Hong Kong Ballet’s Mainland China Tour 2017

To celebrate the establishment of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR)’s 20th anniversary, Hong Kong Ballet will embark on an exciting four-city China tour to Beijing, Hangzhou, Shanghai and Jinan for seven performances in June 2017. As a key flagship arts organisation in Hong Kong, the Company proudly serves as a cultural ambassador to mainland audiences and will perform for fans in Hangzhou and Jinan for the very first time. This tour is generously sponsored by the Government of the HKSAR and Official Tour Sponsor China Everbright Ltd with PUMA as the Tour Uniform Partner.

During 16-28 June, the strong ensemble will perform on the stages of Beijing Tianqiao Performing Arts Center (16–18 June), Hangzhou Grand Theatre (20 June), Shanghai Poly Grand Theatre (23 and 25 June) and Shandong Grand Theatre (28 June). Programmes for this tour include the ‘ballet of all ballets’, Swan Lake, especially staged for Hong Kong Ballet by John Meehan based on Petipa/Ivanov’s original choreography, and an inspiring mixed bill programme consisting of two reveting Jiří Kylián’s works, Petite Mort and Sechs Tänze, which the Company will première in its Carmen and More production from 26th to 28th this month. Two more ballets, Fei Bo’s Shenren Chang and Jorma Elo’s Shape of Glow, which the Company premièred in 2014 and 2016, respectively, will also be featured in the mixed bill programme.

Tickets are now available and can be purchased online and by phone. Please refer to Performance Details for tour and ticketing particulars.

Performance Details

1. Beijing
Lyric Theatre, Beijing Tianqiao Performing Arts Center

Swan Lake 16 – 18 June 2017 Fri – Sun 7:30pm

RMB 771, 571, 371, 171, 71
Ticketing websites:
www.tartscenter.com/item/1357.html
https://piao.damai.cn/121445.html
www.228.com.cn/ticket-245753353.html
Programme enquiries: +86 400-635-3355

2. Hangzhou
Opera House, Hangzhou Grand Theatre

Mixed Bill 20 June 2017 Tue 7:30pm
Fei Bo Shenren Chang
Jorma Elo Shape of Glow
Jiří Kylián Petite Mort
Jiří Kylián Sechs Tänze

RMB 480, 280, 180, 80
Ticketing: +86 0571-86855003
Website: www.hzdjy.com/

3. Shanghai
Grand Theatre, Shanghai Poly Grand Theatre

Swan Lake 23 June 2017 Fri 7:30pm

RMB 380, 280, 180, 100, 50
Ticketing websites:
www.228.com.cn/ticket-245881024.html
https://piao.damai.cn/121198.html

Mixed Bill 25 June 2017 Sun 2pm
Fei Bo Shenren Chang
Jorma Elo Shape of Glow
Jiří Kylián Petite Mort
Jiří Kylián Sechs Tänze

RMB 380, 280, 180, 100, 50
Ticketing website: www.228.com.cn/ticket-245896089.html
Website: www.shpgt.com/ticket/2916 / http://www.shpgt.com/ticket/2915
Programme Enquiries: +86 021-59513300

4. Jinan
Opera Hall, Shandong Grand Theatre

Swan Lake 28 June 2017 Wed 7:30pm

RMB 580, 380, 280, 180, 80, 50
Ticketing website: www.sddjy.org/ticket_-1495351998333721344.html
Website: www.sddjy.org/index.html
Ticketing enquiries: +86 0531 5570 7333

About Swan Lake
Often called the “ballet of all ballets”, Swan Lake is one of the most complex theatrical productions in the Company’s active repertoire with its drama, romance and intrigue.

Especially staged for Hong Kong Ballet by John Meehan based on Petipa/Ivanov’s original choreography,Swan Lake inspires awe for its mystery and magic with exquisite swan-maiden ensembles and lyrical pas de deux. The focus is on the prima ballerina who performs the dual roles of the radiant White Swan Odette and the scheming, duplicitous Black Swan Odile, which require extreme athleticism, vigor and grace.

