Hong Kong Ballet | Moments in Time

October 4, 2011

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Moments In Time
3 original ballets made exclusively for The Hong Kong Ballet

Moments in Time - Liu Yu-yao Photograph : Laurent Segretier

Hong Kong – 9 September 2011 – The Hong Kong Ballet presents a trio of contemporary ballets created exclusively for the Company – Moments In Time will be staged at the Hong Kong Cultural Centre’s Grand Theatre from 4 to 6 November 2011. The Company has sought out three of today’s most promising contemporary choreographers, Peter Quanz, Kinsun Chan and Fei Bo, and commissioned them to create new ballets for our dancers, with our dancers; this collaborative creative process has generated three ballets that showcase the Company as a whole, as well as celebrating the unique physique, talent and personality of each dancer. 2 of the 3 commissioned works will have their world première at this show. By presenting these powerful, stimulating and thought-provoking works, The Hong Kong Ballet proudly supports the choreographers of the future.

Black on Black, by Kinsun Chan – world première
A Canadian born choreographer with strong links to Hong Kong, Kinsun began his ballet career in America and continued in Europe, dancing with the Zürich and Basel Ballet before creating his first choreography in 2000. Subsequently he was chosen to attend the Swiss International Workshop in Choreography (SIWIC) and was invited by Reid Anderson to choreograph for the Stuttgart Ballet’s Noverre Society. Kinsun’s interests are in a range of artistic disciplines, including choreography, film and design.

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Moments in Time - Li Jia-bo Photograph : Laurent Segretier

Kinsun Chan’s new ballet explores the timelessness of the colour black, and the dance aesthetics he has created reflect the many facets of black’s symbolism. Kinsun manipulates the space on stage, playing with contrasting movements to reflect the contradictory emotions aroused by the colour black. The choreographer incorporates his intrigue for body language and gestures into this ballet of power, passion and surprise.

Choreography: Kinsun Chan
Music: String Quartet No. 2, Op. 64 “Quasi Una Fantasia” by Henryk Górecki
Set & Costume Design: Kinsun Chan
Lighting Design: Goh Boon Ann

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A Room of Her Own (formerly known as Cello Concerto in E minor), by Fei Bo – world première
A graduate of Beijing Dance Academy, Fei Bo has choreographed numerous one-act works for The National Ballet of China, where he is currently Resident Choreographer. He was the recipient of the Choreography Prize at the 2005 Helsinki International Ballet Competition, and the prize for Best Choreography at the Shanghai International Ballet Competition in 2007. His full-length ballet The Peony Pavilion was staged at the Hong Kong Arts Festival in 2009 and Edinburgh International Festival in 2011.

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Moments in Time - Ye Fei-fei & Kostyantyn Keshyshev Photograph : Laurent Segretier

Frustration, self-doubt, jealousy and torment; these are just a few of the emotions felt by Lu Xi, the heroine of A Room of Her Own. She feels suffocated by her foundering relationship with her choreographer husband, but soon this feeling is replaced by fear and jealousy of her husband’s mysterious friendship with a new colleague. This intense dramatic work, suffused with sadness, highlights the unbridgeable gap between the genders through a profound exploration of the characters’ psychology. The première of a pas de trois excerpt from this new work was well received at Galaxy: International Ballet Gala earlier in 2011.

Choreography: Fei Bo
Music: Cello Concerto in E minor, Op. 85 by Edward Elgar
Playwright: Wenlin Xia
Costume Design: Kun Li
Lighting Design: Goh Boon Ann

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Luminous, by Peter Quanz
Hailing from Baden, Ontario, Peter Quanz knew he wanted to be a choreographer at the age of nine, and as a result he chose to pursue his creative development and education rather than follow a dancer’s traditional career. Quanz has choreographed ballets for some of the world’s leading ballet companies including the Kirov Ballet of the Mariinsky Theatre, American Ballet Theatre, the Royal Ballet (Linbury Theatre) and the National Ballet of Canada. He has been a freelance choreographer since 2002.

