Adapted from Alexandre Dumas’ French novel of the same name (1848), Val Caniparoli’s Lady of the Camellias, a powerful tale of forbidden love between renowned Parisian courtesan Marguerite Gautier and provincial bourgeois Armand Duval, finally makes its Asian première this November!
One of the greatest love stories of all time, the literary gem has sparked Verdi’s opera, La Traviata, and films such as Baz Lurhmann’s blockbuster Moulin Rouge (2001) and George Cukor’s Camille (1936) starring Greta Garbo, which Caniparoli turned to for inspiration.
Lady of the Camellias is a deeply romantic and tragic story of self-sacrifice and class divides. High drama ensues at a soiree at the height of the Parissocial season when Armand, forced by his father to renounce his love to safeguard the family’s honor, angrily confronts a seemingly indifferent Marguerite with her escort, Baron de Varville, who then challenges him to a duel.
Performed to critical acclaim by companies like the Boston Ballet and San Francisco Ballet since its début in 1994, Caniparoli’s inspirational choreography is showcased in the lovers’ rapturous pas de deux and is perfectly complemented by Chopin’s romantic music. Accompanying some of the most passionate scenes are lilting piano solos and soulful vocal performances by a trio of guest pianist and vocalists, alongside Hong Kong Sinfonietta.
Principal Dancer Yao Jin will celebrate her upcoming 20th anniversary as a professional ballet dancer next year. Lady of the Camellias is an homage to her fascinating career as well as a showcase of her artistic excellence. Come experience her deep passion and flirtatious charm on stage! There will be autograph sessions with Yao Jin and Lucas Jerkander after the performances on 5 Nov (Sat), 7:30pm and 12 Nov (Sat), 2:30pm!
Choreography: Val Caniparoli
Libretto, Concept and Score: Norbert Vesak and Robert Glay de La Rose (adapted by Val Caniparoli)
Music: Frederic Chopin
Set Design: David Gano; act II set designed by Robert Glay de La Rose
Costume Design: Robert Glay de La Rose
Lighting Design: Alice Kwong
Assistant to the Choreographer: Charla Whiteley
Live Accompaniment: Hong Kong Sinfonietta
Conductor: Benjamin Pope
Piano Soloist: Colleen Lee
Baritone (Act II): Albert Lim
Soprano (Act III): Louise Kwong
|Date/Time||4-5/11 (Fri-Sat) 7:30pm
12/11 (Sat) 2:30pm
|5-6/11 (Sat-Sun) 2:30pm
12/11 (Sat) 7:30pm
|11/11 (Fri) 7:30pm
13/11 (Sun) 2:30pm
|Marguerite Gautier||Yao Jin||Yu-yao Liu||Fei-fei Ye|
|Armand Duval||Lucas Jerkander||Wei Wei||Jia-bo Li|
|Baron de Varville||Wei Wei||Xin Jiang||Peng-fei Jiang|
|St. Gaudins||Shunsuke Arimizu||Jonathan Spigner||Xin Jiang|
|Olympe||Ge Gao||Rui-qi Yang||Jessica Burrows|
|Prudence||Lindzay Chan*||Lindzay Chan*||Lindzay Chan*|
|Gustave||Jie Shen||Jun Xia||Jie Shen|
|Nichette||Rui-xue Dong||Yumiko Fukuda||Naomi Yuzawa|
|Gaston||Lin Li||Ryo Kato||Chun-long Leung|
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.
For $1,000 (VIP) ticket-holder
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.