First performances of Don Quixote fantastic success
Four more shows next weekend
Hong Kong – 25th August 2014 The Hong Kong Ballet’s dancers were thrilled with the first four performances for the Company’s season première, Don Quixote this weekend. For many months now they have been working with renowned former Prima Ballerina Nina Ananiashvili to perfect the production, and the hours of hard work have undoubtedly yielded superb results. The first performances featured several casts, one led by The Hong Kong Ballet’s Liu Yu-yao and Wei Wei (in the roles of Kitri and Basilio), and one led by guest stars Matthew Golding and Anna Tsygankova.
A Celebration of Dance: The Hong Kong Ballet at 35
A jubilant mixed bill representing the best of The Hong Kong Ballet
Hong Kong – 22nd August 2014 This October The Hong Kong Ballet presents a mixed bill programme in celebration of the Company’s 35th anniversary. With the box office due to open on 22nd August, Artistic Director Madeleine Onne spoke about this landmark show. “I’m so proud of the exceptional level that The Hong Kong Ballet has reached in 35 years, and this mixed bill really highlights the unique characteristics of our international troupe. I hope that audience members old and new will join us for a show that epitomizes all that we stand for.”
The Hong Kong Ballet’s Celebratory
A dazzling line-up celebrating
the Company’s unique characteristics in its 35th year
Hong Kong – 21st August 2014 To mark The Hong Kong Ballet’s 35th anniversary, the Company has announced an exciting line-up for the 2014-15 season. The programme combines classical favourites with more contemporary pieces, and also offers two mixed bills so that the audience can have a chance to try something new. Artistic Director Madeleine Onne explained the thinking behind this anniversary season, “Our dancers are extremely talented, and I always try to plan a line-up that will present new challenges for them, and push them towards ever more expressive artistic interpretation.”
Don Quixote: Cast announced for
The Hong Kong Ballet’s spectacular season première!
Hong Kong –6th August 2014 The cast list has been announced for Don Quixote, the first production of The Hong Kong Ballet’s 2014-15 season. Two newly promoted Principal Dancers, Liu Yu-yao and Li Jia-bo will dance onstage as Principals for this first time in this ballet; Yu-yao will be dancing the roles of Kitri, Mercedes, and Queen of the Dryads; Jia-bo will be dancing Basilio and Lorenzo. Other dancers in lead roles will be Zhang Si Yuan and Sarah Yeung as Mercedes, and Li Lin, Song Hai Feng and Frank Van Tongeren as Espada. The role of Don Quixote himself will be danced by Kostyantyn Keshyshev and Song Hai Feng. Loyal fans of The Hong Kong Ballet will delighted to see all 13 of The Hong Kong Ballet’s new dancers, who joined the Company at the beginning of the season, dancing in this production.
The Hong Kong Ballet takes Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival by storm
Hong Kong – 23rd July 2014 At the end of a stunning season on performances in their home city, The Hong Kong Ballet’s hard-working dancer stravelled to Massachusetts to perform at the Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival.
Don Quixote: The Hong Kong Ballet opens the 2014-15 season
with a sensational story ballet for all the family
Hong Kong – 20th June 2014 Based on Miguel de Cervantes’ epic 17th century novel of the same name, Don Quixote promises rip-roaring fun for Hong Kong audiences. The extravagant production is a fast-paced dance spectacle featuring virtuoso dancing, Ludwig Minkus’s flamboyant music, a fanciful storyline and hilarious characters, all suffused with feisty Spanish passion. Don Q, as it is universally known in the ballet world, is a must-see ballet for all the family. All performances will be accompanied live by the City Chamber Orchestra Hong Kong, conducted by Judith Yan.
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Encore! The Hong Kong Ballet
invited back to perform at Jacob’s Pillow
Hong Kong – 9th June 2014 – This summer, 33 of The Hong Kong Ballet’s dancers will once again fly to the US at the invitation of America’s most prestigious and longest-running dance festival, Jacob’s Pillow. The Company made their Pillow debut just two years ago in 2012, and the performances were such a success that the Company has been invited to dance once again.
Two of The Hong Kong Ballet’s dancers
the Prix Benois de la Danse
“the Oscars of the ballet world!”
Hong Kong – 24th April 2014 – The Hong Kong Ballet’s artistic excellence has just been confirmed with the nomination of two of the Company’s dancers for the Prix Benois de la Danse, an award often referred to as “the Oscars of the ballet world”.
“Cinderella” Creative Ballet Animateur Scheme 2013-14
Finale Performance and Sharing Meeting
Hong Kong – 11th April 2014 – The project, initiated by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department and presented in partnership with The Hong Kong Ballet, ran this year for the 14th time. Six primary schools joined the 2013-14 project.
Investing in Hong Kong’s ballerinas of tomorrow
Audition for a one-year full-time female apprenticeship for the 2014/15 season, starting from July 2014
35 years ago The Hong Kong Ballet started as a small, homegrown company with just a handful of dancers. We’ve grown into Asia’s premier classical ballet company with more than 40 dancers from all over the world, but we haven’t forgotten our heritage. We recognise how important local support is, and we recognise that Hong Kong has an abundance of talented young artists.
