After 25 years since its last appearance in Shenzhen in 1994, Hong Kong Ballet will return to the city to perform the greatest romantic ballet of all time, Swan Lake, in Pingshan during 12 - 13 October, in celebration of the venue’s grand opening. One of the most complex theatrical productions in Hong Kong Ballet's active repertoire, Swan Lake promises to dazzle the Shenzhen audiences with its romance and drama, as well as showcasing the Company dancers’ artistry and technical excellences.
Artistic Director Septime Webre says, “Swan Lake is quite simply, one of the most important ballets ever created—the musical score, the sense of pathos throughout, and the sheer beauty of it all are transcendent. It’s wonderful that Hong Kong Ballet can share our special qualities and fresh approach to this great classic with the City of Shenzhen after so many years.”
Executive Director Paul Tam adds, “It’s our great pleasure to be invited by Beijing Poly Theatre Management Company to perform for the Grand Opening of their latest theatre—Pingshan Theatre. We hope these inaugural performances will pave the way for long-term collaboration between the theatre and Hong Kong Ballet, and open doors to other cities in the Greater Bay Area as possible touring destinations for the company.”
Original Choreography: Marius Petipa & Lev Ivanov
Additional Choreography: John Meehan, Carlo Pacis & Selina Chau
Music: Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Set & Costume Design: Peter Farmer
Additional Costume Design: Harvy Santos
Lighting Design: Mak Kwok Fai
Born in Saskatchewan, Canada, Matthew Golding won the Youth America Grand Prix Ballet Competition and the Prix de Lausanne in 2002, then joined American Ballet Theatre in 2003. He was promoted to Principal Dancer of Dutch National Ballet in 2010, and danced as a Principal of The Royal Ballet during 2014-2017. He has guest performed with Bavarian State Ballet, Norwegian National Ballet, Mariinsky Ballet, Staatsballett Berlin, The National Ballet of Canada, English National Ballet and more. His accolades include the Dutch Zwaan Award in 2010, the Alexandra Radius Prize in 2011 and nominations for the Prix Benois de la Danse in 2012.