The Hong Kong Ballet announces 2012-13 Season
featuring 8 productions including 3 world premières
<Hong Kong – 30 May 2012> The Hong Kong Ballet’s 2012-13 season presents a selection of the most delightful fairytale ballets from the classical repertoire, along with three innovative new ballets commissioned by the Company that will be premièred here in Hong Kong.
The season opens in August with Cinderella at the Grand Theatre of the Hong Kong Cultural Centre from 31st August – 2nd September 2012. This charming fairytale of true love will be enjoyed by all the family; parents and children alike will be swept away by the whirlwind of characters, from the dastardly step-mother, to the dreamy Prince and the ugly sisters.
The season continues with a celebration of emerging choreographers: for the first time dancers from The Hong Kong Ballet and Hong Kong Dance Company will join together to showcase their talents in a different light – not only are they dancing, but they will also choreograph pieces inspired by the timely theme 2012: the beginning or the end?. Emerging Choreographers will be performed in the Studio Theatre of the Hong Kong Cultural Centre from 21st – 23th September 2012.
A mixed bill programme will be performed from 2nd – 4th November in the Grand Theatre of the Hong Kong Cultural Centre: A Ballet Soirée will present something to suit every taste, from the Asia Première of a short ballet Castrati by esteemed international choreographer Nacho Duato to the World Première of a commissioned piece by Li Jun, Principal Dancer at The National Ballet of China. Two of the pieces to be included in this show, George Balanchine’s Theme and Variations and Christian Spuck’s Le Grand Pas de Deux, were performed to great acclaim during The Hong Kong Ballet’s gala performances in 2008 and 2011.
As Christmas approaches, the dancers will begin rehearsing for the highlight of the season, the World Première of an all-new version of the holiday classic, The Nutcracker. This festive favourite has been re-imagined for the 21st century by celebrated Australian choreographer, Terence Kohler and will have its Première season from the 14th to 26th of December 2012 in the Grand Theatre of the Hong Kong Cultural Centre. Terence and his creative team have drawn inspiration from E.T.A. Hoffman’s original tale, “The Nutcracker and the Mouse King” and created a charming story about growing up and the sacrifices we make for those we love. When Uncle Drosselmeyer brings over a mysterious dollhouse on Christmas Eve, Clara and her brother Fritz embark upon a journey of magical proportions. This ballet promises to indulge the audience’s senses with an entirely new visual experience.
Following the overwhelming success of 2012’s sold out Ballet Classics for Children the next installment of the series will be Cinderella, which will be staged 1st – 3rd February 2013 in the Studio Theatre of the Hong Kong Cultural Centre. This shortened adaptation of the full-length ballet by famous local choreographer Yuri Ng is an ideal introduction to the art of classical ballet for children aged 5 and above.
In March 2013, The Hong Kong Ballet will revive Cynthia Harvey’s sumptuous production of The Sleeping Beauty, premièred in 2010. The Sleeping Beauty will be performed at the Auditorium of the Sha Tin Town Hall from 15th – 17th March 2013. The revival will be a shortened and more fast paced version of Sleeping Beauty which will retain all the elements of the enduring fairy tale: romance, poetry, fate, good versus evil and of course, love!
The Company renews its close collaborative partnership with Yuri Ng. He will create a brand new ballet The Frog Prince, which shows what happens when you combine a French Impressionist composer, the Brothers Grimm and a Qing Dynasty historian! The ballet is a chinoiserie art piece synthesizing Maurice Ravel’s richly textured music, the story of the frog prince and secrets of how the bitter Manchu Princess threw herself – or was it the golden ball? – into the infamous well. The Frog Prince will have its World Première 19th – 21st April 2013 in the Studio Theatre of the Hong Kong Cultural Centre.
The season draws to a close with a production of Ronald Hynd’s much-loved story ballet The Merry Widow, which was premiered by The Australian Ballet in 1975. Just last year, The Hong Kong Ballet’s Principal Dancer Jin Yao travelled to Sydney as part of an exchange programme with The Australian Ballet to perform the role of the Merry Widow herself, Hanna. Catch this popular tale of love and money at the Grand Theatre of the Hong Kong Cultural Centre from 14th – 16th June 2013.
Artistic Director Madeleine Onne said “When the new season opens in July 2012, the dancers will have recently returned from our North America Tour, armed with some great experiences and inspiration. We’re all excited about this year’s programme as we have talented choreographers from all over the world working with us. Hosting guest artists always generates many new ideas and provides an enjoyable challenge for the dancers. This season we’re presenting a variety of ballets for families to enjoy, and we hope to encourage children to appreciate ballet from an early age. We love dancing for new audiences, and are looking forward to performing ballets of exceptional artistic quality for audiences in Hong Kong.”
The Hong Kong Ballet’s 2012-13 Fall season priority booking is open now. For more information, please visit Hong Kong Ballet’s website.
About The Hong Kong Ballet
One of the premier classical ballet companies in Asia, The Hong Kong Ballet turned 33 in 2012. It is becoming internationally recognised 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 while 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.