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3.9.2018
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

One of the Greatest Romantic Ballets of all Time Giselle

A heart-breakingly poignant tale of love, deceit and forgiveness

Title Sponsor: China Everbright Limited


[Hong Kong – 5 Sep 2018] This autumn, Hong Kong Ballet brings you a poignant tale of love, betrayal and redemption with Giselle, proudly presented by China Everbright Limited. The production will be newly staged by Septime Webre and South African ballet artist Charla Genn and coached by ballet-world superstar Julio Bocca, after the Coralli/Perrot original. The Company will also bid farewell to Principal Dancer Jin Yao, who will give her final performance in Giselle, concluding an illustrious career with the Company spanning more than a decade.


Guest ballet superstars Marcelo Gomes, former Principal Dancer of American Ballet Theatre; Sarah Lane, Principal Dancer of American Ballet Theatre; and Matthew Golding, Guest Principal Dancer of Bavarian State Ballet will perform in the iconic lead roles alongside Hong Kong Ballet artists for select performances.


Artistic Director Septime Webre explains, “Giselle is, quite simply, the greatest romantic ballet ever created. The dances for Act II in particular are among the most breathtaking and sublime in the classical canon. The work is as compelling as it was when it first premiered in 1841. I'm thrilled that our artists will be joined by some of the world's most talked about artists. In addition, Hong Kong Ballet's cherished long-time Principal Dancer, Jin Yao, will dance her farewell performances in Giselle, partnered by international ballet superstar, Marcelo Gomes.”


Featuring the hauntingly beautiful, otherworldly ‘white act’, Giselle has survived virtually unchanged for 177 years and remains one of ballet’s most enduring and celebrated works, showcasing the dancers’ dramatic flair as well as their impeccable technical skills. It is a rare opportunity to enjoy this dance canon with stunning, ethereal sets by renowned British designer Peter Farmer and live accompaniment by Hong Kong Sinfonietta performing the sweeping, enchanting score. Enter a world where true love triumphs over deception and vengeful spirits from beyond!


The production will run 26-28 October 2018 and 3-4 Nov 2018 at the Grand Theatre, Hong Kong Cultural Centre for eight performances. Tickets are priced at $680, $480, $280 and $140, with VIP tickets at $1,000. Tickets are available at URBTIX now.


About Giselle

This is the poignant story of an innocent, kind-hearted peasant girl who falls in love with a handsome young villager, Albrecht, but soon discovers that he has lied to her – not only is he a nobleman and not a peasant, but he is also engaged to be married. Learning of her sweetheart’s deceit breaks Giselle’s heart, and she goes mad before succumbing to an untimely and tragic death. In revenge for Giselle’s loss, the Wilis, the vengeful spirits of brides who died before their wedding day, condemn Albrecht to dance until he dies. However, Giselle’s enduring love manages to protect him until daybreak, when the spell is broken and Giselle and the Wilis fade away, leaving Albrecht alone and full of sorrow.


Guest Appearances

Marcelo Gomes

International Ballet Star

Former Principal Dancer, American Ballet Theatre

26 & 27.10.2018 7:30pm


Sarah Lane

Principal Dancer, American Ballet Theatre

4.11.2018 2:30pm


Matthew Golding

Guest Principal Dancer, Bavarian State Ballet

3 & 4.11.2018 7:30pm


Performance Details

26-28.10.2018 Fri 7:30pm | Sat 2:30pm & 7:30pm | Sun 2:30pm

3-4.11.2018 Sat – Sun 2:30pm & 7:30pm

8 performances Grand Theatre, Hong Kong Cultural Centre 

$1,000 (Limited VIP Tickets)

$680 $480 $280 $140 | * $340 $240 $140 $70

* 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 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∘

16.10.2018 Tue 7:30pm – 8:30pm

GR2, 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/ballet360


Pre-performance Talks

26.10.2018 Fri

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

28.10.2018 Sun

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

Level 2 Foyer, Hong Kong Cultural Centre

Approximately 20 minutes 

Free admission with an Giselle ticket


Pre-performance Workshops

28.10.2018 Sun

Workshop I (ages 11-15): 10:00am – 11:00am (at least 2 years of dance experience)

Workshop II (ages 6-11): 11:30am – 12:30pm (no prior dance experience is necessary)

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

Fee: $100 each* 

*10% discount for Friends of Hong Kong Ballet 

Conducted in Cantonese and English

For Giselle ticket holders, Friends of Hong Kong Ballet and Ballet Family Club members only

Advance registration required 

Registration Details: hkballet.com/workshop


Sneak Peek

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

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


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DOWNLOAD PRESS PHOTOS 

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Photo 1: Giselle promotional image | Dancer: Ye Feifei | Creative: Design Army | Photography: Dean Alexander
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Photo 2: Giselle | Hong Kong Ballet Dancers | Photographer: Conrad Dy-Liacco
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Photo 3: Giselle | Dancers (from left): Wu Feifei (till 2014) and Jin Yao | Photographer: Conrad Dy-Liacco
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Photo 4: Marcelo Gomes, International Ballet Star and Former Principal Dancer of American Ballet Theatre | Credit: NYC Dance Project
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Photo 5: Sarah Lane, Principal Dancer of American Ballet Theatre | Credit: NYC Dance Project
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Photo 6:  Matthew Golding, Guest Principal Dancer of Bavarian State Ballet | Credit: Royal Opera House | Photographer: Tristram Kenton

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 China Everbright Limited (“Everbright”)

Everbright (stock code: 165.HK) is China Everbright Group’s largest cross-border asset-management and investment platform. By the end of June 2018, the asset scale of the 55 domestic and overseas funds managed by Everbright exceeded HKD138.9 billion. Through its managed funds and principals, Everbright has invested in more than 300 companies in China and around the world respectively. Its investments include real estate, healthcare, new energy, infrastructure, high-tech, high-end manufacturing, fintech, cultural consumption and many other industries. Among them, more than 150 companies have already exited through listings or mergers and acquisitions in China and overseas markets, with outstanding investment performance. For more information about Everbright, please visit www.everbright.com.  

For further information, please contact:
Nick Chan
Director of Marketing
T: (852) 2105 9716
M: (852) 9728 1777
nick_chan@hkballet.com