HONG KONG BALLET COLLABORATES WITH COREY BAKER DANCE AND BIRMINGHAM ROYAL BALLET ON A SHORT FILM

SPAGHETTI JUNCTION


Photo credit: Corey Baker Dance


[Hong Kong—21 April 2020] Hong Kong Ballet has partnered with UK-based company Corey Baker Dance, run by award-winning choreographer/director Corey Baker, and Birmingham Royal Ballet to present a new short film titled Spaghetti Junction. The film will receive its world premiere screening through BBC’s Culture in Quarantine on 22 April from 07.00 BST for Earth Day to raise awareness of the impact of climate change.

Marking the first-ever collaboration among Hong Kong Ballet, Corey Baker Dance and Birmingham Royal Ballet, the film is shot in the UK beneath Birmingham’s famous Spaghetti Junction and features Forrest Rain Oliveros from Hong Kong Ballet and Gus Payne and Haoliang Feng from Birmingham Royal Ballet. The film came from Baker’s larger collaboration and work with Birmingham Royal Ballet, Birmingham Hippodrome and Arts Council England to celebrate Chinese New Year 2020.

Corey Baker Dance has an international reputation for creating a diverse array of work across film, TV, theatre, using unusual locations and reaching non-traditional theatre audiences. His first film Antarctica: The First Dance, was filmed on the icy continent celebrating Antarctica while we still have it. The film was commissioned by The Space and Channel 4 Random Acts and featured Royal New Zealand Ballet principal dancer Madeleine Graham. Antarctica: The First Dance has been seen by over 5 million people around the globe to date.

Lying Together, the companion film for Spaghetti Junction featuring Hong Kong Ballet dancers, was filmed on Hong Kong’s high rooftops and urban green spaces. Also sharing a powerful climate change message, Lying Together will be released later this year.

Set to music by acclaimed band FKJ, Spaghetti Junction was created in partnership with Corey Baker Dance, Hong Kong Ballet and Birmingham Royal Ballet, and funded by Arts Council England, Birmingham Hippodrome, West Midlands Growth Company and Southside BID.

The world premiere screening of Spaghetti Junction will be at 07.00 BST on BBC.CO.UK/ARTS on Wednesday 22 April, Earth Day, and you can watch it at www.bbc.co.uk/arts in Hong Kong.

Earth Day started in 1970 and is now the world’s largest recruiter to the environmental movement, working with more than 75,000 partners in over 190 countries to diversify, educate and activate the environmental movement worldwide and drive positive action for our planet.

NOTES TO EDITORS:    

Spaghetti Junction’s full credit list;

SHARING THE FILM ONLINE:

Head to Facebook (@OfficialCoreyBakerDance), Twitter (@coreybakerdance) or

Instagram (@coreybakerdance) from 7am BST on 22 April, and click ‘share, retweet, repost’ for the video.

Or directly share the films YouTube link on your own social media channels. If this is easier, please be sure to tag @CoreyBakerDance and include the #SpaghettiJunctionDanceFilm in any independent post you make.

Embedding Spaghetti Junction on your website:

Please ensure including the full list of film credits detailed above on any website you embed the film into.

1. Here is the link to the film: https://youtu.be/5g0fy9yJN1o

it is private until 7am BST 22nd April 2020, so will display as an exclamation mark for now!

2. Set up a space on the website that’s suitable to put the film

3. Click the ‘Share’ button that you see under the video.

4.Then click ‘Embed’. The code you are given is the code you will need to embed onto your website.

5.The film will go live at 7am BST on 22 April, you can then share the embedded film via your own website directly on your social media accounts—again please be sure to tag @CoreyBakerDance and include the #SpaghettiJunctionDanceFilm in any post you make.
 

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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.

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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