2.11.2018 (Fri) 7:30pm
Grand Theatre, Hong Kong Cultural Centre
$1,000 (Limited VIP Tickets),
$680, $480, $280, $140
Suitable for ages 6 and above

Tickets available at URBTIX from 17 August 2018

The performance lasts approximately 2 hours 20 minutes with 1 intermission
Title Sponsor


One Unforgettable evening!

Celebrated ballet stars from around the globe join forces with the powerful artists of Hong Kong Ballet in the glittering 1st Annual International Gala of Stars. This thrilling tour-de-force of a programme will include breathtaking star turns from Swan Lake, ALICE (in wonderland)Le Corsaire and Don Quixote, dance set to groundbreaking rock music, choreographed by Christopher Wheeldon, Trey McIntyre and the Hong Kong première of Anabelle Lopez Ochoa’s mesmerizing Sombrerisimo (with its six men and 24 bowler hats). This gala evening promises elegance, glamour and heart-stopping passion at its best.

Act I


Pas de Deux from Swan Lake Act II 


Cast: Tan Yuan Yuan and Matthew Golding
Choreography: Maurius Petipa/Lev Ivanov    

Music: Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky 

Costumes: Peter Farmer 

Live Accompaniment by Hong Kong Sinfonietta

Conductor: Andrew Mogrelia

Sinatra Suite

 
Cast: Sarah Lane and Herman Cornejo
Choreography: Twyla Tharp
Music: Frank Sinatra
Costumes: Oscar de la Renta

Excerpts from A Day in the Life 


Cast: Hong Kong Ballet Dancers
Choreography: Trey McIntyre
Music: John Lennon and Paul McCartney. Songs performed by The Beatles
Costumes: The Bisou Consortium

Lankendem and Gulnare Pas de Deux from Le Corsaire 


Cast:  Ye Feifei and Xia Jun
Choreography: Anna-Marie Holmes after Petipa and Sergeyev 
Music: Grand Duke Pyotr Georgievich of Oldenburg
Editions: Anna-Marie Holmes, 
Edited/Arranged/Re-orchestrated: Kevin Galie
Costumes: Hugo Millán
Live Accompaniment by Hong Kong Sinfonietta
Conductor: Andrew Mogrelia

Pas de Deux from Rush 

Cast:  Chen Zhiyao and Wei Wei
Choreography: Christopher Wheeldon
Music: Bohuslav Martinů, Sinfonietta La Jolla for Chamber Orchestra and Piano
Used by arrangement with Boosey & Hawkes, Inc., publisher and copyright owner
Costumes: Jon Morrell
Live Accompaniment by Hong Kong Sinfonietta
Conductor: Andrew Mogrelia

Dos Gardenias Pas de Deux from Juanita y Alicia (Asian Premiere)


Cast:  Venus Villa and Brooklyn Mack
Choreography: Septime Webre
Music: Buena Vista Social Club 
Costumes: Liz Vandal

 Grand Pas de Deux from Don Quixote


Cast:  Adiarys Almeida and Taras Domitro
Choreography: Marius Petipa
Music: Ludwig Minkus
Live Accompaniment by Hong Kong Sinfonietta
Conductor: Andrew Mogrelia


ACT II


Sombrerisimo (Asian Premiere) 


Cast: Hong Kong Ballet Dancers
Choreography: Annabelle Lopez Ochoa
Music: Banda Ionica, Michael Small, Titi Robin
Costumes: Annabelle Lopez Ochoa

Pas de Deux from Swan Lake Act III 


Cast: Adiarys Almeida and Taras Dimitro
Choreography: Marius Petipa/Lev Ivanov
Music: Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Live Accompaniment by Hong Kong Sinfonietta
Conductor: Andrew Mogrelia

Habanera from Carmen


Cast: Tan Yuan Yuan
Music: Georges Bizet

Excerpts from ALICE (in wonderland) Act I 


Cast: Hong Kong Ballet Dancers
Choreography: Septime Webre
Music: Matthew Pierce
Costumes: Liz Vandal
Live Accompaniment by Hong Kong Sinfonietta
Conductor: Andrew Mogrelia

Pas de Deux a Trois from Le Corsaire Act II


Cast: Sarah Lane, Herman Cornejo and Brooklyn Mack
Choreography: Anna-Marie Holmes after Petipa and Sergeyev
Music: Riccardo Drigo and Baron Boris Fitinhoff-Schell
Editions: Anna-Marie Holmes,
Edited/Arranged/Re-orchestrated: Kevin Galie
Costumes: Hugo Millán
Live Accompaniment by Hong Kong Sinfonietta
Conductor: Andrew Mogrelia

Excerpts from ALICE (in wonderland) Act II


Cast:  Hong Kong Ballet Dancers
Choreography: Septime Webre
Music: Matthew Peirce
Costumes: Liz Vandal
Live Accompaniment by Hong Kong Sinfonietta
Conductor: Andrew Mogrelia