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A Room of Her Own - Li Jia-bo, Wu Fei-fei, Liu Miao-miao Photograph : Conrad Dy-Liacco

In Luminous, Peter Quanz speaks through his choreography about the fragility of human relationships, the tension between the genders and the qualities drawn out of a person by each passing liaison. This emotionally-charged piece, dripping with sensuality, will provoke reflection on relationships past and present.

Premièred in September last year by The Hong Kong Ballet, Luminous received great critical acclaim. Featuring music by Marjan Mozetich entitled “Affairs of the Heart”, it is a series of duets where the dancers change partners, attracted by the luminous quality of someone new.

Choreography: Peter Quanz
Music: Affairs of the Heart by Marjan Mozetich
Costume Design: Anne Armit
Lighting Design: Mak Kwok Fai
Re-lighting: Goh Boon Ann

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The Hong Kong Ballet’s dancers will lead the audience through a sequence of different moments in time. Tickets are available NOW at all URBTIX outlets and via the URBTIX website, For more details, please visit the Hong Kong Ballet website.

 

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Moments In Time
4 – 5.11.2011 7:30pm
5 – 6.11.2011 2:30pm
$1000(VIP), $580, $380, $200, $100
Grand Theatre, Hong Kong Cultural Centre

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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Programme Plus!

A Preview of Moments in Time

Artistic Director Madeleine Onne will give an introduction to the whole programme. Two of the choreographers, Kinsun Chan and Fei Bo, will talk about their creative process, and share their thoughts with the audience. There will also be an exclusive opportunity to see a preview by dancers of The Hong Kong Ballet.

Date: 18.10.2011(Tuesday)
Time: 7:30pm-8:45pm
Venue: Studio Theatre, Hong Kong Cultural Centre

Conducted in English.
Free admission. Limited audience capacity, advance registration required.

Registration & Enquiries: 2105 9724 / marketing@hkballet.com

Pre-Performance Talk

Date: 4.11.2011(Friday)
Time: 6:50pm-7:15pm
Venue: Level 2 Foyer, Hong Kong Cultural Centre

Free admission with Moments in Time tickets.
Conducted in English with Cantonese translation.

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About The Hong Kong Ballet
One of the premier classical ballet companies in Asia, The Hong Kong Ballet celebrated its 30th anniversary in 2009. 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.

 

 

《此時.彼刻》– 當代編舞家原創芭蕾新作

<香港 – 2011年9月9日> 香港芭蕾舞團(港芭)帶來三部前衛刺激、特意為舞團舞蹈員度身訂造的當代芭蕾作品《此時.彼刻》將由20111146日於香港文化中心大劇院上演在國際舞壇嶄露頭角的當代編舞家彼得.奎安斯、陳建生及費波,將以不同的主題,分別為我們的舞蹈員共同創作出新穎獨特的作品。當中有的充滿澎湃張力、引人深思,有的充滿官能刺激、前衛型格,也有浪漫感性、緊貼生活的作品。在展現舞團整體實力的同時,又盡顯每位舞蹈員的個性和特質,其中兩部作品更是世界首演,必為觀眾帶來嶄新的體驗。

《黑》,由陳建生編舞世界首演
陳建生是一位生於加拿大但與香港有密切關係的華裔編舞家,他先後於美國及歐洲展開其芭蕾舞事業,曾加入蘇黎世芭蕾舞團及巴塞爾芭蕾舞團,於2000年編創第一部作品。其後,他獲選參加瑞士國際編舞工作坊(SIWIC)及被雷德‧安德森邀請為斯圖加特芭蕾舞團的Noverre Society編舞。陳建生熱愛不同類型的藝術,包括編舞、電影及設計。

「黑色」,有人認為它悲傷鬱結,有人卻感覺它性感神秘。陳建生所編的《黑》,要探索的正是黑色那迷人的多元性,透過舞蹈的美學角度,折射出黑色所象徵的不同面貌及其突破時空的懾人魅力。編舞家將其對身體語言和動作的幻想,融入這齣充滿力量、激情和驚喜的芭蕾當中。

編舞:陳建生
音樂:String Quartet No. 2, Op. 64 “Quasi Una Fantasia” by Henryk Górecki
佈景及服裝設計:陳建生
燈光設計:Goh Boon Ann

