[Hong Kong—8 June 2023] Hong Kong Ballet (HKB)’s dynamic 2022/23 Season joyfully concluded with the Asian premiere of China Everbright Ltd. Proudly Presents La Bayadère, an iconic 19th century Russian ballet, with nearly 8,000 enthusiastic audience members attending five much-anticipated performances during 2-4 June at Hong Kong Cultural Centre.
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. With world-renowned choreographer Vladimir Malakhov’s lavish staging after Marius Petipa and live music by Hong Kong Sinfonietta conducted by Robert Reimer, La Bayadère dazzled guests with forbidden love triangles and cunning palace intrigue featuring charismatic international superstars Marianela Nuñez and Vadim Muntagirov, Principal Dancers at The Royal Ballet, Berlin State Ballet Principal Dancer Iana Salenko and HKB dancers.
On opening night, HKB proudly hosted Mrs Carrie Lam, GBM, GBS, JP, former Chief Executive of Hong Kong Special Administrative Region; Honourable representatives and guests from China Everbright Ltd.; Mr Wong Chi-cho Joe, JP, Permanent Secretary for Culture, Sports and Tourism; Ms Leong Wai Man, Leong Wai Man, Cultural Affairs Bureau Director of Macao; Ms Kuok Mio U, Chief of Division of Cultural Promotion, the Cultural Affairs Bureau of Macao and Mr Jackie Fung, Executive Director of Macao Orchestra. Additionally, Ms Daisy Ho, BBS, Chairman of the HKB Board of Governors; Ms Linda Fung and Mrs Mira Yeh, Vice Chairmen of the HKB Board of Governors; and HKB Board of Governors members Ms Lindzay Chan, Mrs Deirdre Fu Tcheng, Mrs Liana Yung Yeung attended the premiere to celebrate HKB’s artistry and dedicated efforts. We were also honoured to welcome leaders from National Ballet of China, Suzhou Ballet, Liaoning Ballet and Guangzhou Arts School for exchanging creative ideas, hopefully paving the way for future performing arts collaborations.
With China Everbright Ltd.’s generous donation to HKB’s Accessibility Fund, 150 underprivileged people were invited to enjoy the 3 June matinee performance. They also joined a pre-performance talk where they learnt more about La Bayadere from the creative team.
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.