Light up the Christmas Season with Hong Kong Ballet’s The Nutcracker


[Hong Kong—16 October 2020] Christmas is never complete without The Nutcracker. Hong Kong Ballet (HKB) is thrilled to bring Terence Kohler’s The Nutcracker back to the theatre this December for its ninth consecutive year despite pandemic challenges. This cherished family holiday tradition provides festive entertainment and inspiration for both children and adults, first-time ballet-goers and longtime ballet fans alike.

Acclaimed international choreographer Terence Kohler created this unforgettable production especially for HKB, with an enchanting mix of vibrant dancing, courageous characters and elaborate visuals that has delighted audiences since its premiere. Audience members will be transported to a magical world where beloved characters—Clara and Fritz, the Ballerina and her Nutcracker Prince, the Rat King and many more—come alive to Tchaikovsky’s captivating score with live accompaniment by Hong Kong Sinfonietta.

The Nutcracker will run 17–27 December 2020 at Hong Kong Cultural Centre’s Grand Theatre for 15 performances. Tickets are available now at URBTIX and are priced at $680, $480, $320 and $180, with VIP tickets at $1,000. A preview will be held at the same venue on 17 December with tickets priced at $880 (VIP tickets), $580, $420, $320 and $180. Suitable for ages 3 and above. Get together with your loved ones to experience this magical holiday tradition!

All audience members are required to wear their own masks, avoid sharing items and maintain appropriate social distance in the theatre. The safety of our patrons, artists and staff is our first priority, and as such, seating for The Nutcracker will reflect the latest social distancing regulations in Hong Kong. HKB is closely monitoring the COVID-19 situation and will promptly announce any changes to performances following the latest official pandemic recommendations, including the release of additional seats for sale to the public should social distancing rules be relaxed prior to the performances. For the most recent updates, please check HKB’s official website (hkballet.com).

About The Nutcracker
THE WORLD’S MOST POPULAR HOLIDAY BALLET
This sparkling Christmas tradition receives a new lease on life in Terence Kohler’s beloved production, returning once again to Hong Kong! Join Clara and Fritz on their unforgettable journey as they valiantly battle the villainous Rat King, and the Nutcracker Prince and his Ballerina love reunite in a breathtaking final pas de deux. A true holiday ballet for the entire family, The Nutcracker is the perfect way to experience the magic of Tchaikovsky’s timeless score and introduce children to the power and beauty of classical dance!

Creative Team
Choreography Terence Kohler
Music Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Dramaturge Clair Sauran
Set & Costume Design Jordi Roig
Lighting Design David Bofarull
Painters Jordi Castells, Quique Conde
Live Accompaniment Hong Kong Sinfonietta
Conductor Yip Wing-sie

Performance Details
Opening Night 18.12.2020 (Fri) 7:30pm
19–20.12.2020 (Sat–Sun) 2:30pm & 7:30pm
22–27.12.2020 (Tue–Thu) 7:30pm, (Fri–Sun) 2:30pm & 7:30pm
$1,000 (limited VIP tickets), $680, $480, $280, $140 | $340, $240, $140, $70 *

Preview 17.12.2020 (Thu) 7:30pm
$880 (limited VIP Tickets), $580, $420, $320, $180 | $290, $210, $160, $90 *
Grand Theatre, Hong Kong Cultural Centre
15 performances with live accompaniment
*Available for full-time students, senior citizens aged 60 or above and people with disabilities and the minder

Tickets available at URBTIX now
Internet Booking: www.urbtix.hk
Credit Card Booking: 2111 5999
Ticketing Enquiries: 3761 6661
Programme Enquiries: 2105 9724

Suitable for ages 3 and above
The presenter reserves the right to alter the programme and artists.
The performance lasts approximately two hours, including one intermission.

Discounts

50% off

Full-time students, senior citizens aged 60 or above, people with disabilities and the minder (Limited tickets for students and senior citizens available on a first-come, first-served basis. This discount cannot be used in conjunction with other discounts.)

15% off

Friends of Hong Kong Ballet members

10% off

CCDC Dance Inspirations/Student Dance Inspirations Card holders, Chung Ying Theatre Company’s Energy Fun Club plus members, Friends of HKCO members, Friends of HKDC Prestige members, HK Phil’s Club Bravo/Young Audience Scheme members, HKRep Pals members, Zuni Friends members, Fringe Club Members, Hong Kong Arts Administrators Association members, The Hong Kong Association of Theatre Technicians & Scenographers members, HKBU Foundation members, Hong Kong Dance Alliance members and MOViE MOViE members 

Group Booking

10% off for every purchase of 10-19 tickets at regular price;
15% off 20-40 tickets at regular price

Patrons can enjoy only one of the above discounts for each purchase.
Discounts do not apply to $1,000 and $880 VIP tickets.

For $1,000 and $880 VIP Ticket holders
Present your ticket stub at Hong Kong Ballet’s reception counter (Level 2 Foyer, Hong Kong Cultural Centre) before the end of intermission to receive a free drink coupon. Each ticket stub is valid for one free drink only.
*If cash bars at the performance venue are closed due to COVID-19 or any other unexpected circumstances, complimentary drinks for VIP ticket holders will be unavailable.

