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22.11.2018
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Hong Kong Ballet X FANCL present The Nutcracker

for the third consecutive year

Hong Kong Actress Annie Liu to play the Starlight Fairy

[Hong Kong – 23 November 2018] Following Christmas tradition, Hong Kong Ballet will celebrate the festive season by staging FANCL Proudly Presents The Nutcracker. This year, the collaboration with FANCL will bring a wonderful surprise to the audience. FANCL spokesperson and Hong Kong Actress Annie Liu will make two cameo appearances as the Starlight Fairy, a role created especially for her, in The Nutcracker on 14 December at 7:30pm and on 15 December at 2:30pm.

At the Hong Kong Ballet x FANCL The Nutcracker press conference on 21 November, Annie made a breathtaking entry with an impressive custom-made Starlight Fairy costume. Created with luminous fibre optics and sparkling crystals by the Company’s Director of Wardrobe, Ms Joanne Chong, the brilliant fairy-like dress wowed the audience with its mesmerising blue glow.


On fulfilling her childhood dream of performing ballet onstage, Annie expressed her excitement, “I am very grateful to FANCL and Hong Kong Ballet for this opportunity. I would also like to thank Hong Kong Ballet for their trust in me, letting me participate in this much-beloved ballet.”


Hong Kong Ballet Executive Director Paul Tam said, “We are pleased to partner with FANCL for the third consecutive year to actively promote ballet in Hong Kong. Every year, we work with FANCL to give the audience a special surprise. This year we invited their’s spokesperson, Ms Annie Liu, to make cameo appearances in The Nutcracker! I believe her performances will bring joy to our audiences. Additionally, we are very thankful that Annie is helping us to promote the ‘Annual Christmas Appeal’, which benefits our Accessibility Fund. Every year, the Company reaches out to the public to support our ‘Annual Christmas Appeal’, which gives underserved communities an unforgettable ballet experience and opens up the arts to people of all backgrounds.”


Hong Kong Ballet Artistic Director Septime Webre said “Annie has a beautiful luminosity, and she also loves ballet. Last year she joined our ballet workshop organised with FANCL, and we could see her passion for learning ballet. She would like to try even more things in the future. I truly believe that her presence on our stage will elevate the proceedings and bring an otherworldliness to this classic holiday ballet. We've developed a new role for Annie, which reflects her elegance and gentleness. As the Starlight Fairy of the Christmas Tree, she embodies a beautiful shining light, illuminating Clara's path. Annie will appear in both Act 1 and Act 2, accompanying Clara on her marvelous journey to the top of the Christmas Tree. We’ve been diligently working with our wardrobe team to design a unique costume for this role, using fibre optics, which means one very cool special effect will have Annie’s tutu actually glowing in the dark when the lights turn off!”


The Nutcracker will run from 14-16, 19-23 and 25-26 December 2018 at the Grand Theatre, Hong Kong Cultural Centre for 16 performances. Tickets are available at URBTIX now and are priced at $680, $480, $320 and $180, with VIP tickets at $1,000. Embrace the magic of the festive season with your loved ones at this joyful holiday event!



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 Paolo Bortolameolli


Guest Appearances

Chun Wai Chan

Principal, Houston Ballet

Principal Guest Artist

15-16.12.2018 7:30pm


Cameo Appearances Annie Liu

Hong Kong Actress

14.12.2018 7:30pm & 15.12.2018 2:30pm



Performance details
14-16, 19-23, 25-26.12.2018 7:30pm
15-16, 22-23, 25-26.12.2018 2:30pm
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


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 with 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% off
(First two tickets)
CCDC Dance Inspirations / Student 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



FANCL x HKBallet The Nutcracker Exclusive Privilege

The Nutcracker ticket holders are entitled toredeem a complimentary FANCL x HK Ballet “The Nutcracker” Doll - Christmas Edition at selected FANCL shops in Hong Kong, from 1 December 2018 to 15 January 2019!


