The Hong Kong Ballet invited to début at New York’s Fall for Dance Festival
After performing at Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, the Festival des Arts de Saint-Sauveur as well as in Santa Fe and Aspen this summer, The Hong Kong Ballet will be crossing the globe again to appear at the ninth annual staging of another acclaimed festival, Fall for Dance Festival from 29-30 September 2012.
8 dancers from The Hong Kong Ballet will travel to New York to perform the immensely successful Luminous, which was also showcased on the Company’s North America Tour in July. This short ballet, choreographed by Canadian Peter Quanz, has not only garnered great critical acclaim but is also hugely popular with audiences.
The Fall for Dance Festival presents 5 different programmes, split across 12 nights of performances; each programme features 4 of the 20 acclaimed dance companies that are appearing at the Festival. The Hong Kong Ballet will perform as part of Programme 2, which also includes prestigious dance companies American Ballet Theatre, Juilliard Dance and the Martha Graham Dance Company.
Artistic Director Madeleine Onne said “This invitation to Fall for Dance offers us another opportunity to introduce a new audience to The Hong Kong Ballet and Peter Quanz’s gorgeous ballet. The piece is tailor-made for our dancers and shows the Company at its best. The Company’s engagements across North America and at Fall for Dance this summer will help to further increase The Hong Kong Ballet’s international profile.”
About Fall for Dance Festival
The Fall for Dance Festival has received international acclaim for its quality, innovation and success in introducing new and younger audiences to the world of dance. Since its inception, the Festival has presented 165 different dance companies to almost 200,000 people. Newcomers and dance enthusiasts alike look forward to Fall for Dance as both an introduction to new artists and a welcome return to familiar and beloved companies.
The 2012 Fall for Dance Festival runs September 27 – October 13 at New York City Center (West 55th Street between 6th and 7th Avenues). All performances are at 8 p.m., except for Sunday, September 30, which is at 7 p.m. All tickets are $15 and go on sale on Sunday, September 9 at 11 a.m. Tickets can be purchased online, or by calling CityTix at 212.581.1212 212.581.1212, or at the City Center Box Office.
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.