Les Sylphides and More:
A Dazzling Showcase of 5 Captivating Ballets
Hong Kong – 7th April 2014 – Whether you are new to the world of classical ballet or a confirmed aficionado, The Hong Kong Ballet’s mixed bill will have you coming back for more. The show is something of a gala, showcasing five different ballets ranging from 19th and 20th century classics and romantic contemporary pieces to more avant-garde modern works.
The Hong Kong Ballet Debuts in Japan on 20th – 21st March
at the influential Architanz 2014
Company to perform at Tokyo’s New National Theatre
Hong Kong – 19th March 2014 –Ten of The Hong Kong Ballet’s outstanding male dancers are now in Tokyo, in preparation for the Company’s first official visit to Japan. Invited by Architanz, one of the most influential and forward-thinking dance organisations in Japan, the dancers will appear in 3 performances on 20th and 21st March at Japan’s foremost arts venue, the New National Theatre in the country’s capital.
Mr Paul Tam appointed new Executive Director of
The Hong Kong Ballet
[Hong Kong – 2 January 2014] The Hong Kong Ballet today announced the appointment of Mr Paul Tam Siu-man as its new Executive Director. Mr Tam will take up his position on 20 January 2014.
“We just can’t wait to get on stage!”
The Hong Kong Ballet’s dancers welcome two guest Artists
as they prepare for
tonight’s opening of The Nutcracker
<Hong Kong – 20th December 2013> Ahead of Thursday night’s dress rehearsal in the Grand Theatre of the Hong Kong Cultural Centre, there is an atmosphere of great excitement among the dancers, as they prepare to stage this year’s first performance of The Nutcracker.
Christmas shoppers delighted by exquisite costumes from The Hong Kong Ballet’s Swan Lake
Exhibitions co-presented by The Hong Kong Ballet and Sunlight Reit’s
Sheung Shui Centre Shopping Arcade & Metro City Plaza 1
<Hong Kong – 20th December 2013> Families visiting Sheung Shui for their Christmas shopping were pleasantly surprised earlier this month to see the Opening Ceremony of The Hong Kong Ballet’s Swan Lake exhibition. The Company is holding two FREE Swan Lake exhibitionsat Sunlight Reit’s Sheung Shui Centre Shopping Arcade and Metro City Plaza 1 from 7th December 2013 – 1st January 2014 (open from 10am – 10pm).The two exhibitions will feature different items, including sumptuous costumes that were worn by main characters Odette, Odile, the Queen and Prince Siegfried in The Hong Kong Ballet’s performances of Swan Lake in August this year, as well as gorgeous stage photos and autographed pointe shoes from Principal Dancer Jin Yao and Soloist Ye Fei-fei from Swan Lake.
“A metaphor for life’s magical journey from innocence to maturity”
Choreographer Terence Kohler speaks about the enduring significance of
The Nutcracker for generations of children
<Hong Kong – 13th December 2013> As The Hong Kong Ballet’s dancers make their final preparations for this year’s run of The Nutcracker (20th – 29th December 2013, Hong Kong Cultural Centre), choreographer Terence Kohler was singing the praises of Hong Kong’s talented child dancers.
Generous patrons raise funds for The Hong Kong Ballet at
The Nutcracker Christmas Benefit 2013
Proudly presented by The Hong Kong Ballet and Van Cleef & Arpels
Hong Kong – 12th December 2013 The Hong Kong Ballet Guild’s fundraising event, The Nutcracker Christmas Benefit provides a vital opportunity for children to fall in love with the wonderful art form of classical ballet. This year’s Benefit, held in the Island Ballroom of Island Shangri-La Hotel on 8th December 2013, gathered guests and their families to celebrate the festive season and raise funds in support of The Hong Kong Ballet’s educational and outreach activities. Guests included: Co-Chairs of The Nutcracker Christmas Benefit 2013 Mrs Leigh Tung Chou, Mrs Anne Wang Liu and Mrs Sharie Ross Tse; The Hong Kong Ballet Board of Governors and Co-Chairs of The Hong Kong Ballet Guild Mrs Janice Chan-Choy and Mrs Daphne King Yao; Mr & Mrs Paulo and Sonia Pong, Mr & Mrs Martin and Cathy Lee, Mrs Angie Ting, Mr & Mrs Tenniel and Carmen Chu, Mr & Mrs Brandon and Jenny Chau, Mrs Jane Louey, Mrs Jackie Fu Hui, Ms Ann Bridgewater, Mrs Tansy Tom and many more.
