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18.12.2018
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Hong Kong Audiences Enchanted by
FANCL proudly presents The Nutcracker

First weekend’s performances fully sold out
Hong Kong Ballet’s festive favourite continues to entertain in its second week

[Hong Kong – 18 December 2018] With its signature elements of Tchaikovsky’s timeless music, wondrous scenery and glittering costumes, Hong Kong Ballet’s The Nutcracker, choreographed by Terence Kohler, brought some holiday magic to Hong Kong last weekend, with all shows sold out. The first five performances following Clara and Fritz’s adventures into the magical doll house with live accompaniment by Hong Kong Sinfonietta charmed audiences over the weekend.


Four pairs of dancers, Ye Feifei and Li Jiabo, Venus Villa and Xia Jun, Chen Zhiyao and The Houston Ballet’s Principal Chun Wai Chan, Gao Ge and Li Lin, enthralled audiences in the lead roles of the Ballerina and the Nutcracker. Everyone also warmly welcomed Hong Kong Actress and FANCL spokesperson Annie Liu, who made cameo appearances as the Starlight Fairy on the 14 December evening and 15 December matinee performances. Annie’s bespoke glow-in-the-dark tutu was a technical and creative marvel that made a memorable impression on everyone!


On Opening Night, Title Sponsor FANCL hosted pre-performance and intermission cocktail receptions, which were attended by Mr Christopher Chan, Managing Director of Fantastic Natural Cosmetics Limited (FANCL); Mrs Michelle Chan, Executive Director of Fantastic Natural Cosmetics Limited (FANCL); Mr Kurt W. Tong, Consul General representing the United States to Hong Kong and Macau; Ms Linda Fung and Ms Evonne Tsui, Hong Kong Ballet’s Board of Governors members; Ms Wendy Law; Mr Steven Ma; Ms Chrissie Chau; Ms Christine Eng; Mrs Nicola Young; Ms Snowy Choi; Ms Jocelyn Chan and many more.


With FANCL’s generous donation to the Company’s Accessibility Fund, members from The Boys & Girls Clubs Association of Hong Kong, Pok Oi Hospital Rotary Club of Hong Kong Sunrise Family Development Center (Tin Ching) and Baptist Oi Kwan Social Service received 100 complimentary tickets to enjoy the 15 December matinee performance. A pre-performance talk was also specially organised for the three beneficiary organisations.


Experience the magic of the Christmas season with your loved ones! Don’t miss this festive family favourite that will delight audiences of all ages. The Nutcracker will continue its run on 19-23 and 25-26 December 2018 at Hong Kong Cultural Centre’s Grand Theatre. Tickets are available at URBTIX now and are priced at $680, $480, $320 and $180, with VIP tickets at $1,000. Limited tickets available for this joyful holiday event, so get your tickets soon to avoid disappointment!


Cast list for lead roles:

Date/
Time
19 Dec 7:30pm
23 Dec 7:30pm
26 Dec 2:30pm
20 Dec 7:30pm
23 Dec 2:30pm
21 Dec 7:30pm
25 Dec 2:30pm
22 Dec 2:30pm22 Dec 7:30pm
25 Dec 7:30pm
26 Dec 7:30pm
Ballerina*YE Feifei
(19 Dec)
*Venus VILLA
(23, 26 Dec)
GAO GeVenus VILLACHEN ZhiyaoYE Feifei
Nutcracker*LI Jiabo
(19 Dec)
SHEN Jie
(23, 26 Dec)
LI LinXIA JunXIA JunLI Jiabo
Rat KingForrest Rain
OLIVEROS
LI JiaboLI JiaboForrest Rain
OLIVEROS
LEUNG Chunlong
ClaraLAI Pui Ki PeggyVenus VILLA
(20 Dec)
*DONG Ruixue
(23 Dec)
LAI Pui Ki PeggyDONG Ruixue*Venus VILLA
(22 Dec)
DONG Ruixue
(25, 26 Dec)
FritzLuis CABRERAXIA JunLEUNG ChunlongSHEN JieSHEN Jie
*Cast changed


Creative Team
Choreography
Terence Kohler
Music Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Dramaturge Clair Sauran
Set & Costume Design Jordi Roig
Lighting Design David Bofarull
Painters Jordi Castells & Quique Conde
Live Accompaniment Hong Kong Sinfonietta
Conductor Paolo Bortolameolli


Performance Details

19-23, 25-26.12.2018 7:30pm

22-23, 25-26.12.2018 2:30pm

Grand Theatre, Hong Kong Cultural Centre
$1,000 (Limited VIP Tickets)
$680 $480 $320 $180 | * $340 $240 $160 $90
* Available for full-time students, senior citizens aged 60 or above and people with disabilities


Ticketing Enquiries: 3761 6661
Credit Card Booking: 2111 5999
Internet Booking: www.urbtix.hk
Programme Enquiries: 2105 9724


Suitable for ages 3 and above
The presenter reserves the right to alter the programme and artists.
The performance lasts approximately 2 hours with one intermission.


