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20.6.2018
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Hong Kong Ballet’s 2018/19 Season Opens with the Asian premiere of ALICE (in wonderland)

An unforgettable adventure for the entire family!
Debuting in Taiwan during HONG KONG WEEK


[Hong Kong – 20 June 2018] Get ready for a wild, wild ride down the rabbit hole! Bursting with energy and imagination, Hong Kong Ballet opens its 2018/19 Season with the Asian premiere of its Artistic Director Septime Webre’s extravagant ALICE (in wonderland), which explodes with jaw-dropping excitement and fantasy. Fans have eagerly responded to the whimsical new production, and enthusiastic subscription sales have already surpassed expectations.


Webre’s choreography showcases a dizzying array of dances that merge traditional ballet with contemporary energy, capturing the topsy-turvy magic of Wonderland and the bizarre characters that confront Alice on her incredible journey. With mastery and unexpected humor, Webre re-imagines the familiar tale as a fusion of dance, theater, and puppetry that is both visually stunning and enormously entertaining. ALICE (in wonderland) features sleek and chic costumes from Cirque du Soleil designer Liz Vandal, James Kronzer’s bold, hypnotic sets and a thrilling original score by Matthew Pierce.


Committed to bringing the joy of ballet to audiences across the city, Hong Kong Ballet will present this spectacular production at Hong Kong Cultural Centre’s Grand Theatre 17-19 August and at Yuen Long Theatre’s Auditorium 24-26 August. The five performances at the former will be accompanied by the City Chamber Orchestra under the baton of Pierce, while the four performances at the latter will be staged to recorded music. The Washington Ballet Principal Dancer Brooklyn Mack will make his special guest appearance during the performances on 17, 18 and 19 August at 7:30pm.


Tickets are now available at URBTIX and are priced at $680, $480, $280, $140, with VIP tickets at $1,000 for Hong Kong Cultural Centre and at $300, $200, $100 for Yuen Long Theatre. Suitable for ages 3 and above.


As a global ambassador for Hong Kong, presenting the best of Hong Kong’s creativity and drive to the world, the Company regularly tours throughout Europe, North America and Asia. This November, Hong Kong Ballet will headline Taiwan’s 2018 HONG KONG WEEK with ALICE (in wonderland) at Taiwan Traditional Theatre Center. There will be two performances with live accompaniment 30 Nov to 1 December 2018 at 7:30pm. This giddy, over-the-top re-imagining of Lewis Carroll’s classic tale promises exhilarating fun for all ages!


Critical Acclaim

“In ALICE (in Wonderland), the title character is not only a kid with a fantastic imagination — she’s also an adrenaline junkie...Webre’s account, which draws on characters and events from Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass is a giddy parade, a pop-art dream, a feat of fevered imagination. The work is skillfully geared to children, although adult tastes are not ignored on the menu of visual splendor…It is a tour de force for Webre, who choreographed dances in all manner of styles for a spree of personages and scenes.” The Washington Post


“The whole thing is an incredibly creative spectacle, pure and simple, repeatedly bringing the audience to delighted laughter.” City Paper 


“Highly creative, whimsical, and entertaining.” Metro Arts 


Creative Team

Choreography: Septime Webre

Music/#Conductor: Matthew Pierce

Concept and Costume Design: Liz VandalGuest 

Coaches: Jared Nelson, Morgann Rose

Set Design: James Kronzer

Lighting Design: Clifton Taylor

Puppet Design: Eric Van Wyk

#Live Accompaniment: City Chamber Orchestra of Hong Kong

#Only for performances at Hong Kong Cultural Centre

A Co-production of Hong Kong Ballet and West Australian Ballet 


About Brooklyn Mack

Born in South Carolina, US, Brooklyn Mack trained at the Pavlovich Dance School before studying at and graduating from The Kirov Academy of Ballet. As a professional, Mack danced with the Joffrey Ballet and American Ballet Theatre’s Studio Company and later became Principal Dancer with Orlando Ballet. He is currently a Principal Dancer with The Washington Ballet.


Some of his accolades include silver medals at the 2006 Jackson International Ballet Competition, 2009 Helsinki International Ballet Competition and 2011 Korean International Dance Competition as well as gold medals at Varna International Ballet Competition, Boston International Competition and the Grand Prix Award at Istanbul International Ballet competition in 2012.


Performance Details

17-19.8.2018

Fri 7:30pm | Sat & Sun 2:30pm & 7:30pm

Grand Theatre, Hong Kong Cultural Centre

$1,000 (Limited VIP Tickets) $680, $480, $280, $140 │*$340, $240, $140, $70

Five performances with live accompaniment 


Guest Appearance

Brooklyn Mack, Principal Dancer of The Washington Ballet (17-19.8.2018 7:30pm) 


24-26.8.2018

Fri 7:30pm | Sat 2:30pm & 7:30pm | Sun 2:30pm

Auditorium, Yuen Long Theatre

$300, $200, $100* |$150, $100, $50

Four performances with recorded music

* Available for full-time students, senior citizens aged 60 or above and people with disabilities and the minder


Tickets available at URBTIX from 17 June 2018
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 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 360∘

Dive deeper into ALICE (in wonderland)!


