The Hong Kong Ballet opens the new season with Swan Lake, the ultimate classical ballet

June 8, 2013

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The Hong Kong Ballet opens the new season with Swan Lake, the ultimate classical ballet

featuring guest artist Kim Kimin from The Mariinsky Ballet, Russia

Photography: Almond Chu

Photography: Almond Chu

The Hong Kong Ballet will open its new season with a revival of Swan Lake, one of the world’s best loved classical ballets. Back by popular demand, 10 performances of Swan Lake will be staged at the Hong Kong Cultural Centre’s Grand Theatre from 23 August to 1 September 2013. The Hong Kong Ballet dancers will be joined by guest star Kim Kimin from The Mariinsky Ballet, Russia, who will dance the role of Prince Siegfried on 30 August and 1 September at the 7:30pm performance. Live accompaniment will be provided for the first week by Hong Kong Sinfonietta under the baton of Benjamin Pope.

No other ballet in the classical repertoire can rival Swan Lake for drama, romance and intrigue. At the ballet’s heart lies the struggle of good versus evil, bound up in a tangled web of contradictions and contrasts. The two central characters, Odette the innocent White Swan Queen and Odile the malevolent Black Swan, are completely different in character and temperament yet so similar in appearance that even Odette’s beloved is fooled into falling for the “wrong” swan. At the end of this tragic tale, true love triumphs, and the lovers are united for eternity.

One of the secrets of Swan Lake’s enduring popularity is its difficulty. Audiences are mesmerized by the incredible displays of technique, as well as the emotional expression demanded of the lead roles. In particular the bravura dancing, as evidenced by the 32 fouettés, makes the ballet enchanting to watch, and each ballerina must draw on immense confidence and maturity in order to cope with the emotional and physical pressure of performing the most famous roles in classical ballet.

Tickets are available NOW at all URBTIX outlets and via the URBTIX website. $1500 (VIP) ticketholders will be entitled to attend a special meet and greet session with The Hong Kong Ballet’s dancers on stage after the performance, plus a complimentary drink. Simple present the ticket stub at The Hong Kong Ballet’s reception counter on 2/F, Grand Theatre Foyer on the performance date to redeem the complimentary drink coupon. Each ticket stub is valid for one free drink only.

About Swan Lake

The story focuses on the beautiful Odette, who has been cursed by the evil Von Rothbart and can only take on human form at night; the curse can only be broken by a vow of true love. The handsome young Prince is enthralled by Odette and they fall in love. At the Ball, Von Rothbart arrives with Odile, who he has enchanted to look exactly like Odette. This tricks the Prince into believing that Odile is Odette, and he unintentionally vows to marry Odile the Black Swan. Broken-hearted, the White Swan Queen Odette is reunited with the Prince by the lake for one last dance, sealing their eternal love and breaking Von Rothbart’s spell.

About Kim Kimin

Guest Star from The Mariinsky Ballet, Russia
Appearing on 30.8 & 1.9.2013 7:30pm
Born in Seoul, Kim Kimin joined the Mariinsky Ballet, Russia after graduation. He has received numerous awards, including prizes at International Ballet Competitions in 2008, 2009 and 2010. In 2012, he won the overall title as well as a gold medal for his performance in pas de deux at the world’s largest ballet competition, the Youth America Grand Prix. Since July 2012, Kimin has been a First Soloist with The Mariinsky Ballet, Russia. He is recognised as the premier male Asian dancer in the ballet world.

Swan Lake

23.8 – 25.8.2013 7:30pm, 24 – 25.8.2013 2:30pm
LIVE ACCOMPANIMENT by HONG KONG SINFONIETTA
30.8 – 1.9.2013 7:30pm, 31.8.2013 – 1.9.2013 2:30pm

$1500 (VIP), $1000, $880, $680, $480, $280, $140
Grand Theatre, Hong Kong Cultural Centre
10 performances
Programme Duration: approximately 2 hours and 30 minutes including 2 intermissions
Suitable for ages 6 and above

Original Choreography: Marius Petipa & Lev Ivanov
Additional Choreography: John Meehan, Carlo Pacis, Selina Chau
Music: Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Set & Costume Design: Peter Farmer
Lighting Design: Leo Cheung
Live Accompaniment: Hong Kong Sinfonietta
Conductor: Benjamin Pope

Ticket available at URBTIX NOW
Ticketing Enquiries 2734 9009
Credit card booking 2111 5999

PROGRAMME PLUS!

A Preview of Swan Lake

Date: 13.8.2013
Time: 7:30pm – 8:45pm
Venue: Studio Theatre, Hong Kong Cultural Centre

Artistic Director Madeleine Onne will share with the audience the idea and inspirations behind this ballet. There will also be a preview performed by the Company’s dancers.

Suitable for ages 6 and above. Conducted in English. Free admission.
Limited audience capacity, advanced registration required.

Registration & Enquiries 2105 9724 / marketing@hkballet.com

Pre-performance Talk

Date: 23.8.2013
Time: 6:50pm
Venue: Level 2 Foyer, Hong Kong Cultural Centre

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

Backstage Tour

Date: 24.8.2013
Time: After matinée performance
Venue: Grand Theatre Backstage, Hong Kong Cultural Centre

Only for Friends of The Hong Kong Ballet.
Advanced registration required.

Registration & Enquiries 2105 9724 / marketing@hkballet.com

Pre-performance Workshop

Date: 25.8.2013
Time: 12:00pm-1:00pm
Venue: GR2, 8/F, Grand Theatre Backstage

Designed for children ages 4 to 8 years old, this fun workshop uses creative images, movement and handicrafts to inspire children’s understanding of the story and interest in ballet. No previous dance experience is necessary.

Fee: $80 (per person)
Quota: 40

Conducted in Cantonese and English.
Only for Swan Lake ticket holders OR Friends of The Hong Kong Ballet.
10% off for Friends of The Hong Kong Ballet. Advanced registration required.

Registration & Enquiries www.hkballet.com/workshop

About The Hong Kong Ballet

One of the premier classical ballet companies in Asia, The Hong Kong Ballet is becoming internationally recognised as a world-class institution with an identity that fully reflects the unique vitality of Hong Kong. The Company turns 34 in 2013, and over time has evolved into a vibrant performing arts organisation with accomplished dancers, a strong repertoire, and sparkling, technically challenging productions.

The Company’s artistic team is led by Artistic Director Madeleine Onne, with over 40 dancers originating from all over the world. The Company performs a repertoire that combines classical masterpieces and acclaimed contemporary works from the 19th to 21st centuries, as well as new commissions. Since 1997, The Hong Kong Ballet has raised its international profile by conducting over 30 tours; in the summer of 2012, The Hong Kong Ballet toured the United States and Canada, performing at Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival and in Aspen, Montreal and Santa Fe. 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.

The Hong Kong Ballet is financially supported by the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region.
The Hong Kong Ballet is a Venue Partner of the Hong Kong Cultural Centre.

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