Hong Kong Ballet performs Van Cleef and Arpels proudly presents Balanchine’s Jewels, 21–23 May 2021, at The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts’ Lyric Theatre. As part of this Balanchine Celebration, Hong Kong Ballet, in collaboration with Hong Kong Ballet Group, presents two special encounters for serious Hong Kong ballet students and professional ballet teachers: two Repetiteurs from the Balanchine Trust, Diana White and Paul Boos, are in Hong Kong, staging the work on Hong Kong Ballet, will offer a special Open Ballet Masterclass on the Balanchine technique as well as a Balanchine Encounter for Ballet Teachers.
George Balanchine, father of American ballet, was one of the most influential choreographers in the 20th century. His masterwork Jewels is a dazzling three-act ballet; each act of the performance celebrates the beauty and glamour of a precious gemstone, and evokes a particular time and style of ballet – Emeralds, celebrating the French Romantic style, Rubies, celebrating American twentieth-century drive and ingenuity, and Diamonds, celebrating the grandeur of Imperial Russia.
Don’t miss this chance to learn about Balanchine’s work and technique from the Repetiteurs!
1.5.2021 (Sat) 3:30pm - 5:30pm (Registration 3:00pm)
Studio 1, 4/F, The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts
The masterclass will include a Balanchine-inspired ballet class session for the participants, followed by a session to learn choreography from Balanchine’s repertoire. There will also be a short question and answer session at the end.
Conducted in English
Very limited capacity, advanced registration required
Participants must be 12 years old or older, with at least 5 years’ ballet training
9:00am - 9:30am Coffee and Networking
9:30am - 11:00am Company Class Observation
11:00am - 12:00pm Teacher Training Seminar
GR2, 8/F, Grand Theatre Backstage, Hong Kong Cultural Centre
Watching company class taught by one of the Repetiteurs from the Balanchine Trust, followed by a sharing session on the Balanchine style and technique, moderated by our Artistic Director Septime Webre with the two Repetiteurs Diana White and Paul Boos.
Conducted in English
Participants must be qualified ballet teacher
Diana White was born in Chicago, Illinois, US, started dancing at age four and joined the Lyric Opera of Chicago Ballet at age fourteen. When she was sixteen, George Balanchine offered her a School of American Ballet scholarship and invited her to join the New York City Ballet one year later. During her twenty years performing, she danced corps de ballet, soloist and principal roles in over fifty Balanchine ballets and in twenty by Jerome Robbins. As a repetiteur, she has staged the works of both masters on major ballet companies and schools on six continents.
Paul Boos is an American dancer, ballet master, archivist and repetiteur. Selected by George Balanchine, he danced with New York City Ballet from 1977 until 1990. In addition to teaching internationally, he is part of a select group of repetiteurs sanctioned to set the ballets of George Balanchine, most notably for the Paris Opera, Bolshoi and Mariinsky theatre.