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[Hong Kong—15 June 2021] Hong Kong Ballet (HKB) proudly presents a new, exciting short film, Romeo + Juliet, streaming now on its social media platforms. Adapted from Artistic Director Septime Webre’s production of the same name premiering 16-18 June 2021, the short film is a dramatic 1960s Hong Kong reimagining of Shakespeare’s timeless work directed by film director and award-winning costume and production designer Ahong Cheung, shot entirely on iPhone 12 Pro Max.
The tragic romance Romeo + Juliet captivates with forbidden love, Sergei Prokofiev’s thrilling iconic score, glamorous retro costumes and most significantly, the rare fusion of kungfu and intricate ballet choreography, created by Webre in close collaboration with martial arts advocate Hing Chao and International Guoshu Association kungfu masters.
With startlingly realistic art direction in Sheung Wan, The Peninsula Hong Kong’s Salisbury Room and FWD 1881 House, Romeo and Juliet’s unforgettable first encounter in an elegant ballroom, an intense fight among local street food stalls, the heartbreaking finale and additional enthralling scenes authentically bring old Hong Kong to life.
The powerful Romeo + Juliet film is part of the ‘Ballet in the City—Virtual Pop-up’ project, which brings dance in surprising new ways to all corners of Hong Kong and inspires people to view the city in a new light and to see beauty all around them. With challenges facing live pop-up performances throughout the city, HKB will now pop-up virtually with this short film to connect with both long-time fans and ballet novices alike to share Hong Kong’s unique culture all over the world. Join us for this nostalgia-fueled virtual journey back to groovy 1960s Hong Kong!
With live accompaniment by Hong Kong Sinfonietta under the baton of Yip Wing-sie, the long-awaited world premiere of China Everbright Ltd. Proudly Presents Romeo + Juliet will debut to eager audiences during five sold-out performances this weekend at Hong Kong Cultural Centre’s Grand Theatre.
For further information, please contact:
Nick Chan | Director of Marketing | T: 21059716 / 97281777 | [email protected]
Nichol Chau | Senior Marketing Officer | T: 21059753 / 56321755 | [email protected]
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.
Dancers (from left): Hong Kong Ballet Dancers; Garry Corpuz, Chen Zhiyao; Amber Lewis, Li Lin; Chen Zhiyao, Garry Corpuz