The Hong Kong Ballet performed excerpts of The Nutcracker
at the 1881 Heritage Celestial Charm Christmas Lighting Ceremony
Crowds gathered this evening to watch the Opening Ceremony of the Celestial Charm Christmas Lights at 1881 Heritage, and to enjoy a performance of excerpts from the festive classical ballet The Nutcracker by The Hong Kong Ballet. The performance, which really brought this magical festive event to life, marked The Hong Kong Ballet’s second collaboration with 1881 Heritage, the first being a celebration of 1881 Heritage’s third birthday and the launch of an exhibition dedicated to ballet. The collaboration brings together two natural partners, who both share the goal of preserving the heritage of Hong Kong. In addition, the art of ballet which is perhaps the most classical and timeless art form of all, is the perfect partner for 1881 Heritage, one of Hong Kong’s most majestic historical landmarks.
For Christmas 2013, 1881 Heritage has taken inspiration from the artwork of Europe’s exquisite Renaissance cathedrals and transformed its Grand Piazza into an angelic wonderland full of angels, tinkling bells and beautiful Christmas melodies. At the Opening Ceremony, the Christmas lights will be illuminated for the first time and The Hong Kong Ballet’s dancers will perform two excerpts from the ballet that is traditionally staged over the Christmas period, The Nutcracker. The excerpts will be taken from The Waltz of the Flowers (performed by Candice Adea, Catherine Lau, Machi Muto, Naomi Yuzawa, Leung Chun Long and Shunsuke Arimizu) and the Grand Pas de deux performed by Wu Fei-fei as the Ballerina and Li Jia-bo as The Nutcracker. After the performance, members of the public are invited to visit The Hong Kong Ballet’s booth, where they can check out the adorable nutcracker dolls and all-new posters for this year’s production of The Nutcracker.
“It’s a great honour to be here today, continuing the fruitful collaboration between 1881 Heritage and The Hong Kong Ballet, said The Hong Kong Ballet’s Director of Artistic Planning and Touring, Joseph Morrissey. “We are all excited about the upcoming production of The Nutcracker, and hope that many of the people who watched our performance today will come to see the whole ballet in December.”
The Waltz of the Flowers
Tchaikovsky’s famous Waltz of the Flowers occurs in Act II of The Hong Kong Ballet’s production of The Nutcracker. Snowflakes from the first act blossom into a variety of beautiful flowers accompanied by their handsome cavaliers. They perform a joyous dance for Clara and Fritz, two of the main characters in The Nutcracker.
Grand Pas de deux
The romantic grand pas de deux between The Nutcracker and his beloved Ballerina at the end of Act II. After a long battle, The Nutcracker conquers the evil rat king and is reunited with his true love. They dance together, expressing their love for one another to Tchaikovsky’s elegant and poetic music.
About The Nutcracker
Tiptoe through the silent house with Clara and Fritz…everyone else is asleep but little do they know that the children are about to set off on a magical adventure! As the snow falls outside, Clara and Fritz step into the dream world of the dolls’ house and make friends with the family inside. Suddenly Clara and Fritz find themselves in the middle of a great battle; can the heroic Nutcracker conquer the dastardly Rat King and his army? Will the children save the day and reunite the Ballerina and her beloved Nutcracker?
Australian choreographer Terence Kohler presents The Nutcracker, a festive favourite for time immemorial. Produced in collaboration with Australian dramaturge Clair Sauran, Spanish set & costume designer Jordi Roig and Spanish lighting designer David Bofarull, this much-loved story will be accompanied by Tchaikovsky’s magical score, performed live by the Hong Kong Sinfonietta.
20, 21, 22, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28 December 2013 – 7:30pm
21, 22, 25, 26, 28, 29 December 2013 – 2.30 pm
Grand Theatre, Hong Kong Cultural Centre
Programme Duration: approximately 2 hours including 1 intermission
Suitable for ages 3 and above
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 that represents Hong Kong’s unique character. November 2013 marks the 35th anniversary of The Hong Kong Ballet, a Company that 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 continued to raise its international profile with more than 30 tours. The North America Tour in the summer of 2012 incorporated the Company’s debut appearance at Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival – the most prestigious and longest-running international dance festival in North America – as well as performances in Aspen, Montreal, Santa Fe and the renowned Fall for Dance Festival in New York. In September 2013, the Company presented two performances of Swan Lake at Guangzhou Opera House, as part of Guangzhou Arts Festival 2013.
An integral part of the Company’s activities is its 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 the Venue Partner of the Hong Kong Cultural Centre.
About 1881 Heritage
Located in the heart of Tsim Sha Tsui, the Former Marine Police Headquarters have been rejuvenated and re-integrated into the urban fabric of the surrounding area. The 120 year-old historical development has been revitalized and transformed into a cultural and shopping landmark in Hong Kong – “1881 Heritage”.
Following extensive renovation and conservation works by Cheung Kong (Holdings) Limited, “1881 Heritage” now features luxury shops, fine dining establishments and hip bars, a heritage hotel, and a Heritage Hall which allows visitors to discover the history of the site.
With the prime location on Canton Road, “1881 Heritage” is at the centre of the Tsim Sha Tsui cultural and shopping hub. It is only steps away from Hong Kong Cultural Centre, Hong Kong Space Museum and Hong Kong Museum of Art. “1881 Heritage” can be conveniently reached by various modes of public transport, including by MTR, ferry and bus.
1881 Heritage: 2A Canton Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon