The Hong Kong Ballet 1960’s New Year revival of Firecracker in Macau 2012

January 2, 2012

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The Hong Kong Ballet 1960’s New Year revival of Firecracker in Macau 2012

<Hong Kong – 30 December 2011> The Hong Kong Ballet is proud to present Firecracker at the Macao Cultural Centre in two performances to be held before Chinese New Year on January 20 and 21, 2012.

Li Jia-bo, Liu Yu-yao  Photograph L Conrad Dy-Liacco
Li Jia-bo, Liu Yu-yao Photograph L Conrad Dy-Liacco

Created by leading choreographer Yuri Ng together with associate choreographer Yuh Egami, Firecracker is inspired by Christmas classic The Nutcracker and as such is also performed to the sound of Tchaikovsky’s score. Receiving rapturous receptions with performances in Hong Kong and World Expo 2010 in Shanghai, this dazzling production depicts Lunar New Year celebrations, capturing with humour and well achieved settings the atmosphere of the 1960’s including traditional elements of the festive season such as peach blossoms, Spring Couplets, lion dance, mahjong games and red ‘lai-si’ packets.

Yuri Ng returns to Macao with an engaging, energetic and colourful story that is at the same time a celebration of a festive season and an homage to the swinging 1960’s film scene, exploring its stereotypes and imagery. Firecracker reflects onnique sensibility in a nostalgic mix of East and West, past and present. Based on Hoffman’s original The Nutcracker, Yuri reinvented and transplanted the characters from their European roots and placed them in a new setting inspired by Chinese popular culture and history, including glamorous movie stars of yesteryears, royalties and parading beauties.

Firecracker by The Hong Kong Ballet is a must-see ballet to be presented on January 20 and 21 by Macao Cultural Centre. Tickets for both performances will be available at various discounts at CCM’s box office and Kong Seng outlets, from 20 Nov 2011 (Sunday), onwards. For further enquiries please visit the website or call (852) 2380 5083. Online-booking

(adapted from the press release by Macau Cultural Centre)

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Choreographer – Yuri Ng
Born in Hong Kong, Ng received ballet training in Hong Kong, Canada and England. He was awarded the Adeline Genée Gold Medal from the Royal Academy of Dancing in 1983 before joining The National Ballet of Canada as a dancer. Since his return to Asia in 1993, Yuri has choreographed for various performing companies including The Hong Kong Ballet, Hong Kong Dance Company, City Contemporary Dance Company, Hong Kong Sinfonietta, Zuni Icosahedrons, Cloudgate Dance Theatre 2 (Taiwan), Singapore Dance Theatre, and Archi-Tanz (Japan). He is currently Artist Associate of Hong Kong Sinfonietta.

Ng received the Artist of the Year Award – Choreographer, from the Hong Kong Artists’ Guild in 1997. In 1998, he was awarded Prix d’auteur at the sixth Rencontres Choreographiques Internationale de Seine-St-Denis (Bagnolet) with his choreography of Boy Story. 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 Dance Award 1999, 2004, 2006 and 2008 respectively.

Major choreographies include A Brave New World Of Suzie Wong (Hong Kong Arts Festival 2001); Kilt Bill for Singapore Arts Festival 2004; The Story Of Liang Shan Bo And Zhu Ying Tai for students of the Academy for Performing Arts, School of Dance; Pak Suet Sin’s production of Dream Of The West Chamber and in 2006, Yeah Yeah Xi Men Qing for The Hong Kong Ballet, Love On Sale for City Contemporary Dance Company, and Rock Hard for New Vision Arts Festival.

Associate Choreographer – Yuh Egami
Born in Okinawa, Japan, Egami received his ballet education at Fumika Morishima Ballet School and later at The Royal Ballet School in London. He was awarded Third prize in the Ursula Morton Choreographic Competition in 2001, and performed with The Royal Ballet and The Birmingham Royal Ballet while he was a student. He joined The Hong Kong Ballet in 2002.

Egami has danced various roles in The Hong Kong Ballet’s repertoire, including the Spanish dance in The Nutcracker, the Executed Prince in Turandot, the Lead Jester in Cinderella, the lead dancer from Pontevedria in Merry Widow, Trio in Clear and Steptext.

He has created several dance pieces for the Company’s choreographic workshops, including Kagé (2005), Sakula (2007), Collage of One (2008), Mirage (2010) and OIOIO (2011)

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Firecracker

Choreographer: Yuri Ng
Associate Choreographer: Yuh Egami
Music: Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Set: Kelvin Tsang
Costume: Yoki Lai
Lighting: Billy Chan
Sound Designer: Ken Che

 

Programme Info
Programme Title: Firecracker
Producer: Macao Cultural Centre
Performers: The Hong Kong Ballet
Choreographer: Yuri Ng, Yuh Egami
Date & Time: 20-21.01.2012      (20:00)
Venue: Small Auditorium, Macao Cultural   Centre
Length: 105 minutes (with a 20-minute   intermission)
Price: $180 (MOP)

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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.

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