Imagine being at one of Gatsby's extravagant parties...
In honour of Gatsby, audiences are invited to dress in glamorous vintage styles at The Great Gatsby performances this Friday to Sunday, to bring the Roaring Twenties to life. Our photographer will be looking for the best dressed people! Let's have some fun!

From a timeless novel to a glamorous movie, The Great Gatsby is now a thrilling ballet production! 

Enter the glamorous world of New York high society in the Roaring Twenties! Septime Webre’s Asian premiere of The Great Gatsby tells an extraordinary tale of abundant wealth, stunning excess and dark obsession. Based on F. Scott Fitzgerald’s ‘Great American Novel’, this production overflows with extravagant dancing, decadent parties and steamy jazz music performed live by Billy Novick’s Blue Sycopators and award-winning blues singer, E. Faye Butler. Thought-provoking and emotional, The Great Gatsby reflects on the clash between ‘old money’ and ‘new money’, the disintegration of social and moral values and the empty pursuit of pleasure. Local veteran performer Tan-ki Wong showcases bravura tap dancing and Academy Award-winning designer Tim Yip (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon) designs original sets and costumes.

15.2.2019 (Fri) 7:30pm
16 - 17.2.2019 (Sat - Sun) 2:30pm & 7:30pm
Lyric Theatre, The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts
Tickets available at HK Ticketing from 14 December 2018
$1,000 (Limited VIP Tickets), $680, $480, $280, $140
The performance lasts approximately 2 hours with 1 intermission
Ages 6 and above
Creative Team
Choreography: Septime Webre
Music (Compiled, composed and arranged): Billy Novick
New Set and Costume Design: Tim Yip
Lighting Design: Billy Chan
Live Blues Singing: E.Faye Butler
Live Jazz Vocalist: Freddy Au Yeung
Live Jazz Accompaniment: Billy Novick’s Blue Syncopators
15 Feb 7:30pm
16 Feb 7:30pm
17 Feb 7:30pm
16 Feb 2:30pm
17 Feb 2:30pm
Jay Gatsby Matthew GOLDING LI Lin
Daisy Buchanan YE Feifei Venus VILLA
Tom Buchanan Garry CORPUZ LI Jiabo
Nick Carraway
(as dancer)
SHEN Jie LEUNG Chunlong
Nick Carraway
(as narrator)
Desmond SO Desmond SO
Jordan Baker YANG Ruiqi YANG Ruiqi
Myrtle Wilson CHEN Zhiyao LAI Nok Sze Vanessa
George Wilson Brooklyn MACK SHEN Jie


International Ballet Star
Former Principal Dancer, The Washington Ballet
Appearances on 15-17.2.2019 7:30pm

Brooklyn Mack won the Varna International Ballet Competition, Boston International Ballet Competition and Istanbul International Ballet Competition in 2012 and was awarded silver medals at the 2006 Jackson International Ballet Competition, 2009 Helsinki International Ballet Competition and 2011 Korean International Dance Competition. He made his debuts at the London Coliseum, Bolshoi Theatre and Palais Garnier in 2016.

Guest Principal Dancer, Bavarian State Ballet
Former Principal Dancer, The Royal Ballet and Dutch National Ballet
Appearances on 15-17.2.2019 7:30pm

Born in Saskatchewan, Canada, Golding graduated from The Royal Ballet School with honours in 2003 and joined American Ballet Theatre that same year. He joined Dutch National Ballet in 2009, became a Principal Dancer with The Royal Ballet in 2014 and retired in 2017. He is currently a Guest Principal Dancer at Dutch National Ballet.

His repertoire highlights include Solor in Natalia Markarova’s La Bayadère, Romeo in Rudi van Dantzig’s Romeo and Juliet, Basilio in Alexei Ratmansky’s Don Quixote and Prince in Christopher Wheeldon’s Cinderella and Peter Wright’s The Sleeping Beauty and The Nutcracker. Golding regularly guest performs worldwide, including Mariinsky Ballet, Staatsballett Berlin, The National Ballet of Canada, Hong Kong Ballet and English National Ballet and at international ballet festivals.

