The Hong Kong Ballet announces line-up for 2013-14 dance season
Includes the International Première of
The Dream of the Red Chamber
Season’s programme also includes Swan Lake, The Nutcracker, Ballet Classics for Children: Swan Lake, and Spring Ballet Delights 2014
The Hong Kong Ballet announces the exciting line-up for 2013-14 dance season, including a very special ballet inspired by one of the four great classic Chinese novels, The Dream of the Red Chamber. The Company has carved a niche for itself as a troupe that successfully blends a Western art form with the Asian influences that are so important in the Company’s hometown. As well as announcing this special ballet, Artistic Director Madeleine Onne detailed the plans for the rest of the season’s programming. Look out for a diverse range of ballets, including both time-tested favourites and intriguing new ballets.
Explaining how she came to put together the line-up, Artistic Director Madeleine Onne said “We are very excited to be celebrating our Asian roots by presenting a ballet inspired by a great Chinese novel and created by a Chinese choreographer, but we’ll also be bringing fresh new energy to stalwarts of the classical ballet repertoire, such as Swan Lake. The 2013-14 season will present new challenges for the dancers, and push them towards ever more expressive artistic interpretation.”
The season kicks off with the world’s most talked about, most famous and most beloved ballet, Swan Lake featuring guest star Kim Kimin of The Mariinsky Ballet as Prince Siegfried for 30.8 & 1.9 evening performances. At the ballet’s heart lies the immortal battle between good and evil. The two central characters, Odette the innocent White Swan Queen and Odile the malevolent Black Swan, are completely different in character and temperament; yet so similar in appearance that even Odette’s beloved is fooled into falling for the “wrong” swan. The Hong Kong Ballet’s Swan Lake was such a smash-hit in 2011 that every single performance was completely sold out, and for the first time ever The Hong Kong Ballet had to sell standing tickets just to meet demand. In response to this ballet’s immense popularity, the company will stage a 2 week run in Hong Kong, with live accompaniment by Hong Kong Sinfonietta for the first week. The Company will complete its run of Swan Lake with two performances in Guangzhou.
(10 performances, 23 August – 1 September 2013, Grand Theatre, Hong Kong Cultural Centre, Live accompaniment by Hong Kong Sinfonietta for the first week.
2 performances, 6 – 7 September 2013, Guangzhou Opera House)
The Company will be present the International Première of The Dream of the Red Chamber by choreographer Wang Xin Peng, Artistic Director of Dortmund Ballet. This deeply moving, emotionally charged ballet looks back through many centuries of China’s history at the epic love story of Pao Yu and Lin Dai Yu. Choreographer Wang Xin Peng has previously collaborated with celebrated director Zhang Yimou to create a ballet version of Zhang’s iconic film, Raise the Red Lantern for the National Ballet of China. The choreographer has chosen to enhance The Dream of the Red Chamber with music by Oscar-winning composer Michael Nyman, sets designed by Frank Fellmann and costumes designed by Han Chunqi; Hong Kong Sinfonietta will provide live accompaniment for all performances.
(10 performances, 25 October – 3 November 2013, Grand Theatre, Hong Kong Cultural Centre. Live accompaniment by Hong Kong Sinfonietta)
Embrace the festive season with a ballet that was tailor-made for the Company: The Nutcracker by choreographer Terence Kohler, dramaturge Clair Sauran and set and costume designer Jordi Roig. This glittering production, which premiered in 2012, follows Clara and Fritz who learn to recognise the value of loyalty, friendship and determination as they embark on an adventure of magical proportions to rescue the Nutcracker and the Ballerina from the clutches of the evil Rat King. Through their charming naivety and creative imagination, the children restore normality to a surreal world. Set to Tchaikovsky’s magical score with live accompaniment by Hong Kong Sinfonietta, this exciting Christmas-time adventure is a perfect ballet for children to enjoy with their families.
(14 performances, 20 – 29 December 2013, Grand Theatre, Hong Kong Cultural Centre. Live accompaniment by Hong Kong Sinfonietta)
Ballet Classics for Children, a fun and interactive ballet designed for children ages 5 and above, will be presented in January 2014. The Hong Kong Ballet’s dancers will perform an educational adaptation of the ultimate classical ballet, Swan Lake, designed to awaken children’s interest in the arts and culture. The hour-long performance will introduce the ballet with an innovative blend of storytelling, dance and interaction. When this production was staged in January 2012, tickets sold out so fast that extra performances were added.
(7 performances, 24 – 26 January 2014, Studio Theatre, Hong Kong Cultural Centre with Cantonese or English narration)
In May 2014, The Hong Kong Ballet will present Spring Ballet Delights 2014 – an anthology of short ballets which have been specially selected to complement each other and to showcase the outstanding talents and strengths of the Company’s dancers. The show will open with Michel Fokine’s Les Sylphides, an abstract “ballet blanc” in a classical style, accompanied live on stage by Chopin’s delightful piano music; a mini-gala will follow, featuring international guest stars. The finale of this delightful programme will be the world première of a work, commissioned by The Hong Kong Ballet, from Jorma Elo, resident choreographer of Boston Ballet and undoubtedly one of today’s most sought-after choreographers.
(4 performances, 23 – 25 May 2014, Grand Theatre, Hong Kong Cultural Centre)
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 34 in 2013, 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 30 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.