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21.10.2014
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

A Celebration of Dance: Cast announced for

The Hong Kong Ballet’s mixed bill production of
Serenade, Castrati and Swan Lake Act III


[Hong Kong – 20th October 2014] The Hong Kong Ballet announces today the cast list for the Company’s jubilant mixed bill production: A Celebration of Dance – The Hong Kong Ballet at 35!

Due to scheduling issues, the previously advertised guest artists are unable to perform Swan Lake Act III. New guest artists Kristina Kretova and Artem Ovcharenko of The Bolshoi Ballet will now be performing. They will assume the roles of Odile (Black Swan) and Prince Siegfried, respectively. The pair will appear in two performances on 24th October (7:30pm) and 25th October (2:30pm).

The richly nuanced mixed bill consists of two other ballets - George Balanchine’s stunning Serenade and Nacho Duato’s powerful Castrati - and will span from 24th to 26th October with four performances.

The City Chamber Orchestra of Hong Kong will perform Tchaikovsky’s beautiful scores for Serenade and Swan Lake Act III, conducted by Clotilde Otranto, Conductor of the New York City Ballet Orchestra.

Tickets to this celebratory feast of classical ballet are going fast with some performances almost sold out. Purchase your tickets from URBTIX outlets and at www.urbtix.hk

Cast List for Selected Roles for Serenade
Performance 
24/10 7:30pm
25/10 2:30pm
Liu Yu-yao, Nina Matiashvili, Zhang Si Yuan, Wei Wei and Kostyantyn Keshyshev
25/10 7:30pm
26/10 2:30pm
Dong Ruixue, Nina Matiashvili, Wang Qing-xin, Xia Jun and Frank van Tongeren


Cast List for Selected Roles for Castrati
Performance 
24/10 7:30pm
25/10 2:30pm
Shen Jie, Xia Jun, Wei Wei, Li Jia-bo, Frank van Tongeren, Song Hai Feng, Leung Chun Long, Ricky Hu and Li Lin
25/10 7:30pm
26/10 2:30pm
Shen Jie, Xia Jun, Jonathan Spigner, Song Hai Feng, Lucas Jerkander, Shunsuke Arimizu, Hui Ka Chun, Jiang Xin, Yuh Egami


Cast List for Selected Roles for Swan Lake Act III
PerformanceOdilePrince SiegfriedThe JesterRothbart
24/10 7:30pm
25/10 2:30pm
Kristina KretovaArtem OvcharenkoShen JieFrank van Tongeren
25/10 7:30pm
26/10 2:30pm
Zhang Si YuanLi Jia-boMurman KikalishviliLucas Jerkander


Guest Dancers
Artem Ovcharenko
Principal of Bolshoi Theatre of Russia
Born in Dnepropetrovsk, USSR (now Ukraine), Artem began his ballet studies at the age of 11 at the Dnepropetrovsk State Choreographic School. At the age of 17 he entered the Bolshoi Ballet Academy where he was trained for his three final years. In 2007 he joined the ballet troupe of the Bolshoi Theatre of Russia where presently he works under the guidance of master-répétiteur Nikolai Fadeyechev. In 2013 Artem became the Principal Dancer of the Bolshoi Ballet. His ballet career is marked by many professional awards including, gold medals at both, TanzOlymp Berlin (2006) and Arabesque ballet contest in Perm (2008) and Grand Prix in the nomination “The Best Ballet Couple” at The Bolshoi Ballet national TV contest (2012). Artem has extensively toured around the world with the Bolshoi Ballet and performed as a guest star with such renowned ballet companies as Staatsballett Berlin, Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo, Hamburg Staatsoper and others. His extensive repertoire includes Armand Duval in Lady of the Camellias; Lucentio in The Taming of the Shrew; Principal Soloist in Diamonds; Lensky in Onegin; Marco Spada in Marco Spada.

Kristina Kretova First Soloist of Bolshoi Theatre of Russia
Born in Orel, Kristina graduated from the Moscow State Choreographic Academy and joined the Kremlin Ballet Theater, where she danced leading roles in many productions including: Giselle, Swan Lake, The Nutcracker, Don Quixote and La Esmeralda. She became the constant participant of the “Russian Seasons of the XXI century” project, and appeared in lead roles in The Firebird and Tamar. In 2010 she took the position of Principal Dancer at the Stanislavsky and Nemirovich-Danchenko Moscow Music Theatre. In the season of 2011/12 she joined the Bolshoi Ballet. Her teacher-répétiteuris Nina Semizorova.


