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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Giselle
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 / marketing@hkballet.com

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PROGRAMME PLUS!

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 / marketing@hkballet.com

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

國際知名芭蕾舞者譚元元將來港參演

<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。

《吉賽爾》的動人故事,講述天真善良的農家女孩吉賽爾愛上英俊鄉村男孩阿爾伯特,豈料鄉村男孩竟然是貴族子弟,而且早已和他人訂婚。受騙的女孩大受打擊,心碎而死。一眾女幽靈為了對負心的男人報復,施咒迫阿爾伯特跳舞至筋疲力竭而死,為吉賽爾償命。吉賽爾卻捨身守護,以寬恕體現真愛。正當阿爾伯特垂死之際,黎明到來,眾幽靈與吉賽爾在晨光下逐漸幻滅,留下孤獨哀傷的阿爾伯特。

吉賽爾一角至今仍然是芭蕾舞蹈員最嚮往演出的角色之一,演出者須有完美無暇的技巧、出類拔萃的戲劇表現力、優雅動人的舞姿以及揮灑自如的情感表達。港芭首席舞蹈員金瑶,對《吉賽爾》同樣情有獨鍾:「吉賽爾肯定是我最喜愛的角色。舞蹈員需要投入極大的體力和感情去演繹這淒美的故事,我每次都深受感動。特別是第二幕,女舞蹈員扮演美麗又詭異的幽靈,在全白色舞台上出現的時候,她們曼妙的阿拉伯式舞姿,總是讓我百看不厭。」譚元元則表示:「我期待第二次和港芭合作演出《吉賽爾》。我尤其喜歡吉賽爾死前陷入瘋狂的一幕,極具藝術挑戰性;而最後分手的一幕,每一次都讓我忍不住落淚。」

門票3月26日起於各城市電腦售票網售票處及www.urbtix.hk發售。節目詳情請瀏覽www.hkballet.com

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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
燈光設計:黃偉業

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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:www.urbtix.hk 節目查詢:2105 9724 / marketing@hkballet.com

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精彩加料節目

吉賽爾》優先睇

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

《吉賽爾》代表著歐洲19世紀初浪漫時期的最高峰。香港芭蕾舞團藝術總監區美蓮將為觀眾介紹此舞劇的精髓、音樂及獨特之處。觀眾不但可率先欣賞舞團演出精彩選段,更有機會與舞者對話。

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