The Hong Kong Ballet | Emerging Choreographers 2012
The Hong Kong Ballet and the Hong Kong Dance Company join hands to showcase their choreographic talents, with the theme “2012: the beginning or the end?”
<Hong Kong – 16 July 2012> The Hong Kong Ballet’s legacy of celebrating its dancers’ creative talents continues with Emerging Choreographers 2012, which will be staged at the Hong Kong Cultural Centre’s Studio Theatre from 21-23 September 2012. For the first time ever, The Hong Kong Ballet will collaborate with the Hong Kong Dance Company, whose choreographers will create two exciting pieces to be performed by the dancers of The Hong Kong Ballet.
The programme presents a total of seven dance pieces choreographed by dancers from The Hong Kong Ballet and the Hong Kong Dance Company, all inspired by the theme ‘2012: the beginning or the end?’, a topic that everyone is talking about as we approach 21 December 2012. Six young dancers from The Hong Kong Ballet – Li Yi-ran, Liu Miao-miao, Yuh Egami, Ricky Hu, Li Jia-bo and Jonathan Spigner – and two from the Hong Kong Dance Company – Xie Yin and Liu Yinghong – will turn their keen choreographic skills towards the 2012 Phenomenon and express their own interpretations through short and innovative dance works. The choreographers from the Hong Kong Dance Company will create unique dance pieces blending Chinese dance with ballet, resulting in a true East-meets-West aesthetic. In combination with different styles of music, stage and multi-media effects, these pieces will inspire you to reflect on what the future holds.
The Hong Kong Ballet
Born in Japan, Egami graduated from The Royal Ballet School in London. He joined The Hong Kong Ballet in 2002 and has created several works including Kagé, Sakula, Collage of One, Mirage and OIOIO. As Associate Choreographer, he created the full-length ballet Firecracker with Yuri Ng in 2010.
Born in Jiangxi, Ricky Hu graduated from the School of Dance of the Shanghai Theatre Academy (Major in Chinese Dance) in 2004 before going on to train at the LASALLE-SIA College of the Arts in Singapore. He received both a scholarship to study at The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts and an Asian Cultural Council Dance Fellowship. Since joining The Hong Kong Ballet in 2008, he has created works including Twins and Voicing. His most recent creation, Play with Abandon, was featured in the 2012 Hong Kong Arts Festival Contemporary Dance Series.
Born in Shanghai, Li Jia-bo started his ballet training at the Shanghai Far East Ballet School before going on to study at The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts. He joined The Hong Kong Ballet after graduation in 2005. He has danced many important roles including the Prince in The Nutcracker, Calaf in Turandot, the lead role in A Room of Her Own, and Steptext at the Shanghai World Expo 2010 performance.
Born in Shanghai, Li danced with the National Ballet of China before joining The Hong Kong Ballet in 2005. Her choreographic works include Take it Easy, Just do it!, Nothing, Let It Go, Moonlight and Bunny & the Wolf.
Born in Sichuan, Liu Miao-miao graduated from the Secondary School of the Beijing Dance Academy (Majoring in Ballet). Since joining The Hong Kong Ballet in 2005, she has performed in many productions, with roles including the Arabian dancer in The Nutcracker, Liuin Turandot and the Princess from Russia in Swan Lake.
Born in the United States, Spigner graduated from the South Carolina Governor’s School of Arts and Humanities, before attending the Princess Grace Academy. He received dance awards from Youth America Grand Prix Regionals in 2004, 2008 and 2009. He joined The Hong Kong Ballet in 2010 and created his first choreographic work The Wonderful Known Tick in 2011.
Hong Kong Dance Company
Liu Yinghong, a National First Class actor in China, is a Principal Dancer with the Hong Kong Dance Company. He has received numerous awards including the Best Actor Award in the 2004 Hehua Cup Dance Competition (Dance Drama Division), and a Hong Kong Dance Award in 2007 for his performances as the younger brother in Red Poppies and as Linghu Chong in The Smiling, Proud Wanderer. He has choreographed for 8/F Platform – Dancing Emotions, My Little Green Planet and Joseph Koo’s Classic Melodies.
Xie Jin joined the Hong Kong Dance Company in 2002 and was promoted to Principal Dancer in 2003. She is now the Company’s Artistic Coordinator and Instructor (Youth Troupe). Xie Jin was recognised at the Hong Kong Dance Awards in 2006 for creating (in collaboration with Yuri Ng and other dancers) 8/F Platform – Min Jian Chuan Qi. Feng Shui Xing, her co-choreography with Chen Lei in 2008, was awarded the Hong Kong Dance Award.
Emerging Choreographers – 2012: the beginning or the end?
$350(VIP), $240, $100
Studio Theatre, Hong Kong Cultural Centre
Tickets available at URBTIX from 20 July 2012
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Yuh Egami & Ricky Hu
(Principal Dancer, Hong Kong Dance Company)
(Artistic Coordinator and Instructor (Youth Troupe), Hong Kong Dance Company)
The choreographers will meet the audience after the performance of 21. 9. 2012 to talk about their creative process and share their thoughts.
Date: 21. 9. 2012 (Friday)
Time: After evening performance
Venue: Studio Theatre, Hong Kong Cultural Centre
Primarily conducted in English and Putonghua.
Admission with performance tickets.
About The Hong Kong Ballet
One of the premier classical ballet companies in Asia, The Hong Kong Ballet turned 33 in 2012. 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.