The Hong Kong Ballet embarks on a 3-week tour to North America

April 16, 2012

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The Hong Kong Ballet embarks on a 3-week tour to North America

Including a debut at Jacob’s Pillow, America’s longest-running and
most prestigious Dance Festival

Black on Black  Photograph Gordon Wong

Black on Black Photograph Gordon Wong

<Hong Kong – 16 April 2012> This summer, The Hong Kong Ballet will embark on a three week long tour to North America from 18th July. The Company will make its debut appearance at the Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, America’s longest-running and most prestigious dance festival. The tour also represents The Hong Kong Ballet’s own celebration of the 15th Anniversary of The Handover of Hong Kong from Britain to China.

A group of 30 dancers will present three contemporary works at festivals in the US and Canada. Two of the works were commissioned by The Hong Kong Ballet, and the collaborative creative process has generated ballets that showcase the Company as a whole, as well as celebrating the unique physique, talent and personality of each dancer.

Black on Black, created for The Hong Kong Ballet by Kinsun Chan in 2011, explores the fascinating duality of the colour black, and reflects every facet of black’s symbolism. Black on Black will have its US première at the Jacob’s Pillow Festival. The choreographer incorporates his fascination with body language and gestures into this ballet of power, passion and surprise.

Luminous Liu Miao-miao Wei Wei Photograph Conrad Dy-Liacco

Luminous Liu Miao-miao Wei Wei Photograph Conrad Dy-Liacco

Chan’s ballet is complemented by Peter Quanz’s Luminous. This is an emotionally-charged ballet about the fragility of human relationships, the tension between the genders and the qualities drawn out of us by each passing alliance.

Completing the programme is Nils Christe’s Symphony in Three Movements, originally created for the Royal Ballet of Flanders. Set to Stravinsky’s work of the same name, Christe’s ballet is inspired by the complex concepts connected with war, including fear, anger, hiding, running and saying goodbye.

Artistic Director Madeleine Onne said, “All of the dancers are tremendously excited to be travelling to North America. It is a great honour to perform in the 80th anniversary season of Jacob’s Pillow, and it’s even more special since we are performing ballets that were created especially for The Hong Kong Ballet.”

Symphony in Three Movements Li Jia-bo Photography Gordon Wong

Symphony in Three Movements Li Jia-bo Photography Gordon Wong

Executive Director Rebecca Ip added, “As cultural ambassadors for Hong Kong, we are thrilled to be representing our home city abroad. Like any ballet company, we love to tour and our dancers relish the opportunity to meet new audiences and introduce them to our unique repertoire.”

Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival
Organizer: Jacob’s Pillow Dance

  • 6 performances: 18 July Wed (8pm) /19 July Thur (8pm) / 20 July Fri (8pm) / 21 July Sat (2pm, 8pm) / 22 July Sun (2pm)
  • Venue: Ted Shawn Theatre, 358 George Carter Road, Becket, MA01223 (Massachusetts), USA
  • Tickets on sale from 16 April, 2012. For details, please call 1.413.243.0745.

Aspen Santa Fe Ballet Presents
Organizer: Aspen Santa Fe Ballet

  • 1 performance on 31 July (Tue) (8pm)
  • Venue: The Lensic Performing Arts Center, 211 West San Francisco Street, Santa Fe, NM 87501 (New Mexico), U.S.A
  • For details, please call 1.505.988.1234 or visit the website.

Aspen Santa Fe Ballet Presents
Organizer: Aspen Santa Fe Ballet

  • 2 performances on 3 & 4 August (Fri & Sat) (8pm)
  • Venue: Aspen District Theatre, 335 High School Rd. Aspen, CO 81615, USA
  • For details, please call 1.970.920.5770 or visit the website.

 

About The Hong Kong Ballet
One of the premier classical ballet companies in Asia, The Hong Kong Ballet turned 32 in 2011. 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.

香港芭蕾舞團即將展開三星期北美巡迴演出 首度亮相美國歷史最悠久及最著名的雅各之枕舞蹈節 <香港 – 2012年4月16日> 香港芭蕾舞團(港芭)將於今年夏季7月18日起,在北美展開一連三星期之巡迴演出,並將首度亮相於美國歷史最悠久、以及最著名的雅各之枕舞蹈節 (Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival)。此行亦是港芭為慶祝香港回歸中國15周年的活動。

30位舞蹈員將於美加兩地的舞蹈節,演出三部當代作品,其中兩部由港芭委約創作。舞團與編舞家在創作過程中緊密合作,充分讓港芭展示所長,同時讓每位舞者把各自的特質、才華及個性發揮得淋漓盡致。

