10-11.6.2016 (Fri & Sat) 7:30pm
11-12.6.2016 (Sat & Sun) 2:30pm
Grand Theatre,
Hong Kong Cultural Centre
$1,000 (Limited VIP Tickets)
$680, $480, $280, $140
The performance lasts approximately 2 hours including intermission(s)

Suitable for ages 6 and above.
SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT

Cast Change

Jun Xia’s role in Serenade on 11.6.2016 (Sat) 2:30pm and 12.6.2016 (Sun) 2:30pm will now be performed by Wei Wei. Thank you for your attention.

As the curtain falls on Hong Kong Ballet’s 2015/16 season, the Company proudly presents Serenade and More, a diverse mixed bill programme featuring four ballets by a trio of choreographers – from the “father of American ballet” George Balanchine’s seminal work Serenade, to Chinese choreographer Fei Bo’s Over There and Shenren Chang (“Harmony between Gods and Men”) as well as Sacred Thread by Edwaard Liang, BalletMet’s Artistic Director. The latter two works were commissioned by Hong Kong Ballet specifically for this eclectic programme.

Set to a transcendent Tchaikovsky score, Serenade was the first ballet Balanchine choreographed in the USA, and it remains one of his most popular, widely danced works. In this hauntingly beautiful ballet, Guest Principal Dancer Tan Yuan Yuan will join forces with the ensemble. Other guest appearances include Zhan Xinlu and Wang Jiyu from The National Ballet of China, performing in Fei Bo’s Over There. The two world premieres, Shenren Chang and Sacred Thread, choreographed by Fei Bo and Edwaard Liang, respectively, will take audiences on a captivating journey of ballets inspired by Chinese elements.

Serenade

Choreography: George Balanchine © The George Balanchine Trust
Music: Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Costume Design: Barbara Karinska
Original Lighting Design: Ronald Bates
Guest Appearance: Tan Yuan Yuan

The perfect showcase for ensemble of technically exceptional women, Serenade is a milestone in the history of dance. It is the first original ballet Balanchine created in America and is one of the signature works of New York City Ballet’s repertoire. The ballet is performed by some 20 dancers in blue costumes in front of a blue background. Originating from a lesson in stage technique, Balanchine worked unexpected rehearsal events into the choreography. When one student fell, he incorporated it. Another day, a student arrived late, and this too became part of the ballet.
George Balanchine
George Balanchine George Balanchine is regarded as the foremost contemporary choreographer in the world of ballet. St Petersburg-born Balanchine had both the music and dance of Russia in his blood. Extensive musical training put him on equal grounds in communicating with great composers and enabled him to reduce orchestral scores on the piano, which is an invaluable aid in translating music into dance. Balanchine’s style has been described as neo-classical, de-emphasising plot in ballets and preferring to let “dance be the star of the show”. In his lifetime, he created 465 works, including Serenade as one of the renowned pieces.

photo: George Platt Lynes
BALANCHINE is a Trademark of The George Balanchine Trust
Tan Yuan Yuan
Guest Principal Dancer, Hong Kong Ballet
Principal Dancer, San Francisco Ballet
Tan Yuan YuanBorn in Shanghai, China, Tan Yuan Yuan trained at Shanghai Dancing School and Suttgart’s John Cranko School. She joined San Francisco Ballet as a Soloist in 1995 and was promoted to Principal Dancer in 1997. Tan has danced major roles in Tomasson’s Giselle; Nutcracker; Romeo & Juliet; The Sleeping Beauty and Swan Lake; as well as lead roles in Tomasson/Possokhov’s Don Quixote; Cranko’s Onegin; and Lubovitch’s Othello. Tan has created many roles in numerous productions including, but not limited to, Tomasson’s 7 for Eight, Caprice, Chi-Lin, The Fifth Season, and Silver Ladders; Balanchine’s Agon, Apollo, Brahms-Schoenberg Quartet, Concerto Barocco, Diamonds, and more. A frequent guest artist, Tan has performed globally and has received many notable awards.

