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Le Corsaire is all about dancing fireworks” -- The Times

An exotic fable of a dashing pirate’s love for a beautiful harem girl, Hong Kong Ballet’s première of Le Corsaire features captive maidens, rich pashas, suspenseful abductions, dramatic rescues and a poisoned rose, culminating in an unexpected shipwreck that’s one of the most breathtaking spectacles in all of ballet! Based on The Corsair by Lord Byron and choreographed by Anna-Marie Holmes, former Artistic Director of Boston Ballet, this exhilarating production is full of adventure, action, comedy, and romance with a famous pas de trois from its colourful cast of characters!

Holmes won an Emmy Award for her staging of Le Corsaire for American Ballet Theatre (ABT) on Public Broadcasting Service (PBS)’s ‘Great Performances’. We are also honoured to have our dancers coached by Julio Bocca, Artistic Director of Ballet Nacional Sodre and former Principal Dancer of ABT. Le Corsaire’s showcase of virtuoso ballet techniques, with bravura roles for men, feisty female characters and jubilant group dances, is a standout in classical repertoire. Love worth having is love worth fighting for!


3-4 & 10-11 NOV 2017 (Fri & Sat) 7:30pm

4-5 & 11-12 NOV 2017 (Sat & Sun) 2:30pm
Grand Theatre, Hong Kong Cultural Centre
Tickets available at URBTIX from 25 August 2017
$1,000 (Limited VIP Tickets), $680, $480, $280, $140
The performance lasts approximately 2 hours 15 minutes including 2 intermissions
Ages 3 and above
Cast List For lead roles
Date/Time 3 Nov 7:30pm
4 Nov 7:30pm
4 Nov 2:30pm 5 Nov 2:30pm 10 Nov 7:30pm
11 Nov 7:30pm
11 Nov 2:30pm 12 Nov 2:30pm
Conrad WEI Wei Matthew GOLDING Matthew GOLDING LI Jiabo WEI Wei WEI Wei
Ali LI Jiabo LI Lin LI Lin SHEN Jie Shunsuke ARIMIZU Shunsuke ARIMIZU
Medora Maria KOCHETKOVA JIN Yao JIN Yao YE Feifei GAO Ge GAO Ge
Lankendem XIA Jun Garry CORPUZ WEI Wei WEI Wei Garry CORPUZ XIA Jun
Gulnare YE Feifei WANG Qingxin CHEN Zhiyao CHEN Zhiyao WANG Qingxin YE Feifei
Birbanto SHEN Jie Jonathan SPIGNER Jonathan SPIGNER LI Lin Lucas JERKANDER Lucas JERKANDER

Choreography: Anna-Marie Holmes (after Konstantin Sergeyev and Marius Petipa)
In a version by Anna-Marie Holmes
Music: Adolphe Adam, Cesare Pugni, Leo Delibes, Riccardo Drigo, and Prince Oldenbourg
(Re-orchestrated by Kevin Galie)
Libretto: Jules-Henri de Saint-Georges and Joseph Mazilier
(Based on The Corsair (1814) by Lord Byron)
Guest Coach: Julio Bocca
Set & Costume Design: Hugo Millán
Live Accompaniment: City Chamber Orchestra of Hong Kong
Conductor: Judith Yan
Guest Artists: Maria Kochetkova, Matthew Golding

Principal Artist, San Francisco Ballet
Appearance on 3 & 4.11.2017 7:30pm

Born in Moscow, Russia, Maria Kochetkova trained at the Bolshoi School in Moscow and danced with The Royal Ballet and English National Ballet before joining San Francisco Ballet as a Principal Dancer in 2007 and becoming Principal Dancer at American Ballet Theatre in 2015.

Kochetkova’s highlighted repertoire includes Nikiya in La Bayadère, Kitri in Don QuixoteThe Sleeping Beauty and Swan Lake with American Ballet Theatre as well as McGregor’s Borderlands. 

Kochetkova was nominated for the UK Critics’ Circle Dance Award Best Female Dancer in 2014 and a Prix Benois de la Danse for her performance as Tatiana in Cranko’s Onegin in 2013. In 2009, she was awarded the gold medal on National Broadcasting Company’s Superstars of Dance. She also won many international ballet competitions, including “Ballerina of the Year” award at Positano Premia La Danza "Léonide Massine" in 2017, a silver medal and the jury prize at Varna International Ballet Competition and a silver medal at the Prix de Lausanne competition in 2002.

Photographer: Chris Hardy

Principal Artist, The Royal Ballet (Formerly)
Guest Principal Artist, Dutch National Ballet & Bavarian State Ballet
Appearance on 4 & 5.11.2017 2:30pm

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 and Bavarian State 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



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