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《一間她自己的房間》(前名為《E小調大提琴協奏曲》),由費波編舞世界首演
費波於北京舞蹈學院畢業,現為中央芭蕾舞團駐團編舞,期間曾為該團創作過無數獨幕作品。他曾獲2005年赫爾辛基國際舞蹈比賽最佳編舞獎及2007年上海國際舞蹈比賽最佳編舞獎。他的長篇芭蕾舞劇《牡丹亭》於2009年香港藝術節及2011年愛丁堡國際藝術節上演。

《一間她自己的房間》描述女作家路溪把自己創作生涯的失意、與丈夫關係裡體會到的性別壓抑書寫進新作品之中,身為著名編舞的丈夫把其作品搬演到舞臺上。然而路溪卻與表演作品的女演員進入了一場身份錯認的迷局。這讓路溪不斷周旋於幻想與現實之間,不安與迷失終讓她陷於崩潰邊緣……中央芭蕾舞團駐團編舞費波打造充滿內心懸疑色彩的全新作品,深刻展現兩性心理和人性的軟弱。此新作的一段三人舞選段剛於五月份的《Galaxy國際芭蕾匯演2011》中首演,並廣受好評。

編舞:費波
音樂:艾爾加 –《E小調大提琴協奏曲》
編劇:夏文林
服裝設計:李昆
燈光設計:Goh Boon Ann

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《明亮》, 由彼得.奎安斯編舞
來自加拿大安大略省的彼得.奎安斯於九歲時已立志成為一位編舞家,所以他並沒有依循舞蹈員的傳統發展,而選擇埋首於創作和教育。奎安斯曾為一些世界頂尖的芭蕾舞團編舞,包括馬林斯基劇院的基洛夫芭蕾舞團、美國芭蕾舞劇院、英國皇家芭蕾舞團(林伯利劇場)和加拿大國家芭蕾舞團。他自2002年開始為自由身編舞家。

誰骨子裡不喜歡貪新忘舊。遇上令人眼前一亮的你和妳,再碰上悅目迷人的她和他,一段接一段的短暫情緣,或許才能讓人恆久地感受愛情吧。彼得.奎安斯的《明亮》感性迷人,當中所描繪的都市男女關係,或許從中您也會找到自己的影子。

彼得‧奎安斯所編的《明亮》於去年九月由香港芭蕾舞團首演並獲一致好評。連串的雙人舞配以Marjan Mozetich作曲的《Affairs of the Heart》,各舞蹈員散發著充滿魅力的光芒,接連不斷的誘惑,讓人難以抗拒。《金融時報》形容奎安斯的編舞「有著大師級的風範」,而且「擅於帶動觀眾的情緒,讓人產生共鳴」。

編舞:彼得.奎安斯
音樂:Affairs of the Heart by Marjan Mozetich
服裝設計:Anne Armit
燈光設計:麥國輝
燈光執行:Goh Boon Ann

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一眾港芭舞蹈員將帶領觀眾穿梭於連串不同時刻。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

陳建生及費波將於10月到港為港芭排舞。有意訪問者,請致電2105 9757聯絡Pauly以作安排。

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《此時.彼刻》
4 – 5.11.2011 7:30pm
5 – 6.11.2011 2:30pm
$1000(VIP), $580, $380, $200, $100
香港文化中心大劇院

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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免費加料節目

此時.彼刻優先睇
藝術總監區美蓮將會為觀眾介紹《此時.彼刻》。編舞陳建生及費波更會親述其創作經過及分享幕後點滴。觀眾將優先親睹香港芭蕾舞團舞蹈員演出精彩選段。

18.10.2011(星期二) 7:30pm-8:45pm
地點:香港文化中心劇場

英語主講。免費入場。名額有限,必須預先報名。
報名及查詢:2105 9724 / marketing@hkballet.com

演前講座
4.11.2011(星期五) 6:50pm-7:15pm
地點:香港文化中心二樓大堂

憑《此時.彼刻》節目門票入場
英語主講,廣東話翻譯

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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。2009年,舞團成立30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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