Change of Programme
Hong Kong Cool: Ballet x Fashion will feature Annabelle Lopez Ochoa’s award-winning Sombrerisimo in lieu of Andonis Foniadakis' work. Additionally, audiences will also experience the Asian premiere of renowned choreographer, director and filmmaker Corey Baker’s new dance film shot all over Hong Kong with the artists of Hong Kong Ballet.
 

An electrifying outpouring of creativity
 

Since Coco Chanel first collaborated with Diaghilev and the Ballet Russe almost a century ago, ballet choreographers and fashion designers have been inspiring each other to greater artistic heights. The Hong Kong Ballet production Hong Kong Cool: Ballet x Fashion celebrates this legacy.

Co-presented by Freespace as part of the Hong Kong Ballet in Residence programme, Hong Kong Cool: Ballet x Fashion features new works and emerging local fashion designers in an explosive outpouring of contemporary and classic creativity! With world premieres by Hong Kong dance legends Helen Lai and Yuri Ng as well as the Company’s Choreographer-in-Residence Hu Song Wei Ricky and exciting short works in surprise locations welcoming audiences and activating Freespace, this unparalleled programme will redefine the quintessential ballet experience. The evening also includes Annabelle Lopez Ochoa’s award-winning Sombrerisimo and the Asian premiere of a new dance film by renowned London-based choreographer and filmmaker Corey Baker, shot on location all over Hong Kong with Hong Kong Ballet artists. After the show, grab a drink and chill out with us at Lau Bak Livehouse to enjoy additional dance works with the live band!


 

6 - 8.2.2020 (Thu - Sat) 8:00pm
The Box, Freespace, West Kowloon Cultural District
Tickets now available at westkowloon.hk, Freespace and Xiqu Centre Ticket Office, designated Tom Lee Music outlets (Olympian City, Shatin and Yuen Long), and The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts
$300, $200
The performance lasts approximately 1 hour 15 minutes without intermission
Ages 6 and above
DiscountsHouse RulesGetting to Freespace

Mainstage Performances

The Train (World Premiere)
by Hu Song Wei Ricky


Choreographer

Born in Jiangxi, China, Hu Song Wei Ricky trained at Shanghai Dance School, LASALLE-SIA College of the Arts in Singapore and The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts. Hu joined Hong Kong Ballet as a dancer in 2008 and becomes Choreographer-in-Residence in the 2019/20 season. He has been invited to choreograph for Hong Kong Arts Festival, Shanghai International Arts Festival, Chinese Dance for 12 Days, National University of Singapore Arts Festival, Hong Kong Ballet and more. His Bolero (2015) with Yuh Egami won Outstanding Ensemble Performance at the Hong Kong Dance Awards 2016. Hu received the Award for Young Artist (Dance) at the Hong Kong Arts Development Awards 2012.



(formerly named as No Man's Land)

Music:Olivier CONG 


Moonlighting in GR3 (World Premiere)
by Yuri Ng


Choreographer

Hong Kong choreographer Yuri Ng is the Co-Artistic Director of Yat Po Singers and was an Artist Associate for Hong Kong Sinfonietta from 2011 to 2013. Accolades include Artist of the Year Award – Choreographer from Hong Kong Artists’ Guild in 1997, the Prix d’Auteurat the 6th Rencontres choregraphiques internationales de Seine-Saint-Denis (Bagnolet) for his choreography of Boy Story in 1998 and Hong Kong Dance Awards for Outstanding Choreography in 2000 and 2019. He also received the Distinguished Achievement Award at the 2012 Hong Kong Dance Awards and the Award for Best Artist (Dance) at the Hong Kong Arts Development Awards 2013.