Golding received the Dutch Zwaan Award in 2010, the Alexandra Radius Prize in 2011 and nominations for the Prix Benois de la Danse in 2012 and 2013. He also won the Youth America Grand Prix Ballet Competition and the Prix de Lausanne in 2002.

Photographer: Erwin Olaf

Tap Dancer

Tan-ki Wong is the co-founder of Neo Dance HK and was a guest performer with Ballett Bremerhaven in Germany. His accolades include the male solo third prize at the 2012 IDO World Tap Dance Championships, 2011 Outstanding Achievement in Independent Dance and 2014 Outstanding Achievement in Choreography awards at the Hong Kong Dance Awards and the Award for Young Artist in Dance at the Hong Kong Arts Development Awards 2014.

Live Blues Singer

E. Faye Butler is an accomplished and celebrated theatre actress and singer based in Chicago, US, with over 40 years in the entertainment industry. She is versatile in different music styles and has performed at numerous concert venues, theatres, jazz clubs, music festivals and Broadway and Off Broadway shows and tours such as Mamma Mia!Nunsense and Nunsense II, among others.

Butler is a recipient of seven Joseph Jefferson Awards, a RAMI Award, an Ovation Award, two Helen Hayes Awards, four Black Theatre Alliance Awards, and more. She also performed with The Washington Ballet in The Sun Also RisesThe Great Gatsby and other shows.

Live Accompaniment

The Blue Syncopators is the seven-piece group created specifically for performing The Great Gatsby score and is comprised of some of the finest traditional jazz musicians in the US. In 2010 The Washington Ballet commissioned Billy Novick to create a 1920’s period musical score for their original production of Septime Webre’s The Great Gatsby, which premiered at  The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. It was phenomenally successful, selling out seven shows and garnering rave reviews.

The Blue Syncopators’ musicians have never changed, and they have performed the score, with dancers and as a standalone concert piece, over 50 times.

Live Jazz Vocalist

Freddy Au Yeung is a singer, actor and musician born in Canada and raised in Hong Kong. A Berklee College of Music graduate, he has performed with pop stars Wang Leehom, Eason Chan, C All Star and more. Au Yeung’s performance in the musical Godspell won a Musical Theatre Initiative Award at Kennedy Centre American College Theatre Festival 2016.

as Nick Carraway (Narrator)

Desmond So is an international television presenter and media personality based in Hong Kong. Now in his tenth season on Hong Kong’s premium luxury and lifestyle television programme Dolce Vita, he is the longest-serving host in the show’s history. Every week, he takes viewers on a journey to explore the city’s most interesting and outstanding restaurants, consumer products, activities and events. 

The last time Desmond So was onstage, he also played the narrator role in Totally Sondheim, an original musical revue celebrating the music of Stephen Sondheim with a Hong Kong flavour. 

So graduated from Princeton University and can imagine the life of F. Scott Fitzgerald and some of the influences that inspired his American literary masterpiece The Great Gatsby.


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Special Events

Ballet Happy Hour: The Roaring 20s

25.1.2019 Fri 7:00pm
Asia Society Jockey Club Hall

Attend an interactive working rehearsal of an upcoming premiere, and then hob-knob with our artists over a glass of your favourite brew!

Conducted in English
Co-presented with Asia Society Hong Kong Center

Sneak Peek

9.2.2019 Sat 11:00am

Exclusive for Friends of Hong Kong Ballet members, Ballet Family Club members and Subscribers
Invitation emails with more details to be sent closer to the date

Special Privilege

For $1,000 VIP Ticket-holders 

Present your ticket stub to Hong Kong Ballet’s reception counter (Level 1 Foyer, The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts) 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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