The Hong Kong Ballet | Clärchen Character from the original tale of The Nutcracker re-introduced

November 28, 2012

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Clärchen Character from the original tale of The Nutcracker re-introduced

Child dancer Cheryl Heung

Child dancer Cheryl Heung

The Hong Kong Ballet’s brand new production of The Nutcracker will have its world première this December. Choreographer Terence Kohler has brought Clärchen, Clara’s beloved doll, back into the limelight. Clärchen was a character in the book that inspired the ballet, E.T.A. Hoffmann’s The Nutcracker and the Mouse King, and in this new interpretation of The Nutcracker, Clärchen comes to life and interacts with Clara. She represents both Clara’s childhood innocence and her imagination.

The Hong Kong Ballet has chosen four amateur child ballet dancers to perform the role of Clärchen, who accompanies Clara and her brother Fritz on their adventures. Terence Kohler said, “Clärchen is a character that we hope will inspire all of the children in the audience. On learning how children in Hong Kong love ballet, we decided it was important to encourage the next generation of dancers to achieve their dreams.”

Young ballet dancers who were nominated by their ballet schools in Hong Kong had two private auditions with the choreographer Terence Kohler, Artistic Director Madeleine Onne and The Hong Kong Ballet’s artistic team. Four girls were finally chosen to perform the role in the 14 performances, they are:

Cheryl Heung, aged 10, from Emma Tse Elite Dance Academy
Emilie Yee Tung Lam, aged 7, from Springtide Ballet School
Suet Ying Loo, aged 7, from Jolly Kids Ballet School
Tricilia Wing Kiu Tso, aged 8, from Ballerina Dance Studio

The Nutcracker will have its debut season from the 14th to 26th December 2012 in the Grand Theatre, Hong Kong Cultural Centre. The brand-new production, with an entirely fresh look and feel, will be accompanied by Tchaikovsky’s magical score, performed live by the Hong Kong Sinfonietta under the baton of Judith Yan. Suitable for ages 3 and above.

About The Nutcracker

Choreographer Terence Kohler and his creative team have drawn inspiration from E.T.A. Hoffmann’s original tale, The Nutcracker and the Mouse King and created a touching story about growing up and the sacrifices we make for those we love: The story begins as night falls on Christmas Eve, and Uncle Drosselmeyer settles down with Clara and Fritz to tell them a bedtime story. “Once upon a time, The Nutcracker and Ballerina ruled peacefully over their Kingdom…” he begins, and so the mythical tale comes to life. Clara and Fritz learn to recognise the value of loyalty, friendship and determination as they embark on an journey 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.

The Nutcracker

Choreographer: Terence Kohler
Music: Pytor Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Dramaturge: Clair Sauran
Set and Costume Designer: Jordi Roig
Assistant Set and Costume Designer: Annamaria Cattaneo
Live Accompaniment: Hong Kong Sinfonietta
Conductor: Judith Yan

The Nutcracker official website

A series of Programme Plus activities designed for children and families alike will be held during the performance weeks, including:
Behind The Scenes: The Nutcracker – A BRAND-NEW VERSION!
Pre-performance Talk
Pre-performance Workshop
Backstage Tour
Autograph Session
Make A Christmas Wish
Fun Christmas Body Art

The Nutcracker
Grand Theatre, Hong Kong Cultural Centre

14-16, 22-24.12.2012
15-16, 22-23, 25-26.12.2012
$1000 (VIP), $600, $400, $260,   $140


20-21.12.2012 7:30pm
$580, $480, $320, $220, $120

Tickets are now available at URBTIX
Ticketing enquiries 2734 9009
Credit card booking 2111 5999

Programme enquiries 2105 9724 /

The Nutcracker – Programme Plus!

Pre-performance Talk

Date: 14.12.2012
Time: 6:50PM
Venue: Level 2 Foyer, Hong Kong Cultural Centre

The programme is about 20 minutes long. Conducted in English with Cantonese translation.

Pre-performance Workshop

Designed for children aged 4 to 8, this fun workshop uses creative images, movement and handicrafts to inspire children’s understanding of the story and interest in ballet. No previous dance experience is necessary.

Workshop I – Date: 15.12.2012 Time: 10:30AM-11:30AM
Workshop II – Date: 15.12.2012 Time: 12:00PM-1PM
Venue: GR3, 8/F, Grand Theatre Backstage, Hong Kong Cultural Centre
Fee: $70 each
Quota: 40 for each group

Conducted in Cantonese and English. Advanced registration required.
Registration & Enquiries

Backstage Tour

Date: 22.12.2012
Time: After matinée performance
Venue: Grand Theatre Backstage, Hong Kong Cultural Centre

Only for ticket holders who are Friends of The Hong Kong Ballet or The Hong Kong Ballet Junior Guild members.
Advanced registration required.

Make Your Christmas Wish

Write down your Christmas wish and hang it on our special Christmas Wishing Tree located at the Level 2 Foyer during selected performances.

Date: 20-25.12.2012
Venue: Level 2 Foyer, Hong Kong Cultural Centre

Autograph Session

Date: 15.12.2012
Time: After matinée performance
Venue: Level 2 Foyer, Hong Kong Cultural Centre

Limited places available on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Fun Christmas Body Art

Temporary tattoos with festive themes – guaranteed fun for children aged 3 to 12.

Date: 23.12.2012
Time: After matinée performance
Venue: Level 2 Foyer, Hong Kong Cultural Centre

Limited places available on a first-come, first-serve basis.

All activities are for The Nutcracker ticket holders only.

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 33 in 2012, 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.

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