[Hong Kong – 15th Apr 2016] As the curtain falls on Hong Kong Ballet’s 2015/16 season, the Company proudly presents Serenade and More, a diverse mixed bill programme featuring four ballets by a trio of choreographers – from the “father of American ballet” George Balanchine’s seminal work Serenade, to Chinese choreographer Fei Bo’s Over There and Shenren Chang (“Harmony between Gods and Men”) as well as Sacred Thread by Edwaard Liang, BalletMet’s Artistic Director. The latter two works were commissioned by Hong Kong Ballet specifically for this eclectic programme.
Set to a transcendent Tchaikovsky score, Serenade was the first ballet Balanchine choreographed in the USA, and it remains one of his most popular, widely danced works. In this hauntingly beautiful ballet, Guest Principal Dancer Tan Yuan Yuan will join forces with the ensemble. Other guest appearances include Zhan Xinlu and Wang Zhiyu from The National Ballet of China, performing in Fei Bo’s Over There. The two world premieres, Shenren Chang and Sacred Thread, choreographed by Fei Bo and Edwaard Liang, respectively, will take audiences on a captivating journey of ballets inspired by Chinese elements.
Serenade and More will run from 10th to 12st June 2016 (Friday to Sunday), at the Grand Theatre, Hong Kong Cultural Centre. Tickets are available at URBTIX now.
Guest Appearance: Tan Yuan Yuan
The perfect showcase for ensemble of technically exceptional women, Serenade is a milestone in the history of dance. It is the first original ballet George Balanchine created in America and is one of the signature works of New York City Ballet’s repertoire. The ballet is performed by some 20 dancers in blue costumes in front of a blue background. Originating from a lesson in stage technique, Balanchine worked unexpected rehearsal events into the choreography. When one student fell, he incorporated it. Another day, a student arrived late, and this too became part of the ballet.
Notes courtesy of and adapted from New York City Ballet
Choreography: George Balanchine © The George Balanchine Trust
Music: Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Costume Design: Barbara Karinska
Originally Staged by: Judith Fugate
Original Lighting Design: Ronald Bates
Adaptation of Original Lighting Design: Mak Kwok Fai
About Over There
Guest Appearances: Zhan Xinlu and Wang Jiyu (both of The National Ballet of China)
“There is a ballad echoing in my ears, carrying my drifting soul away. Looking once more, this was the place I deeply in love. I cannot return to this place, or the past. A new journey starts with lots of hope. Farewell to this unforgettable place, the place I once fell deeply in love.” Over There expresses one’s attachment to homeland and the mood of unwilling farewell through the repeated body movements and the contradiction between movement and stillness.
Choreography: Fei Bo
Music: Sainkho Namtchylak
Costume Design: He Xiaoxin
Lighting Design: Han Jiang
About Shenren Chang (“Harmony between Gods and Men”) (World Premiere)
Inspired by the ancient guqin music Shenren Chang (“Harmony between Gods and Men”), Fei Bo continues the dialogue between eastern perspectives and western ballet art. This new commission, through the dancer’s limbs, attempts to capture the rhythm of blood pumping, the movement of air from breathing, and the collision and integration of the five life elements – wood, fire, earth, metal and water which signifies the world's primordial essence and fundamental nature. This piece abstractly illustrates the Chinese concepts of yin and yang, five life elements, and spiritual realm uniting man and the universe.
Choreography: Fei Bo
Music: Wen Zi
Costume Design: Li Kun
About Sacred Thread (World Premiere)
Commissioned by Hong Kong Ballet, Edwaard Liang’s newest creation draws inspiration from Chinese weddings and touches upon uncertainty, sacrifice and freedom in relationships. Set to John Adams' driving tempo, Liang evokes ambivalence through vivid realism and athletic choreography. The flourishes in the piece reflect intense emotions.
