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A Ballet Soirée. An International Celebration of Ballet

1 noviembre, 2012
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The Hong Kong Ballet presents A Ballet Soirée. This salon of international ballet – featuring six short pieces varying in style, origin and mood – will showcase something to suit every taste.

Choreographers from around the world are represented, including the father of modern ballet George Balanchine, one of today’s foremost choreographers Spanish-born Nacho Duato, acclaimed German choreographer Christian Spuck, famous American choreographer Val Caniparoli, Taiwanese-American creator Edwaard Liang and emerging Chinese talent, Li Jun. Prima ballerina Tan Yuan Yuan and her partner Vito Mazzeo from San Francisco Ballet will join stars Jin Yao, Wu Fei-fei, Wu Yan, Zhang Yao and the rest of The Hong Kong Ballet’s cosmopolitan dancers to create a truly international experience.

PROGRAMME LINEUP

Castrati

Choreographer: Nacho Duato
Music: Antonio Vivaldi and Karl Jenkins
Set Designer: Nacho Duato
Costume Designer: Francis Montesinos
Lighting Designer: Brad Fields
Assistant Lighting Designer: Kristina Kloss
Staging: Thomas Klein
Organisation and Production: Carlos Iturrioz-Mediart Producciones SL (Spain)
© …. NACHO DUATO, all rights reserved.

Set to Vivaldi’s richly structured baroque music, Nacho Duato’s Castrati is a deeply affecting, powerful piece for nine men. The perfectly constructed ballet explores the meaning of masculinity and the significance of sacrifice in a world that demands perfection. Danced for the first time by an Asian company, this performance of Castrati will be an elegant showcase for The Hong Kong Ballet’s talented male dancers.

Pas de Deux from Lady of the Camellias

Choreographer: Val Caniparoli
Music: Frédéric Chopin
Lighting Designer: Mak Kwok-fai

World Premiere: Ballet Florida, February 25, 1994, The Raymond Kravis Center for the Performing Arts, West Palm Beach, Florida

Performed by Tan Yuan Yuan, Guest Principal Dancer of The Hong Kong Ballet and Principal Dancer of San Francisco Ballet, and Vito Mazzeo, Principal Dancer of San Francisco Ballet

Based on a famous French novel by Alexandre Dumas, Val Caniparoli’s ballet tells the bittersweet tale of a true love between courtesan Marguerite Gautier and a provincial bourgeois, Armand Duval. In this scene from Act 1 of the full-length ballet, Marguerite has spurned the advances of her escort preferring instead the sincere embraces of the smitten Armand, her true lover. Lady of the Camellias combines clean, precise choreography with a touching vision of the naivety of young love. Accompanied by Chopin’s joyous early work, the pas de deux from this ballet emphasizes the importance of romantic chemistry between a ballerina and her partner.

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Castrati Stage Photo
Photography: Mats Backer

 

Dancing with the Wind – World Première

Choreographer: Li Jun, Principal Dancer of the National Ballet of China
Music: Ah Yan
Set Designer: Leocampo Yuen
Costume Designer: Kun Li
Lighting Designer: Mak Kwok Fai
Special Thanks: Crystal Music Ensemble and Gu Zheng Artist Yao Yao Wang

Over the last year, Li Jun has visited Hong Kong on many occasions to create a brand new ballet on the dancers of The Hong Kong Ballet. Dancing with the Wind is the third piece that he has choreographed; this plot-less ballet expresses the creator’s thoughts and feelings through movement. The classical Western art form of ballet is spiced with music, costumes and an aesthetic that are unmistakably Chinese. Occidental and oriental influences swirl together to form a free-flowing experimental piece.

Pas de Deux from Symphonic Dances – Asian Première

Choreographer: Edwaard Liang
Music: Sergei Rachmaninov
Costume Designer: Mark Zappone
Lighting Designer: Jack Mehler
Re-lighting: Mak Kwok-fai

Performed by Tan Yuan Yuan, Guest Principal Dancer of The Hong Kong Ballet and Principal Dancer of San Francisco Ballet, and Vito Mazzeo, Principal Dancer of San Francisco Ballet

Edwaard Liang’s Symphonic Dances, which debuted in 2012, is set to the music of the same name by Sergei Rachmaninov. The piece, “has a youthful primitive energy,” according to the San Francisco Chronicle. Sean Martinfield on Examiner.com had this to say: “Edwaard Liang’s Symphonic Dances is an explosive revelation, an instant classic.”

Le Grand Pas de Deux

Choreographer: Christian Spuck
Music: La Gazza Ladra by Gioachino Rossini
Costume Designer: Nicole Krahl
Lighting Designer: Billy Chan
Re-lighting: Mak Kwok-fai

World Premiered on 31 December 1999 Stuttgart Ballet

This caricature of a classical pas de deux, created by world-renowned choreographer Christian Spuck, incorporates steps from many famous ballets such as Giselle, Swan Lake and Tchaikovsky Pas de Deux. Not only does it demand technical excellence, it also requires both dancers to act convincingly, and to master impeccable comic timing.

Le Grand Pas de Deux

Choreographer: Christian Spuck
Music: La Gazza Ladra by Gioachino Rossini
Costume Designer: Nicole Krahl
Lighting Designer: Billy Chan
Re-lighting: Mak Kwok-fai

World Premiered on 31 December 1999 Stuttgart Ballet

This caricature of a classical pas de deux, created by world-renowned choreographer Christian Spuck, incorporates steps from many famous ballets such as Giselle, Swan Lake and Tchaikovsky Pas de Deux. Not only does it demand technical excellence, it also requires both dancers to act convincingly, and to master impeccable comic timing.

Theme and Variations

Choreographer: George Balanchine
Music: Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Répétiteur: Ben Huys
Set & Costume Designer: Bill Haycock
Lighting Designer: Billy Chan
Re-lighting: Mak Kwok-fai

An intensive development of the classic ballet lexicon, Theme and Variations presents a new and exhilarating challenge for all the dancers. Balanchine wrote that the piece was intended “to evoke that great period in classical dancing when Russian ballet flourished with the aid of Tchaikovsky’s music.” The ballet moves from variation to variation, interspersing solos among group performances.

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Le Grand Pas de Deux Stage Photo
Dancers: Jin Yao, Wei Wei
Photography: Conrad Dy-Liacco

 

PROGRAMME PLUS!

A Preview of A Ballet Soirée
Date: 16. 10. 2012 (Tuesday)
Time: 7:30PM-8:45PM
Venue: GR3, 8/F, Grand Theatre Backstage, Hong Kong Cultural Centre

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: 2. 11. 2012 (Friday)
Time: 6:50PM
Venue: Level 2 Foyer, Hong Kong Cultural Centre
The programme is about 20 minutes long. Free admission with A Ballet Soirée tickets. Conducted in English with Cantonese translation.

Autograph Session
Date: 3. 11. 2012 (Saturday)
Time: After Matinée Performance
Venue: Level 2 Foyer, Hong Kong Cultural Centre

For A Ballet Soirée ticket-holders only. Limited places available on a first-come, first serve basis. 

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Symphonic Dances Stage Photo
Dancers: Tan Yuan Yuan, Vito Mazzeo
Photography: Erik Tomasson

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