Filled with technically demanding choreography, Tchaikovsky’s gorgeous music, and lavish sets and costumes by Peter Farmer, Swan Lake’s thrilling story of good and evil has entranced audiences since its début.

Original Choreography: Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov
Additional Choreography: John Meehan, Carlo Pacis, Selina Chau
Music: Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Set and Costume Design: Peter Farmer
Additional Costume Design: Harvey Santos
Original Lighting Design: Leo Cheung
Lighting Adaptation (Based on Original Design) for Beijing and Shanghai performances: Billy Chan
Lighting Adaptation (Based on Original Design) for Jinan performance: Kwok-fai Mak

About Shenren Chang
Inspired by the ancient guqin music Shenren Chang (‘Harmony between Gods and Men’), Fei Bo continues the dialogue between eastern perspectives and western ballet art. This work, through the dancer’s limbs, attempts to capture the rhythm of blood pumping, the movement of air from breathing, and the collision and integration of the five life elements – wood, fire, earth, metal and water which signifies the world’s primordial essence and fundamental nature. This piece abstractly illustrates the Chinese concepts of yin and yang, five life elements and the spiritual realm of the unity of man and universe.

Choreography: Fei Bo
Music: Wen Zi (Shenren Chang)
Guqin: Na Wu
Zheng: Jing Chang
Vocal: Fu-jia Cao
Cello: Ping Zhang
Clarinet: Yi He
Costume Design: Kun Li
Set Design: Bacchus Lee
Assistant Set Design: Stacy Wing-kwan Ip
Original Lighting Design: Kwok-fai Mak

About Shape of Glow
Musicality is the key to unlocking the secrets of Shape of Glow. Set to three pieces of music by Mozart and Beethoven, Shape of Glow is a study of the structure of music. Its energy resides in the score, and Elo uses the dancers’ bodies to explore the mood and texture of Mozart’s and Beethoven’s orchestrations. The steps speak of the emotions sparked within Elo by the music as he created the ballet. Joyful and celebratory, this majestic piece was created especially for Hong Kong Ballet.

Choreographer: Jorma Elo
Music:
Mozart Symphony No. 28 in C
Mozart Piano Concerto No. 27 in B flat
Beethoven Consecration of the House Overture
Costume Designer: Yumiko Takeshima
Original Lighting Design: Goh Boon Ann

About Petite Mort
One of the most influential choreographers of our time, Jirí Kylián poetically blends classical movements with provocative, modern movements in the raw and sensual Petite Mort, set to two sublime Mozart piano concertos. Sharp staccato-like movements are contrasted with lyrical, vulnerable moves, dramatically exuding sexual energy and symbolic vulnerability. According to Kylián, the six men and six women in Petite Mort remind us that ‘our lives are of a relatively short duration, and that death is never too far from us.’

Choreography: Jiří Kylián
Music:
Mozart Piano Concerto in A, KV 488, Adagio
Mozart Piano Concerto in C, KV 467, Andante
Set Design: Jirí Kylián
Costume Design: Joke Visser
Original Lighting Design: Jirí Kylián (concept), Joop Caboort (realisation)
Lighting Adaptation (Based on Original Design): Billy Chan

About Sechs Tänze
In Sechs Tänze (Six Dances), Jirí Kylián captures emotions and energy and transforms them into playful movement effortlessly. Full of visual surprises and set in the time period of the music’s composer, Mozart, the six seemingly nonsensical acts entertains with dramatic avante garde movements and comical gestures inspired by Mozart’s humour and musical brilliance.

Choreography: Jiří Kylián
Music: Mozart Sechs Deutsche Tänze, KV 571
Scenery and costumes: Jiří Kylián
Original Lighting Design: Jiří Kylián (concept), Joop Caboort (realization)
Lighting Adaptation (Based on Original Design): Billy Chan

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