The Hong Kong Ballet performed excerpts of
The Nutcracker at the
1881 Heritage Celestial Charm Christmas Lighting Ceremony
Crowds gathered this evening to watch the Opening Ceremony of the Celestial Charm Christmas Lights at 1881 Heritage, and to enjoy a performance of excerpts from the festive classical ballet The Nutcracker by The Hong Kong Ballet. The performance, which really brought this magical festive event to life, marked The Hong Kong Ballet’s second collaboration with 1881 Heritage, the first being a celebration of 1881 Heritage’s third birthday and the launch of an exhibition dedicated to ballet. The collaboration brings together two natural partners, who both share the goal of preserving the heritage of Hong Kong. In addition, the art of ballet which is perhaps the most classical and timeless art form of all, is the perfect partner for 1881 Heritage, one of Hong Kong’s most majestic historical landmarks.
The Hong Kong Ballet and Ballett Dortmund Jointly Announce Technical Issues Resolved
Casts announced for The Dream of the Red Chamber
Hong Kong – 15th October 2013 Artistic Director of The Hong Kong Ballet, Madeleine Onne, has officially announced which dancers will perform the lead roles in The Dream of the Red Chamber, The Hong Kong Ballet’s production which will be staged at the Hong Kong Cultural Centre from Oct 25 to Nov 3, 2013.
The Dream of the Red Chamber
A newly commissioned ballet co-produced by The Hong Kong Ballet and Ballett Dortmund
A truly international collaboration
Hong Kong – 6th September 2013 Chinese wisdom asserts that ‘blood is thicker than water’ but can loyalty to family overpower the longings of true love? The Hong Kong Ballet will present the International Première of The Dream of the Red Chamber, an all-new interpretation that looks back through many centuries of China’s history at the epic love story at the heart of one of the greatest Chinese classical novels of all time. Co-produced by The Hong Kong Ballet and Ballett Dortmund and choreographed by Wang Xin Peng, Artistic Director of Ballett Dortmund, 10 performances will be staged at the Hong Kong Cultural Centre’s Grand Theatre from 25th October to 3rd November 2013 with live accompaniment by Hong Kong Sinfonietta. The Dream of the Red Chamber will officially launch the Hong Kong Dance Festival 2013.
The Hong Kong Ballet makes its debut at
Guangzhou Opera House with Swan Lake
Hong Kong – 4th September 2013 The Hong Kong Ballet has successfully concluded 10 performances of Swan Lake to a total audience of nearly 13,000 people in the Hong Kong Cultural Centre’s Grand Theatre. The Company will follow its spectacluar Hong Kong run of Swan Lakewith two performances at the Opera Hall of Guangzhou Opera House on Sep 6 (Friday) & Sep 7 (Saturday) 8pm. Guangzhou audiences are in for a treat with this well-received production. Writing about the Hong Kong performances, Dance critic Natasha Rogai highlighted the “delightful Act 1 pas de quatre from Shen Jie, Li Ming, Dong Ruixue and Yo Takahira”.
Curtain finally falls on “tired but happy” dancers
after 10 emotional performances of Swan Lake
Next stop: Guangzhou, China
Hong Kong – 2nd September 2013 After two weeks of breath-taking performances, the costumes, props and sets of Swan Lake have been carefully packed away, ready for the next time The Hong Kong Ballet revives Petipa and Ivanov’s timeless masterpiece of love and deception.
Last Call: Nearly 6,000 people enchanted by Swan Lake last week
Ultimate classical ballet already enjoyed by community groups
Only 5 performances left - Buy tickets now!
Hong Kong – 29 August 2013 The Hong Kong Ballet’s run of Swan Lake has already begun to rapturous applause! There will be 5 more performances of this crowd-pleasing favourite at the Hong Kong Cultural Centre until 1st September 2013. Nearly 6,000 people watched last week’s performances of the classical masterpiece, staged by The Hong Kong Ballet.
The Hong Kong Ballet announces promotions and welcomes 2 new faces
<Hong Kong – 15 July 2013>The Hong Kong Ballet announces that in recognition of their outstanding performances in the 2012-13 season, two dancers and one member of the artistic team will be promoted. In addition, two new dancers will be joining the Company for the 2013-14 dance season.
A touch of glamour in aid of a good cause -
The 2013 Hong Kong Ballet Ball, with Dior as Official Partner
<Hong Kong – 10 June 2013> The Hong Kong Ballet Ball, one of the longest-running fund-raising events in the city, was held at InterContinental Hong Kong on 7th June 2013. The Hong Kong Ballet Ball marked a high point of the social calendar, and was made possible by Dior, who graciously contributed to the event as Official Partner for the second year running.
The Hong Kong Ballet announces line-up for 2013-14 dance season,
including the International Première of The Dream of the Red Chamber
<Hong Kong – 3 June 2013> The Hong Kong Ballet announces the exciting line-up for 2013-14 dance season, including a very special ballet inspired by one of the four great classic Chinese novels, The Dream of the Red Chamber. The Company has carved a niche for itself as a troupe that successfully blends a Western art form with the Asian influences that are so important in the Company’s hometown. As well as announcing this special ballet, Artistic Director Madeleine Onne detailed the plans for the rest of the season’s programming. Look out for a diverse range of ballets, including both time-tested favourites and intriguing new ballets.