A love to die for – Turandot
A neo-classical ballet based on Puccini’s dramatic opera
<Hong Kong – 28 December 2011> The Hong Kong Ballet is proud to bring back to the stage Natalie Weir’s Turandot. This neo-classical ballet inspired by Puccini’s famous opera of the same name was created for The Hong Kong Ballet in 2003. Natalie Weir’s interpretation of this dramatic story results in a powerful, emotionally-charged reflection about love. Turandot will be staged at the Hong Kong Cultural Centre’s Grand Theatre from 16 to 18 March 2012.
Turandot examines the many aspects of love through an exploration of the intertwining relationships between three protagonists. Turandot is a princess with a glittering heart of ice who has for many years shunned the attention of men. Any man wishing to wed the princess must successfully answer the three riddles she sets, and if they fail, they must die. Her coldness does nothing to deter her suitors, even though many have been ritually executed. Prince Calaf returns to the city from exile and falls in love with Turandot at first sight. In turn, he is adored from afar by Liu, his father’s loyal servant girl. The complicated emotions aroused by this trio of protagonists inspire a deep reflection on the nature of true love, and the complex interactions between love and hate will inevitably intrigue the audience.
Giacomo Puccini (1958 – 1924) wrote some of the world’s best-known operas, including Madama Butterfly, Tosca and La Bohème. Puccini died of throat cancer, leaving his final work Turandot unfinished. Since its première in 1926, the opera has become known for its opulent sets, dramatic aesthetic and beguiling trio of protagonists, and for the tenor aria in the final act, Nessun Dorma, which is perhaps the most famous aria of all time. In recent years the opera has been adapted by many renowned artists, including filmmakers Chen Kaige and Zhang Yimou.
Natalie Weir was born in Australia and has been choreographing professionally for more than 20 years. She was a founding member of Expressions Dance Company and was offered her first choreographic commission by Expressions Artistic Director Maggi Sietsma at the age of 18. Natalie has worked throughout Australia, creating works for most of the country’s major classic and contemporary dance companies including The Australian Ballet. She has set The Rite of Spring for The Hong Kong Ballet and created Steppenwolf for Houston Ballet for which she received the Choo San Goh Award. Natalie was appointed Artistic Director of Expressions Dance Company in 2009, and has since created 2 major works Where the Heart is and While Others Sleep.
Choreography: Natalie Weir
Set and Costume Design: Bill Haycock
Lighting Design: Kim Lee
Natalie Weir will start rehearsing with The Hong Kong Ballet from March 5. Please contact Pauly Au on 2105-9757 to arrange media interviews.
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16-18. 3. 2012 7:30PM
17-18. 3. 2012 2:30PM
$1000(VIP), $580, $380, $200, $100, $50
Grand Theatre, Hong Kong Cultural Centre
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A Preview of Turandot
Date: 6. 3. 2012(TUESDAY)
Venue: Studio Theatre, Hong Kong Cultural Centre
Find out more about the powerful emotions and motivations behind this visually-striking ballet. Artistic Director Madeleine Onne will guide you through an introduction to this oriental fairytale, created especially for the Company. Australian choreographer Natalie Weir will talk about her creative process, and about what inspired her to create this ballet. There will also be a preview performed by the Company’s dancers.
Conducted in English.
Free admission. Limited audience capacity, advance registration required.
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Date: 16. 3. 2012 (FRIDAY)
Venue: Level 2 Foyer, Hong Kong Cultural Centre
Choreographer Natalie Weir will chat about the context and unique characteristics of this ballet so as to help you to understand and enjoy the performance.
The programme is about 20 minutes long.
Free admission with Turandot 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 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.