Choreography: Edwaard Liang
Music: John Adams
Costume Design: Bridget Steis
Lighting Design: Mak Kwok Fai
George Balanchine is regarded as the foremost contemporary choreographer in the world of ballet. St Petersburg-born Balanchine had both the music and dance of Russia in his blood. Extensive musical training put him on equal grounds in communicating with great composers and enabled him to reduce orchestral scores on the piano, which is an invaluable aid in translating music into dance. Balanchine’s style has been described as neo-classical, de-emphasising plot in ballets and preferring to let “dance be the star of the show”. In his lifetime, he created 465 works, including Serenade as one of the renowned pieces.
Born into a family of Chinese opera performers and trained in Chinese traditional dance at an early age, Fei Bo started choreographing when he was 16 and then studied modern dance at Beijing Dance Academy. After graduation, he joined The National Ballet of China (NBC) in 2002 and has since created many pieces for the company, including the famous Chinese ballet The Peony Pavilion and full-length Hamlet. Fei strives to integrate eastern perspectives with western art forms and has collaborated with renowned artists like Philippe Decouflé, Akram Khan, Tamara Rojo, Li Liuyi and many more. Awarded China’s National Class One Choreographer and Asian Cultural Council Fellowship in 2011, Fei has also won choreography awards at Helsinki International Ballet Competitions in 2005 and 2012, Shanghai International Ballet Competitions in 2007, and Youth American Grand Prix in 2012. In 2014, he was nominated at Prix Benois de la Danse. He is currently NBC’s Resident Choreographer and Visiting Professor of the People’s Liberation Army Academy of Art.
Born in Taipei, Taiwan, Edwaard Liang studied at the School of American Ballet before joining New York City Ballet in 1993. That same year, he was a medal winner at the Prix de Lausanne International Ballet Competition and won the Mae L. Wien Award. He was promoted to Soloist in 1998 and joined the Tony Award winning Broadway cast of Fosse in 2001. In 2002, Liang was invited by Jiří Kylián to become a member of the acclaimed Nederlands Dans Theater 1 (NDT1). During his time with NDT 1, Liang discovered his passion for choreography. He has since created works for ballet companies worldwide including Bolshoi Ballet, Joffrey Ballet, Kirov Ballet, New York City Ballet, Shanghai Ballet and Singapore Dance Theatre. He has won numerous awards for his choreography including the 2006 National Choreographic Competition of Hubbard Street 2. He was named Artistic Director of BalletMet in 2013.
Tan Yuan Yuan
Guest Principal Dancer, Hong Kong Ballet
Principal Dancer, San Francisco Ballet
Born in Shanghai, China, Tan Yuan Yuan trained at Shanghai Dancing School and Stuttgart’s John Cranko School. She joined San Francisco Ballet as a Soloist in 1995 and was promoted to Principal Dancer in 1997. Tan has danced major roles in Tomasson’s Giselle, The Nutcracker, Romeo & Juliet, The Sleeping Beauty and Swan Lake, as well as lead roles in Tomasson/Possokhov’s Don Quixote, Cranko’s Onegin, and Lubovitch’s Othello. She has created many roles in numerous productions including, but not limited to, Tomasson’s 7 for Eight, Caprice, Chi-Lin, The Fifth Season, and Silver Ladders, Balanchine’s Agon, Apollo, Brahms-Schoenberg Quartet, Concerto Barocco, Diamonds, and more. A frequent guest artist, Tan has performed globally and has received many notable awards.
Soloist, The National Ballet of China
Born in Liaoning, China, Zhan Xinlu trained at Beijing Dance Academy, joined The National Ballet of China in 2009, and became Soloist in 2012. She has danced Kitri in Nureyev's Don Quixote, Xiao Yuanyuan in Chinese New Year, Peasant Pas de Deux in Giselle, as well as roles in Cranko's Onegin, Petit's Carmen and many others. Her accolades include gold medals in the 1st Beijing International Ballet and Choreography Competition in 2011 and 2nd Beijing International Ballet Invitational for Dance Schools in 2008, and 2nd and 1st prizes in CCTV National Dance Competition in 2009 and 2013, respectively. She performed Don Quixote Pas de Deux at Singapore Arts Festival 2010 and Gala of Kazakh Arts Festival 2012.
