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[Hong Kong—13 December 2021] The highly anticipated world premiere of Hong Kong Ballet (HKB)’s thrilling The Nutcracker by Artistic Director Septime Webre added more joy to the holiday season as family and friends gathered to watch the beloved classic together. Proudly presented by China Everbright Ltd., The Nutcracker opened 11 December and will have 19 performances through 26 December at Hong Kong Cultural Centre’s Grand Theatre, giving audiences a special Christmas experience. The opening performance received a roaring standing ovation from our amazing audience.
Webre’s The Nutcracker brings festive cheer with its fantastical celebration of Hong Kong in the early 20th century. The Christmas Eve adventure begins at a lively party in an opulent golden mansion where young Clara receives a special Nutcracker as a gift. With scores of lavish props and extraordinary costumes, this magical world finds Clara and the Nutcracker on a journey crossing time, battling the evil Rat King’s army and encountering lively, memorable characters among the wonderous beauty of local flora and fauna, traditions and wildlife. International ballet star and guest principal artist Daniel Camargo preformed charismatically and elegantly as the Cavalier, while Tchaikovsky’s timeless score was eloquently played live by Hong Kong Sinfonietta.
It is our great pleasure to have China Everbright Ltd. as our Title Sponsor of The Nutcracker, who has been sponsoring HKB for the 7th consecutive year since The Nutcracker in 2015. On opening night, HKB proudly hosted Mr Yang Yirui, Deputy Commissioner of The Commissioner's Office of China's Foreign Ministry in the HKSAR; Ms Peng Jie, Director of the Department of Publicity, Cultural and Sports Affairs, Liaison Office of the Central People’s Government; Mr Joe Wong Chi-cho, JP, Permanent Secretary for Home Affairs, along with Mr Harry Wang, Vice President of China Everbright Ltd., and his guests. Additionally, Ms Daisy Ho, BBS, Chairman of Hong Kong Ballet Board of Governors; Mrs Mira Yeh, Vice-chairman of Hong Kong Ballet Board of Governors; Members of Hong Kong Ballet Board of Governors: Ms Lindzay Chan, Ms Linda Fung, Ms Maya Lin, Ms Evonne Tsui, and Mrs Daphne King Yao, Member of Hong Kong Ballet Development Committee also attended and showed their continued support.
12 Dec Evening
26 Dec Matinee
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.
About China Everbright Limited (‘Everbright’)
China Everbright Limited (Everbright, stock code: 165.HK) is a listed company in Hong Kong with alternative asset management as its core business, backed by its parent company China Everbright Group. As of 30 June 2021, Everbright managed 79 funds and a total AUM of HK$186.5 billion. Moreover, Everbright also cultivated ‘CALC’, the largest independent aircraft leasing operator in China; established ‘EBA Investments’ / ‘Everbright Jiabao’, leader of real estate private equity funds in China; integrated both mid- to high-end elderly care in China, establishing ‘Everbright Senior Healthcare’, a premium elderly care brand; and incubated ‘Terminus’, an AIoT unicorn company. Through both proprietary funds and the funds it manages, Everbright has invested in companies both in China and globally in a total of over 300 companies, covering fields including real estate, aircraft leasing, medical and healthcare, elderly care, new energy, infrastructure, high-level manufacturing, advanced technology and cultural consumption. Of these, more than 150 companies have been listed in China or overseas, or were listed but have since withdrawn due to mergers and acquisitions with excellent performance.
For more information, please visit http://www.everbright.com.
China Everbright Ltd. Proudly Presents The Nutcracker | Courtesy of Hong Kong Ballet
Photo 1: Dancer: Kim Eunsil | Photography: Keith Hiro
Photo 2: Dancers (from left): Garry Corpuz, Yang Ruiqi | Photography: Eric Hong
Photo 3: Dancers (from left): Ye Feifei, Daniel Camargo | Photography: Keith Hiro
Photo 4: Dancer: Ma Renjie | Photography: Keith Hiro
Photo 5: From left: Members of Hong Kong Ballet Board of Governors: Ms Maya Lin, Ms Evonne Tsui, Ms Linda Fung and Ms Lindzay Chan; Ms Daisy Ho, BBS, Chairman of Hong Kong Ballet Board of Governors; Mr Yang Yirui, Deputy Commissioner, The Commissioner's Office of China's Foreign Ministry in the HKSAR; Mr Joe Wong Chi-cho, JP, Permanent Secretary for Home Affairs; Mrs Mira Yeh, Vice-chairman of Hong Kong Ballet Board of Governors; Mr Richard Tang; Mr Harry Wang, Vice President of China Everbright Ltd.; Ms Peng Jie, Director of the Department of Publicity, Cultural and Sports Affairs, Liaison Office of the Central People’s Government; Ms Heidi Lee, Executive Director of Hong Kong Ballet; Mrs Daphne King Yao, Member of Hong Kong Ballet Development Committee; Mr Septime Webre, Artistic Director of Hong Kong Ballet