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Ticket Exchange and Refund for Sunday Matinee
Due to the typhoon, the Don Quixote performance on 27 Aug (Sun) 2:30pm was rescheduled to 4:45pm on the same day. For patrons who were unable to attend the rescheduled performance, we warmly invite you to exchange the ticket to Le Corsaire (3-12 Nov) or The Nutcracker (15-26 Dec), donate the ticket to Accessibility Fund and Student Ticket Fund, or apply for a refund. Please complete the Ticket Exchange/Refund Registration Form and send it to us along with the original intact ticket by 12 September 2017 for processing.

For enquiries, please feel free to contact us at 2105 9724 or [email protected].

Post-performance Meet-the-artist Sessions
Join us for an insightful Meet-the-artist session after the performance to learn more about the dancers and enrich your experience at the theatre. 
26 & 27 Aug Sat & Sun
Matinee: Ye Feifei & Li Jiabo
Evening: Iana Salenko & Shen Jie
Grand Theatre, Hong Kong Cultural Centre
Admission with performance tickets

Autograph Sessions
There will be autograph sessions with the dancers in the roles of KitriBasilioMercedesEspada and Don Quixote after the following performances. 
26 Aug Sat 2:30pm & 7:30pm
27 Aug Sun 2:30pm

Outside Grand Theatre, Hong Kong Cultural Centre

Awarded Outstanding Ensemble Performance at the 2015 Hong Kong Dance Awards

“A fast-paced feast of non-stop dancing, as entertaining for family audiences as it is satisfying to ballet lovers.”
-- South China Morning Post

"Nobody knows Don Quixote better than Ananiashvili, one of the all-time great Kitris and Fadeechev, who has staged it before, notably at the Bolshoi. This production is admirably tailored to fit the Hong Kong Ballet’s resources and local audience tastes without sacrificing authenticity." 
-- Dancing Times

“The ballet was visually dynamic…a satisfying combination of technique and choreography…Don Quixote is definitely a fun-filled family affair.”

“The dancers are so good that there’s pleasure to be had in simply watching them move.” -- Times Union

“Subtle, powerful, eclectic” -- MassLive

Bursting with balletic fireworks and bravura steps, this exuberant production of Don Quixote abounds with love, illusion, daring, and adventure in the colourful streets of Spain. The idealistic, eccentric Don Quixote goes on a quest full of adventures with his loyal squire Sancho Panza in search of his perfect woman, Dulcinea—while real-life lovers Kitri and Basilio battle against all odds to unite in true love.

Based on Petipa/Gorsky’s choreography with Nina Ananiashvili’s staging and additional choreography, this ballet features guest ballerina Iana Salenko (Staatsballet Berlin and The Royal Ballet) and is a tour de force, requiring the dancers to tackle some of the most technically demanding choreography in classical ballet with gravity-defying jetes, fearless lifts, and impressive pirouettes. Based on Cervantes' iconic Spanish novel, Don Quixote is a must-see ballet for all the family—a glorious dance spectacle packed with virtuoso dancing, gorgeous costumes, a fanciful storyline and a lively cast of characters.


25-27 AUG 2017 (Fri - Sun) 7:30pm
26-27 AUG 2017 (Sat & Sun) 2:30pm
Grand Theatre, Hong Kong Cultural Centre
Tickets available at URBTIX from 25 June 2017
$1,000 (Limited VIP Tickets), $680, $480, $280, $140
The performance lasts approximately 2 hours including 1 intermission
Ages 3 and above
Cast List for lead roles
Date/Time 25 Aug 7:30pm 26 Aug 2:30pm
27 Aug 2:30pm
26 Aug 7:30pm
27 Aug 7:30pm
Kitri Jin Yao Ye Feifei Iana Salenko
Basilio Wei Wei Li Jiabo Shen Jie
Mercedes Gao Ge Gao Ge Yang Ruiqi
Espada Li Lin Lucus Jerkander Li Lin
Don Quixote Lucas Jerkander Wei Wei Lucus Jerkander

Choreography: Marius Petipa and Alexander Gorsky
Staging and Additional choreography: Nina Ananiashvili
Music: Ludwig Minkus
Artistic Consultant: Aleksei Fadeechev
Set and Costume Design: Thomas Mika
Lighting Design: Billy Chan
Live Accompaniment: Hong Kong Sinfonietta
Conductor: Benjamin Pope
Guest Artist: Iana Salenko

Principal Dancer, Staatsballett Berlin
Guest Principal, The Royal Ballet
Appearance on 26 & 27.8.2017 7:30pm

Born in Kiev, Ukraine, Iana Salenko was the youngest dancer at 16 playing principal roles at Donetsk Ballet in 1999. In 2001, she became Principal Dancer at Kiev Ballet and then Principal Dancer at Staatsballett Berlin in 2007. Her repertoire with Staatsballett Berlin includes Vladimir Malakhov’s Cinderella and The Sleeping Beauty, Nacho Duato's The Sleeping Beauty, Patrice Bart’s The Nutcracker, John Cranko’s Onegin and Romeo and Juliet, George Balanchine’s Tchaikovsky Pas de Deux and Peter Schaufuss’ La Sylphide. Salenko is currently Guest Principal of The Royal Ballet where she debuted as Kitri in Carlos Acosta’s Don Quixote in 2013 and performed in Balanchine’s Diamond in 2017.

Salenko won the gold medal and the Diaghilev Award at the 2002 Serge Lifar International Ballet Competition. In 2004, she won the gold medal at ÖTR Contest Vienna, the gold medal and the Natalia Makarova Award at ARABESQUE Ballet Competition and third prize at Varna International Ballet Competition. The following year, she was awarded gold medals at the International Ballet Competitions in Helsinki and Nagoya. She won accolades in the Dance Open International Dance Festival in 2012, 2014 and 2016. Italian magazine Danza&Danza named Salenka "Best Female Dancer of the Year” in 2016.

Salenko regularly performs as a guest artist around the world, with engagements in Florence, Munich, Moscow, St Petersburg, Rome, Essen, Bratislava, Slovenia and many more.

Photographer: Enrico Nawrath



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Pre or Post Ballet Dining Options at InterContinental Hong Kong

Ticket holders of this programme can enjoy 15% off food & beverage in all restaurants and bars at InterContinental Hong Kong before or after performance upon presentation of their tickets on the performance date. For details, please call 2313 2323 for details.

Special Privilege

For $1,000 VIP Ticket-holders 

Present your ticket stub to Hong Kong Ballet’s reception counter (Level 2 Foyer, Hong Kong Cultural Centre) before the end of intermission to receive a coupon for a free drink. Each ticket stub is valid for one free drink only.

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