Hong Kong Ballet launches educational performances for children | Swan Lake

November 14, 2011

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The Hong Kong Ballet launches a new series of educational
performances for children: Ballet Classics for Children
Your First Step to the Magical World of Ballet!

See in the New Year with a retelling of Swan Lake especially for little ones!

<Hong Kong – 14 November 2011> Welcome to the magical world of ballet! Ballet is an elegant and beautiful art form which people of all ages can learn to enjoy, appreciate and understand. The Hong Kong Ballet is launching a series of new educational programmes tailor made for children aged 3 and above, entitled Ballet Classics for Children. The aim of the programme is to provide an educational yet entertaining platform for children to learn how to appreciate ballet. 3 performances will be at the Hong Kong Cultural Centre’s Studio Theatre from 14 to 15 January 2012. Ticket price is $120 for adults and $60 for children and full-time students.

Swan Lake

Ballet Classics for Children Swan Lake Illustration by Emily Eldridge

The Hong Kong Ballet has selected the ultimate classical ballet, Swan Lake, as the first ballet for the series. The hour-long performance, narrated by Rick Lau and staged by Yuri Ng, will introduce the ballet with an innovative blend of storytelling, dance and interaction. Little ones of all ages will be enthralled by the story – watching for the evil sorcerer Von Rothbart, admiring the beauty and innocence of the White Swan, and holding their breath as the Prince falls for the wrong swan. The playful, lighthearted tone of this production will show that ballet is fun and enjoyable.

The programme will be conducted either in Cantonese or English. Tickets are available at all URBTIX outlets and via the URBTIX website. For programme details, please visit Hong Kong Ballet’s website.

Artistic Curator: Yuri Ng
Hong Kong-born Yuri Ng began his career as a choreographer after several years dancing in Canada and Asia. His choreographies of Ciao Ciao Suzie Wong, Rite Of Spring, Min Jian Chuan Qi and A Soldier’s Story received the Hong Kong Dance Alliance Awards between 1999 and 2008. He is currently Artist Associate of Hong Kong Sinfonietta.

Narrator/ Script Writer: Rick Lau
Hong Kong-born Rick Lau is a versatile musical theatre actor/ singer/ cabaret artist who graduated from Australia’s prestigious National Institute of Dramatic Art. He recently played in the musicals Animal Farm and The Good Person of Szechwan, and is currently appearing in Sandy Lam and Grasshopper’s world tours. 

Swan Lake

Swan lake ballet

Jin Yao Photograph Cheung Wai Lok

The story focuses on the beautiful Odette, who has been cursed by the evil Von Rothbart and can only take on human form at night; the curse can only be broken by a vow of true love. The handsome young Prince is enthralled by Odette and they fall in love. At the Ball, Von Rothbart arrives with Odile, who he has enchanted to look exactly like Odette. This tricks the Prince into believing that Odile is Odette, and he unintentionally vows to marry Odile the Black Swan. Broken-hearted, the Swan Queen Odette is reunited with the Prince by the lake for one last dance, before they tragically end their lives by jumping into the lake together, sealing their eternal love and breaking Von Rothbart’s spell.

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Ballet Classics for Children: Swan Lake
Studio Theatre, Hong Kong Cultural Centre

14.1.2012          2:30PM (Conducted in Cantonese)
14.1.2012          5:00PM (Conducted in English)
15.1.2012          5:00PM (Conducted in Cantonese)

$120 (50% discount for full time students, senior and disabled)
Programme duration: approximately one hour with no intermission
Age Admission: suitable for aged 3 and above

Ballet Classics: Swan Lake Charity Show (hosted by The Hong Kong Ballet Guild)
15.1.2012          2:30PM
– Tickets for this charity event will be donated to underprivileged groups. Not for public sale.

Artistic Curator: Yuri Ng
Narrator/ Script Writer: Rick Lau
Original Choreography: Marius Petipa & Lev Ivanov
Music: Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

Tickets available at URBTIX NOW
Ticketing enquiries 2734 9009
Credit card booking 2111 5999
Internet booking
Programme enquiries 2105 9724 / marketing@hkballet.com

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About The Hong Kong Ballet
One of the premier classical ballet companies in Asia, The Hong Kong Ballet turned 31 in 2010. It is becoming internationally recognized as a world-class institution with an identity that fully reflects the unique vitality of Hong Kong.

The Company’s artistic team of over 40 dancers is led by Artistic Director Madeleine Onne. The majority of The Hong Kong Ballet’s dancers hail from China and include others are from elsewhere in Asia, Europe and North America. The Company performs a repertoire that combines 19th to 21st century classical masterpieces, acclaimed contemporary works and newly commissioned ballets. Since 1997, The Hong Kong Ballet has raised its international profile by conducting over 20 tours. An integral part of the Company’s activities is an extensive education and community outreach programme, which brings the art of ballet to students as well as to the wider community of Hong Kong.