《黑》由編舞家陳建生為港芭編創,探索這種顏色的雙重性,並折射出黑色所象徵的不同面貌。這次於雅各之枕舞蹈節演出,是該作品的美國首演。編舞者將他對身體語言和動作的幻想,融入這齣充滿力量、激情和驚喜的芭蕾當中。對《黑》於2011年11月在香港的首演,《文匯報》形容為「配搭多元,編排也相當具心思。」

陳建生的《黑》,和彼得.奎安斯的《明亮》相輔相成,後者獲《南華早報》讚賞為「一套非常令人滿意的作品,編舞緊湊、流麗及極富音樂感。」《明亮》是一部感性迷人的芭蕾作品,講述人際關係的脆弱、兩性之間的張力、以及從每段短暫情緣中所呈現的個人本質。

巡演的第三部芭蕾作,是克里斯特的《三樂章交響曲》,原為比利時弗蘭德斯皇家芭蕾舞團創作。克里斯特採用史特拉汶斯基同名作品為背景音樂,以人類面對戰爭時所感受到之恐懼、憤怒、躲藏、逃亡及離別等複雜情緒為創作靈感。《南華早報》評價為「對史特拉汶斯基充滿焦慮的戰時作品作出優秀詮釋…對速度和準繩有極高要求…個人炫技演出…令它成為展示港芭所長的完美平台」。

港芭藝術總監區美蓮表示:「所有舞蹈員對這次北美之行都充滿期待。能夠於雅各之枕舞蹈節的80周年舞季演出,我們深感榮幸,而且這次演出的作品全都是為香港芭蕾舞團度身訂造的,可謂別具意義。」

行政總監葉思芬補充:「作為香港的文化大使,港芭對於能代表本港到海外演出,感到十分興奮。像世界任何芭蕾舞團一樣,港芭一直積極參與海外演出,舞蹈員很高興能與新觀眾見面,並將舞團獨特的劇目帶給他們。」

雅各之枕舞蹈節

主辦單位:雅各之枕舞蹈團

網頁:http://www.jacobspillow.org

6場演出:7月18日(星期三) 8pm / 7月19日(星期四) 8pm / 7月20日(星期五) 8pm / 7月21日(星期六) 2pm, 8pm / 7月22日(星期日) 2pm

地點:Ted Shawn Theatre, 358 George Carter Road, Becket, MA01223 (Massachusetts), U.S.A

門票於2012年4月16日公開發售。詳情請致電1.413.243.0745 按此瀏覽雅各之枕舞蹈節80周年新聞稿完整版本

聖達菲芭蕾舞蹈節

主辦單位:聖達菲芭蕾舞團

網頁:http://www.aspensantafeballet.com/

1場演出:7月31日(星期二) 8pm

地點:The Lensic Performing Arts Center, 211 West San Francisco Street, Santa Fe, NM 87501 (New Mexico), U.S.A

詳情請致電1.505.988.1234或瀏覽www.ticketssantafe.org.

聖達菲芭蕾舞蹈節

主辦單位:聖達菲芭蕾舞團

網頁:http://www.aspensantafeballet.com/

2場演出:8月3及4日(星期五及星期六) 8pm

地點:Aspen District Theatre, 335 High School Rd. Aspen, CO 81615, U.S.A

詳情請致電1.970.920.5770或瀏覽www.aspenshowtix.com.

更多有關香港芭蕾舞團之美加巡迴演出詳情將於5月公佈。

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香港芭蕾舞團

香港芭蕾舞團(港芭)現為亞洲最優秀的專業古典芭蕾舞團之一,以展現香港的獨有魅力躋身於世界舞壇。2011年,舞團踏入32周年,它以優秀及團結的舞蹈員、日益豐富的劇碼及高水準製作建立其獨特鮮明形象,當中不但包括世界級編舞家的名作,也有來自香港及中國內地新進藝術家的作品。

港芭的藝術團體由藝術總監區美蓮帶領,藝術人員及超過40多位舞蹈員來自不同國家,他們以華人為主,亦同時包括來自亞洲其他地區、歐洲及北美等地之舞蹈員。每年製作多個精彩節目,包括19至21世紀長篇經典舞劇、當代芭蕾作品及委約多個原創新作。自1997年以來,港芭積極參與海外巡迴演出以提升舞團的國際形象。此外,港芭亦舉辦不同類型之教育及社區外展活動,從而讓學生及社會各階層對芭蕾舞藝術有更深的認識。

 

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