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International Gala of Stars 2019 Closed Curtain

Hong Kong Ballet Alumni Reunite at
40th Anniversary Homecoming Celebration


[Hong Kong12 November 2019] On 31 October and 1 November, Hong Kong Ballet (HKB) delighted audiences with China Everbright Ltd. Proudly Presents International Gala of Stars 2019. Graced by international ballet stars like Principal Guest Artists Dorothée Gilbert, Tan Yuan Yuan, Ako Kondo, Marcelo Gomes, Osiel Gouneo, Vitor Luiz and Matthew Golding, the two well-attended performances impressed audiences, who gave standing ovations.

Highlights of the programme included the world premieres of Yuh Egami’s Yixi and excerpts from Hu Song Wei Ricky’s Between the Emotion and the Response, as well as other anticipated works like the Company’s debuts of Yuri Possokhov's Pas de Deux from Bells and Edwaard Liang's The Infinite Ocean.

To commemorate Hong Kong Ballet’s 40th anniversary and pay homage to alumni who have contributed to its continuous success, the Company organised a two-day homecoming celebration, during which the artistic team, dancers, board members and alumni reunited to share their fond memories and experiences at the Company. On 1 November, they observed a Company class and Swan Lake dress rehearsal together.

A special intermission cocktail reception was held on opening night, and HKB alumni toasted the achievements of the Company while catching up with old friends and meeting new artistic team members and dancers. Guests included Mrs Angelina Cheung, Deputy Secretary for Home Affairs, The HKSAR; Ms Daisy Ho, Vice-Chairman of HKB’s Board of Governors; Members of the HKB Board of Governors: Mr Arthur Minshiang Wang, Ms Lindzay Chan, Mrs Janice Chan-Choy, Ms Flora Zeta Cheong-Leen, Dr h.c., Ms Linda Fung, Ms Evonne Tsui and Mrs Liana Yung Yeung; Mrs Mary Griffiths and Ms Kay-Cecile Jones, Founders of HKB; Ms Helen Ng, former Chief Executive Officer of HKB; Mr Benedikt Fohr, Chief Executive of Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra; Mr David Tsui, Executive Director of Hong Kong Dance Company; Mr Dominic Cheung, Artistic Director of Chung Ying Theatre Company; Ms Alison Freeman, Artistic Director of Performing Arts of West Kowloon Cultural District Authority, and many more.

At the end of the performance on opening night, HKB alumni went onstage for a curtain call to receive recognition for their contributions to not only the Company but also to ballet in Hong Kong.

In 1979, Hong Kong Ballet embarked on an audacious venture with only five dancers. Under the subsequent leadership of nine visionary Artistic Directors, it has since soared to become one of Asia’s premier ballet companies with nearly 50 dancers from all over the world. Throughout its four decades of history, the Company has won accolades and recognition both locally and internationally with almost 50 international tours and a dynamic repertoire encompassing classic and modern masterpieces, as well as original works. 

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Photo 1: Hong Kong Ballet Dancers | Photographer: Conrad Dy-Liacco | Courtesy of Hong Kong Ballet

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Photo 2: Hong Kong Ballet Dancers | Photographer: Conrad Dy-Liacco | Courtesy of Hong Kong Ballet

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Photo 3: Pas de Quatre | Dancers (from left): Gao Ge, Ye Feifei, Chen Zhiyao, Yang Ruiqi | Photographer: Conrad Dy-Liacco  

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Photo 4: Pas de Deux from Bells | Dancers (from left): Vitor Luiz, Tan Yuan Yuan | Photographer: Conrad Dy-Liacco

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Photo 5: Adura | Dancer: Osiel Gouneo | Photographer: Conrad Dy-Liacco  

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Photo 6: Excerpts from Swan Lake Act II | Dancers (from left): Marcelo Gomes, Dorothée Gilbert and Hong Kong Ballet Dancers | Photographer: Conrad Dy-Liacco

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Photo 7: YIXI | Dancer: Matthew Golding | Photographer: Conrad Dy-Liacco

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Photo 8: Excerpts from Between the Emotion and the Response | Dancers (from top): Ye Feifei, Li Lin and Hong Kong Ballet Dancers | Photographer: Conrad Dy-Liacco

