Award-winning Le Corsaire 
Returns to Hong Kong


The popular rollicking pirate adventure will entertain in Tuen Mun


[Hong Kong – 19 February 2019] This March, Hong Kong Ballet’s award-winning Le Corsaire (The Pirate), choreographed by former Artistic Director of Boston Ballet Anna-Marie Holmes after Sergeyev and Petipa, is back by popular demand! Debuted in Hong Kong in November 2017 to enthusiastic acclaim from audiences and critics alike, Le Corsiare won four awards at the 2018 Hong Kong Dance Awards, including “Outstanding Performance by a Male Dancer”, “Outstanding Large Venue Production”, “Outstanding Ensemble Performance” and “Outstanding Set and/or Costume Design”.

Now returning to Hong Kong at Tuen Mun Town Hall’s Auditorium, Le Corsaire follows the successful run of the Company’s production of The Sleeping Beauty, which drew sold out crowds in Tuen Mun in 2015. “We’re thrilled to be bringing Hong Kong Ballet back to Tuen Mun and so pleased that all communities in the New Territories can experience the magic of this spectacular ballet” enthuses Artistic Director Septime Webre.

Based on The Corsair by Lord Byron, this fast-paced and visually stunning production is full of adventure, action, comedy, and romance and a notable milestone in the Company’s artistic maturity. This exotic fable of a dashing pirate’s love for a beautiful harem girl features captive maidens, rich pashas, suspenseful abductions, dramatic rescues and a poisoned rose, culminating in an unexpected shipwreck that’s one of the most breathtaking spectacles in all of ballet!

This family-friendly production will run 29-31 March 2019 at Tuen Mun Town Hall’s Auditorium for five performances. Suitable for ages 3+. Tickets are priced at $300, $200 and $100. Tickets are available at URBTIX now.

Critical Acclaim for Anna-Marie Holme’s Le Corsaire

“Pirates on Pointe: A Flawless Retelling” The South China Morning Post 

"Hugo Milan’s colourful sets and costume designs also enhance this production” Asia Times

“Overflowing with colourful costumes, pirates, sumptuous scenery and dance party pieces.” Financial Times

“The most thrilling of all classical ballets.” The Evening Standard

About Le Corsaire

Pirate captain Conrad and his faithful crew sail across the high seas to rescue Medora, Conrad’s love, from the slave trader Lankendem, who sells slave girls in a busy market place.When the Pasha, governor of the citadel, arrives, Lankendem presents the enigmatic Gulnare, and the Pasha buys her immediately. Meanwhile, Medora attempts to escape with the help of Conrad’s slave, Ali, but is stopped by the Pasha. Seeing her beauty, he buys her as well. Consumed with love for her, Conrad commands Ali and the pirates to raid the village, kidnapping both Medora and Lankendem and bringing them to their secret hideaway. 

Medora pleads for the slave girls’ freedom, and while Conrad agrees, Birbanto, his second-in-command rebels, causing a ferocious fight. After Conrad wins, Birbanto sprays a rose with a sleeping potion to send Conrad into a drugged sleep. He then tries to kidnap Medora, and in the confusion, Lankendem steals her back and escapes. When Conrad awakens, he vows to rescue his love again, while Birbanto feigns ignorance. At the Pasha’s palace, Lankendem returns Medora to the Pasha, who declares he will make her his most treasured wife. Conrad and his crew sneak into the palace in disguises and chase away the Pasha. When Medora exposes Birbanto as a traitor, Conrad shoots him, and Ali helps Medora, Gulnare and Conrad escape to the ship.

