Moments in Time – a culturally stimulating showcase of Chinese choreographers’ work
<Hong Kong – 10 November 2011> The Hong Kong Ballet presented a bold new production including two world premières by Chinese choreographers at the Hong Kong Cultural Centre from 4-6 November 2011.
Many guests showed their support for The Hong Kong Ballet and Chinese artists by coming to the opening night cocktail reception – Guest-of-Honour Mr Raymond Young JP, Permanent Secretary for Home Affairs, Hong Kong SAR Government, and Mrs Avia Lai, Deputy Secretary for Home Affairs, chatted with Chairman of The Hong Kong Ballet Board of Governors, Mr John J. Ying. Also in attendance were members of the Asian Cultural Council’s Board of Trustees: Ms Elizabeth McCormack (Chairman), Mr Richard Lanier (President); Ms Teresa Rances (Director), Ms Maribel Ongpin and Ms Lourdes Locsin from ACC Manila; and Mr Douglas Tong Hsu from ACC Taipei. Members of The Hong Kong Friends’ Committee Mrs Nelly Fung also attended.
The Asian Cultural Council’s Trustees were present to show their support for Fei Bo, an ACC Grantee, whose ballet A Room of Her Own was showcased at Moments in Time. Other guests included the Consul General of Israel in Hong Kong SAR and Macau SAR Mr Amikam Levy, Professor Anita Donaldson, Dean of Dance at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, Mrs Joan Campbell, Principal of Carol Bateman School of Dancing, as well as members of The Hong Kong Ballet Board of Governors Mrs Janice Chan-Choy, Mrs Deirdre Fu-Tcheng and Mrs Daphne King-Yao.
An appreciative opening night audience was impressed by the creativity and expressiveness of the ballets; they relished the opportunity to experience a show of outstanding cultural and artistic merit. Fei Bo, who is the Resident Choreographer of the National Ballet of China, and Kinsun Chan both presented WORLD PREMIÈRES at Moments in Time. Kinsun Chan has established a reputation as an outstanding choreographer, working in North America and Europe and he has strong links with Hong Kong, his parents’ home town. Fei Bo recently took his production of The Peony Pavilion to the Edinburgh International Festival. The third ballet in Moments in Time was a restaging of a work by Canadian Peter Quanz, who has worked with the Kirov Ballet, American Ballet Theatre and the Royal Ballet, and three of his works have just been staged at the legendary Bolshoi Theatre.
Chairman of The Hong Kong Ballet Board of Governors Mr John J. Ying explained to the assembled dignitaries, ”Original, commissioned works are the lifeblood for the artistic vitality of any classical ballet company, and not surprisingly, tonight is a very exciting one for The Ballet. As we have been focused on nurturing and showcasing Chinese talent, we are particularly delighted as the two world premières tonight are both by Chinese artists.”
Artistic Director Madeleine Onne added, “It is only natural that The Hong Kong Ballet should choose to work with these creators; tonight’s show proves that extraordinarily talented Chinese choreographers are rapidly gaining the international reputation they deserve. We’re excited and lucky to have brought them here to introduce them to the Hong Kong audience.”
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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 is led by Artistic Director Madeleine Onne, with over 40 dancers originating from 10 countries and regions. The Company performs a repertoire that combines classical masterpieces and acclaimed contemporary works from the 19th to 21st centuries, as well as new commissions. 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.