Candice Adea, winner of the Helsinki International Ballet Competition joins The Hong Kong Ballet
<Hong Kong – 26 October 2012> Madeleine Onne, Artistic Director of The Hong Kong Ballet, announces that Candice Adea, winner of the Helsinki International Ballet Competition 2012, joins the Company as a Soloist.
Candice joins The Hong Kong Ballet from BalletPhilippines where she has been a Principal Dancer since 2010. Adea has performed in all of BalletPhilippines’ productions, dancing principal roles in Don Quixote, The Nutcracker, Coppélia, Peter Pan, Snow White, Crisostomo Ibarra and Amada among others.
Artistic Director of The Hong Kong Ballet Madeleine Onne was a member of the jury at this year’s International Ballet Competition in Helsinki, along with other Artistic Directors including Feng Ying from the National Ballet of China, and Nina Ananiashvili from the State Ballet of Georgia, as well as Kenneth Greve from the Finnish National Ballet. It was at this competition that Madeleine first came across Candice Adea, who went on to win First Prize in the senior women’s division.
Madeleine Onne said, “Candice is an extraordinary ballerina with both a strong technique as well as stage presence. It is with great pleasure we welcome her to join The Hong Kong Ballet.”
Candice has received many other accolades including the Silver Medal at the 2010 USA International Ballet Competition senior women’s division, two special awards at the Boston International Ballet Competition in 2011 – the Maris Liepa Award for Outstanding Artistry and the Lead Role in Russian Ballet Performance Award, as well as Bronze Medal at the 8th Seoul International Dance Competition in South Korea.
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 33 in 2012, 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.