4 Debutants in the Leading Roles of
The Nutcracker

Hong Kong Ballet’s Festive Production is sure to
Delight More Audiences in its 2nd Week

Title sponsor: China Everbright Ltd.

[Hong Kong – 22nd December 2015] Hong Kong Ballet’s The Nutcracker brought a wonderful sense of festivity to Hong Kong last weekend. The production is composed of a perfect blend of luscious orchestral music, beautiful dancing, magical scenery and fabulous costumes, all wrapped up in the warmth of a world famous Christmas tale! The first five performances of this show dazzled its enthusiastic spectators over the weekend, during which two pairs of Principal Dancers, Jin Yao & Wei Wei, and Lui Yu-yao & Li Jia-bo shone on stage in the lead roles of the Ballerina and the Nutcracker.

On the Opening Night, Title Sponsor China Everbright Ltd. hosted a Pre-performance Cocktail Reception and an Intermission Cocktail Reception, both of which were attended by Mr Chen Shuang, Executive Director & Chief Executive Officer of China Everbright Ltd. and special guests who had the opportunities to be photographed with the Hong Kong Ballet’s beautiful and talented dancers including Peggy Lai, Tirion Law, Lucas Jerkander, Leung Chun Long and Luis Cabrera.

In the coming week, our Guest Principal Dancer, Jurgita Dronina (Principal Dancer of National Ballet of Canada) will arrive in town to dance the role of the Ballerina on the evening of Christmas Day, 25 Dec, and for the matinee on 26 Dec.  And Hong Kong Ballet fans take note!  Four Hong Kong Ballet dancers will première in the lead roles for this production: Nina Matiashvili, who joined Hong Kong Ballet as a Coryphée in 2014, will debut as the Ballerina, partnering with the rising Soloist Li Lin as the Nutcracker. Joining the Company earlier this year as a Corps de Ballet member, Japanese born Ryo Kato will dance as the Nutcracker. Another Corps de Ballet member Jiang Xin will be featured in two different casts as the evil Rat King for the first time.

Check out the following table for the appearances of the coming cast.

 22 DEC 7:30PM23 DEC 7:30PM
25 DEC 2:30PM
26 DEC 7:30PM
24 DEC 7:30PM
27 DEC 2:30PM
25 DEC 7:30PM
26 DEC 2:30PM
BallerinaJin Yao*Nina MatiashviliGao Ge#Jurgita Dronina
NutcrackerWei Wei*Li Lin*Ryo KatoLi Jia-bo
Rat KingLeung Chun Long*Jiang Xin*Jiang XinMurman Kikalishvili
ClaraDong RuixueDong RuixueNaomi YuzawaNaomi Yuzawa
FritzShen JieLeung Chun LongXia JunJonathan Spigner

* First Time in Role
# Guest Principal Dancer, courtesy of The National Ballet of Canada

Come and enjoy this family favourite. Tickets are going fast! Get your tickets now to embrace the magic of this wonderful Christmas tradition. 

To commemorate your enjoyment at the theatre, you can avail of a Nutcracker doll, of which there are three new types for sale at the Hong Kong Ballet’s counter! You can also make a donation of HK$500 to the Dancers' Sponsorship Fund to get a limited edition Ballerina Barbie Doll inspired by this production.

About The Nutcracker

Join the magical adventure of Clara, Fritz and the Nutcracker as they battle the evil Rat King. A flurry of snowflakes appears and guides the way to find the Ballerina at the top of the Christmas tree. Can the heroic Nutcracker conquer the dastardly Rat King and his army? Will the children save the day and reunite the Ballerina and her beloved Nutcracker?

CHOREOGRAPHY: Terence Kohler

MUSIC: Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

DRAMATURGE: Clair Sauran



PAINTERS: Jordi Castells & Quique Conde

LIVE ACCOMPANIMENT: Hong Kong Sinfonietta

CONDUCTOR: Philip Ellis

Performance Details

22-27.12.2015 Tue, Wed & Thu 7:30pm | Fri & Sat 2:30pm & 7:30pm | Sun 2:30pm

8 performances Grand Theatre, Hong Kong Cultural Centre

$1,000 (Limited VIP Tickets) $680 $520 $320 $180

Tickets available at URBTIX now 

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Credit Card Booking: 2111 5999

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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 including an intermission


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)
Members of Chung Ying Theatre’s Energy Fun Club Plus,
Zuni’s Friends, CCDC Dance Generation Premium members,
HK Phil Club Bravo members, Friends of HKCO,
Friends of HKDC Prestige Members and Fringe 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 $1000 VIP tickets

Title Sponsor

Champagne Partner
Make-Up Partner


Stage photos from The Nutcracker 2015

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Photo 1: Jin Yao, Wei Wei and Hong Kong Ballet Dancers | Photographer: Conrad Dy-Liacco
The Nutcracker
Photo 2: Liu Yu-yao, Li Jia-bo | Photographer: Conrad Dy-Liacco
The Nutcracker
Photo 3 (from left): Leung Chun Long, Wei Wei and Hong Kong Ballet Dancers | Photographer: Conrad Dy-Liacco
The Nutcracker
Photo 4: Dong Ruixue, Shen Jie | Photographer: Conrad Dy-Liacco
The Nutcracker
Photo 5: Hong Kong Ballet Dancers | Photographer: Conrad Dy-Liacco
The Nutcracker
Photo 6 (from left): Gao Ge, Chen Zhiyao | Photographer: Conrad Dy-Liacco
Jurgita Dronina
Photo 7: Jurgita Dronina, Guest Principal Dancer of Hong Kong Ballet
Nina Matiashvili
Photo 8: Nina Matiashvili, Coryphée of Hong Kong Ballet
Li Lin
Photo 9: Li Lin, Soloist of Hong Kong Ballet
Ryo Kayto
Photo 10: Ryo Kayto, Corps de Ballet member of Hong Kong Ballet
Ryo Kayto
Photo 11: Jiang Xin, Corps de Ballet member of Hong Kong Ballet
The Nutcracker
Photo 12 (from left): Peggy Lai, Corps de Ballet member of Hong Kong Ballet; Paul Tam, Executive Director of Hong Kong Ballet; Tirion Law, Apprentice of Hong Kong Ballet; Chen Shuang, Executive Director & Chief Executive Officer of China Everbright Ltd.; Lucas Jerkander, Soloist of Hong Kong Ballet; Luis Cabrera, Corps de Ballet member of Hong Kong Ballet
Cocktail reception
Photo 13: Cocktail reception
The Nutcracker
Photo 14: Ophelia Hui; Frantz Hotton, Managing Director of Pernod Ricard Hong Kong & Macau; Valerie Hotton; Chen Shuang
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Photo 15: A group photo of Chen Shuang, Artistic Director of Hong Kong Ballet Madeleine Onne, Paul Tam and dancers

About Hong Kong Ballet

An eclectic mix of talent, a balance of classical and contemporary works, and a uniquerepertoire 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 Madeleine Onne, is committed to providing captivating experiencesthat delight and inspire audiences from all walks of life, both at home and abroad. 

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