Last Call: Nearly 6,000 people enchanted by Swan Lake last week
Ultimate classical ballet already enjoyed by community groups
Only 5 performances left – Buy tickets now!
There will be 5 more performances of this crowd-pleasing favourite at the Hong Kong Cultural Centre until 1st September 2013.
Nearly 6,000 people watched last week’s performances of the classical masterpiece, staged by The Hong Kong Ballet.
Swan Lake offers Hong Kong audiences a great opportunity to see a rising star Korean dancer Kim Kimin, First Soloist at the world-famous Mariinsky Ballet in Russia and winner of the 2012 Youth America Grand Prix. Kim will take on the lead role of the dashing Prince Siegfried in the 7:30pm performances on 30th August and 1st September, partnering The Hong Kong Ballet’s graceful Zhang Si Yuan as Odette / Odile.
For the first time ever, The Hong Kong Ballet invited a group of 50 visually impaired people and their volunteers to experience the magic of Swan Lake at an open dress rehearsal on 22nd August 2013. This initiative was made possible by the Company’s Accessibility Partner for Swan Lake, Arts with the Disabled Association Hong Kong (ADA). The ADA arranged for a visual interpreter to attend the dress rehearsal to give live audio description of what was happening on stage as the performance progressed, so that the audience could follow the storyline and also imagine the dancers’ technical expertise and the on-stage effects.
The remaining 5 performances feature 4 very different leading ladies – the role of the White Swan and Black Swan will be danced by Jin Yao, who has performed Swan Lake many times in her 8 years as Principal Dancer in The Hong Kong Ballet. Wu Fei-fei, another Principal Dancer, was awarded “Outstanding Performance by a Female Dancer” at the 2012 Hong Kong Dance Awards in recognition of her “tremendous emotional power”. And Soloist Ye Fei-fei, who has been with The Hong Kong Ballet since 2006, will be performing the dual role of the White and Black Swan for the first time.
Madeleine Onne, Artistic Director of The Hong Kong Ballet, said, “I’m so pleased that we can offer a subtly different interpretation for each show – the interplay of the leading dancers and their own personal strengths really make each performance unique; that’s the beauty of live art.”
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 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 it 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. Most recently, in the summer of 2012, the Company made its debut appearance at Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival – the longest-running international dance festival in North America – and then performed in Aspen, Montreal and Santa Fe. 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 arranged a pre-performance talk for Swan Lake for several specially invited audience members and a session during the interval when the participants met a few of the dancers, and had the opportunity to feel the costumes, including tutus and pointe shoes. As part of the Company’s commitment to community outreach, other groups are frequently invited to attend open dress rehearsals for free; this time invitations were extended to a group of hearing-impaired people (for whom the ADA arranged a sign language interpreter), other disabled people, children from Po Leung Kuk and a group of senior citizens from Helping Hand.
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.