photo: Chris Hardy

Over There

Choreography: Fei Bo
Music: Sainkho Namtchylak
Costume Design: He Xiaoxin
Lighting Design: Han Jiang
Guest Appearance: Zhan Xinlu, Wang Jiyu

“There is a ballad echoing in my ears, carrying my drifting soul away. I am looking again at this place I love deeply. I cannot return to this place, and I also cannot return to the past. This is a new beginning in my journey, and there is lots of hope. Let me bid farewell to this unforgettable place, a place I where once fell deeply in love.” Over There expresses one’s attachment to homeland and the difficulty in being separated from it through the repetitive movements and the stark contradiction between movement and stillness.
Fei Bo
Fei BoBorn into a family of Chinese opera performers and trained in Chinese traditional dance at an early age, Fei Bo started choreographing when he was 16 and then studied modern dance at Beijing Dance Academy. After graduation, he joined The National Ballet of China (NBC) in 2002 and has since created many pieces for the company, including the famous Chinese ballet The Peony Pavilion and the full-length Hamlet. Fei strives to integrate eastern perspectives with western art forms and has collaborated with renowned artists like Philippe Decouflé, Akram Khan, Tamara Rojo, Li Liuyi and many more. Awarded China’s National Class One Choreographer and Asian Cultural Council Fellowship in 2011, Fei has also won choreography awards at Helsinki International Ballet Competitions in 2005 and 2012, Shanghai International Ballet Competitions in 2007, and Youth American Grand Prix in 2012. In 2014, he was nominated at Prix Benois de la Danse. He is currently NBC’s Resident Choreographer and Visiting Professor of the People’s Liberation Army Academy of Art.
Zhan Xinlu
Soloist, The National Ballet of China
Zhan XinluBorn in Liaoning, China, Zhan Xinlu trained at Beijing Dance Academy, joined The National Ballet of China in 2009, and became Soloist in 2012. She has danced Kitri in Nureyev's Don Quixote, Xiao Yuanyuan in Chinese New Year, Peasant Pas de Deux in Giselle, as well as roles in Cranko's Onegin, Petit's Carmen and many others. Her accolades include gold medals in the 1st Beijing International Ballet and Choreography Competition in 2011 and 2nd Beijing International Ballet Invitational for Dance Schools in 2008, and 2nd and 1st prizes in CCTV National Dance Competition in 2009 and 2013, respectively. She performed Don Quixote Pas de Deux at Singapore Arts Festival 2010 and Gala of Kazakh Arts Festival 2012.
Wang Jiyu
Coryphée, The National Ballet of China
Wang JiyuBorn in Beijing, China, Wang Jiyu graduated from Beijing Dance Academy, joined The National Ballet of China in 2013, and was named Coryphée in 2015. His repertoire includes Gurn in La Sylphide, Peasant Pas de Deux in Giselle, as well as roles in Makarova's Swan Lake, Li Yang's The Girl in Black Eyes and Wang Sizheng's El Testamento de Amelia. He won 3rd Prize in the 10th Taoli Cup Dance Competition in 2012 and the Encouragement Award in the 2nd Beijing International Ballet and Choreography Competition in 2013. In 2012, he collaborated with the Rudra Béjart School, performing a Béjart piece in Beijng.

Shenren Chang (World Première)

(Harmony Between God and Men)
Choreography: Fei Bo
Music: Wen Zi
Costume Design: Li Kun

