[Hong Kong—9 May 2023] Join Hong Kong Ballet (HKB) in a thrilling conclusion to its dynamic 2022/23 Season at the Asian premiere of La Bayadère, an iconic 19th century Russian ballet by world-renowned choreographer Vladimir Malakhov, during 2 - 4 June. This opulent production features three international ballet superstars and is filled with passion, opium, snakes and ghosts amidst a complicated love triangle.
Set in the jungles of ancient India, La Bayadère recounts the ill-fated love of temple dancer (bayadère) Nikiya and her noble warrior Solor, who is betrothed to another woman. This enduring tale of palace intrigue, vengeance and redemption is considered one of the best-loved classical ballets of all time. With Malakhov’s lavish staging after Marius Petipa, Ludwig Minkus’ majestic music and Jordi Roig’s opulent sets and costumes, La Bayadère evokes an immersive exotic world in which colour and beauty abound. Highlights include the Golden Idol’s spectacular virtuoso solo and the renowned Kingdom of the Shades scene—the first perfect ‘ballet blanc’ with the pristine corps de ballet moving in perfect synchronicity under a moonlit sky.
Malakhov visited Hong Kong to work with HKB, he reflects, 'It is an honour to re-stage La Bayadère for Hong Kong Ballet. The reason why this ballet is a classic is not only because of its music and ravishing dancing but also because of its romantic theme—'dying for love.' Nikiya dies for her lover and believes that she will meet him again under the moonlight. It is wonderful and interprets the meaning of life well.' In his version, Malakhov has added more roles for male dancers to showcase their impressive technical skills and athleticism.
Audiences will also be dazzled by charismatic international superstars Marianela Núñez and Vadim Muntagirov, Principal Dancers at The Royal Ballet, and Iana Salenko, Principal Dancer at Berlin State Ballet, with their flawless technique, extraordinary acting skills and irresistible glamour!
Five performances proudly presented by China Everbright Ltd will take place at Hong Kong Culture Centre’s Grand Theatre. Tickets priced at $680, $480, $280 and $140, with VIP tickets at $1,000, are now available at URBTIX. Suitable for ages 6 and above.
Choreography: Vladimir Malakhov (after Marius Petipa)
Music: Ludwig Minkus
Set & Costume Design: Jordi Roig
Live Accompaniment: Hong Kong Sinfonietta
Conductor: Robert Reimer
02 - 04 Jun 2023
Fri 7:30pm | Sat - Sun 2:30pm & 7:30pm
$1,000 (limited VIP tickets), $680, $480, $280, $140
Grand Theatre, Hong Kong Cultural Centre
Suitable for ages 6 and above
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For further information, please contact:
Jerry Qiu | Communications & Programme Manager | T: 21059753 | [email protected]
Ruth Chung | Senior Marketing and PR Officer | T: 21059716 | [email protected]
About Hong Kong Ballet
Hong Kong Ballet (HKB) is internationally recognised as a world-class institution that represents Hong Kong’s unique character. Since its inception in 1979, HKB has evolved into a vibrant performing arts organisation with a dynamic repertoire, forward-thinking community engagement initiatives and an emphasis on excellence.
With 50 dancers from all over the globe, HKB has restaged classical and neoclassical masterworks and dynamic original ballets created for HKB and about Hong Kong. Additionally, HKB performs works by some of today’s most sought-after choreographers as well as innovative new works by its Choreographer-in-Residence, Hu Song Wei Ricky, and numerous emerging Hong Kong choreographers.
In addition to almost 50 worldwide tours, HKB also maintains a full schedule of award-winning community programmes and crossover collaborations throughout Hong Kong to ensure ballet is accessible to all. HKB has also produced original videos and dance films that have collectively garnered over 5.2 million views online, connecting with ballet lovers worldwide.
About China Everbright Limited (‘Everbright’)
China Everbright Limited (Everbright, stock code: 165.HK) has over 25 years’ experience in cross-border asset management and PE investment. It is a listed company in Hong Kong with asset management and investment as its core business, backed by its parent company China Everbright Group. As of 31 December 2022, Everbright managed 80 funds and a total AUM of HK$165.4 billion. Through both proprietary funds and the funds it manages, Everbright has invested in companies both in China and globally in a total of over 300 companies, covering fields including real estate, aircraft leasing, medical and healthcare, elderly care, new energy, infrastructure, high-level manufacturing, advanced technology and cultural consumption. Of these, more than 150 companies have been listed in China or overseas, or were listed but have since withdrawn due to mergers and acquisitions with excellent performance.
For more information, please visit http://www.everbright.com.
Cover | Dancers (from left): Yang Ruiqi, Wang Zi, Wang Qingxin, Yonen Takano | Photography: Bobyeah | Courtesy of Hong Kong Ballet