This complimentary redemption is only valid from 1 December 2018 to 15 January 2019.
Redemption available at the following shops: The ONE, Tsim Sha Tsui; The Sun Arcade, Tsim Sha Tsui; Festival Walk, Kowloon Tong; MOKO, Mong Kok; Windsor House, Causeway Bay; Cityplaza, Taikoo Shing; MTR Central Station, Central; Nan Fung Place, Sheung Wan
Original ticket or ticket stub must be presented for redemption
Each ticket or ticket stub can be redeemed once only
The redemption is subject to a first-come-first-served basis while stocks last
Terms and conditions apply
In case of any dispute, FANCL reserves the right to make final decision
For more incredible promotions, check out the exciting details at iFANCL HK Mobile App!


$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 intermission to receive a coupon for a free drink. Each ticket stub is valid for one free drink only.

 

Exclusive Champagne Appreciation Session with Perrier-Jouët Champagne

$1,000 (VIP) and $680 ticket holders of The Nutcracker can enjoy a complimentary Exclusive Champagne Appreciation Session hosted by Hong Kong Ballet's Champagne Partner Perrier-Jouët Champagne. To RSVP, please send your name, phone number and a copy of The Nutcracker ticket stub to Ophelia.Hui@pernod-ricard.com or Dominic.Hu@pernod-ricard.com. For enquiries, please contact Ms Hui at 2398 3636 or Mr Hu at 2378 7965.


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 apply
In case of any dispute, Perrier-Jouët Champagne reserves the right to make final decision


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: www.hongkong-ic.intercontinental.com


HKB Up-Close


Pre-performance Talks

16.12.2018 Sun 2:20pm – 2:20pm [Conducted in Cantonese]

16.12.2018 Sun 7:00pm – 7:20pm [Conducted in English]

Level 2 Foyer, Hong Kong Cultural Centre

The programme is approximately 20 minutes long

Free admission with The Nutcracker tickets



Sneak Peek

Exclusive for Friends of Hong Kong Ballet 
Invitation emails with more details will be sent closer to the date



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DOWNLOAD PRESS PHOTOS 

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The Nutcracker Promotional Image | Hong Kong Dancers | Photographer: Ricky Lo
Photo 1: (from left) Henry Seldon, Member of Corps de Ballet of Hong Kong Ballet; Mr Paul Tam, Executive Director of Hong Kong Ballet; Ms Annie Liu, Hong Kong Actress; Mr Septime Webre, Artistic Director of Hong Kong Ballet; Shunsuke Arimizu, Coryphée of Hong Kong Ballet;
The Nutcracker Promotional Image | Hong Kong Ballet Dancers | Photographer: Conrad Dy-Liacco
Photo 2: (from left) Henry Seldon, Mr Paul Tam, Ms Annie Liu, Mr Septime Webre, Shunsuke Arimizu
The Nutcracker Promotional Image | Dancers: Lai Nok Sze Vanessa, Lucas Jerkander | Photographer: Ricky Lo
Photo 3: Ms Annie Liu
The Nutcracker Promotional Image | Dancers: Shen Jie, Li Lin | Photographer: Ricky Lo
Photo 4: (from left) Henry Seldon, Ms Annie Liu, Shunsuke Arimizu
The Nutcracker Promotional Image | Dancers: Li Jiabo, Wei Wei | Photographer: Ricky Lo
Photo 5: (from left) Shunsuke Arimizu, Ms Annie Liu
The Nutcracker Promotional Image | Dancers: Li Jiabo | Photographer: Ricky Lo
Photo 6: (from left) Ms Annie Liu, Henry Seldon
The Nutcracker | Dancers: Ye Feifei, Li Jiabo | Photographer: Conrad Dy-Liacco
Photo 7: Ms Annie Liu

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 FANCL

FANCL is a well-known “Preservatives-free” skincare and health supplement brand in Japan.  It is listed on the First Section of Tokyo Stock Exchange, with annual revenues reaching US$1 billion. Founded in 1980, FANCL possesses world-class R&D technology and production system to manufacture preservative-free cosmetics and nutritional supplements which eliminate cosmetics-related skin problems, and offering customers a comprehensive health and nutrition support. With products widely accredited by authoritative associations in Japan, FANCL has established a leading position in the industry globally.

For further information, please contact:


Nick Chan

Director of Marketing

T: 2105 9716

M: 9728 1777

nick_chan@hkballet.com


Eunice Ho

Assistant Marketing Manager

T: (852) 2105 9757

M: (852) 9189 2235

eunice_ho@hkballet.com