[Hong Kong—20 August 2021] Hong Kong Ballet (HKB)’s 2021/22 Season was dramatically unveiled with six completely sold-out performances of the mesmerising ALICE (in wonderland) by Artistic Director Septime Webre during 12-15 August 2021 at Hong Kong Cultural Centre’s Grand Theatre. An additional show was quickly included by popular demand from fans.
Inspired by Lewis Carroll’s beloved classic novel, Webre showcased a dizzying array of dances that fused traditional ballet with contemporary choreography, capturing Wonderland’s topsy-turvy magic. Bursting with energy and imagination, the enormously entertaining world of Alice, the White Rabbit, Queen of Hearts and Mad Hatter featured captivating costumes by Cirque du Soleil designer Liz Vandal, outrageously flamboyant sets by James Kronzer and Matthew Pierce’s hypnotic original score.
After an unpredictable year of staying at home, audiences were dazzled by Wonderland, which was reimagined as a luminous, joyful world full of playful optimism and memorable visuals. It featured not only an artistic feast of stunning technical achievements and exciting larger-than-life puppetry but also over 150 precious children who danced as endearing baby flamingos, gerber daisies, piglets and hedgehogs, among other characters.
HKB was honoured to have Mrs Colleen Yu Fung and Mrs Connie Wei Yang, Co-Chairs of The Hong Kong Ballet Guild 2021/22; Mrs Emily Lam Ho, Co-Chair of The Nutcracker Christmas Benefit 2021 and Ms Wendy Law, Hong Kong Ballet Guild member, attend and celebrate the successful season opening. It was HKB’s great fortune to have Yvonne Lui Trust as the Performance Sponsor of the matinee show on 15 August. Dr Yvonne Lui, founder of Yvonne Lui Trust, also joined this magical adventure during the performance. Yvonne Lui Trust’s generous donation to HKB’s Accessibility Fund will allow HKB to continue delivering transformative experiences for the city’s underserved communities through inspiring ballet performances and engaging education and outreach activities for all ages.
Top photos: Courtesy of Hong Kong Ballet
Photo 1: Amber Lewis and Hong Kong Ballet Children Dancers | Photography: Tony Luk | Courtesy of Hong Kong Ballet
Photo 2: Dancer: Amber Lewis | Photography: Conrad Dy-Liacco | Courtesy of Hong Kong Ballet
Photo 3: Dancers (from left): Kim Eunsil, Albert Gordon | Photography: Conrad Dy-Liacco | Courtesy of Hong Kong Ballet
Photo 4: From left: Ms Heidi Lee, Executive Director of Hong Kong Ballet; Dr Yvonne Lui, Founder of Yvonne Lui Trust; Mr Septime Webre, Artistic Director of Hong Kong Ballet
Photo 5: From left: Mrs Colleen Yu Fung, Co-Chair of The Hong Kong Ballet Guild 2021/22; Ms Heidi Lee; Mrs Connie Wei Yang, Co-Chair of The Hong Kong Ballet Guild 2021/22; Mrs Emily Lam Ho, Co-Chair of The Nutcracker Christmas Benefit 2021
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About Hong Kong Ballet
One of Asia’s premier ballet companies, Hong Kong Ballet (HKB) is internationally recognised as a vibrant arts institution that represents Hong Kong’s unique character. Established in 1979 and led by Artistic Director Septime Webre, HKB has a dynamic repertoire performed by nearly 50 dancers from all over the globe and award-winning education and community programmes.
With almost 50 international tours, HKB has won recognition from critics and fans both at home and abroad. Its diverse repertoire includes classic and modern masterpieces, original full-length ballets created for HKB, an interactive ballet series for younger fans and groundbreaking dance by today’s most sought-after choreographers, including Alexei Ratmansky, Christopher Wheeldon, Jiří Kylian, Nacho Duato and Trey McIntyre, among others.
HKB maintains an active schedule of community initiatives throughout Hong Kong to ensure that ballet is accessible to people from all walks of life.