The Hong Kong Ballet | Giselle – The most romantic ballet of all time

March 19, 2012

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The Hong Kong Ballet | Giselle – The most romantic ballet of all time

A heart-breakingly poignant tale of love, deceit and forgiveness starring Prima Ballerina Tan Yuan Yuan

The Hong Kong Ballet

Photography Conrad Dy-Liacco

For more than 160 years, Giselle has been heralded as the most romantic ballet in the classical repertoire; combining passion and melancholy with beautiful choreography, this ballet has proved an eternal attraction for both newcomers as well as to those already under its spell. The Hong Kong Ballet will perform a production that closely follows the original choreography by Jean Coralli, Jules Perrot and Marius Pepita, at the Hong Kong Cultural Centre’s Grand Theatre from 25 to 27 May 2012. Tan Yuan Yuan, The Hong Kong Ballet’s Guest Principal Dancer and Principal Dancer of San Francisco Ballet, will perform on the opening night, Friday 25 May 2012. In addition, Soloist of The Hong Kong Ballet, Zhang Si Yuan will be making her debut in the role of Giselle during this production.

Giselle is the moving story of an innocent, kindhearted peasant girl who falls in love with a handsome young villager Albrecht, but soon discovers that he has lied to her – not only is he a nobleman not a peasant, but he is also engaged to be married. Learning of her sweetheart’s deceit breaks Giselle’s heart, and she goes mad before succumbing to an untimely and tragic death. In revenge for Giselle’s loss, the Wilis, the vengeful spirits of brides who died before their wedding day, condemn Albrecht to dance until he dies. But Giselle’s enduring love manages to protect him until daybreak when the spell is broken and Giselle and the Wilis fade away, leaving Albrecht alone and full of sorrow.

balelt dancers on stage

Photography Conrad Dy-Liacco

The role of Giselle is one of the most sought-after in ballet, as it demands impeccable technical skill, great dramatic flair, and outstanding grace and lyricism. In the words of Jin Yao, Principal Dancer of The Hong Kong Ballet, “Giselle is without a doubt my favourite role. It’s physically and emotionally demanding, but the story is so bittersweet – I am always moved by it. And I never get tired of seeing the corps de ballet, as the eerily beautiful Wilis, gliding across the stage in gorgeous, identical arabesques during the seminal White Act”. Tan added “I’m looking forward to my second time performing Giselle with The Hong Kong Ballet. I particularly love the artistic challenge of acting Giselle’s mad scene, before her tragic death. The final farewell scene was the most touching moment, it always brings tears to my eyes.”

ballet dancers on stage

Photography Jimmy Chan

Tickets are available at all URBTIX outlets and via URBTIX website, from 26 March 2012. For programme details, please visit the Hong Kong Ballet website.

Choreography: after Jean Coralli / Jules Perrot / Marius Petipa
Production: John Meehan and Lin Mei-fang
Music: Adolphe Adam
Set Design: Peter Farmer
Costume Design: Kim Baker
Lighting Design: Wayne Wong

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25-27.5.2012 7:30pm
26-27.5.2012 2:30pm
Grand Theatre, Hong Kong Cultural Centre
Programme duration: approximately 2 hours (including 1 intermission)

$1000 (VIP), $600, $400, $260, $140, $50
Tickets available at URBTIX from 26 March 2012
Ticketing Enquiries 2734 9009
Credit card booking 2111 5999
Internet booking via URBTIX

Programme Enquiries 2105 9724 /

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A Preview of Giselle

Date: 8. 5. 2012 (Tuesday)
Time: 7:30pm-8:45pm
Venue: Studio Theatre, Hong Kong Cultural Centre

Giselle represents the height of the Romantic movement that swept Europe in the early 19th century. The Hong Kong Ballet’s Artistic Director Madeleine Onne will explore the ballet’s character, music and unique qualities. The Hong Kong Ballet’s dancers will perform a preview of the ballet before meeting the audience in a sharing session.

Conducted in English. Free admission. Limited audience capacity, advance registration required.

Registration & Enquiries 2105 9724 /

Pre-performance Talk

Date: 25. 5. 2012 (Friday)
Time: 6:50pm-7:15pm
Venue: Level 2 Foyer, Hong Kong Cultural Centre

The programme is about 20 minutes long. Free admission with Giselle tickets. Conducted in English with Cantonese translation.

ballet dancer in Giselle

Jin Yao Photography : Almond Chu

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 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 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.


《吉賽爾》-鬼魅動人 浪漫芭蕾之最


<香港 – 2012年3月19日> 160多年來,《吉賽爾》一直被公認為古典芭蕾劇中最浪漫的一部作品。揉合深情和哀慟的編舞優美迷人,無論是已經熟悉這套舞劇、或和它首次邂逅的觀眾,都同樣為之神迷。香港芭蕾舞團這次的製作,和柯拉里、栢羅及佩蒂巴的原編舞非常接近,於2012年5月25至27日假香港文化中心大劇院演出。香港芭蕾舞團客席首席舞蹈員、美國三藩市芭蕾舞團首席舞蹈員譚元元,將主演5月25日晚上的首演場次。而港芭獨舞員張思園,則將首度演出吉賽爾一角。




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原編舞:柯拉里、栢羅、佩蒂巴 製作:米瀚文、林美芳 音樂:亞杜夫.亞當 佈景設計:彼得.科曼 服裝設計:甘.碧嘉

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《吉賽爾》 25-27.5.2012     7:30pm 26-27.5.2012    2:30pm 香港文化中心大劇院 演出長約2小時 (包括一節中場休息)

$1000 (VIP), $600, $400, $260, $140, $50 門票3月26日起於城市電腦售票網公開發售
票務查詢:2734 9009 信用咭訂票:2111 5999 網上訂票 節目查詢:2105 9724 /

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日期:8. 5. 2012 (星期二) 時間:7:30pm-8:45pm 地點:香港文化中心劇場


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