Coryphée, The National Ballet of China
Born in Beijing, China, Wang Jiyu graduated from Beijing Dance Academy, joined The National Ballet of China in 2013, and was named Coryphée in 2015. His repertoire includes Gurn in La Sylphide, Peasant Pas de Deux in Giselle, as well as roles in Makarova's Swan Lake, Li Yang's The Girl in Black Eyes and Wang Sizheng's El Testamento de Amelia. He won 3rd Prize in the 10th Taoli Cup Dance Competition in 2012 and the Encouragement Award in the 2nd Beijing International Ballet and Choreography Competition in 2013. In 2012, he collaborated with the Rudra Béjart School, performing a Béjart piece in Beijng.
10-12.6.2016FRI 7:30pm | SAT 2:30pm & 7:30pm | SUN 2:30pm
Grand Theatre, Hong Kong Cultural Centre
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The Preview of Serenade and More
31.5.2016 (Tue) 7:30 – 8:45pm
Studio Theatre, Hong Kong Cultural Centre
Get the inside scoop during this exciting and insightful preview! Featuring beautiful excerpts from two brand new world première works from renowned choreographers Edwaard Liang and Fei Bo, and information of George Balanchine’s Serenade, this evening will be about a powerful blend of classical and contemporary ballet. Hong Kong Ballet dancers, choreographers, designers, and/or other special guests will engage in an insightful discussion to give you an up close and personal look inside the creative process of a production by a professional ballet company. Don’t miss out on this opportunity – come early to grab your seat!
10.6.2016 (Fri) 6:50-7:10pm [In Cantonese]
11.6.2016 (Sat) 6:50-7:10pm [In English]
Level 2 Foyer, Hong Kong Cultural Centre Foyer
Enrich your experience of George Balanchine’s timeless ballet Serenade and two world premiere works from renowned choreographers Edwaard Liang and Fei Bo, as well as guest performance by guests from The National Ballet of China, by joining us for an engaging 20-minute introduction to the performances, which may include discussions of choreography, music, history, design, and the process of bringing these works to life. Enhance your evening at the ballet by learning more about the pieces in the show from the people behind the scenes and on the stage!
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Photo 1: Dancers: Chen Zhiyao and Lucas Jerkander | Photographer: Tim Wong
Photo 1: Dancers: Chen Zhiyao and Lucas Jerkander | Photographer: Tim WongDownload
Photo 2: Dancers: Chen Zhiyao and Lucas Jerkander | Photographer: Tim Wong
Photo 2: Dancers: Chen Zhiyao and Lucas Jerkander | Photographer: Tim WongDownload
Photo 3: Serenade | Hong Kong Ballet Dancers | Photographer: Cheung Wai Lok
Photo 3: Serenade | Hong Kong Ballet Dancers | Photographer: Cheung Wai LokDownload
Photo 4: Serenade | Hong Kong Ballet Dancers | Photographer: Cheung Wai Lok
Photo 4: Serenade | Hong Kong Ballet Dancers | Photographer: Cheung Wai LokDownload
Photo 5: George Balanchine | Photographer: George Platt Lynes
Photo 5: George Balanchine | Photographer: George Platt LynesDownload
Photo 6: Fei Bo
Photo 6: Fei BoDownload
Photo 7: Edwaard Liang | Photographer: Chiun-Kai Shih
Photo 7: Edwaard Liang | Photographer: Chiun-Kai ShihDownload
Photo 8: Tan Yuan Yuan, Guest Principal Dancer of Hong Kong Ballet | Photographer: Chris Hardy
Photo 8: Tan Yuan Yuan, Guest Principal Dancer of Hong Kong Ballet | Photographer: Chris HardyDownload
Photo 9: Zhan Xinlu, Soloist of The National Ballet of China
Photo 9: Zhan Xinlu, Soloist of The National Ballet of ChinaDownload
Photo 10: Wang Zhiyu, Coryphée of The National Ballet of China
Photo 10: Wang Zhiyu, Coryphée of The National Ballet of ChinaDownload
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