15.2.2019 (Fri) 7:30pm
16-17.2.2019 (Sat & Sun) 2:30pm & 7:30pm
Lyric Theatre, The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts
$1,000 (Limited VIP Tickets),
$680, $480, $280, $140
Suitable for ages 6 and above

Tickets available at HK Ticketing from 14 December 2018

From a timeless novel to a glamorous movie, The Great Gatsby is now a thrilling ballet production! 

Enter the glamorous world of New York high society in the Roaring Twenties! Septime Webre’s Asian premiere of The Great Gatsby tells an extraordinary tale of abundant wealth, stunning excess and dark obsession. Based on F. Scott Fitzgerald’s ‘Great American Novel’, this production overflows with extravagant dancing, decadent parties and steamy jazz music performed live by Billy Novick’s Blue Sycopators and award-winning blues singer, E. Faye Butler. Thought-provoking and emotional, The Great Gatsby reflects on the clash between ‘old money’ and ‘new money’, the disintegration of social and moral values and the empty pursuit of pleasure. Local veteran performer Tan-ki Wong showcases bravura tap dancing and Academy Award-winning designer Tim Yip (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon) designs original sets and costumes.

Brooklyn Mack
International Ballet Star
Former Principal Dancer, The Washington Ballet
Brooklyn Mack won the Varna International Ballet Competition, Boston International Ballet Competition and Istanbul International Ballet Competition in 2012 and was awarded silver medals at the 2006 Jackson International Ballet Competition, 2009 Helsinki International Ballet Competition and 2011 Korean International Dance Competition. He made his debuts at the London Coliseum, Bolshoi Theatre and Palais Garnier in 2016.
Matthew Golding
Guest Principal Dancer, Bavarian State Ballet
Former Principal Dancer, The Royal Ballet and Dutch National Ballet
Born 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
Tan-ki Wong
Tap Dancer
Tan-ki Wong is the co-founder of Neo Dance HK and was a guest performer with Ballett Bremerhaven in Germany. His accolades include the male solo third prize at the 2012 IDO World Tap Dance Championships, 2011 Outstanding Achievement in Independent Dance and 2014 Outstanding Achievement in Choreography awards at the Hong Kong Dance Awards and the Award for Young Artist in Dance at the Hong Kong Arts Development Awards 2014.
E. Faye Butler
Live Blues Singer
E. Faye Butler is an accomplished and celebrated theatre actress and singer based in Chicago, US, with over 40 years in the entertainment industry. She is versatile in different music styles and has performed at numerous concert venues, theatres, jazz clubs, music festivals and Broadway and Off Broadway shows and tours such as Mamma Mia!Nunsense and Nunsense II, among others.

Butler is a recipient of seven Joseph Jefferson Awards, a RAMI Award, an Ovation Award, two Helen Hayes Awards, four Black Theatre Alliance Awards, and more. She also performed with The Washington Ballet in The Sun Also RisesThe Great Gatsby and other shows.
Billy Novick’s Blue Syncopators
Live Accompaniment
The Blue Syncopators is the seven-piece group created specifically for performing The Great Gatsby score and is comprised of some of the finest traditional jazz musicians in the US. In 2010 The Washington Ballet commissioned Billy Novick to create a 1920’s period musical score for their original production of Septime Webre’s The Great Gatsby, which premiered at  The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. It was phenomenally successful, selling out seven shows and garnering rave reviews.

The Blue Syncopators’ musicians have never changed, and they have performed the score, with dancers and as a standalone concert piece, over 50 times.
Choreography: Septime Webre
Music (Compiled, composed and arranged): Billy Novick
New Set and Costume Design: Tim Yip
Lighting Design: Billy Chan
Live Blues Singing: E.Faye Butler
Live Jazz Accompaniment: Billy Novick’s Blue Syncopators
Tim Yip
Set & Costume Design
Locally born Tim Yip is a world-renowned visual artist, art director for stage and film and fashion designer. He was the first Chinese to win the Academy Award for Best Art Direction for Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon in 2001. His other accolades include British Film and Television Academy Award for Best Costume Design, Bessie Award and Olivier Award.

Yip has collaborated with internationally acclaimed film directors like John Woo, Ang Lee and Tsai Ming Liang, as well as theatrical icons such as English National Ballet, Cloud Gate Dance Theatre, Legend Lin Dance Theatre, Akram Khan, Robert Wilson, Bright Sheng, Yang Liping, Fredric Mao among others. His works have been presented in prestigious arts festivals and museums and cultural venues.
Billy Novick
Live Accompaniment
Billy Novick is a musician, performer, arranger and composer whose soulful and lyrical jazz clarinet and sax playing have impressed audiences and critics worldwide. His versatility makes him a highly sought-after sideman in many different music genres. He has been featured on over 350 recordings, film and TV soundtracks and has released seventeen recordings as a bandleader. 
Novick has composed 15 scores for modern dance and two full-length ballets, including The Great Gatsby. Novick’s jugband adaptation of Peter and the Wolf debuted at New York’s Lincoln Center, and his orchestral arrangements have been performed throughout North America and Europe.
  • The Great Gatsby
    Dancers (from left): Chen Zhiyao, Lucas Jerkander (till 2018) | Creative: Design Army | Photography: Dean Alexander

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.