Cast Announced for
Hong Kong Ballet’s The Nutcracker

The world’s favourite festive ballet
Proudly Sponsored by China Everbright Ltd


[Hong Kong – 10th December 2015] Hong Kong Ballet announces the cast list for The Nutcracker, the world’s favourite festive ballet, with China Everbright Ltd. as its Title Sponsor. Choreographed by Terence Kohler especially for Hong Kong Ballet, the whole family will be enchanted as Christmas comes to life through the adventures of Clara and Fritz. With spectacular scenery and costumes, Hong Kong Ballet’s dancers will mesmerize you with their brilliant display of the classical ballet technique. Alongside the professional dancers will be young budding performers from the Hong Kong community who not only dance beautifully, but who also radiate the warmth of Christmas.

There will be 13 enchanting performances, staged at the Grand Theatre, Hong Kong Cultural Centre, from 18th-20th and 22nd-27th December. Guest Principal Dancer Jurgita Dronina (Principal Dancer of National Ballet of Canada) will also be appearing in performances on 25th December 7:30pm and 26th December 2:30pm. Featuring one of Tchaikovsky’s most famous masterpieces performed live by the Hong Kong Sinfonietta and conducted by Philip Ellis, The Nutcracker has it all! Tickets are going fast with some performances almost sold out. Purchase your tickets at URBTIX now and take a journey to a world of wonder!

Cast List for Lead Roles

18 DEC 7:30PM
19 DEC 2:30PM
20 DEC 7:30PM
22 DEC 7:30PM
19 DEC 7:30PM
20 DEC 2:30PM
23 DEC 7:30PM
25 DEC 2:30PM
26 DEC 7:30PM
24 DEC 7:30PM
27 DEC 2:30PM
25 DEC 7:30PM
26 DEC 2:30PM
Ballerina Jin Yao Liu Yu-yao *Nina Matiashvili Gao Ge #Jurgita Dronina
Nutcracker Wei Wei Li Jia-bo *Li Lin *Ryo Kato Li Jia-bo
Rat King Leung Chun Long Murman Kikalishvili *Jiang Xin *Jiang Xin Murman Kikalishvili
Clara Dong Ruixue Naomi Yuzawa Dong Ruixue Naomi Yuzawa Naomi Yuzawa
Fritz Shen Jie Jonathan Spigner Leung Chun Long Xia Jun Jonathan Spigner

* First Time in Role
# Guest Principal Dancer, courtesy of The National Ballet of Canada

About The Nutcracke
Join the magical adventure of Clara, Fritz and the Nutcracker as they battle the evil Rat King. A flurry of snowflakes appears and guides the way to find the Ballerina at the top of the Christmas tree. Can the heroic Nutcracker conquer the dastardly Rat King and his army? Will the children save the day and reunite the Ballerina and her beloved Nutcracker?

CHOREOGRAPHY Terence Kohler
MUSIC Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
DRAMATURGE Clair Sauran
SET & COSTUME DESIGN Jordi Roig
LIGHTING DESIGN David Bofarull
PAINTERS Jordi Castells & Quique Conde
LIVE ACCOMPANIMENT Hong Kong Sinfonietta
CONDUCTOR Philip Ellis

About Jurgita Dronina
Guest Principal Dancer of Hong Kong Ballet
Principal Dancer of National Ballet of Canada

Born in Saratov, Russia, Jurgita Dronina joined the Royal Swedish Ballet in 2005, becominga Soloist in 2007, and Principal Dancer in 2009. In 2010, Ted Brandsen offered her acontract with the Dutch National Ballet. In 2011, her performance with Cédric Ygnace in Balanchine's Tschaikovsky Pas de Deux was widely acclaimed. Among many other prominent roles, Jurgita has danced in Kenneth MacMillan’s and Rudi van Dantzig’s Romeo & Juliet; Rudi van Dantzig’s Swan Lake; Alexei Ratmansky’s Don QuixoteOn The Dnieperand Firebird; Pär Isberg’s Hunchback of Notre-Dame and The Nutcracker; George Balanchine’s Tschaikovsky pas de deuxSerenadeSymphony in C and Jewels. She has performed as a guest artist with many notable Ballet companies worldwide. In addition to numerous grants, Jurgita has received many notable awards, including Awards in the International Ballet Festival “Dance Open” in St. Petersburg in 2010, 2011 and 2013, and the Alexandra Radius Prize in 2014 (Outstanding dancer of the year). Jurgita Dronina joined Hong Kong Ballet as Guest Principal Dancer in 2015.

