[Hong Kong – 26 May 2018] After 21 years at Hong Kong Ballet, Senior Ballet Master Liang Jing will be stepping down from he Company after the 2017/18 season finale production of Wheeldon, Ratmansky, McIntyre and The Beatles. He will continue his affiliation with the Company as Guest Ballet Master, staging works and coaching ballets from time to time. A well-respected ballet master, Liang’s artistry and guidance inspired Company dancers on and off stage, and he was regarded like a big brother by many who had the opportunity to be taught by him. As a dancer, he has always been beloved by audiences for his strong stage presence, charisma and impeccable technique.
Born into a family of professional dancers in Hunan, China, Liang began training at the age of ten at the Secondary School of Beijing Dance Academy and continued at Beijing Dance Academy. He joined Shanghai Ballet in 1986 and became Principal Dancer with The National Ballet of China in 1991. Liang was awarded the honour of China’s National Class One Performer and was invited to perform at the Oscars® Ceremony in 1994.
Liang joined Hong Kong Ballet in 1997 and was promoted to Principal Dancer in 1998. He took the dual role of Principal Dancer and Assistant Ballet Master in 2006 and has danced principal roles like Albrecht in Giselle, Prince Siegfried in Swan Lake and the Prince in The Nutcracker. Since becoming Senior Ballet Master in 2013, he has taught hundreds of Company dancers in numerous productions. In 2017, he returned to the stage for a critically acclaimed appearance as José in Yuh Egami and Hu Song Wei Ricky’s Carmen.
Liang Jing has been near the centre of virtually every artistic success that Hong Kong Ballet has had for the last two decades – whether as a thrilling principal dancer, whose performances were always informed by his intelligence, musicality, innate elegance and attention to details or as a Senior Ballet Master, coaching and inspiring our artists to reach their personal best on stage,’ says Hong Kong Ballet Artistic Director Septime Webre.
After the 2 June matinee and evening performances of Wheeldon, Ratmansky, McIntyre and The Beatles, there will be autograph sessions with Liang so that his fans will have an opportunity to personally say farewell and to take photos with him.
Liang Jing, thank you for the most wonderful 21 years!
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Photo 1: Swan Lake | Liang Jing as Prince Siegfried
Photo 1: Swan Lake | Liang Jing as Prince SiegfriedDownload
Photo 2: The Nutcracker | Liang Jing as the Prince | Photographer: Siu Wang-Ngai
Photo 2: The Nutcracker | Liang Jing as the Prince | Photographer: Siu Wang-NgaiDownload
Photo 3: The Merry Widow | Liang Jing as Camille de Rosillon | Photographer: Jimmy Chan
Photo 3: The Merry Widow | Liang Jing as Camille de Rosillon | Photographer: Jimmy ChanDownload
Photo 4: Spartacus | Liang Jing as Crassus | Photographer: Conrad Dy-Liacco
Photo 4: Spartacus | Liang Jing as Crassus | Photographer: Conrad Dy-LiaccoDownload
Photo 5: Balanchine & Beyond | Liang Jing in Yeah Yeah Xi Men Qing | Photographer: Conrad Dy-Liacco
Photo 5: Balanchine & Beyond | Liang Jing in Yeah Yeah Xi Men Qing | Photographer: Conrad Dy-LiaccoDownload
Photo 6: The Emperor & The Nightingale | Liang Jing as The Minister | Photographer: Conrad Dy-Liacco
Photo 6: The Emperor & The Nightingale | Liang Jing as The Minister | Photographer: Conrad Dy-LiaccoDownload
Photo 7: Carmen | Liang Jing as José | Photographer: Conrad Dy-Liacco
Photo 7: Carmen | Liang Jing as José | Photographer: Conrad Dy-LiaccoDownload
Photo 8: Liang Jing in Madame Butterfly rehearsal
Photo 8: Liang Jing in Madame Butterfly rehearsalDownload
Photo 9: Liang Jing in Spartacus rehearsal
Photo 9: Liang Jing in Spartacus rehearsalDownload
Photo 10: Liang Jing in studio
Photo 10: Liang Jing in studioDownload
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