dy-Liacco
The Nutcracker | Dancers (from left): Jiang Pengfei (till 2017), Lai Nok Sze Vanessa | Photographer: Conrad Dy-Liacco
Photo 15 : The Nutcracker | Dancers (from left): Jiang Pengfei (till 2017), Lai Nok Sze Vanessa | Photographer: Conrad Dy-Liacco
The Nutcracker | Dancers (from left): Leung Chunlong, Naomi Yuzawa  | Photographer: Conrad Dy-Liacco
Photo 16 : The Nutcracker | Dancers (from left): Leung Chunlong, Naomi Yuzawa  | Photographer: Conrad Dy-Liacco
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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.


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Nick Chan

Director of Marketing

T: 2105 9716

M: 9728 1777

nick_chan@hkballet.com