香港芭蕾舞團推出全新合家歡節目系列:
《古典芭蕾冇有怕》- 帶你走入夢幻芭蕾新天地

天鵝湖經典故事從頭講,專為小朋友而設、明年初上演

<香港 – 2011年11月14日> 歡迎進入全新夢幻芭蕾天地!芭蕾藝術優美動人,對不同年齡人士各有欣賞價值和意義。香港芭蕾舞團現推出專為三歲或以上小朋友而設,名為《古典芭蕾冇有怕》的全新合家歡節目系列。節目為不同年齡的小朋友提供既具教育意義而又富娛樂性的藝術平台,讓他們從小學習欣賞芭蕾舞。一連三場演出將於2012年1月14至15日假香港文化中心劇場舉行,成人門票$120,小童及全日制學生$60

香港芭蕾舞團將以經典芭蕾舞劇之最 -《天鵝湖》作為新系列的首套節目。演出長約一小時,由劉榮豐作故事演述、伍宇烈任藝術策劃,香港芭蕾舞團眾舞蹈員主演,以故事、舞蹈配合互動元素介紹芭蕾舞藝。劇中半人半鳥的邪惡魔鬼看上純真美麗的白天鵝、王子迷上黑天鵝…小朋友必定被精彩情節吸引。 節目輕鬆幽默,展示芭蕾舞有趣好玩的一面。

節目將以粵語或英語主講。門票現已於各城市電腦售票網售票處及www.urbtix.hk發售。詳情請瀏覽www.hkballet.com

藝術策劃伍宇烈
生於香港的伍宇烈於加大拿展開其舞蹈生涯。舞蹈作品《春之祭》、《民間傳奇之不吃不吃還須吃》及《士兵的故事》等作品曾分別於 1999-2008年間獲香港舞蹈年獎。現為香港小交響樂團駐團藝術家。

故事演述及劇本劉榮豐
生於香港的劉榮豐畢業於澳洲國家戲劇學院,是音樂劇演員 / 歌手/ 歌舞演員。近期參與演出的製作包括音樂劇《動物農莊》及《四川好人》,最近亦於林憶蓮及草蜢巡迴演唱會中演出。

關於《天鵝湖》
羅伯特男爵的魔咒令美麗動人的奧德蒂在日間化成白天鵝,只有在晚上才可回復人類的容貌。矢志不渝的真愛是解除魔咒的唯一方法。英俊年青的齊格菲王子被奧德蒂深深吸引,二人深愛著對方。羅伯特施法令奧狄莉(黑天鵝)變成奧德蒂的樣子,然後帶她到舞會去,此舉使王子誤以為奧狄莉是奧德蒂而與她訂終生。真正的奧德蒂得知後傷心欲絕,與王子在湖畔最後一次起舞,並雙雙殉情投湖,將永恆的愛封印在湖中及破解羅伯特的魔咒。

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古典芭蕾冇有怕《天鵝湖》篇
香港文化中心劇場
14.1.2012 2:30PM (粵語主講)
14.1.2012 5:00PM (英語主講)
15.1.2012 5:00PM (粵語主講)
$120 (全日制學生、長者及殘疾人士半價)
節目長約一小時,不設中場休息
歡迎3歲或以上大小朋友欣賞

古典芭蕾冇有怕《天鵝湖》篇慈善特別場 (由香港芭蕾舞團協會協辦)
15.1.2012 2:30PM
– 此慈善特別場之門票將捐贈予弱勢社群。不設公開發售。

藝術策劃:伍宇烈
故事演述及劇本:劉榮豐
原編舞:佩蒂巴及艾化李夫
音樂:柴可夫斯基

門票現於城巿電腦售票網公開發售
票務查詢:2734 9009
信用咭訂票:2111 5999
網上訂票:www.urbtix.hk
節目查詢:2105 9724 / marketing@hkballet.com

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香港芭蕾舞團
香港芭蕾舞團(港芭)為亞洲最優秀的專業古典芭蕾舞團之一,以展現香港的獨有魅力躋身於世界舞壇。2010年,舞團成立31周年,它以優秀及團結的舞蹈員、日益豐富的劇碼及高水準製作建立其獨特鮮明形象,當中不但包括世界級編舞家的名作,也有來自香港及中國內地新進藝術家的作品。

港芭的藝術團體由藝術總監區美蓮帶領,藝術人員及超過40個舞蹈員來自10個不同國家,並以華人為主。每年製作多個精彩節目,包括19至21 世紀長篇經典舞劇及當代名作,及委約多個新創作。自1997年起,港芭享負國際盛名,曾被邀請到世界各地參與超過20次的製作及演出。此外,港芭亦活躍於教育及外展工作,致力於社區及向年青新一代推廣芭蕾舞藝文化。

 

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