Guest Conductor
Clotilde Otranto
Conductor of the New York City Ballet Orchestra

Clotilde Otranto’s academic credentials include a Master’s in Orchestra Conducting from the University of Michigan, a Doctorate in Orchestra Conducting from Arizona State University, and a Conducting Artist Diploma from Yale University. She has worked under many prestigious Maestros including as Seiji Osawa, Gustav Meier, Henry Charles Smith, and Leonard Bernstein. She has worked with major orchestras in the United States and South America including the Minnesota Orchestra, San Antonio Symphony, Florida Orchestra, Tucson Symphony and State of São Paulo Symphony. From 1999 to 2006 she was the Resident Conductor of the Naples Philharmonic Orchestra and the founding Music Director of the Philharmonic Center Youth Orchestra. While Clotilde is a full time conductor of the New York City Ballet Orchestra at Lincoln Center, she continues to be in demand as a guest conductor all over the world. Additional accomplishments include conducting the New York City Ballet’s broadcast of George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker ™ on "Live from Lincoln Center" and guest conducting four world premieres at the Dutch National Ballet.


Live Orchestra
City Chamber Orchestra of Hong Kong

Founded in 1999 by Principal Oboist and Artistic Director Leanne Nicholls, City Chamber Orchestra of Hong Kong (CCOHK) has evolved into one of Asia’s most prominent chamber orchestras and one of Hong Kong’s most dynamic arts entities. The orchestra has collaborated with prestigious artists including Sir James Galway, Dame Emma Kirkby, Dame Evelyn Glennie, Sir Thomas Allen, Christian Lindberg, Takako Nishizaki, Mario Brunello, Karl Jenkins, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Vienna Boys’ Choir and The King’s Singers, and celebrities such as Dame Edna Everage, Hayley Westenra, Katherine Jenkins, Sandy Lam and Robin Gibb. On tour the CCOHK has made its mark in Italy and China, performing at historical locations such as the Forbidden City Concert Hall in Beijing and the San Filippo Teatro in LÁquila. Chief Conductor Jean Thorel was appointed in 2008. In 2012 Danish recorder virtuoso Michala Petri and the CCOHK released English Recorder Concertos on OUR Recordings to international critical acclaim. CCOHK gives an annual subscription programme of concerts and outreach activities aimed at engaging the community and promoting the joy and diversity of chamber orchestra music.

Serenade
Choreography by George Balanchine
© The George Balanchine Trust


Castrati 
Carlos Iturrioz-Mediart 
Producciones SL (Spain) © 
… NACHO DUATO, all rights reserved.

A Celebration of Dance – The Hong Kong Ballet at 35event and booking details
24 October 2014 – 7:30PM
25 October 2014 – 2:30PM & 7:30PM
26 October 2014 – 2:30PM
Grand Theatre, Hong Kong Cultural Centre
4 performances
Programme Duration: approximately 2 hours including 2 intermissions
Suitable for ages 6 and above
Prices: $140, $280, $480, $680, *$1000 (Limited availability VIP tickets)

Discounts 
50% offFull-time students, senior citizens, 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)
CY Buddies, Zuni's Friends, CCDC Dance Generation Premium members, HK Phil Club Bravo members, Friends of HKCO and Friends of HKDC
Group Booking10% off for every purchase of 10-19 tickets at regular price, 15% off for 20-40 tickets.
Special PrivilegeFor $1000 (VIP) ticket-holders
Present your ticket stub to The Hong Kong Ballet’s reception counter (Level 2 Foyer, Hong Kong Cultural Centre) before the intermission of the performance to receive a coupon for a free drink. Each ticket stub is valid for one free drink only.

Patrons can enjoy only one of the above discounts for each purchase
*Discounts are not applicable to $1000 VIP tickets

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


Champagne  Partner
Perrier-Jouet
Make-Up Partner
M.A.C.

About Hong Kong Ballet

One of the premier classical ballet companies in Asia, The Hong Kong Ballet is becoming internationally recognised as a world-class institution that represents Hong Kong’s unique character. November 2013 marked the 35th anniversary of The Hong Kong Ballet, a Company that has evolved into a vibrant performing arts organisation with accomplished dancers, a strong repertoire, and stunning, technically challenging productions, led by its Artistic Director Madeleine Onne.

For further information, please contact:
Tiphanie Chan

Senior Marketing Manager
The Hong Kong Ballet
+852 2105 9716
tiphanie_chan@hkballet.com



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Kristina KretovaArtem Ovcharenko
Kristina Kretova
Photo courtesy of the Bolshoi Ballet
Artem Ovcharenko
Photo courtesy of the Bolshoi Ballet