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[Hong Kong—10 October 2019] After 25 years since its last appearance in Shenzhen in 1994, Hong Kong Ballet will return to the city to perform the greatest romantic ballet of all time, Swan Lake, in Pingshan during 12-13 October, in celebration of the venue’s grand opening.
One of the most complex theatrical productions in Hong Kong Ballet's active repertoire, Swan Lake promises to dazzle the Shenzhen audiences with its romance and drama, as well as showcasing the Company dancers’ artistry and technical excellences. In addition, Matthew Golding, Guest Principal Dancer of Ballett Dortmund and former Principal Dancer of The Royal Ballet and Dutch National Ballet, will grace the stage as Prince Siegfried during the 13 October evening performance.
Artistic Director Septime Webre says, “Swan Lake is quite simply, one of the most important ballets ever created—the musical score, the sense of pathos throughout, and the sheer beauty of it all are transcendent. It’s wonderful that Hong Kong Ballet can share our special qualities and fresh approach to this great classic with the City of Shenzhen after so many years.”
Executive Director Paul Tam adds, “It’s our great pleasure to be invited by Beijing Poly Theatre Management Company to perform for the Grand Opening of their latest theatre—Pingshan Theatre. We hope these inaugural performances will pave the way for long-term collaboration between the theatre and Hong Kong Ballet, and open doors to other cities in the Greater Bay Area as possible touring destinations for the company.”
Two performances will be staged at Pingshan Performing Arts Center’s Pingshan Theatre during 12-13 October 2019. Tickets are priced at ¥680, ¥480, ¥380, ¥180 and ¥80. Ticketing hotline +86 0755-89336660/61/62. Suitable for children aged 6+ and over one meter.
After the tour, the sensational production will run in Hong Kong from 25 October to 3 November 2019 for two weeks. Tickets are going fast at URBTIX now.
About Swan Lake
The beautiful Odette, the White Swan, has been cursed by the evil sorcerer Von Rothbart and can only take on human form at night, with the curse only broken by a vow of true love. The handsome young Prince becomes enthralled by Odette, and they fall in love. At a festive ball, Von Rothbart arrives with his daughter Odile, the Black Swan, whom he has deviously enchanted to look exactly like Odette. The Prince is deceived into believing that Odile is his beloved Odette, and he publicly vows to marry Odile. Heartbroken, Odette flees but is later reunited with the Prince by the lake for one final dance. Afterwards, they tragically end their lives by jumping into the lake together, thus sealing their eternal love and breaking Von Rothbart’s spell forever.
Original Choreography: Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov
Additional Choreography: John Meehan and Carlo Pacis
Music: Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Set and Costume Design: Peter Farmer
Additional Costume Design: Harvey Santos
Lighting Design: Mak Kwok Fai
Guest Appearance: Matthew Golding
About Matthew Golding
Born in Saskatchewan, Canada, Matthew Golding won the Youth America Grand Prix Ballet Competition and the Prix de Lausanne in 2002, then joined American Ballet Theatre in 2003. He was promoted to Principal Dancer of Dutch National Ballet in 2010, and danced as a Principal of The Royal Ballet during 2014-2017. He has guest performed with Bavarian State Ballet, Norwegian National Ballet, Mariinsky Ballet, Staatsballett Berlin, The National Ballet of Canada, English National Ballet and more. His accolades include the Dutch Zwaan Award in 2010, the Alexandra Radius Prize in 2011 and nominations for the Prix Benois de la Danse in 2012.
Sat & Sun 8pm
¥680, ¥480, ¥380, ¥180, ¥80
Ticketing: +86 0755-89336660/61/62
Programme Enquiries: +852 2105 9724
Suitable for children aged 6+ and over one meter
The presenter reserves the right to alter the programme and artists
The performance lasts approximately 2 hours and 30 minutes, including two intermissions
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Photo 1: Swan Lake promotional image | Dancer: Wang Qingxin as Odile | Creative: Design Army | Photography: Dean Alexander | Courtesy of Hong Kong BalletDownload
Photo 2: Swan Lake promotional image | Dancer: Wang Qingxin as Odette/Odile | Creative: Design Army | Photography: Dean Alexander | Courtesy of Hong Kong BalletDownload
Photo 3: Swan Lake promotional image | Dancer: Ye Feifei as Odette | Creative: Design Army | Photography: Dean Alexander | Courtesy of Hong Kong BalletDownload
Photo 4: Matthew Golding | Photographer: Erwin OlafDownload
Photo 5: Dancers (from left): Yuanyuan Tan and Matthew Golding | Photographer: Conrad Dy-Liacco | Courtesy of Hong Kong BalletDownload
Photo 6: Dancers (from left): Li Jiabo, Chen Zhiyao and Hong Kong Ballet Dancers | Photographer: Cheung Chi Wai | Courtesy of Hong Kong BalletDownload
Photo 7: Dancers (from left): Li Jiabo, Gao Ge and Hong Kong Ballet Dancers | Photographer: Cheung Chi Wai | Courtesy of Hong Kong BalletDownload
Photo 8: Dancers: Hong Kong Ballet Dancers | Photographer: Tony Luk | Courtesy of Hong Kong BalletDownload
Photo 9: Dancers (from front): Ye Feifei, Wei Wei and Hong Kong Ballet Dancers | Photographer: Tony Luk | Courtesy of Hong Kong BalletDownload
Photo 10: Dancers: Hong Kong Ballet Dancers | Photographer: Tony Luk | Courtesy of Hong Kong BalletDownload
Photo 11: Dancers: Hong Kong Ballet Dancers | Photographer: Tony Luk | Courtesy of Hong Kong BalletDownload
Photo 12: Hong Kong Ballet Dancers | Photographer: Tony Luk | Courtesy of Hong Kong BalletDownload
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. The Company celebrates its 40th Anniversary Season in 2019/20.
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