Joint Promotional Offers
Enjoy Exclusive Gastronomic Delights at Rosewood Hong Kong
Ticket holders can enjoy special sets and/or menus at Bayfare Social, Holt’s Café, Tea Conservatory and The Butterfly Room at Rosewood Hong Kong upon presentation of their Hong Kong Ballet tickets.
Details: www.rosewoodhotels.com/en/hong-kong/dining
Enquiries: 3891 8732 | hongkong.restaurants@rosewoodhotels.com
Reservations must be made in advance
Terms and conditions apply

A Festive Staycation at K11 ARTUS
Book a stay directly via K11 ARTUS official website and enjoy a festive staycation with your loved ones in tastefully designed residences at K11 ARTUS. Ticket holders will receive a special welcome gift during check in!
Enquiries: 2107 3388 | reservations@artus.com.hk
Website: www.artus.com.hk
This privilege is applicable to reservations made through the official website for stays from 1 December to 30 December 2020. Please present tickets upon check in.
Terms and conditions apply

15% Off Food and Beverage at K11 ARTUS
Ticket holders can enjoy one complimentary drink per person and 15% off food and beverage at The Commune, 10/F at K11 ARTUS on the day of the performance upon presentation of their tickets.
Enquiries: 2107 3388 | restaurants@artus.com.hk
Website: www.artus.com.hk
This privilege is not applicable from 24 to 26 December 2020, all dates inclusive.
Terms and conditions apply

HKB UPCLOSE
The Nutcracker—BALLET 360°
1.12.2020 (Tue) 7:30pm – 8:30pm
GR2, 8/F, Grand Theatre Backstage, Hong Kong Cultural Centre

Celebrate the magic of Christmas with the timeless tradition of Terence Kohler’s beloved The Nutcracker! Against a backdrop of falling snow, the noble Nutcracker battles the evil Rat King and his army to reunite with his Ballerina love with the help of Clara and Fritz. Ballet 360° brings families and fans of all ages closer to the action in an intimate setting as participants learn intriguing behind-the-scenes production details and richly experience Tchaikovsky’s famous score when HKB’s engaging dancers perform Nutcracker excerpts live. Start the holiday season with this fantasy adventure come to life that’s sure to put a smile on everyone’s face!

Free admission
Conducted in English
Suitable for ages 6 and above
Limited capacity, advance registration required.
Registration details: https://hkballet.com/en/explore-and-engage/hkb-upclose-programme/the-nutcracker-ballet-360-2020

Pre-performance Parent-child Workshop
19.12.2020 (Sat)
Workshop I: 10:00am–11:15am
Workshop II: 11:45am–1:00pm
Venue: GR3, 8/F, Grand Theatre Backstage, Hong Kong Cultural Centre

This Christmas, join The Nutcracker Pre-performance Parent-child Workshop to create some unforgettable memories with your child! This morning of fun and dance includes learning simple choreography from the classic holiday ballet, interactive crafts and games and exploring the glittering costumes worn onstage up close. Participants will learn more about the story of Clara and Fritz’s adventure up the larger-than-life Christmas tree to help the valiant Nutcracker win back his kingdom. Everyone is welcome; no prior dance experience required.

Fee: $180* (1 adult & 1 child)
*10% discount for Friends of Hong Kong Ballet (2020/21)
Conducted in Cantonese and English
Suitable for ages 4-9 and their parents (each child must be accompanied by an adult)
For The Nutcracker ticket holders, Friends of Hong Kong Ballet (2020/21) and Ballet Family Club members only
Advance registration required
Registration Details: hkballet.com/workshop

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Photo 1: The Nutcracker promotional image | Dancers (from left): Dong Ruixue, Shen Jie | Photography: SWKit | Courtesy of Hong Kong Ballet

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Photo 2: The Nutcracker | Dancers (from left): Ye Feifei, Li Jiabo | Photography: Conrad Dy-Liacco | Courtesy of Hong Kong Ballet

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Photo 3: The Nutcracker | Dancers (from left): Chen Zhiyao, Wei Wei | Photography: Conrad Dy-Liacco | Courtesy of Hong Kong Ballet

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Photo 4: The Nutcracker | Dancers (from left): Yang Ruiqi, Shen Jie | Photography: Conrad Dy-Liacco | Courtesy of Hong Kong Ballet

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Photo 5: The Nutcracker | Dancers (from left): Luis Cabrera, Nana Sakai | Photography: Conrad Dy-Liacco | Courtesy of Hong Kong Ballet

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Photo 6: The Nutcracker | Dancers (from left): Garry Corpuz, Chen Zhiyao | Photography: Conrad Dy-Liacco | Courtesy of Hong Kong Ballet

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Photo 7: The Nutcracker | Hong Kong Ballet Dancers | Photography: Conrad Dy-Liacco | Courtesy of Hong Kong Ballet

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Photo 8: The Nutcracker | Lai Pui Ki Peggy and Hong Kong Ballet Dancers | Photography: Conrad Dy-Liacco | Courtesy of Hong Kong Ballet

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Photo 9: The Nutcracker | Hong Kong Ballet Dancers | Photography: Conrad Dy-Liacco | Courtesy of Hong Kong Ballet

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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.

For further information, please contact:

Nick Chan
Director of Marketing
T: (852) 2105 9716
M: (852) 9728 1777
nick_chan@hkballet.com

Nichol Chau
Senior Marketing Officer
T: (852) 2105 9753
M: (852) 5632 1755
nichol_chau@hkballet.com

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