*Live Accompaniment by Hong Kong Sinfonietta
 Conductor: Andrew Mogrelia



Tan Yuan Yuan
Principal Dancer, San Francisco Ballet
Tan Yuan YuanBorn in Shanghai, China, Tan Yuan Yuan joined San Francisco Ballet in 1995 and became Principal Dancer in 1997.
She has danced principal roles in many classical ballets and ballets by Heigi Tomasson, Yuri Possokhov, George Balanchine and more. Tan danced in The Nutcracker on Public Broadcasting Service’s ‘Great Performances’.
Her accolades include being named ‘Asia’s Hero’ by Time (Asian edition) in 2004, 2013 Dance Magazine Award and 2014 Critics’ Circle National Dance Award, being named one of the world’s most influential Chinese people by Hong Kong’s Phoenix TV in 2015 and the Major Art Award from San Francisco, US in 2018.
Photographer: Chris Hardy
Sarah Lane
Principal Dancer, American Ballet Theatre
Sarah LaneBorn in San Francisco, US, Sarah Lane received her dance training at Classical Ballet Memphis and Draper Centre for Dance Education. In 2003, Lane joined American Ballet Theatre as an Apprentice and later became Principal Dancer in 2017. 
Her accolades include the Bronze Medal at the 2002 Youth America Grand Prix competition and the Silver Medal at the Jackson International Ballet Competition that same year. She performed at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts as a Presidential Scholar in the Arts and was Natalie Portman’s dance double in the Academy Award-winning film Black Swan.
Adiarys Almeida
International Ballet Star
Former Principal Dancer, Cincinnati Ballet and Corella Ballet
Adiarys AlmeidaBorn in Matanzas, Cuba, Adiarys Almeida trained at Vocational Art School and National Ballet School in Havana before joining National Ballet of Cuba in 2001. She is a former Principal Dancer of Cincinnati Ballet and the Spanish Corella Ballet.
Almeida has guest performed with Ballet Concerto de Puerto Rico, NBA Ballet in Japan and BalletMet and at galas and competitions like USA International Ballet Competition, World Ballet Competition, Youth America Grand Prix, Dance Open International Ballet Festival in St Petersburg and The Beijing International Ballet and Choreography Competition. She was the first Cuban female finalist at the USA International Ballet Competition in 2006.
Herman Cornejo
Principal Dancer, American Ballet Theatre
Herman CornejoBorn in San Luis, Argentina, Herman Cornejo joined American Ballet Theatre in 1999 and was promoted to Principal Dancer in 2003. Cornejo served as Artistic Director at the 2015 Latin American Stars Gala organized by the Performing Arts Center of Los Angeles County. He also became an independent producer in 2017. 
His accolades include the gold medal at the 8th International Dance Competition in Moscow at age 16, the youngest to get this award in the history of the competition, ‘Dancer of the Year’ by The New York Times in 2005 and Prix Benois de la Danse in 2014.
Photographer: Lucas Chilczuk
Taras Domitro
International Ballet Star Former Principal Dancer, San Francisco Ballet
Taras DomitroBorn in Havana, Cuba, Taras Domitro trained at Alejo Carpentier School and National Ballet School in Havana. He was a Principal Dancer with National Ballet of Cuba before joining San Francisco Ballet as a Principal Dancer in 2008. 
Domitro has guest performed around the world, including at World Ballet Competition (WBC) in 2009, The Alicia Alonso Foundation Gala in 2006, The Beijing International Ballet and Choreography Competition in 2013 and Youth America Grand Prix in 2016. His accolades include a Gold Medal at WBC 2008 and being nominated for Best Male Dancer at Benois de la Danse in 2013.
Brooklyn Mack
Principal Dancer, The Washington Ballet
Brooklyn MackBorn 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.
Matthew Golding
Guest Principal Dancer, Bavarian State Ballet
Matthew GoldingBorn in Saskatchewan, Canada, Golding graduated from The Royal Ballet School with honours in 2003 and joined American Ballet Theatre that same year. He joined Dutch National Ballet in 2009, became a Principal Dancer with The Royal Ballet in 2014 and retired in 2017. He is currently a Guest Principal Dancer at Dutch National Ballet.
His repertoire highlights include Solor in Natalia Markarova’s La Bayadère, Romeo in Rudi van Dantzig’s Romeo and Juliet, Basilio in Alexei Ratmansky’s Don Quixote and Prince in Christopher Wheeldon’s Cinderella and Peter Wright’s The Sleeping Beauty and The Nutcracker. Golding regularly guest performs worldwide, including Mariinsky Ballet, Staatsballett Berlin, The National Ballet of Canada, Hong Kong Ballet and English National Ballet and at international ballet festivals.
Golding received the Dutch Zwaan Award in 2010, the Alexandra Radius Prize in 2011 and nominations for the Prix Benois de la Danse in 2012 and 2013. He also won the Youth America Grand Prix Ballet Competition and the Prix de Lausanne in 2002.
Photographer: Erwin Olaf

Joint Promotional Offer

Pre or Post Ballet Dining Options at InterContinental Hong Kong
Ticket holders of this programme can enjoy 15% off food & beverage in all restaurants and bars at InterContinental Hong Kong before or after performance upon presentation of their tickets on the performance date. For details, please call 2313 2323 for details.

Special Privilege

For $1,000 VIP Ticket-holders 
Present your ticket stub to Hong Kong Ballet’s reception counter (Level 2 Foyer, Hong Kong Cultural Centre) before the end of intermission to receive a coupon for a free drink. Each ticket stub is valid for one free drink only.