Discounts

50% offFull-time students, senior citizens aged 60 or above, people with disabilities (Limited
tickets for students and senior citizens available on a first-come, first-served basis. This discount cannot be used in conjunction with other discounts.)
15% offFriends of The Hong Kong Ballet
10% off
(First two tickets)
CCDC Dance Inspirations / Student Dance Inspirations card holders, Members of Chung Ying Theatre’s Energy Fun Club Plus, Friends of HKCO, Friends of HKDC Prestige Members, HK Phil Club Bravo members, Members of HKRep Pals, Zuni’s Friends, Fringe Club Members, Hong Kong Dance Alliance members, Hong Kong Arts Administrators Association members and HKBU Foundation members
Group Booking10% off for every purchase of 10-19 tickets at regular price,
15% off for 20-40 tickets
Patrons can enjoy only one of the above discounts for each purchase.
Discounts are not applicable to $1,000 VIP tickets


FANCL x HKBallet The Nutcracker Exclusive Privilege

Download iFANCL HK App and take part in the quiz in "Games and Lucky Draw" section to get a chance to win the tickets (value up to $1,360) and FANCL x HK Ballet The Nutcracker Doll - Christmas Edition for free! iFANCL members are also welcome to redeem tickets and the dolls with gift points in "Gift Store" section!


$1,000 VIP Ticket-holders Special Privilege

Present your ticket stub to Hong Kong Ballet’s reception counter (Level 2 Foyer, Hong Kong Cultural Centre) before the performance or during intermission to receive a coupon for a free drink. Each ticket stub is valid for one free drink only.


Exclusive Champagne Appreciation Session with Perrier-Jouët Champagne

$1,000 (VIP) and $680 ticket holders of The Nutcracker can enjoy a complimentary Exclusive Champagne Appreciation Session hosted by Hong Kong Ballet's Champagne Partner Perrier-Jouët Champagne. To RSVP, please send your name, phone number and a copy of The Nutcracker ticket stub to Ophelia.Hui@pernod-ricard.com or Dominic.Hu@pernod-ricard.com. For enquiries, please contact Ms Hui at 2398 3636 or Mr Hu at 2378 7965.


Participant must be aged 18 or above
Original ticket stub must be presented for entrance
One ticket stub admits one person for one entry only
Limited quota; first-come, first-served
Date of the Exclusive Champagne Appreciation Session to be determined
Terms and conditions apply
In case of any dispute, Perrier-Jouët Champagne reserves the right to make final decision


15% off Food and Beverage at InterContinental Hong Kong

Ticket holders can enjoy 15% off food and beverage in all restaurants and bars at InterContinental Hong Kong before or after the performance upon presentation of their tickets on the performance date.

Terms and conditions apply 
This offer is not applicable on 24-25 December 
Enquiries: 2313 2323 | fb.hongkong@ihg.com


