The Hong Kong Ballet’s tour to North America –
Festival des Arts de Saint-Sauveur added
<Hong Kong – 29 May 2012> The Hong Kong Ballet is delighted to announce its debut at the Festival des Arts de Saint-Sauveur (FASS), one of Québec’s most important artistic and cultural events. The appearance at FASS will complete the Company’s three week tour of North America this summer — a total of 11 performances are planned at three festivals: FASS, Aspen Santa Fe Ballet Presents, and Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, America’s longest-running and most prestigious Dance Festival.
The Company will present three totally different contemporary works, two of which were commissioned by The Hong Kong Ballet.
Black on Black, created for The Hong Kong Ballet by Kinsun Chan in 2011, explores the fascinating duality of the colour black, and reflects every facet of black’s symbolism. Black on Black will have its US première at the Jacob’s Pillow Festival. The choreographer incorporates his fascination with body language and gestures into this ballet of power, passion and surprise.
Chan’s ballet is complemented by Peter Quanz’s Luminous, an emotionally-charged ballet about the fragility of human relationships, the tension between the genders and the qualities drawn out of us by each passing alliance.
Completing the programme is Nils Christe’s Symphony in Three Movements, originally created for the Royal Ballet of Flanders. Set to Stravinsky’s work of the same name, Christe’s ballet is inspired by the complex concepts connected with war, including fear, anger, hiding, running and saying goodbye.
Details of the festivals:
Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival
Organizer: Jacob’s Pillow Dance
- 6 performances: 18 July Wed (8pm) / 19 July Thur (8pm) / 20 July Fri (8pm) / 21 July Sat (2pm, 8pm) / 22 July Sun (2pm)
- Venue: Ted Shawn Theatre, 358 George Carter Road, Becket, MA01223 (Massachusetts), USA
- For ticketing, please call 1.413.243.0745
Festival des Arts de Saint-Sauveur (FASS)
Organizer: Festival des Arts de Saint-Sauveur
- 2 performances on 26 & 27 July (Thur & Fri) (8pm)
- Venue: Big Top Theatre, Parc Georges-Filion, Saint-Sauveur, Québec, Canada
Aspen Santa Fe Ballet Presents – in Santa Fe, New Mexico
Organizer: Aspen Santa Fe Ballet
1 performance on 31 July (Tue) (8pm)
- Venue: The Lensic, Santa Fe Performing Arts Center, 211 West San Francisco Street, Santa Fe, NM 87501 (New Mexico), U.S.A
- For ticketing, please call 1.505.988.1234
Aspen Santa Fe Ballet Presents – in Aspen, Colorado
Organizer: Aspen Santa Fe Ballet
2 performances on 3 & 4 August (Fri & Sat) (8pm)
- Venue: Aspen District Theatre, 335 High School Rd. Aspen, CO 81615, USA
- For ticketing, please call 1.970.920.5770
About The Hong Kong Ballet
One of the premier classical ballet companies in Asia, The Hong Kong Ballet turned 33 in 2012. 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 while 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 20 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.