The Hong Kong Ballet promotes Wei Wei, “an outstanding talent”
Madeleine Onne, Artistic Director of The Hong Kong Ballet, has taken the exceptional decision today to promote an outstanding dancer mid-season.
Madeleine took audience members and Company dancers by surprise when she came on stage on 16th March evening at the end of a performance of The Sleeping Beauty to announce the promotion of Wei Wei from Soloist to Principal, with immediate effect. Wei Wei plays the evil fairy Carabosse in The Sleeping Beauty, which The Hong Kong Ballet is staging at Sha Tin Town Hall until 17th March 2013.
“We have known for some time now that Wei Wei is an outstanding dancer with great partnering skills and a very professional approach to his work, but the maturity and artistry that he has shown recently, for example in his interpretation of Carabosse and Prince in The Sleeping Beauty has made him stand out in a way that cannot be ignored. Wei Wei is someone that younger dancers in the Company can look up to, and he is ready to be the “face” of The Hong Kong Ballet. I felt that it would be wrong to wait until the end of the season to promote him – I wanted to recognize his talent and dedication right away.” Madeleine said.
Wei Wei – promoted to Principal Dancer Born in Liaoning, Wei Wei was admitted to the Attached School of Shenyang Conservatory of Music (Dance School) at the age of 12, then to Shenyang Conservatory of Music (Dance Major) in 2000. He received a scholarship from the Conservatory in 2002 and graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in 2003. Wei Wei won the Third Prize in Male Ballet Dancers’ Category of the China National Peach and Plum Cup and Second Prize for Ballet in the Liaoning Juvenile Dance Competition.
Wei Wei joined The Hong Kong Ballet in 2003 as a member of the corps de ballet and was promoted to Soloist in 2007. His major roles include Tybalt in Romeo & Juliet, Count Danilo Danilowitsch in The Merry Widow, Hilarion in Giselle, Prince Calaf in Turandot, The Nutcracker in The Nutcracker, .
The Hong Kong Ballet’s upcoming productions include The Frog Prince – A Ballet Chinois — a newly commissioned work by choreographer Yuri Ng with associate choreographers Yuh Egami and Ricky Hu, (19-21st April 2013 at Hong Kong Cultural Centre’s Studio Theatre), and The Merry Widow, a romantic story about love and intrigue (14-16th June 2013 at Hong Kong Cultural Centre’s Grand Theatre).
About The Hong Kong Ballet
One of the premier classical ballet companies in Asia, The Hong Kong Ballet turns 34 in 2013. 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 and include 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 30 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.
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