©Yvonne Chan

Music: Fern-Leaf Hedge Bamboo in the Moonlight 
Composer: SHI Guang Nan
Lyricist: NI Wei De
Arranger: Keith WONG@Yat Po Singers

The Crescent Moon Rises (Cantonese Folk Song)
Arranger: Keith WONG@Yat Po Singers 


If My Soul Has Fallen Away... (World Premiere)  
by Helen Lai x Vincent Li


Choreographer

Veteran Hong Kong choreographer and seven-time winner at the Hong Kong Dance Awards for her choreographic works, Helen Lai was the Artistic Director of City Contemporary Dance Company from 1985 to 1989 and Resident Choreographer during 1991-2011. Accolades include Badge of Honour from the Queen of the United Kingdom in 1995, Medal of Honour by the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government in 2000, Choreographer of the Year from Hong Kong Artists’ Guild (1990), a Distinguished Achievement Award at the 2002 Hong Kong Dance Awards, Award for Arts Achievement (Dance) in 2003 and Outstanding Contribution in Arts Award in 2015 from Hong Kong Arts Development Awards and an Honorary Fellowship from The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts in July 2004.

©Mr So Photography

Fashion/ Costume Design

Growing up in the vibrant city of Shanghai, China, Vincent Li trained as a dancer from a young age. After a period of study in information technology and work in Australia, he decided to return to re-enter the quixotic art world and engage with fashion design.

Li studied fashion in Melbourne and Hong Kong. In 2013, he went to London to work as an intern for J. W. ANDERSON. When he returned to Australia, he launched his personal design brand “VINCENT LI” in Melbourne in 2014.

Music: Aspectos | Dino SALUZZI and Jon CHRISTENSEN
Todos Los Recuerdos | Dino SALUZZI
Allá!... En Los Montes Dormidos | Dino SALUZZI


Lying Together (Asian Premiere) Dance Video
by Corey Baker


Choreographer

Originally from New Zealand and currently based in London, Corey Baker is an award-winning choreographer and filmmaker, celebrated for his innovation and commitment to driving dance into the 21st century. Fuelled by a passion that dance is for everyone, Corey takes dance out of traditional settings and makes dance for stadiums, skyscrapers, parks, playgrounds, rugby fields, TV, film and even Antarctica.

While dancing for many acclaimed companies and choreographers worldwide, Corey started Corey Baker Dance in 2010 to create inventive and relevant contemporary and ballet works across stage and screen.

In 2018, Corey became the resident choreographer at Royal New Zealand Ballet.

This video is part of the Company's outreach project Ballet in the City - HK Ballet Goes Viral campaign.


Sombrerisimo
by Annabelle Lopez Ochoa

Choreographer

Annabelle Lopez Ochoa has created works for over 50 companies worldwide, including New York City Ballet, San Francisco Ballet, Ballet Nacional de Cuba, Compañia Nacional de Danza de Espana, Dutch National Ballet, English National Ballet, Royal Ballet of Flanders, Joffrey Ballet, West Australian Ballet, Scottish Ballet and The Washington Ballet. A graduate of the Royal Ballet School of Flanders, she danced for 12 years, including as a soloist at Scapino Ballet, before focusing solely on choreography. In 2010 the Temecula Performing Arts Examiner wrote: “Ochoa is truly a masterful choreographer with an edge for what dance can and should be in this constantly changing industry.

Music:Intro Espinita, Espinita (featuring Macaco el mono loco) | Banda IONICA
Klute | Titus Tiel GROENESTEGE
Payo Mitcho | Titi ROBIN

Activating The Space

Wayfaring
by Leung Chunlong x Alex Po x Derek Cheng


Choreographer

Born in Hong Kong, Leung Chunlong graduated from Beijing Dance Academy in 2009 and from The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts in 2011, with a concentration in Ballet. He joined Hong Kong Ballet as a member of the Corps de Ballet the same year and was named Coryphée in 2014. 

His choreographic works included L’espoir (2017) and tʃHEy (2016). Leung received an Outstanding Performance Award at the Taoli Cup Dance Competition in 2003.

Fashion/ Costume Design

PONDER.ER is the brainchild of creative duo Alex Po and Derek Cheng. The pair met whilst they were studying at the prestigious Central Saint Martins in London. Both of their BA collections are being selected to showcase at the press show. Po then went on to further sharpen his skills and vision at the Royal College of Art and specialised in men’s knitwear.

With a common interest in exploring the world of menswear through an alternative approach, the creative partnership was formed in 2019 with the intention of challenging gender stereotypes and questioning social norms. PONDER.ER, a gender-fluid label was born to expand and reinterpret the contemporary men’s wardrobe through dissecting and reconstructing ideas inspired by traditional menswear, found objects and everyday experiences in urban cities.


Qián Kūn
by Li Lin x 
Alex Po x Derek Cheng


Choreographer

Born in Zhejiang, China, Li Lin trained at Beijing Dance Academy. He joined Hong Kong Ballet as a member of the Corps de Ballet in 2010 and was named Soloist in 2014.

Since joining the Company, Li has presented choreographic works at Hong Kong Ballet’s Choreographers’ Showcase, including Break Away (2014), Follow Your Heart (2016) and The Bow (2017). He danced Pas de Deux from Krzysztof Pastor’s In Light and Shadow with Liu Miaomiao at the International Ballet Festival of Havana in 2014 and won second prize at the Taoli Cup Dance Competition in 2009.

Fashion/ Costume Design

PONDER.ER is the brainchild of creative duo Alex Po and Derek Cheng. The pair met whilst they were studying at the prestigious Central Saint Martins in London. Both of their BA collections are being selected to showcase at the press show. Po then went on to further sharpen his skills and vision at the Royal College of Art and specialised in men’s knitwear.

With a common interest in exploring the world of menswear through an alternative approach, the creative partnership was formed in 2019 with the intention of challenging gender stereotypes and questioning social norms. PONDER.ER, a gender-fluid label was born to expand and reinterpret the contemporary men’s wardrobe through dissecting and reconstructing ideas inspired by traditional menswear, found objects and everyday experiences in urban cities.


Borders
by Yuh Egami x Aries Sin


Choreographer

Born in Okinawa, Japan, Yuh Egami graduated from The Royal Ballet School in London and joined Hong Kong Ballet in 2002. He assumed the role of Repetiteur in 2014 and was named Assistant Ballet Master in 2018. He became Ballet Master in 2019. With the Company, Egami has choreographed many works, was the Associate Choreographer for Yuri Ng’s Firecracker (2010) and The Frog Prince - A Ballet Chinois (2013) and co-choreographed with Hu Song Wei Ricky for The Rite of Spring (2019), Carmen (2017) and Bolero (2015), which won Outstanding Ensemble performance at the Hong Kong Dance Awards 2016, among others. He also created and restaged works for E-Side Dance Company and Le Studio Ballet in Hong Kong and Architanz, Japan.

Fashion/ Costume Design

Designer Aries Sin is the founder of MODEMENT. Her outstanding talent, expertise and unique design philosophy have been recognised in the world fashion market. She was honoured as “Asian Top Fashion Designer of The Year (Prêt-a-Porte Category)” in 2014 by Fashion Asia China and was also selected as one of the “40 Next Generation of Design Talents  under 40” by Perspective Magazine and won a Bronze Award at the 2013 Design for Asia Awards.

From Joyce Boutique's pop-up store to a six-month exhibition at the Hong Kong Heritage Museum, Sin’s designs have successfully exceeded the boundaries of creativity and culture.


dis-CONNECT
by Luis Cabrera x Lam Hoi Sen


Choreographer

Born in Marikina, Philippines, Luis Cabrera began his training at Philippine High School for the Arts. He danced with Ballet Manila and Ballet Philippines before attending The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts on scholarship, where he graduated with a diploma in Dance in 2015. Cabrera joined Hong Kong Ballet as a member of the Corps de Ballet the same year.

With Hong Kong Ballet, Cabrera has danced in John Meehan's Swan Lake, Cynthia Harvey’s The Sleeping Beauty, Terence Kohler’s The Nutcracker, Ronald Hynd's Coppélia, Pär Isberg’s Pinocchio, Rudi van Dantzig’s Romeo and Juliet, Val Caniparoli's Lady of the Camellias, George Balanchine’s Serenade, Jiří Kylián's Petite Mort and Sechs Tänze, Nacho Duato’s Castrati, Jorma Elo's Shape of Glow, Fei Bo’s Shenren Chang and Edwaard Liang’s Sacred Thread. Prior to joining the Company, he has also danced in Nonoy Froilan’s restaged Giselle, Carlo Pacis’ restaged A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Marius Petipa’s The Sleeping Beauty and Alice Reye’s Rama Hari.

Fashion/ Costume Design

SUN=SEN, pronounced as “SUNEQUALSEN”, is not only an art, but also a story-telling brand. SUN=SEN is ingrained with droll and playful designs. By using different workmanship, SUN=SEN collages a mélange of materials to create a strong and unique impression, which brings everyone to her creative world and details every interesting story.

Sun Lam graduated from the University of Southampton with a Master of Fashion Design with distinction in 2015. Her graduation collection was chosen as a finalist at the iD Dunedin International Emerging Designer Award 2016 and was selected to showcase at the Dunedin Public Art Gallery. After her graduation, Lam works closely with British independent designers Martina Spetlova and Roberts Wood. In 2017, Lam and her partner were selected as one of the incubatees of Hong Kong Design Centre Design Incubation Programme. She was also chosen as one of the New Talents for the Paris Tranoi show.


*Untitled
by Forrest Rain Oliveros x Yeung Chin


Choreographer

Born in Tennessee, US, Forrest Rain Oliveros trained at Ballet Tennessee, Ellison Ballet and The Ailey School in the US. He danced with Charlotte Ballet and other companies before joining Hong Kong Ballet as a member of the Corps de Ballet in 2017.

With Hong Kong Ballet, Oliveros has performed featured roles of Rat King and Russian Doll in Terence Kohler’s The Nutcrackerand danced in Alexei Ratmansky’s Le Carnaval des Animaux, among others.

Fashion/ Costume Design

Yeung Chin is an alumnus and a member of Alternatif Fashion Workshop. After winning a top creative award in Hong Kong Young Designers’ Contest in 2003, he obtained a MA in Fashion Design from the University of Westminster in 2009 and won the Hong Kong Young Design Talent Award Special Mention Award in 2010.

Yeung has worked with Li Ning and previously was the Chief Fashion Designer at G2000. He has designed costumes for City Contemporary Dance Company’s Happily N’ever After (2010) and The Little Prince (2017), and his work was seen in many Fashion Week events, at Singapore Design Centre, Isetan (Japan), Hong Kong Heritage Museum and more. Yeung established his own fashion brand in 2013 and is now a guest lecturer at Hong Kong Design Institute.


*Variation in Sneakers
by Jessica Burrows x Yeung Chin


Choreographer

Born in Stouffville, Canada, Jessica Burrows graduated from Canada's National Ballet School and danced with The National Ballet of Canada before joining Hong Kong Ballet (HKB) in 2010. She was promoted to Coryphée in 2015, joined Boston Ballet in 2017 as an Artist and returned to HKB in 2019.

With HKB, Burrows has been featured in works by Jorma Elo, Val Caniparoli, Alexei Ratmansky, Terence Kohler, Wang Xin Peng, Kinsun Chan, George Balanchine and Marius Petipa, among others. With Boston Ballet, she performed principal and soloist roles in Mikko Nissinen’s The Nutcracker, William Forsythe’s Pas Parts and Sage Humphries’ YOU, to name a few. Burrows danced in Natalia Makarova's Giselle during exchange performances with The Royal Swedish Ballet in 2013.

