[Hong Kong – 28th October 2014] The Hong Kong Ballet is delighted to announce its upcoming tour to Minneapolis, Minnesota on 6th and 7th November 2014, performing Turandot, a stunning tale of power, love and revenge, at Northrop’s Carlson Family Stage.
The Hong Kong Ballet is one of the premier classical ballet companies in Asia and has continued to raise its international profile by conducting more than 30 tours to 10 countries in North and South America, Europe and Asia. The Northrop tour came at the heels of the Company’s critically acclaimed return performances at Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival this June and will bring the 35th anniversary celebration of The Hong Kong Ballet to a triumphant close.
Rich in history, Northrop is an architectural icon and cultural beacon to the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, and is recognised as one of the most important performing venues in the States. It has played host to world-class troupes such as the American Ballet Theatre, the Royal New Zealand Ballet, the New York City Ballet, the Shanghai Ballet and the Royal Winnipeg Ballet, to name a few. The Hong Kong Ballet will be one of the first major classical ballet companies to perform at its recently revitalised theatre, which seats 2,700.
“The Hong Kong Ballet is committed to sharing its critically acclaimed repertoire as well as its talented and culturally diverse dancers with audiences both local and international. As Hong Kong’s cultural ambassador, The Hong Kong Ballet will bring to the audiences of Northrop Turandot, a dramatic and romantic story ballet adapted from Puccini’s famous opera of the same title for the Hong Kong Ballet by Natalie Weir in 2003. Two different casts for this visually stunning ballet will showcase our dancers at their best.” Madeleine Onne, Artistic Director of The Hong Kong Ballet expressed.
Executive Director of The Hong Kong Ballet, Paul Tam announced, “With the full support from the Board of Governors, the Company has recently signed a touring contract with IMG Artists, a global leader of performing arts management.” Joseph Morrissey, Director of Artistic Planning and Touring added, “IMG Artists is also representative of world-renowned ballet companies such as The Bolshoi Ballet, National Ballet of Canada, The Royal New Zealand Ballet and many more. With IMG as our global representative, we are now planning an extensive tour in early 2016 and exploring many other exciting exchange opportunities.”
Australian choreographer Natalie Weir has adapted this opera of power, lust and revenge into a visually stunning ballet. Accompanied by Puccini’s original music, the dazzling spectacle of Turandot has the power to intrigue and beguile audiences.
Turandot is a princess with a glittering heart of ice who has for many years shunned the attention of men. Any man wishing to wed the Princess must successfully answer the three riddles she sets, and if they fail, they must die. Her coldness does nothing to deter her suitors, even though many have been ritually executed. Prince Calaf returns to the city from exile and falls in love with Turandot at first sight. In turn, he is adored from afar by Liu, his father’s loyal servant girl. The complicated emotions aroused by this trio of protagonists inspire a deep reflection on the nature of true love.
Choreography by Natalie Weir
Music by Giacomo Puccini
Set and Costume Design by Bill Haycock
Lighting Design by Kim Lee
The Hong Kong audiences will be able to enjoy this production at The Hong Kong Cultural Centre in February 2015.
US Performance Details
6th November 2014 (Thu) 7:30pm
7th November 2014 (Fri) 8:00pm
Carlson Family Stage at Northrop, University of Minnesota
US$74 $64 $49
Hong Kong Performance Details
6th February 2015 (Fri) 7:30pm
7th February 2015 (Sat) 2:30pm & 7:30pm
8th February 2015 (Sun) 2:30pm & 7:30pm
Grand Theatre, Hong Kong Cultural Centre
HK$1,000 (VIP ticket) $680 $480 $280 $140
Tickets available at URBTIX from 6 December 2014
One of the premier classical ballet companies in Asia, The Hong Kong Ballet is becoming internationally recognised as a world-class institution that represents Hong Kong’s unique character. November 2013 marked the 35th anniversary of The Hong Kong Ballet, a Company that has evolved into a vibrant performing arts organisation with accomplished dancers and a strong repertoire of stunning, technically challenging productions, led by its Artistic Director Madeleine Onne. www.hkballet.com
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