turn(it)out festival Debuts Successfully

Dynamic Ballet Programmes Available Until 4 April


[Hong Kong—26 March 2021] Streaming online for free since 18 March 2021, Hong Kong Ballet (HKB)’s first ballet festival turn(it)out festival celebrates a successful debut to enthusiastic audiences safe at home.

Co-presented by Freespace at the West Kowloon Cultural District as part of Hong Kong Ballet in Residence 2021, the festival has received overwhelmingly positive responses and over 40,000 views for the first week.

Among the highlights featured in turn(it)out festival, five(by)six and Ballet Classics for Children: Cinderella will continue to be available until 4 April, whereas BINGE-WORTHY and fringe activities will remain live after the festival concludes.

five(by)six: a compelling programme of five intriguing contemporary ballets by six international dance-makers;
Ballet Classics for Children: Cinderella: a charming introduction to the world of ballet for young audiences;
BINGE-WORTHY: a dazzling collection of short videos from the HKB vaults, personally curated by HKB’s Artistic Director Septime Webre;
A plethora of fringe activities that will satisfy audiences of all ages: Open Company Class, Ballet Barre Classes, the Cross Training for Dancers series, MASTERCLASS! series, ballet-blah-blah-blah, HKBALLET CLASSROOM and other delightful experiences.

Conducted through Zoom on 19 March, The Orpheus Cabaret saw a fresh new collaboration between seven HKB emerging choreographers and a team of The University of Hong Kong creative writers. The audience enthusiastically engaged the world premiere followed by a live Q&A with HKB’s Artistic Team.

Explore turn(it)out festival and immerse yourself in the world of ballet at HKB’s website and social media platforms, including YouTube, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, as well as mainland China platforms such as Bilibili, Tencent Video, Weibo and WeChat.

Download Appendix: Creative List / About the Artists / High Resolution Images

For further information, please contact:
Nick Chan | Director of Marketing | T: 21059716 / 97281777 | nick_chan@hkballet.com
Nichol Chau | Senior Marketing Officer | T: 21059753 / 56321755 | nichol_chau@hkballet.com

Hong Kong Ballet in Residence 2021

As part of Hong Kong Ballet’s three-year residency at Freespace, the troupe take over Freespace with a programme of virtual ballet experiences for audiences of all ages.

This event is part of the commitment of the West Kowloon Cultural District to establish long-term partnerships with local and international arts organisations.

Co-presenter

Champagne Partner

Make-Up Partner

Company Partner

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The Orpheus Cabaret video shoot venue kindly provided by Lambda Lounge

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.

About Freespace

Freespace is Hong Kong’s new centre for contemporary performance in the heart of the Art Park in the West Kowloon Cultural District, presenting multi-genre performances and events. It produces boundary-pushing collaborations and promotes new ways of seeing and experiencing performance. Freespace houses The Box, one of the largest black box theatres in Hong Kong, a flexible space for cutting-edge performances. Two multi-purpose spaces—The Room and The Studio—are designed for creative exchange and artistic collaborations. Lau Bak Livehouse is an intimate bar cafe presenting live music from Hong Kong and around the world. 

About the West Kowloon Cultural District

The West Kowloon Cultural District is one of the largest and most ambitious cultural projects in the world. Its vision is to create a vibrant new cultural quarter for Hong Kong on forty hectares of reclaimed land located alongside Victoria Harbour. With a varied mix of theatres, performance spaces, and museums, the West Kowloon Cultural District will produce and host world-class exhibitions, performances and cultural events, providing twenty-three hectares of public open space, including a two-kilometre waterfront promenade.


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