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11.5.2018
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Hong Kong Ballet Announces 2018/19 Season

Featuring the Asian premières of Septime Webre’s
ALICE (in wonderland) and The Great Gatsby


[Hong Kong – 11 May 2018] Hong Kong Ballet announces its inspiring, passion-filled 2018/19 Season, curated by its new Artistic Director Septime Webre. Seamlessly blending classic masterpieces with fresh contemporary works, the new season features the Asian première of ALICE (in wonderland), Webre’s original production based on a timeless story; a new staging of one of the greatest romantic ballets ever created, Giselle, coached by ballet-world superstars Julio Bocca and Alessandra Ferri, and including guest appearances by international ballet stars Marcelo Gomes, Sarah Lane and Matthew Golding, with China Everbright Ltd. as its Title Sponsor; the Asian première of The Great Gatsby, where breathtaking ballet and exhilarating jazz music tell an extraordinary tale of wealth, excess and obsession in the Roaring Twenties; an encore of the multi-award winning pirate love story Le Corsaire by Anna Marie Holmes; the popular family-friendly Ballet Classics for Children: Carnival of the Animals and the beloved holiday classic The Nutcracker, with FANCL as its Title Sponsor. 

Other new productions include Hong Kong Cool, a collaboration between established and emerging local choreographers and Hong Kong-based composers, videographers, fashion designers and visual artists supported by West Kowloon Cultural District and Hong Kong Art School; the
1st Annual International Gala of the Stars with world-renowned ballet stars including San Francisco Ballet Principal Dancer Tan Yuan Yuan, American Ballet Theatre Principal Dancers Sarah Lane and Herman Cornejo, Washington Ballet Principal Dancer Brooklyn Mack, and international ballet stars Matthew Golding, Adiarys Almeida and Taras Domitro, who will be dancing alongside HKB artists in celebrated classical and contemporary ballet works; HK Ballet x HK Phil: The Rite of Spring co-produced with the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra. Please click these links to the full production details and guest artist biographies.

Webre says, “From the unexpected to the epic, our new productions will open your eyes, touch your heart and blow your mind. Most importantly, they also speak to the universal experience of being passionately human in today’s world.”

To share the joy of ballet to audiences across Hong Kong, the Company will perform at Yuen Long Theatre with four performances of ALICE (in
wonderland), while the multi-award winning Le Corsaire will entertain fans of all ages in Tuen Mun. 

Join us at one of our new Ballet in the City events, which will reach all parts of Hong Kong in innovative and unexpected ways - from free pop-up performances to a riveting new podcast series. Sweat with us on Saturdays by participating in one of our ballet workshops for adults and children, and bring the entire family to interactive pre-performance workshops and post-performance Meet-the-Artist sessions.

Additionally, with the launch of HKB’s newest initiative Ballet Family Club, the entire family can now enjoy and appreciate ballet together through numerous opportunities like educational events and special parent/child classes. Ballet Family Club’s aim is for parents to support their children’s interest and advancement in ballet, and its members will receive audition information first for children’s roles in upcoming productions as well as priority enrolment for Ballet Theatre Camp and other children’s workshops and classes. Ballet Family Club registration is free at hkballet.com.

Enjoy your best-loved productions, experience cutting-edge new ballets and participate in events throughout the year. Become a Friend or Subscriber, and enjoy exclusive sneak peeks, Ballet Happy Hours and HKB@HOME salon evenings, not to mention the best prices and the best seats! The 2018/19 subscription period is now open. For more details, please download the Season Brochure or visit hkballet.com/201819.

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Photo 1: Dancer: Ye Feifei | Creative: Design Army | Photography: Dean Alexander
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Photo 2: Dancers (From Left): Gao Ge, Chaelee Kim, Liu Miaomiao, Lauma Berga, Zhang Xuening | Creative: Design Army | Photography: Dean Alexander
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Photo 3: Dancers (From Left): Leung Chunlong, Yang Ruiqi | Creative: Design Army | Photography: Dean Alexander
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Photo 4: Dancer: Chen Zhiyao | Creative: Design Army | Photography: Dean Alexander
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Photo 5: Dancers (From Left): Shen Jie, Li Lin | Creative: Design Army | Photography: Dean Alexander
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Photo 6: Dancer: Li Jiabo | Creative: Design Army | Photography: Dean Alexander
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Photo 7: Dancers (From Left): Garry Corpuz, Wang Qingxin | Creative: Design Army |
Photography: Dean Alexander
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Photo 8: Dancer: Yang Ruiqi | Creative: Design Army | Photography: Dean Alexander

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.


For further information, please contact:

Nick Chan

Director of Marketing

T: 2105 9716

M: 9728 1777

nick_chan@hkballet.com