Performance Details
18-20.12.2015 Fri 7:30pm | Sat & Sun 2:30pm & 7:30pm
22-27.12.2015 Tue, Wed & Thu 7:30pm | Fri & Sat 2:30pm & 7:30pm | Sun 2:30pm
13 performances

Grand Theatre, Hong Kong Cultural Centre
$1,000 (Limited VIP Tickets) $680 $520 $320 $180
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 2 hours including an intermission

Discounts

50% off

Full-time students, senior citizens aged 60 or above, people with disabilities and the minder (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 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.
Discounts are not applicable to $1,000 VIP tickets.

Promotional Offers
15% off food & beverage at InterContinental Hong Kong

Ticket holders can enjoy 15% off food & beverage in all restaurants and bars at InterContinental Hong Kong before or after the performance upon presentation of their tickets on the performance date. For details, please call 2313 2323 or email fb.hongkong@ihg.com. Website: www.hongkong-ic.intercontinental.com

Programme Plus!
Pre-performance Workshop

19.12.2015
Sat 10:00am – 11:00am (Workshop I)
Sat 11:30am – 12:30pm (Workshop II)
GR3, 8/F, Grand Theatre Backstage, Hong Kong Cultural Centre
Fee: $80 each* | Quota: 40 (each workshop)
10% discount for Friends of Hong Kong Ballet

Explore The Nutcracker - Come along and enjoy a fun, interactive and educational workshop! Through crafts, acting, dancing, story-telling, costume display and more, this tailor-made workshop for children aged 4-8 years will introduce students to the characters, the story, and the making of this festive family ballet. Children will be engaged in hands-on activities and will leave with an understanding of, and appreciation for, The Nutcracker leading to a more enjoyable theatre experience. No previous dance experience is necessary.

Conducted in Cantonese and English. Only for The Nutcracker ticket-holders or Friends of Hong Kong Ballet. Advance registration required.
Registration and Details: hkballet.com/workshop

Pre-Performance Talk
19.12.2015
Sat 1:50 pm – 2:10 pm [Conducted in Cantonese]
Sat 6:50 pm – 7:10 pm [Conducted in English]
Level 2 Foyer, Hong Kong Cultural Centre
Add a touch of spice to your theatre experience this Christmas with a lighthearted informative chat before the performance. Enjoy a quick overview of Terence Kohler’s version of The Nutcracker, which features spectacular scenery, stunning costumes and one of Tchaikovsky’s most famous masterpieces. This short talk will serve as the perfect start to a wonderful ballet experience.

The talk is approximately 20 minutes long. Free admission with The Nutcracker tickets.
Enquiries: education@hkballet.com | 2105 9744 or 2105 9743

Title Sponsor
Champagne Partner
Make-Up Partner

DOWNLOAD PRESS PHOTOS 

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Photo1: Dancers: Liu Yu-yao and Wei Wei | Photographer: Conrad Dy-Liacco

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Photo2: Dancers: Liu Yu-yao and Hong Kong Ballet Dancers | Photographer: Tony Luk

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Photo3: Dancer: Murman Kikalishvili as Rat King, Li Jia-bo as Nutcracker | Photographer: Conrad Dy-Liacco

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Photo4: Hong Kong Ballet Dancers | Photographer: Conrad Dy-Liacco

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Photo5: Hong Kong Ballet Dancers | Photographer: Conrad Dy-Liacco

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Photo6: Hong Kong Ballet Dancers | Photographer: Conrad Dy-Liacco

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Photo7: Hong Kong Ballet Dancers | Photographer: Gordon Wong

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Photo8: Jurgita Dronina, Guest Principal Dancer of Hong Kong Ballet, and Principal Dancer of National Ballet of Canada, will be appearing in The Nutcracker on 25th December evening and 26th December matinee performances | Photographer: Serguei Endinian

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About Hong Kong Ballet

An eclectic mix of talent, a balance of classical and contemporary works, and a uniquerepertoire 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 Madeleine Onne, is committed to providing captivating experiencesthat 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: 2105 9716
M: 9728 1777
nick_chan@hkballet.com

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