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[Hong Kong—27 October 2021] Hong Kong Ballet (HKB) and MTR Corporation jointly present ‘The Ballet Encounters @ MTR’ with two innovatively entertaining dance videos ‘The Grace of Ballerinas @ Choi Hung Station’ and ‘This is Wan Chai @ Wan Chai Station’, transforming two public places into stages. Dancers from HKB perform around the iconic “Art in MTR” station artworks to offer passengers a fresh perspective and a chance to appreciate multiple forms of art at one glance. Videos are available for viewing from 27th October, 2021 onwards on HKB social media platforms as well as MTR website and YouTube channel.
In ‘The Grace of Ballerinas @ Choi Hung Station’, HKB dancers in retro-nerd’s look are fascinated by three ballerina statues in the station. In order to get the ballerinas’ attention, they dance around the statues, showing off their impeccable technique. In ‘This is Wan Chai @ Wan Chai Station’, HKB dancers frolic around the iconic station artwork ‘This is Wan Chai’ with its magical-realist photos serving as the backdrop of their performance, and catapult themselves through the station with style, wit, and a touch of tongue-in-cheek surrealism demonstrating a vibrant and upbeat Wan Chai to the audience.
This collaboration reimagines and reinvents the MTR stations as a public space at the heart of the local community, providing an opportunity for new discovery with every trip through the stations. We hope commuters can be unexpectedly inspired by art that elevates the human experience.
The Grace of Ballerinas @ Choi Hung Station
Choreographer: Septime Webre
Music: Lemonade by Shtriker Big Band
Video Director: Andreas Guzman
This is Wan Chai @ Wan Chai Station
Dance Title: Sombrerisimo
Choreographer: Annabelle Lopez Ochoa
Music: Espinita (featuring Macaco el mono loco) by Banda Ionica
Video Director: Andreas Guzman
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Photo 1: The Ballet Encounters @ MTR | Courtesy of Hong Kong Ballet
Photo 2: The Grace of Ballerinas @ Choi Hung Station | Courtesy of Hong Kong Ballet
Photo 3: The Grace of Ballerinas @ Choi Hung Station | Courtesy of Hong Kong Ballet
Photo 4: This is Wan Chai @ Wan Chai Station | Courtesy of Hong Kong Ballet
Photo 5: This is Wan Chai @ Wan Chai Station | Courtesy of Hong Kong Ballet
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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.