Vivaldi’s iconic The Four Seasons reimagined

Join us for an extraordinary evening of a pair of world premieres as two iconoclastic dancemakers from opposite ends of the globe tackle a pair of renowned scores. 

Hong Kong Ballet’s Choreographer-in-Residence Hu Song Wei Ricky tackles Antonio Vivaldi’s landmark score, The Four Seasons, with his unique trademark style, creating an intense, dynamic atmosphere and expressing raw human emotion through exhilarating physicality. The Four Seasons will be performed live by rising star piano virtuoso Rachel Cheung joined by a driving string quintet.

Grappling with the role of classical ballet in the modern world, Holland-based American choreographer Stephen Shropshire begins a three-year artistic residency with Hong Kong Ballet with an intriguing new work set to sublime keyboard music by celebrated baroque composer George Frederic Handel.

The programme is rounded out by an award-winning piece by Hong Kong choreographic duo Justyne Li and Wong Tan-ki. Set to Philip Glass' driving score, their riveting Galatea & Pygmalion retells the classic Greek myth of the sculptor Pygmalion and his lifelike statue Galatea, exploring the relationship between a creator and their creation. Although the sculptor Pygmalion grew old and eventually passed away, the statue Galatea remained forever.

This will be an unforgettable evening you won’t want to miss!

5.2.2021 (Fri) 8:00pm
6.2.2021 (Sat) 8:00pm
The Box, Freespace, Art Park, West Kowloon Cultural District
Early bird offers will be available 3–15 December 2020 on HKB’s official website, followed by ticket sales from 17 December 2020 via online and telephone booking as well as at the Freespace and Xiqu Centre Ticket Office. Starting from 18 December 2020 at, tickets are also available at selected Tom Lee Music Outlets (Olympian City, Shatin and Yuen Long).
$300, $200
The performance lasts approximately 1 hour and 20 minutes without intermission.
Ages 6 and above
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Programmes

Handelwerk by Stephen Shropshire (World Premiere)

Choreography and Costume Design: Stephen Shropshire
Music: Keyboard Suite no.7 in G minor, HWV 432 by George Frideric Handel
Pianist: Rachel Cheung


The Lost Season by Hu Song Wei Ricky (World Premiere)

Choreography: Hu Song Wei Ricky
Music: Antonio Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons for Solo Piano and String Quintet, rearranged by Ray Leung
Costume Design and Production: Cheng Chung Hei Derek, Po Ka Lam Alex@PONDER.ER
Pianist: Rachel Cheung
String Quintet: City Chamber Orchestra of Hong Kong


Galatea & Pygmalion

Choreography: Justyne Li, Wong Tan-ki
Music: Philip Glass (Tirol Concerto for Piano and Orchestra—Movement 2)
Pianist: Rachel Cheung
String Quintet: City Chamber Orchestra of Hong Kong

Creative Team

Choreography: Hu Song Wei Ricky, Stephen Shropshire, Justyne Li, Wong Tan-ki
Live Accompaniment (Piano):  Rachel Cheung
Live Accompaniment (String Quintet): City Chamber Orchestra of Hong Kong

Choreography

Born in Jiangxi, China, Hu Song Wei Ricky trained at Shanghai Dance School and The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts. Hu joined Hong Kong Ballet as a dancer in 2008 and became Choreographer-in-Residence in 2019. He has choreographed for Hong Kong Arts Festival, Shanghai International Arts Festival, Chinese Dance for 12 Days, Shanghai Opera House Dance Ensemble, Hong Kong Ballet and more. With co-choreographer Yuh Egami, Hu’s Bolero (2015) and The Rite of Spring (2019) won Outstanding Ensemble Performance and Outstanding Choreography at the 2016 and 2020 Hong Kong Dance Awards. He received the Award for Young Artist (Dance) at the 2012 Hong Kong Arts Development Awards.

Choreography

Stephen Shropshire is a choreographer, curator and independent dance researcher who has created works for renowned ballet companies all over the globe.

Between 2009 to 2012, Shropshire was the artistic director of Noord Nederlandse Dans. In 2017, he was awarded a special honor prize from the Dansersfonds ’79 for the ‘consistent aesthetic harmony in his work’, and in 2018, his work We Are Nowhere Else But Here won the VSCD ‘Zwaan’ for most outstanding dance performance of 2017.

Shropshire is a graduate of the Juilliard School in New York City and holds an MA in Arts and Heritage from the University of Maastricht.

*Shropshire’s multi-year residency is supported by the Performing Arts Fund NL

Choreography

A graduate of The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts’ School of Dance, Justyne Li is an independent dancer and choreographer. She previously danced with Hong Kong Ballet and Tanz Graz (Austria) and was a soloist with Ballett Bremerhaven (Germany) before establishing Neo Dance HK with Wong Tan Ki in 2010. Her choreographic work Division received first prize at the 7th Jerusalem International Choreography Competition, and other accolades include numerous Hong Kong Dance Awards, like Outstanding Choreography and Outstanding Performance by a Female Dancer for Galatea X and Outstanding Achievement in Independent Dance for Galatea & Pygmalion.

Choreography

Wong Tan-ki is a freelance dancer, teacher, choreographer and multimedia designer. His work Division won first prize at the 7th Jerusalem International Choreography Competition, and other notable awards include Outstanding Achievement in Independent Dance for Galatea & Pygmalion at the 13th Hong Kong Dance Awards and Outstanding Choreography for Galatea X at the 16th Hong Kong Dance Awards. Additionally, Wong received the Award for Young Artist at the 2015 Hong Kong Arts Development Awards and won third place for male solo at the IDO World Tap Dance World Championships 2012.

Piano

Locally born Rachel Cheung was the first Hong Kong pianist to be a Van Cliburn International Piano Competition finalist in 2017, earning both critical acclaim and the Audience Award for 'outstandingly lyrical' playing that showed 'nobility in her interpretation’. Other accolades include prizes in the 2009 Leeds, 2010 Chopin and 2012 Geneva International Piano Competitions.

Cheung frequently performs both locally and internationally. Highlights of her 2018/19 season include recitals in the US, Mexico, Italy, Poland, the UK, Germany and Japan, and creative collaborations with Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, Verbier Festival Chamber Orchestra and Asian Youth Orchestra, among others.

©Cheung Tai Chi

String Quintet

CCity Chamber Orchestra of Hong Kong (CCOHK) holds a unique position as one of Asia’s leading chamber orchestras. Since its establishment in 1999, CCOHK has performed with many world-class artists including Sir James Galway, Dame Evelyn Glennie, Sir Neville Marriner, Christian Lindberg, Sarah Chang, Philippe Entremont, Julian Lloyd Webber, Sharon Isbin and The King’s Singers. On tour CCOHK has been invited to perform in Italy, Taipei, Beijing and at the 20th China Shanghai International Arts Festival. At home CCOHK is in high demand with performing engagements for Hong Kong Ballet, Le French May Arts Festival, RTHK Radio 4 and The Hong Kong International Piano Competition. CDs include an internationally acclaimed release on OUR Recordings with Danish recorder virtuoso Michala Petri. CCOHK’s original productions for young audiences include Bug Symphony (The Musical) which received the Public Choice Award at the 2017 YAMawards in Portugal. French conductor Jean Thorel served as chief conductor from 2008 to 2016 and was succeeded by Armenian conductor and virtuoso pianist Vahan Mardirossian in 2019.

www.ccohk.com

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