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Photo 9: Pas de Deux from Swan Lake Act III | Dancers (from left): Li Jiabo, Ye Feifei | Photographer: Conrad Dy-Liacco

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Photo 10: Men's Variation from Pas de Quatre of Swan Lake Act I | Dancers (from left): Li Lin, Shen Jie | Photographer: Conrad Dy-Liacco

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Photo 11: Le Grand Pas de Deux | Dancers (from top): Wei Wei, Chen Zhiyao | Photographer: Conrad Dy-Liacco

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Photo 12: September Song | Dancer: Marcelo Gomes | Photographer: Conrad Dy-Liacco

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Photo 13: The Infinite Ocean | Dancers (from left): Tan Yuan Yuan, Vitor Luiz | Photographer: Conrad Dy-Liacco

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Photo 14: Suite from The Great Gatsby   | Dancers: Hong Kong Ballet Dancers | Photographer: Conrad Dy-Liacco

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Photo 15: Diana and Actaeon Pas de Deux from La Esmeralda | Dancers (from left): Ako Kondo, Osiel Gouneo | Photographer: Conrad Dy-Liacco

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Photo 16: 40th Anniversary Homecoming Celebration | Photographer: Conrad Dy-Liacco

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Photo 17: 40th Anniversary Homecoming Celebration | Photographer: Conrad Dy-Liacco

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Photo 18 (from left): Mr Paul Tam, Executive Director of Hong Kong Ballet; Members of Board of Governors of Hong Kong Ballet: Mrs Liana Yung Yeung, Ms Evonne Tsui, Ms Lindzay Chan, Ms Daisy Ho (Vice-Chairman); Mr Septime Webre, Artistic Director of Hong Kong Ballet; Members of Board of Governors of Hong Kong Ballet: Ms Flora Zeta Cheong-Leen, Dr.h.c., Ms Linda Fung, Mrs Janice Chan-Choy, Mr Arthur Minshiang Wang

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Photo 19 (from left): Mr Paul Tam; Mrs Daphne King Yao; Mrs Liana Yung Yeung; Ms Evonne Tsui; Ms Lindzay Chan; Ms Kay-Cecile Jones, Founder of Hong Kong Ballet; Mr Septime Webre; Mrs Mary Griffiths, Founder of Hong Kong Ballet; Ms Daisy Ho; Ms Flora Zeta Cheong-Leen, Dr.h.c.; Ms Linda Fung; Mrs Janice Chan-Choy; Mr Arthur Minshiang Wang

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Photo 20: Hong Kong Ballet Alumni | Photographer: Conrad Dy-Liacco  

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Photo 21: Hong Kong Ballet Alumni | Photographer: Conrad Dy-Liacco  

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Photo 22: Hong Kong Ballet Alumni | Photographer: Conrad Dy-Liacco  

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Photo 23: Hong Kong Ballet Alumni | Photographer: Conrad Dy-Liacco  

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Photo 24: Hong Kong Ballet Alumni attended a Company class | Photographer: Conrad Dy-Liacco  

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Photo 25: Hong Kong Ballet Alumni attended a Swan Lake rehearsal | Photographer: Conrad Dy-Liacco

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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, the Company 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 the Company, 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. The Company celebrates its 40th Anniversary Season in 2019/20.

About China Everbright Limited (“Everbright”)

Everbright (stock code: 165.HK) is China Everbright Group’s largest cross-border asset-management and investment platform. It is the only listed company in China with alternative asset management as its core business. By the end of June 2019, the asset scale of the 64 domestic and overseas funds managed by Everbright exceeded HKD145.4 billion. Through its managed funds and principals, Everbright has invested in more than 300 companies in China and around the world respectively. Its investments include real estate, healthcare, new energy, infrastructure, high-tech, high-end manufacturing, fintech, cultural consumption and many other industries. Among them, more than 150 companies have already exited through listings or mergers and acquisitions in China and overseas markets, with outstanding investment performance. For more information about Everbright, please visit www.everbright.com.

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Nick Chan
Director of Marketing
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M: (852) 9728 1777
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Eunice Ho
Assistant Marketing Manager
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M: (852) 9189 2235
eunice_ho@hkballet.com

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