The Hong Kong Ballet announces promotions
and welcomes 2 new faces
<Hong Kong – 15 July 2013> The Hong Kong Ballet announces that in recognition of their outstanding performances in the 2012-13 season, two dancers and one member of the artistic team will be promoted. In addition, two new dancers will be joining the Company for the 2013-14 dance season.
Liang Jing – promoted to Senior Ballet Master. Born into a family of professional dancers, Liang Jing began his dance training at the age of 10. He joined The Hong Kong Ballet in 1997 and was promoted to Principal Dancer in 1998. In 2006 Jing took on the dual role of Principal Dancer and Assistant Ballet Master, before becoming Ballet Master the following year, and Senior Ballet Master in 2013. His dedication and contribution to the Company has won him respect from the dancers and fellow colleagues.
Shen Jie – promoted to Soloist. Born in Zhejiang, Shen Jie joined The Hong Kong Ballet in 2007. Since being promoted to coryphée last year, he continues to impress guest choreographers as well as the audience with his exceptional stage personality and diverse technique. In his roles as the male lead in Terence Kohler’s The Nutcracker, Nacho Duato’s Castrati and Yuri Ng’s The Frog Prince – A Ballet Chinois, he mastered them all effortlessly with brilliance and taste.
Li Lin – promoted to Coryphée. Li Lin joined The Hong Kong Ballet in 2010 after graduating from the Beijing Dance Academy. Since then he has performed in many productions including The Sleeping Beauty, The Nutcracker, Turandot and Firecracker with the Company. His strong technique has proved such an asset that he has been promoted from a member of the Corps de Ballet to Coryphée.
Hailed from China, Wang Qing-xin and Yang Tian-bo joined the Company as Corps de Ballet straight from school. Wang graduated from Liaoning Ballet School and had won Gold medals at several international ballet competitions including the Varna International Ballet Competition, Korea International Ballet Competition and Beijing International Ballet Competition; Yang is a graduate from The Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts. Before joining the HKAPA, he trained at ShenYang Conservatory of Music (Dance School) and won Third Prize at the China National Peach and Plum Cup.
Artistic Director Madeleine Onne said, “I’m so proud of Liang Jing and the dancers who have been promoted, and of course we are always happy to welcome new talents in the form of young, fresh dancers who will complement our more experienced artists.”
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.
The Hong Kong Ballet is financially supported by the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region.
The Hong Kong Ballet is a Venue Partner of the Hong Kong Cultural Centre.