7.8.2018 Tue 7:30pm – 8:30pm
Studio Theatre, Hong Kong Cultural Centre


Free admission
Conducted in English
Suitable for ages 6 and above
Limited capacity, advance registration required

Registration Details: hkballet.com/ballet360 


Pre-performance Workshops


18.8.2018 Sat

Workshop I (ages 7-11): 10:00am – 11:00am
Workshop II (ages 4-6): 11:30am – 12:30pm

GR3, 8/F, Grand Theatre Backstage, Hong Kong Cultural Centre


Fee: $100 each* | Quota: 40 each class
*10% discount for Friends of Hong Kong Ballet

Conducted in Cantonese and English
For ALICE (in wonderland) ticket holders, Friends of Hong Kong Ballet and Ballet Family Club members only
Advance registration required

Registration Details: hkballet.com/workshop 


Pre-performance Talks


18.8.2018 Sat

2:00pm – 2:20pm [Conducted in Cantonese]
7:00pm – 7:20pm [Conducted in English]

Level 2 Foyer, Hong Kong Cultural Centre


The programme will last approximately 20 minutes
Free admission with an ALICE (in wonderland) ticket 


Family Fun Workshop


25.8.2018 Sat 1:45pm –  2:15pm
Foyer Exhibition Corner, Yuen Long Theatre

Free admission


Enquiries: education@hkballet.com 


Sneak Peeks


Exclusive for Friends of Hong Kong Ballet, Ballet Family Club Members and Subscribers


11.8.2018 Sat 11:00am – 12:00nn
14.8.2018 Tue 7:30pm – 8:30pm


Invitation emails with more details to be sent closer to the date 


Ballet Happy Hour: Down the Rabbit Hole


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


27.7.2018 Fri 7:30pm – 9:00pm


Venue and registration details to be announced 



SPECIAL EVENTS 

LEE GARDENS PRESENTS


ALICE (IN WONDERLAND) BALLET COSTUME EXHIBITION


6.7 – 5.8.2018

G/F, Lee Garden One
2/F, Lee Garden Two


Come and see the outrageously unique costumes from the whimsical ALICE (in wonderland) production for yourself! Created by Cirque du Soleil designer Liz Vandal, the exhibition features costumes from ALICE’s unforgettable characters, including the colourful Mad Hatter, iconic White Rabbit, classic Alice, graceful Female Cards and lovely Junior Cards Girl. 


BALLET IN LEE GARDENS –ALICE (IN WONDERLAND) FUN DAY


4.8.2018 Sat


Join us for a family fun day that you won’t soon forget! Featuring ballet workshops with storytelling, arts and crafts and ballet movements from the actual production and a lively parade with your favourite characters, this event also offers sneak previews of exciting live performances from ALICE! Come and take pictures with ALICE's over-the-top characters! 


ALICE (IN WONDERLAND) Ballet Workshop


1:00pm – 2:00pm

2/F, Lee Garden Two


Children will enjoy a meaningful experience learning more about the world of ballet and ALICE (in wonderland) through dance movements, story, music and costumes. They will also make their own ALICE’s props.


Spend HK$1,500 or more at Lee Garden Two Kids' Fashion & Lifestyle shops to redeem a workshop pass.
For children ages 3-8. Parents are welcome to join.
Limited capacity. First-come, first-served.Terms & Conditions apply. 
Please refer to in-mall promotions materials for details. 


ALICE (IN WONDERLAND) Ballet Performances and Parade


Starts 4:00pm 

1. Hysan Place Atrium

2. Lee Theatre Ground Floor

3. Lee Garden One Ground Floor

4. Pak Sha Road


Come join us throughout the route!


Events are subject to change without prior notice. In case of any dispute, Lee Gardens Association Limited and Hysan Marketing Services Limited reserves the right to make final decision.

Website: leegardens.com.hk


Ballet Fun Day SponsorExhibition Sponsor

Champagne PartnerMake-Up PartnerInternational Media PartnerMedia Partner




DOWNLOAD PRESS PHOTOS 

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Photo 1: ALICE (in wonderland) promotional image | Dancer: Chen Zhiyao as Alice | Creative: Design Army | Photography: Dean Alexander
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Photo 2: ALICE (in wonderland) promotional image | Dancer: Jin Yao as Queen of Hearts | Creative: Design Army | Photography: Dean Alexander
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Photo 3: ALICE (in wonderland) promotional image | Dancer: Jin Yao as Queen of Hearts | Creative: Design Army | Photography: Dean Alexander
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Photo 4: ALICE (in wonderland) promotional image | Dancer: Shen Jie as White Rabbit | Creative: Design Army | Photography: Dean Alexander
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Photo 5: ALICE (in wonderland) promotional image | Dancer: Li Jiabo as Mad Hatter | Creative: Design Army | Photography: Dean Alexander
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Photo 6: ALICE (in wonderland) promotional image | Dancer: Li Jiabo as Mad Hatter | Creative: Design Army | Photography: Dean Alexander
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Photo 7: ALICE (in wonderland) promotional image | Dancers (From Left): Henry Seldon and Wu Di as Tweedle Dum and Tweedle Dee | Creative: Design Army | Photography: Dean Alexander

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.


For further information, please contact:

Nick Chan

Director of Marketing

T: 2105 9716

M: 9728 1777

nick_chan@hkballet.com