Often called the ‘ballet of all ballets’, Swan Lake is one of the most complex theatrical productions in the Company's active repertory with its drama, romance and intrigue.
Especially staged for Hong Kong Ballet by John Meehan based on Petipa/Ivanov’s original choreography, Swan Lake inspires awe for its mystery and magic with exquisite swan-maiden ensembles and lyrical pas de deux. The focus is on the prima ballerina who performs the dual roles of the radiant White Swan Odette and the scheming, duplicitous Black Swan Odile, which require extreme athleticism, vigor and grace.
Filled with technically demanding choreography, Tchaikovsky’s gorgeous music, and lavish sets and costumes by Peter Farmer, Swan Lake’s thrilling story of good and evil has entranced audiences since its début.
Yuen Long Theatre Performances
|Odette||Yu-yao Liu*||Zhi-yao Chen*||Fei-fei Ye||Zhi-yao Chen|
|Odile||Yu-yao Liu*||Ge Gao*||Fei-fei Ye||Ge Gao|
|Prince Siegfried||Ryo Kato*||Jia-bo Li*||Wei Wei||Jia-bo Li|
|Von Rothbart||Xin Jiang*||Lucas Jerkander*||Lin Li||Lucas Jerkander|
Hong Kong Cultural Centre Performances
|Odette||Fei-fei Ye||Yu-yao Liu||#Jurgita Dronina||Yu-yao Liu||#Jurgita Dronina|
|Odile||Fei-fei Ye||Yu-yao Liu||#Jurgita Dronina||Yu-yao Liu||#Jurgita Dronina|
|Prince Siegfried||Wei Wei||Ryo Kato||Jia-bo Li||Ryo Kato||Jia-bo Li|
|Von Rothbart||Lin Li||Xin Jiang||Lucas Jerkander||Xin Jiang||Lucas Jerkander|
# Guest Principal Dancer, courtesy of The National Ballet of Canada
Original Choreography: Marius Petipa & Lev Ivanov
Additional Choreography: John Meehan, Carlo Pacis, Selina Chau
Music: Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Set & Costume Design: Peter Farmer
Additional Costume Design: Harvy Santos
Lighting Design: Leo Cheung
Live Accompaniment: Hong Kong Sinfonietta#
Conductor: Benjamin Pope#
Guest Appearance: Jurgita Dronina
#Only for performances at Hong Kong Cultural Centre
Born in Saratov, Russia, Jurgita Dronina graduated from the ballet school at the National M. K. Čiurlionis School of Art in Vilnius, Lithuania and continued her study at the Munich International Ballet Academy in Germany under the directorship of Konstanze Vernon. She was a Principal Dancer with Royal Swedish Ballet and Dutch National Ballet before joining The National Ballet of Canada as Principal Dancer in 2015. Dronina joined Hong Kong Ballet as Guest Principal Dancer in 2015.
Among many other prominent roles, Dronina has danced Nykia in La Bayadère (Makarova, Asylmuratova), Kitri in Don Quixote (Ratmansky, Garofoli), Medora in Le Corsaire (Fadeyechev), Princess Aurora in The Sleeping Beauty (Wright, Chalmer), Odette/Odile in Swan Lake (Conus, Holmes, Martins, van Dantzig, Bart, Petipa/Ivanov, Sergeyev/Kovaliova/Kunakova), Juliet in Romeo and Juliet (MacMillan, van Dantzig), as well as the title role in Giselle (Vinogradov, Beaujean/Bustamante after Co-ralli/Perrot, Wright), Cinderella (Wheeldon), Paquita (Petipa) and Sylvia (Neumeier). She has also danced Hermoine in Wheeldon’s The Winter’s Tale, Ratmansky’s On The Dnieper and Firebird, as well as Balanchine’s Tchaikovsky Pas de Deux, Serenade, Symphony in C and Jewels.
Roles that have been created especially for Dronina include Queen Sofia Magdalena in Bart’s Gustav III , Arque’s Minos, Christe’s Moving Glass, Cherkaoui’s Labyrinth, Dawson’s day4 and Overture, Elo’s Shapes, van Manen’s Dances with Harp and Pastor’s The Tempest.
She has also performed as a guest principal artist with the Norwegian National Ballet, the Royal Danish Ballet, Opera dell Roma, Teatro San Carlo, Arena di Verona and at Rudolf Nureyev International Ballet Festival in Russia.
Dronina has been awarded the gold prize at the International Ballet Competition in Grasse in 2003 and silver prizes at the International Ballet Competitions in Helsinki in 2005, Moscow in 2005 and Jackson in 2006.
Dronina has been the recipient of many awards. Highlights include the Dutch Zwaan Award in 2011 and the Alexandra Radius Prize in 2014 for her Aurora in The Sleeping Beauty. The European Dance Magazine Dance Europe voted her as Outstanding Dancer of the season for four seasons (2009/10, 2010/11, 2011/12, 2014/15).
Photo: A. Antonijevic
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.
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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.