Fashion/ Costume Design

Yeung Chin is an alumnus and a member of Alternatif Fashion Workshop. After winning a top creative award in Hong Kong Young Designers’ Contest in 2003, he obtained a MA in Fashion Design from the University of Westminster in 2009 and won the Hong Kong Young Design Talent Award Special Mention Award in 2010.

Yeung has worked with Li Ning and previously was the Chief Fashion Designer at G2000. He has designed costumes for City Contemporary Dance Company’s Happily N’ever After (2010) and The Little Prince (2017), and his work was seen in many Fashion Week events, at Singapore Design Centre, Isetan (Japan), Hong Kong Heritage Museum and more. Yeung established his own fashion brand in 2013 and is now a guest lecturer at Hong Kong Design Institute.


*Limits
by Hu Song Wei Ricky


Choreographer

Born in Jiangxi, China, Hu Song Wei Ricky trained at Shanghai Dance School, LASALLE-SIA College of the Arts in Singapore and The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts. Hu joined Hong Kong Ballet as a dancer in 2008 and becomes Choreographer-in-Residence in the 2019/20 season. He has been invited to choreograph for Hong Kong Arts Festival, Shanghai International Arts Festival, Chinese Dance for 12 Days, National University of Singapore Arts Festival, Hong Kong Ballet and more. His Bolero (2015) with Yuh Egami won Outstanding Ensemble Performance at the Hong Kong Dance Awards 2016. Hu received the Award for Young Artist (Dance) at the Hong Kong Arts Development Awards 2012.


*Barre at the bar

by Jessica Burrows


Choreographer

Born in Stouffville, Canada, Jessica Burrows graduated from Canada's National Ballet School and danced with The National Ballet of Canada before joining Hong Kong Ballet (HKB) in 2010. She was promoted to Coryphée in 2015, joined Boston Ballet in 2017 as an Artist and returned to HKB in 2019.

With HKB, Burrows has been featured in works by Jorma Elo, Val Caniparoli, Alexei Ratmansky, Terence Kohler, Wang Xin Peng, Kinsun Chan, George Balanchine and Marius Petipa, among others. With Boston Ballet, she performed principal and soloist roles in Mikko Nissinen’s The Nutcracker, William Forsythe’s Pas Parts and Sage Humphries’ YOU, to name a few. Burrows danced in Natalia Makarova's Giselle during exchange performances with The Royal Swedish Ballet in 2013.


*Un Hombre

by Luis Cabrera


Choreographer

Born in Marikina, Philippines, Luis Cabrera began his training at Philippine High School for the Arts. He danced with Ballet Manila and Ballet Philippines before attending The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts on scholarship, where he graduated with a diploma in Dance in 2015. Cabrera joined Hong Kong Ballet as a member of the Corps de Ballet the same year.

With Hong Kong Ballet, Cabrera has danced in John Meehan's Swan Lake, Cynthia Harvey’s The Sleeping Beauty, Terence Kohler’s The Nutcracker, Ronald Hynd's Coppélia, Pär Isberg’s Pinocchio, Rudi van Dantzig’s Romeo and Juliet, Val Caniparoli's Lady of the Camellias, George Balanchine’s Serenade, Jiří Kylián's Petite Mort and Sechs Tänze, Nacho Duato’s Castrati, Jorma Elo's Shape of Glow, Fei Bo’s Shenren Chang and Edwaard Liang’s Sacred Thread. Prior to joining the Company, he has also danced in Nonoy Froilan’s restaged Giselle, Carlo Pacis’ restaged A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Marius Petipa’s The Sleeping Beauty and Alice Reye’s Rama Hari.


Some of the costumes featured in Hong Kong Cool: Ballet x Fashion were initially created for “WearDance”, a project sponsored by Create Hong Kong under the CreateSmart Initiative.
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