Marking the first collaboration of The Hong Kong Ballet and 1881 Heritage “A Tale of Dance: The History and Development of Ballet in Hong Kong” exhibition opens
<Hong Kong, 27 September, 2012> The Hong Kong Ballet and 1881 Heritage announced their first ever collaboration to celebrate 1881 Heritage’s 3rd anniversary at the press conference held on 26th September, 2012 at 1881 Heritage Grand Piazza.
The Grand Piazza of 1881 Heritage was transformed into a magnificent stage and The Hong Kong Ballet’s dancers gave an enchanting performance of 2 excerpts from the classical fairytale ballet Cinderella. The Hong Kong Ballet’s dancers, Wu Yan, Liu Yu-yao, Chen Jin, Kerry-Anne O’Brien, Gao Ge, Peggy Lai, Shunsuke Arimizu and Song Hai Feng first performed an excerpt from Act I when the Fairy Godmother and Summer Rose Fairy transform Cinderella and prepare her for the ball, then they performed the pas de deux danced by the Prince and Cinderella at the end of Act III. The art of ballet, perhaps the most classical and timeless art form of all, is the perfect partner for 1881, one of Hong Kong’s most majestic historical landmarks.
The press conference also officially announced the launch of an exhibition, dedicated to ballet and entitled “A Tale of Dance: The History and Development of Ballet in Hong Kong”, co-presented by The Hong Kong Ballet and 1881 Heritage. The exhibition embodies the essence of the history and development of ballet with an educational approach. It also showcases classical ballet costumes and vintage photos from The Hong Kong Ballet, some of which have never been exhibited before.
Ms Resina Wong, Director of Cheung Kong Real Estate Limited said “We are proud that 1881 Heritage, Hong Kong’s foremost shopping mall, is embarking on its first-ever collaboration with The Hong Kong Ballet, one of Asia’s leading classical ballet companies, to showcase the history and development of ballet in Hong Kong. Some of the exhibits have rarely, if ever, been seen by the public, so they really help us to capture people’s imagination, and share the artistic heritage and development of ballet in Hong Kong.”
“Preserving the heritage of Hong Kong is of utmost importance to both The Hong Kong Ballet and 1881 Heritage. At The Hong Kong Ballet, we work hard to preserve the art of ballet, and also strive to promote the art form to a wider audience. It has been an honour to work with 1881 Heritage, and I would like to express my sincere thanks to them for their dedication to bring ballet to the general public in Hong Kong.” Ms Rebecca Ip, Executive Director of The Hong Kong Ballet, added.
“A Tale of Dance: The History and Development of Ballet in Hong Kong” exhibition
Date: 24th September, 2012 to 2nd January, 2013
Venue: G/F, Heritage Hall, 1881 Heritage, 2A Canton Road, Tsim Sha Tsui,
Opening Hours: Monday to Sunday 10am to 10pm
About The Hong Kong Ballet
One of the premier classical ballet companies in Asia, The Hong Kong Ballet is becoming internationally recognised as a world-class institution with an identity that fully reflects the unique vitality of Hong Kong. The Company turns 33 in 2012, and over time has evolved into a vibrant performing arts organisation with accomplished dancers, a strong repertoire, and sparkling, technically challenging productions.
The Company’s artistic team is led by Artistic Director Madeleine Onne, with over 40 dancers originating from all over the world. 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; in the summer of 2012, The Hong Kong Ballet toured the United States and Canada, performing at Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival and in Aspen, Montreal and Santa Fe. 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.
About 1881 Heritage
Located in the heart of Tsim Sha Tsui, the Former Marine Police Headquarters have been rejuvenated and re-integrated into the urban fabric of the surrounding area. The 120 year-old historical development has been revitalized and transformed into a cultural and shopping landmark in Hong Kong – “1881 Heritage”.
Following extensive renovation and conservation works by Cheung Kong (Holdings) Limited, “1881 Heritage” now features luxury shops, fine dining establishments and hip bars, a heritage hotel, and a Heritage Hall which allows visitors to discover the history of the site.
With the prime location on Canton Road, “1881 Heritage” is at the centre of the Tsim Sha Tsui cultural and shopping hub. It is only steps away from Hong Kong Cultural Centre, Hong Kong Space Museum and Hong Kong Museum of Art. “1881 Heritage” can be conveniently reached by various modes of public transport, including by MTR, ferry and bus.
1881 Heritage Address:
2A Canton Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon
<香港 – 2012年9月27日> 香港芭蕾舞團與「1881」於2012年9月26日下午4時假尖沙咀「1881」露天廣場舉行了新聞發佈會，宣佈舞團與「1881」的首次合作，透過一連串以芭蕾藝術為靈感的活動，慶祝「1881」的三周年紀念。
日期： 二零一二年九月二十四日至二零一三年一月二日 地點： 香港尖沙咀廣東道2A,「1881」地下展覽館 展出時段： 星期一至星期日 上午十時至晚上十時