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21.8.2018
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The Asian premiere of ALICE (in wonderland) was a huge success 

All 10 performances have been sold out 

Moving to Yuen Long Theatre for the second week


[Hong Kong – 21 August 2018] Hong Kong Ballet’s 2018/19 Season Opener, the Asian premiere of ALICE (in wonderland), has already begun to rapturous applause! More than 8,300 people enjoyed the entertaining new production last week, packing into a full house at each of the five performances at Hong Kong Cultural Centre. Five more performances of this crowd-pleasing favourite will be staged at Yuen Long Theatre from 24-26 August 2018. A big thank you to the enthusiastic audiences, all shows have already been sold out.


On Opening Night on 17 August, the Company hosted an Intermission Cocktail Reception which were attended by Ms Michelle Li, JP, Director of Leisure and Cultural Services Department; Ms Elaine Yeung, Assistant Director of Leisure and Cultural Services Department (Performing Arts); Mr Kesson Lee, Principal Assistant Secretary for Home Affairs (Culture); Ms Bettty Tam, Senior Manager (Culture) of Home Affairs Bureau; Ms Yolanda Ng, MH, Member, Wan Chai District Council and Chairman, Cultural & Leisure Services Committee; Ms Nancy Kwok, Assistant Manager (Culture) of Home Affairs Bureau; Mrs Mary Griffiths, Founder of Hong Kong Ballet; Ms Linda Fung, Board of Governors Treasurer of Hong Kong Ballet; Mrs Deirdre Fu Tcheng, Board of Governors Secretary of Hong Kong Ballet; Ms Evonne Tsui, Board of Governors Member of Hong Kong Ballet; Mr Arthur Minshiang Wang, Board of Governors Member of Hong Kong Ballet; Mrs Daphne King Yao, Sponsorship and Audience Development Committee Member of Hong Kong Ballet; Mrs Christine Liao, Honorary Advisor of Hong Kong Ballet and Mrs Liana Yung Yeung, Co-Chair of The Hong Kong Ballet Guild 2018/19.


The evening was also joined by members from Hysan Development and Lee Gardens Association, who sponsored LEE GARDENS PRESENTS ALICE (IN WONDERLAND) BALLET COSTUME EXHIBITION and BALLET IN LEE GARDENS – ALICE (IN WONDERLAND) FUN DAY, including Ms Irene Lee, Chairman of Hysan Development Company Limited; Mr Ricky Lui, Chief Operating Officer of Hysan Development Company Limited; Mr Roger Hao, Chief Financial Officer of Hysan Development Company Limited; Ms Tiffany Lam, Director, Marketing & Customer Experience of Hysan Development Company Limited; Mr Mark Tung, Director of Lee Gardens Association; Mr Dennis Tam, Financial Controller of Hysan Development Company Limited and Ms Cathy Lam, Project Manager of Lee Gardens Association. All guests had the opportunity to be photographed with Hong Kong Ballet dancers.


Cast list for lead roles for Yuen Long performances:

Yuen Long Theatre performances24 Aug 7:30pm

25 Aug 2:30pm

26 Aug 2:30pm

25 Aug 7:30pm

26 Aug 7:30pm

(extra show)

AliceVenus VillaYang RuiqiChen Zhiyao
Queen of HeartsJin YaoWang QingxinYe Feifei
EagletChen ZhiyaoYe FeifeiVenus Villa
CaterpillarLai Nok Sze VanessaGao GeYe Feifei
King of HeartsWei WeiGarry CorpuzGarry Corpuz
White RabbitShen JieJonathan SpignerXia Jun
Mad Hatter
Li JiaboWei WeiLi Lin
Dodo BirdLi LinXia JunLi Jiabo
JokerXia JunLi LinShen Jie
Tweedle DeeJonathan SpignerXia JunLuis Cabrera
Tweedle DumLi LinWu DiLin Chang-yuan Kyle


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.


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


“Packed with spectacular theatrical effects, fast and furious dancing and blazing energy, it’s great entertainment for children, parents and ballet lovers alike.” South China Morning Post


“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: 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

