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7.12.2017
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Hong Kong Ballet presents
A special one-hour family production in English, Cantonese and Mandarin with extra shows at Y-Theatre


[Hong Kong – 7 December 2017] Hong Kong Ballet kicks off the New Year with the beloved Ballet Classics for Children: Swan Lake, which returns to enchant fans of all ages in 2018. In its aim to reach a wider range of audiences, the popular series will have seven performances at Hong Kong Cultural Centre 2-4 February and four shows at the Y-Theatre in Chai Wan 23-24 March in English and Cantonese. Following its sold-out show narrated in Japanese last season, the Company will present its first-ever show in Mandarin narrated by Company dancer Lin Chang-yuan Kyle.


Magically step inside the intriguing Swan Lake story and admire the beauty and innocence of the White Swan, hold your breath as the Prince mistakenly falls for the Black Swan and beware of the evil sorcerer Von Rothbart! This one-hour version of the full length classic will introduce Swan Lake’s main characters and good vs. evil story as well as key ballet concepts. Renowned local choreographer Yuri Ng and well-loved narrator Rick Lau will again collaborate with Hong Kong Ballet dancers to engage audiences with their innovative blend of storytelling, dance and audience interaction.


Ballet Classics for Children is an excellent first introduction to a live ballet performance for children as young as 5 years old. Shows usually sell out quickly, so get tickets early to avoid disappointment. Tickets are priced at $300, $200 (Hong Kong Cultural Centre) and $250, $150 (Y-Theatre). Tickets are now available at URBTIX.


About Swan Lake

The story focuses on the beautiful Odette, who has been cursed by the evil Von Rothbart and can only take on human form at night; the curse can only be broken by a vow of true love. The handsome young Prince is enthralled by Odette and they fall in love. At the Ball, Von Rothbart arrives with Odile, who he has enchanted to look exactly like Odette. This tricks the Prince into believing that Odile is Odette, and he unintentionally vows to marry Odile the Black Swan. Broken-hearted, the Swan Queen Odette is reunited with the Prince by the lake for one last dance, before they tragically end their lives by jumping into the lake together, sealing their eternal love and breaking Von Rothbart’s spell.


Artistic Curator: Yuri Ng
Narrator (Cantonese and English) / Script Writer: Rick Lau
Narrator (Mandarin): Lin Chang-yuan Kyle
Original Choreography: Marius Petipa & Lev Ivanov
Music: Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Lighting Design: Alice Kwong
Set Design: Leocampo Yuen


Artistic Curator: Yuri Ng

  • Artistic Curator of Ballet Classics For Children Series
  • Winner of Distinguished Achievement Award at the 2012 Hong Kong Dance Awards
  • Artist Associate of Hong Kong Sinfonietta from 2011 to 2013
  • Co-ArtistDirector of a cappella theatre company Yat Po Singers


Narrator/Script Writer: Rick Lau

  • Narrated and wrote scripts for Ballet Classics For Children Series
  • HK-born Australia-trained musical theatre actor-singer-dancer and cabaret artist

Narrator: Lin Chang-yuan Kyle
  • Born in Taichung, Taiwan
  • Trained at Taipei National University of the Arts and graduated on full scholarship from The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts
  • Joined Hong Kong Ballet as a member of the Corps de Ballet in 2017


Performance Details


Studio Theatre, Hong Kong Cultural Centre


Narration in Cantonese

2.2.2018 (Fri) 7:30pm
3.2.2018 (Sat) 2:30pm & 5:00pm
4.2.2018 (Sun) 5:00pm

Narration in English
3.2.2018 (Sat) 7:30pm
4.2.2018 (Sun) 12:00nn & 2:30pm


$300 $200 | * $150 $100



Y Theatre, Youth Square


Narration in Cantonese

23.3.2018 (Fri) 7:30pm
25.3.2018 (Sun) 2:30pm

Narration in English
24.3.2018 (Sat) 2:30pm

Narration in Mandarin
24.3.2018 (Sat) 7:30pm


$250 $150 | * $125 $75


* Available for full-time students, senior citizens aged 60 or above and people with disabilities and the minder
Best for ages 5 and above 
Tickets available at URBTIX now


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


The presenter reserves the right to alter the programme and artists


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% 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, HKBU Foundation members and Hong Kong Dance Alliance 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.


Champagne Partner
Make-Up Partner

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Ballet Classics for Children: Swan Lake Poster
Photo 1: Ballet Classics for Children: Swan Lake Poster
Ballet Classics for Children: Swan Lake | Dancers (from left): Li Jiabo, Gao Ge | Photographer: Conrad Dy-Liacco
Photo 2: Ballet Classics for Children: Swan Lake | Dancers (from left): Li Jiabo, Gao Ge | Photographer: Conrad Dy-Liacco
Ballet Classics for Children: Swan Lake | Dancers (from left): Li Jiabo, Gao Ge | Photographer: Conrad Dy-Liacco
Photo 3: Ballet Classics for Children: Swan Lake | Dancers (from left): Li Jiabo, Gao Ge | Photographer: Conrad Dy-Liacco
Ballet Classics for Children: Swan Lake | Hong Kong Ballet Dancers | Photographer: Conrad Dy-Liacco
Photo 4: Ballet Classics for Children: Swan Lake | Hong Kong Ballet Dancers | Photographer: Conrad Dy-Liacco

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 is committed to providing captivating experiences that delight and inspire audiences from all walks of life, both at home and abroad. Mr Septime Webre, former Artistic Director of The Washington Ballet, joined the Company as its new Artistic Director in July.


For further information, please contact:

Nick Chan

Director of Marketing

T: 2105 9716

M: 9728 1777

nick_chan@hkballet.com