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27.1.2017
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Hong Kong Ballet’s 1st visit to Sha Tin since 2013 with Coppélia

Spreading the joy of ballet with five performances at Sha Tin Town Hall and a community visit to Cheshire Home, Sha Tin



[Hong Kong – 1 February 2017] One of the world’s most popular comic ballets is back! Coppélia is a sparkling tale of a mysterious inventor, his life-sized doll and an inquisitive young couple, filled with magic, mischief and many comical delights. Based on E.T.A. Hoffmann’s lively story The Sandman, this light-hearted ballet is full of warmth, romance and laughter and has been entertaining fans of all ages all over the world.

Ronald Hynd’s delightful yet virtuosic choreography is a showcase for Hong Kong Ballet dancers’ classical technique as well as their comedic and acting skills. With gorgeous sets and costumes by award-winner Roberta Guidi di Bagno and enchanting music by Léo Delibes, the ballet's bright and jovial mood makes it the perfect family entertainment.

Artistic Director Madeleine Onne stated “I am happy to present once more this beautiful version of Coppélia by Ronald Hynd, which I personally think is one of the best versions in the world. Truly entertaining and filled with dance and humour, Coppélia is a perfect ballet for the whole family. We will feature three different casts to let all of our remarkable dancers shine in the various dancing and acting parts the performance has to offer. We also are happy to be back in Sha Tin where we always feel such tremendous support from the audience!”

To realize the Company’s mission to connect with audiences and the community at large, Hong Kong Ballet actively goes outside of its homebase, Hong Kong Cultural Centre, to visit different suburban areas with its high-quality artistic offerings each year. Following our huge success with Swan Lake at Yuen Long Theatre last August, Hong Kong Ballet once again returns to Sha Tin Town Hall after its last visit with The Sleeping Beauty in 2013.

It is Hong Kong Ballet’s firm belief that the beautiful art form of ballet can inspire and excite, and that it should be enjoyed by all. Thanks to our many patrons contributing to Accessibility Fund, the Company will offer 185 complimentary tickets to students and families from Sha Tin to enjoy the matinee performances on 25 and 26 March 2017. In addition, the Company will give back to the community by paying a visit to Cheshire Home, Sha Tin in late February 2017. Disabled patients will be treated to a Coppélia storytelling session with dance demonstration by the Company’s dancers dressed in full costume. Our dancers will also spend time talking with the patients and sharing their experiences about dancing in the production, bringing some cheer as well as a taste of this ballet to those who may not be able to see the performances.


Coppélia will run from 24-26 March 2017 at Auditorium, Sha Tin Town Hall for five performances. Tickets are priced at $300, $200 and $100, available at URBTIX now. Suitable for ages 3 and above.


About Coppélia
In the sleepy little village of Galicia, a beautiful girl sits alone on a balcony reading her book. The local flirt, Franz, walks by and is instantly captivated by her beauty, but what poor Franz doesn’t know is that the beautiful girl is actually a life-size doll named Coppélia! She has been created by Dr. Coppélius, a lonely old inventor, whose dearest wish is for his beautiful clockwork girl to come to life and keep him company in his old age. Franz, infatuated by the dancing doll, breaks into the eccentric inventor’s house to try and meet her. Dr. Coppélius hatches a plan to use Franz’s life force to animate his beautiful doll, but Franz’s fiancée Swanilda decides to impersonate the doll in order to play a prank on Franz, and chaos ensues! The charming scenes of frivolity and playful deception eventually result in a joyful celebration of the lovers’ wedding.


Choreography: Ronald Hynd
Music: Léo Delibes
Set & Costume Design: Roberta Guidi di Bagno
Original Lighting Design: Leo Cheung
Lighting Adaptation (Based on Original Design): Billy Chan


Performance details
24-26.3.2017
Fri 7:30pm | Sat & Sun 2:30pm & 7:30pm
Auditorium, Sha Tin Town Hall
$300, $200, $100
5 performances
Suitable for ages 3 and above
The performance lasts approximately two hours, including two intermissions


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, 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.

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Photo 1: Coppélia | Dancers: Ming Li (till 2014), Yu-yao Liu| Photographer: Gordon Wong
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Photo 2: Coppélia | Dancers: Yu-yao Liu, Ricky Song-wei Hu | Photographer: Gordon Wong
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Photo 3: Coppélia | Dancers: Fei-fei Ye, Conrad Dy-Liacco (till 2003) | Photographer: Keith Hiro
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Photo 4: Coppélia | Dancers: Yu-yao Liu | Photographer: Gordon Wong

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 Madeleine Onne, is committed to providing captivating experiences that delight and inspire audiences from all walks of life, both at home and abroad.


For further information, please contact:

Nick Chan

Director of Marketing

T: 2105 9716

M: 9728 1777

nick_chan@hkballet.com