Inspired by the ancient guqin music Shenren Chang (“Harmony between Gods and Men”), Fei Bo continues the dialogue between eastern perspectives and western ballet art. This new commission, through the dancer’s limbs, attempts to capture the rhythm of blood pumping, the movement of air from breathing, and the collision and integration of the five life elements – wood, fire, earth, metal and water which signifies the world's primordial essence and fundamental nature. This piece abstractly illustrates the Chinese concepts of yin and yang, five life elements, and spiritual realm on the unity of man and universe.
Fei Bo
Fei BoBorn into a family of Chinese opera performers and trained in Chinese traditional dance at an early age, Fei Bo started choreographing when he was 16 and then studied modern dance at Beijing Dance Academy. After graduation, he joined The National Ballet of China (NBC) in 2002 and has since created many pieces for the company, including the famous Chinese ballet The Peony Pavilion and the full-length Hamlet. Fei strives to integrate eastern perspectives with western art forms and has collaborated with renowned artists like Philippe Decouflé, Akram Khan, Tamara Rojo, Li Liuyi and many more. Awarded China’s National Class One Choreographer and Asian Cultural Council Fellowship in 2011, Fei has also won choreography awards at Helsinki International Ballet Competitions in 2005 and 2012, Shanghai International Ballet Competitions in 2007, and Youth American Grand Prix in 2012. In 2014, he was nominated at Prix Benois de la Danse. He is currently NBC’s Resident Choreographer and Visiting Professor of the People’s Liberation Army Academy of Art.

Sacred Thread (World Première)

Choreography: Edwaard Liang
Music: John Adams
Costume Design: Bridget Steis
Lighting Design: Mak Kwok Fai

Commissioned by Hong Kong Ballet, Edwaard Liang's newest creation draws inspiration from Chinese weddings and touches upon uncertainty, sacrifice and freedom in relationships. Set to John Adam's driving tempo, Liang evokes ambivalence through vivid realism and athletic choreography. The flourishes in the piece reflect intense emotions.
Edwaard Liang
Edwaard Liang
Born in Taipei, Taiwan, Liang studied at the School of American Ballet before joining New York City Ballet in 1993. That same year, he was a medal winner at the Prix de Lausanne International Ballet Competition and won the Mae L. Wien Award. He was promoted to Soloist in 1998 and joined the Tony Award winning Broadway cast of Fosse in 2001. In 2002, Liang was invited by Jiří Kylián to become a member of the acclaimed Nederlands Dans Theater 1 (NDT1). During his time with NDT 1, Liang discovered his passion for choreography. He has since created works for ballet companies worldwide including Bolshoi Ballet, Joffrey Ballet, Kirov Ballet, New York City Ballet, Shanghai Ballet and Singapore Dance Theatre. He has won numerous awards for his choreography including the 2006 National Choreographic Competition of Hubbard Street 2. He was named Artistic Director of BalletMet in 2013.

photo: Chiun-Kai Shih
 10.6.2016 7:30pm
11.6.2016 7:30pm
11.6.2016 2:30pm
12.6.2016 2:30pm
Serenade  
 Tan Yuan Yuan*
Jin Yao
Wang Qing-xin
Wei Wei
Ryo Kato
Tan Yuan Yuan*
Nina Matiashvili
Jessica Burrows
Wei Wei
Li Jia-bo
Over There  
 Zhan Xinlu*
Wang Jiyu*
Zhan Xinlu*
Wang Jiyu*
Shenren Chang  
 Jin Yao
Chen Zhiyao
Lucas Jerkander
Li Lin
Liu Yu-yao
Gao Ge
Ryo Kato
Jiang Xin
Sacred Thread  
 Liu Yu-yao
Li Jia-bo
Liu Miao-miao
Li Lin

*Guest Appearances

  • SERENADE AND MORE
    Dancers: Chen Zhiyao, Lucas Jerkander; Photo: Tim Wong
  • SERENADE AND MORE
    Dancers: Chen Zhiyao, Lucas Jerkander; Photo: Tim Wong
  • SERENADE AND MORE
    Serenade Choreography by George Balanchine © The George Balanchine Trust, Photo: Cheung Wai Lok
  • SERENADE AND MORE
    Serenade Choreography by George Balanchine © The George Balanchine Trust, Photo: Cheung Wai Lok
  • SERENADE AND MORE
    Serenade Choreography by George Balanchine © The George Balanchine Trust, Photo: Cheung Wai Lok

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.