Title Sponsor


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DOWNLOAD PRESS PHOTOS 

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Photo 1: The Nutcracker | Ms Annie Liu and Hong Kong Ballet Dancers
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Photo 2: The Nutcracker | Ms Annie Liu and Hong Kong Ballet Dancers | Photographer: Conrad Dy-Liacco
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Photo 3: The Nutcracker | Ms Annie Liu | Photographer: Conrad Dy-Liacco
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Photo 4: The Nutcracker | (from left): Venus Villa, Principal Dancer of Hong Kong Ballet; Ms Annie Liu | Photographer: Conrad Dy-Liacco
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Photo 5: The Nutcracker | Ms Annie Liu | Photographer: Conrad Dy-Liacco
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Photo 6: The Nutcracker | (from left): Li Jiabo, Principal Dancer of Hong Kong Ballet; Ms Annie Liu; Leung Chunlong, Coryphée of Hong Kong Ballet | Photographer: Conrad Dy-Liacco
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Photo 7: The Nutcracker | Ms Annie Liu and Hong Kong Ballet Dancers | Photographer: Conrad Dy-Liacco
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Photo 8: The Nutcracker | Ms Annie Liu and Hong Kong Ballet Dancers
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Photo 9: The Nutcracker | Dancers (from left): Chun Wai Chan, Chen Zhiyao and Hong Kong Ballet Dancers | Photographer: Conrad Dy-Liacco
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Photo 10: The Nutcracker | Dancers (from left): Xia Jun, Venus Villa | Photographer: Conrad Dy-Liacco
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Photo 11: The Nutcracker | Dancers (from left): Gao Ge, Li Lin | Photographer: Conrad Dy-Liacco
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Photo 12: The Nutcracker | Dancers (from left): Ye Feifei, Li Jiabo | Photographer: Conrad Dy-Liacco
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Photo 13: The Nutcracker | Hong Kong Ballet Dancers | Photographer: Conrad Dy-Liacco
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Photo 14: The Nutcracker | Dancers (from left): Forrest Rain Oliveros, Chaelee Kim | Photographer: Conrad Dy-Liacco
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Photo 15: The Nutcracker | Hong Kong Ballet Dancers | Photographer: Conrad Dy-Liacco
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Photo 16: The Nutcracker | Dancers: Dong Ruixue and Hong Kong Ballet Dancers | Photographer: Conrad Dy-Liacco
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Photo 17: Ms Annie Liu
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Photo 18 (from left): Henry Seldon, Member of Corps de Ballet of Hong Kong Ballet; Mr Paul Tam, Executive Director of Hong Kong Ballet; Mrs Michelle Chan, Executive Director of FANCL; Ms Annie Liu; Mr Christopher Chan, Managing Director of FANCL; Mr Septime Webre, Artistic Director of Hong Kong Ballet; Vince Koffijberg, Member of Corps de Ballet of Hong Kong Ballet
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Photo 19 (from left): Mrs Linda Fung, Member of Board of Governors of Hong Kong Ballet and Guest
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Photo 20: Ms Evonne Tsui, Member of Board of Governors of Hong Kong Ballet
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Photo 21: Ms Wendy Law
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Photo 22: Mr Steven Ma
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Photo 23 (from left): Ms Christine Eng, Mr Kasey Lin Hoi Tong
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Photo 24: Mrs Nicola Young
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Photo 25: Ms Chrissie Chau
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Photo 26: Ms Snowy Choi
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Photo 27: Ms Jocelyn Chan
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Photo 28 (from left): Mr Kurt Tong, Consul General at U.S. Consulate General, Hong Kong and Macau; Dr Mika Marumoto
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Photo 29: Mr Paul Tam, Mrs Michelle Chan, Mr Christopher Chan, Mr Septime Webre and Hong Kong Ballet Dancers
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Photo 30 (from left): Li Jiabo; Ye Fei Fei; Ms Annie Liu; Dong Ruixue, Soloist of Hong Kong Ballet; Shen Jie, Principal Dancer of Hong Kong Ballet
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Photo 31: The Nutcracker Carnival at Opening Night Cocktail of The Nutcracker
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Photo 32: 10 models dressed in The Nutcracker costumes welcome guests at the Opening Night Cocktail of The Nutcracker

About Hong Kong Ballet

An eclectic mix of talent, a balance of classical and contemporary works, and a unique repertoire are the trademarks of Hong Kong Ballet, Asia’s premier ballet company. Internationally recognised and acclaimed for its creativity, talent and artistry, the Company, led by Artistic Director Septime Webre, is committed to providing captivating experiences that delight and inspire audiences from all walks of life, both at home and abroad.


About FANCL

FANCL is a well-known “Preservatives-free” skincare and health supplement brand in Japan.  It is listed on the First Section of Tokyo Stock Exchange, with annual revenues reaching US$1 billion. Founded in 1980, FANCL possesses world-class R&D technology and production system to manufacture preservative-free cosmetics and nutritional supplements which eliminate cosmetics-related skin problems, and offering customers a comprehensive health and nutrition support. With products widely accredited by authoritative associations in Japan, FANCL has established a leading position in the industry globally.

For further information, please contact:


Nick Chan

Director of Marketing

T: 2105 9716

M: 9728 1777

nick_chan@hkballet.com


Eunice Ho
Assistant Marketing Manager
T: (852) 2105 9757
M: (852) 9189 2235
eunice_ho@hkballet.com