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


Performance Details

24-26.8.2018

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

Auditorium, Yuen Long Theatre

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

Five performances with recorded music

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



HKB Up-Close

Family Fun Workshop

25.8.2018 Sat 1:45pm –  2:15pm

Foyer Exhibition Corner, Yuen Long Theatre

Free admission

Enquiries: education@hkballet.com 




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Photo 1: ALICE (in wonderland) | Dancers (from left): Li Jiabo and Venus Villa | Conrad Dy-Liacco
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Photo 2: ALICE (in wonderland) | Dancer: Shen Jie | Conrad Dy-Liacco
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Photo 3: ALICE (in wonderland) | Dancers (from left): Venus Villa, Li Lin and Xia Jun | Conrad Dy-Liacco
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Photo 4: ALICE (in wonderland) | Dancers: Venus Villa and Children Dancers | Conrad Dy-Liacco
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Photo 5: ALICE (in wonderland) | Dancers: Jin Yao and Hong Kong Ballet Dancers | Conrad Dy-Liacco
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Photo 6: ALICE (in wonderland) | Dancer: Ye Feifei | Conrad Dy-Liacco
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Photo 7: ALICE (in wonderland) | Dancer: Brooklyn Mack | Conrad Dy-Liacco
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Photo 8: ALICE (in wonderland) | Dancer: Chen Zhiyao | Conrad Dy-Liacco
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Photo 9: ALICE (in wonderland) | Hong Kong Ballet Dancers | Conrad Dy-Liacco
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Photo 10: ALICE (in wonderland) | Dancer: Yang Ruiqi | Conrad Dy-Liacco
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Photo 11: ALICE (in wonderland) | Children Dancers | Conrad Dy-Liacco
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Photo 12: ALICE (in wonderland) | Dancer: Ye Feifei and Hong Kong Ballet Dancers | Conrad Dy-Liacco
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Photo 13: ALICE (in wonderland) | Dancers (from left): Lin Chang-yuan Kyle Jonathan Spigner | Conrad Dy-Liacco
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Photo 14: ALICE (in wonderland) | Hong Kong Ballet Dancers | Conrad Dy-Liacco
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Photo 15 (from left): Garry Corpuz, Coryphée of Hong Kong Ballet; Ms Michelle Li, JP, Director of Leisure and Cultural Services Department; Luis Torres, Ballet Master of Hong Kong Ballet; Ye Feifei, Principal Dancer of Hong Kong Ballet and Mr Paul Tam, Executive Director of Hong Kong Ballet
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Photo 16 (from left): Mr Roger Hao, Chief Financial Officer of Hysan Development Company Limited; Ms Irene Lee, Chairman of Hysan Development Company Limited; Garry Corpuz; Luis Torres; Mr Ricky Lui, Chief Operating Officer of Hysan Development Company Limited; Ye Feifei; Ms Tiffany Lam, Director, Marketing & Customer Experience of Hysan Development Company Limited; Mr Dennis Tam, Financial Controller of Hysan Development Company Limited; Mr Mark Tung, Director of Lee Gardens Association and Ms Cathy Lam, Project Manager of Lee Gardens Association
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Photo 17 (from left): Ms Yolanda Ng, MH, Member, Wan Chai District Council and
Chairman, Cultural & Leisure Services Committee; Garry Corpuz; Luis Torres, Ye Feifei and guests
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Photo 18 (from left): Garry Corpuz; Mrs Christine Liao, Honorary Advisor of Hong Kong Ballet; Luis Torres;Ye Feifei and Ms Linda Fung, Board of Governors Treasurer of Hong Kong Ballet
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Photo 19 (from left): Garry Corpuz; Ye Feifei; Ms Ophelia Hui, Luxury and Corporate Relations Manager, Pernod Ricard Hong Kong & Macau and Luis Torres
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Photo 20 (from left): Ms Vicky Wong and Ms Karen Chan, Head of Public Relations of FANCL
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Photo 21 (from left):  Li Jiabo, Principal Dancer of Hong Kong Ballet; Mr Paul Tam; Ms Michelle Li, JP; Venus Villa, Jin Yao and Shen Jie, Principal Dancers of Hong Kong Ballet
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Photo 22 (from left): Mr Paul Tam; Li Jiabo; Mr Ricky Lui; Venus Villa; Ms Irene Lee; Ms Michelle Li, JP; Mr Septime Webre, Artistic Director of Hong Kong Ballet; Shen Jie and Jin Yao
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Photo 23 (from right): Shen Jie; Ms Yolanda Ng, MH; Li Jiabo; Jin Yao and Venus Villa
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Photo 24 (from left): Mr Arthur Minshiang Wang, Board of Governors Member of Hong Kong Ballet and Jin Yao
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Photo 25 (left second): Mrs Deirdre Fu Tcheng, Board of Governors Secretary of Hong Kong Ballet; (left third): Mrs Daphne King Yao, Sponsorship and Audience Development Committee Member of Hong Kong Ballet; (left fifth): Mrs Davina Sin Luk; (from right second): Ms Julia Ie; Shen Jie; Ms Vicky Wong; Jin Yao; Venus Villa; Li Jiabo and guests
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Photo 26: Guests and Hong Kong Ballet Dancers and Staff

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.


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