The Hong Kong Ballet announces three extra performances of Swan Lake

December 9, 2011

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The Hong Kong Ballet announces THREE ADDITIONAL PERFORMANCES of Ballet Classics for Children: Swan Lake

Illustration of a swan by Emily Eldridge

Illustration : Emily Eldridge

<Hong Kong – 9 December 2011> In response to overwhelming demand for tickets to Ballet Classics for Children: Swan Lake, The Hong Kong Ballet has announced THREE ADDITIONAL PERFORMANCES:
  • Saturday 14 January at 7.30PM – conducted in Cantonese
  • Sunday 15 January at 12PM – conducted in English
  • Sunday 15 January at 2.30PM – conducted in English

Tickets for the 2.30PM performance on 15 January are available NOW from URBTIX; tickets for the other 2 performances will be available from 10 December 2011. Ticket price is $120 for adults and 50% discount for children, full time students, elderly and disabled.

This series of new educational programmes is tailor made for children aged 3 and above, to provide an educational yet entertaining platform for children to learn how to appreciate ballet. The hour-long performance, narrated by Rick Lau and staged by Yuri Ng, will introduce the ultimate ballet Swan Lake with an innovative blend of storytelling, dance and interaction. Little ones of all ages will be enthralled by the story – watching for the evil sorcerer Von Rothbart, admiring the beauty and innocence of the White Swan, and holding their breath as the Prince falls for the wrong swan. The playful, lighthearted tone of this production will show that ballet is fun and enjoyable.

Tickets are available at all URBTIX outlets and via the URBTIX website.

Tickets for the 3 performances originally scheduled sold out in just a few days, so don’t miss this opportunity, buy your tickets now!

For more details, please visit Hong Kong Ballet’s website.

Jin Yao Photograph Gordon Wong

Jin Yao Photograph Gordon Wong

Artistic Curator: Yuri Ng

Hong Kong-born Yuri Ng began his career as a choreographer after several years dancing in Canada and Asia. His choreographies of Rite Of Spring, Min Jian Chuan Qi and A Soldier’s Story received the Hong Kong Dance Alliance Awards between 1999 and 2008. He is currently Artist Associate of Hong Kong Sinfonietta.

Narrator / Script Writer: Rick Lau

Hong Kong-born Rick Lau is a versatile musical theatre actor/ singer/cabaret artist who graduated from Australia’s prestigious National Institute of Dramatic Art. He recently played in the musicals Animal Farm and The Good Person of Szechwan, and is currently appearing in Sandy Lam and Grasshopper’s world tours.

Swan Lake

The story focuses on the beautiful Odette, who has been cursed by the evil Von Rothbart and can only take on human form at night; the curse can only be broken by a vow of true love. The handsome young Prince is enthralled by Odette and they fall in love. At the Ball, Von Rothbart arrives with Odile, who he has enchanted to look exactly like Odette. This tricks the Prince into believing that Odile is Odette, and he unintentionally vows to marry Odile the Black Swan. Broken-hearted, the Swan Queen Odette is reunited with the Prince by the lake for one last dance, before they tragically end their lives by jumping into the lake together, sealing their eternal love and breaking Von Rothbart’s spell.

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Ballet Classics for
Children: Swan Lake

Studio Theatre, Hong Kong Cultural Centre

14.1.2012          2:30PM
(Conducted in Cantonese)

14.1.2012          5:00PM
(Conducted in English)

14.1.2012          7:30PM
(Conducted in Cantonese)

15.1.2012          12:00PM
(Conducted in English)

15.1.2012          2:30PM
(Conducted in English)

15.1.2012          5:00PM (Conducted in Cantonese)

$120 (50% discount for full time students, senior and disabled)

Programme duration: approximately one hour with no intermission

Age Admission: Children aged 3 and above

Artistic Curator: Yuri Ng

Narrator/ Script Writer: Rick Lau

Original Choreography: Marius Petipa & Lev Ivanov

Music: Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

Ticket available at URBTIX NOW

Ticketing Enquiries 2734 9009

Credit card booking 2111 5999

Programme Enquiries 2105 9724 /

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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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