Choreography: Anna-Marie Holmes (after Konstantin Sergeyev and Marius Petipa)
Music: Adolphe Adam, Leo Delibes, Prince Oldenbourg, Cesare Pugni, Riccardo Drigo, and Baron Boris Fitinhoff-Schell (Edited/ Arranged/ Re-orchestrated by Kevin Galie)
Libretto: Jules-Henri de Saint-Georges and Joseph Mazilier (Based on The Corsair (1814) by Lord Byron)
Set & Costume Design: Hugo Millán
Lighting Design: Billy Chan

Performance Details

29.3.2019 Fri 7:30pm 
30-31.3.2019 Sat and Sun 2:30pm & 7:30pm 
5 performances 
Auditorium, Tuen Mun Town Hall
$300 $200 $100 | * $150 $100 $50
* Available for full-time students, senior citizens aged 60 or above and people with disabilities

Tickets available at URBTIX now
Ticketing Enquiries: 3761 6661
Credit Card Booking: 2111 5999
Internet Booking: www.urbtix.hk
Programme Enquiries: 2105 9724

Suitable for ages 3 and above
The presenter reserves the right to alter the programme and artists
The performance lasts approximately two hours, including one intermission

Discounts

50% off Full-time students, senior citizens aged 60 or above, people with disabilities (Limited tickets for students and senior citizens available on a first-come, first-served basis. This discount cannot be used in conjunction with other discounts.)
15% off Friends of The Hong Kong Ballet
10% off
(First two tickets)
CCDC Dance Inspirations Card holders, Members of Chung Ying Theatre’s Energy Fun Club Plus, Friends of HKCO, Friends of HKDC Prestige Members, HK Phil Club Bravo members, Members of HKRep Pals, Zuni’s Friends, Fringe Club Members, Hong Kong Dance Alliance members, Hong Kong Arts Administrators Association members and HKBU Foundation members
Group Booking 10% off for every purchase of 10-19 tickets at regular price,
15% off for 20-40 tickets

Patrons can enjoy only one of the above discounts for each purchase.

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BALLET POP-UPS
Hong Kong Ballet @ Statue Square
17.3.2019 Sun
Hong Kong Ballet @ Tuen Mun Yan Oi Square
24.3.2019 Sun

DANCE UNITES
Open Dance Class@ Tuen Mun Town Hall
31.3.2019 Sun
Free
Details to be announced on hkballet.com/BITC

BALLET 360° (Full)
26.03.2019 Tue 
7:30pm – 8:30pm
GR2, 8/F, Grand Theatre Backstage, Hong Kong
Cultural Centre
Free admission
Conducted in English 
Suitable for ages 6 and above

FAMILY FUN DAY 
31.3.2019 Sun
11:30am – 2:00pm
Exhibition Gallery, Tuen Mun Town Hall
Free admission
Suitable for ages 3 and above 
No prior registration required


Champagne Partner
Make-Up Partner

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Photo 1: Le Corsaire promotional image | Dancer: Li Jiabo | Creative: Design Army | Photography: Dean Alexander

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Photo 2: Le Corsaire | Hong Kong Ballet Dancers │Photographer: Conrad Dy-Liacco

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Photo 3: Le Corsaire | Dancers (from left): Lai Pui Ki Peggy, Dong Ruixue, Ayano Haneishi │ Photographer: Conrad Dy-Liacco

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Photo 4: Le Corsaire | Dancer: Xia Jun │Photographer: Conrad Dy-Liacco

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Photo 5: Le Corsaire | Dancers (from left): Li Jiabo, Ye Feifei │Photographer: Conrad Dy-Liacco

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About Hong Kong Ballet

An eclectic mix of talent, a balance of classical and contemporary works, and a unique repertoire are the trademarks of Hong Kong Ballet, Asia’s premier ballet company. Internationally recognised and acclaimed for its creativity, talent and artistry, the Company, led by Artistic Director Septime Webre, is committed to providing captivating experiences that delight and inspire audiences from all walks of life, both at home and abroad.

For further information, please contact:
Nick Chan

Director of Marketing
T: (852) 2105 9716
M: (852) 9728 1777
nick_chan@hkballet.com 

Eunice Ho
Assistant Marketing Manager
T: (852) 2105 9757
M: (852) 9189 2235
eunice_ho@hkballet.com

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