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8.11.2017
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Last Call:
UOB Proudly Presents Le Corsaire (The Pirate)
Captures Audiences’ Hearts


Four performances with limited tickets left!




[Hong Kong – 8 November 2017]


“Hong Kong Ballet’s Le Corsaire reaches new heights with superb energy and execution.”
South China Morning Post


Hong Kong Ballet’s Asian première of UOB Proudly Presents
Le Corsaire (The Pirate) by Anna-Marie Holmes made its successful début over the weekend to overwhelming positive feedback! Captivated by this exotic fable of a dashing pirate’s love for a beautiful harem girl that culminates in an unexpected shipwreck, audiences were deeply engaged with the four energetic performances in the virtuoso ballet masterpiece’s first weekend.


The festive mood continued during the pre-show and intermission cocktail receptions hosted by Title Sponsor UOB on 3 November. Ms Daisy Ho, Chairman of Board of Governors of Hong Kong Ballet, and Mrs Christine Ip, CEO for Greater China of UOB, kicked off the Opening ceremony with welcoming speeches. Special guests Mrs Mira Yeh, Vice-Chairman of Board of Governors of Hong Kong Ballet; Mr George Tung, Head of Wholesale Banking of UOB Hong Kong; Ms Marietta Li, Head of Business Planning, Brand and Strategic Communications of UOB Hong Kong; Ms Flora Zeta Cheong-Leen; Mr Peter Cheung; Mrs Lillian Lee Fong; Mrs Colleen Yu Fung; Ms Linda Fung; Miss Veronica Lam; Mrs Christine Liao; Mrs Anne Wang Liu; Mrs Deirdre Fu Tcheng; Ms Edna Wong; Ms Jean Wong; Ms Desiree Woo; Mrs Liana Yung Yeung and Mr Stephen Yeung attended and enjoyed taking photos with the Company dancers in their sparkling costumes by Uruguayan designer Hugo Millán.


During the performances, the Company dancers thoroughly embodied their bravura roles and impressed everyone with their jubilant group dances, while guest ballet superstars Maria Kochetkova, Principal Dancer of San Francisco Ballet, and Matthew Golding, former Principal Dancer of The Royal Ballet and Guest Principal Dancer at Dutch National Ballet and Bavarian State Ballet, dazzled the audiences with their charisma in their roles as Medora and Conrad, respectively. Company Principal Dancers Jin Yao and Wei Wei also showcased their virtuoso ballet techniques in these two lead roles.

Medora will be performed by Ye Feifei and Gao Ge while Conrad will be danced by Li Jiabo and Wei Wei to entrance more audiences in the four upcoming shows this weekend.


Cast list for lead roles:

Date/Time10 Nov 7:30pm
11 Nov 7:30pm
10 Nov 2:30pm11 Nov 2:30pm
ConradLI JiaboWEI WeiWEI Wei
AliSHEN Jie Shunsuke ARIMIZUShunsuke ARIMIZU
MedoraYE FeifeiGAO GeGAO Ge
LankendemWEI WeiGarry CORPUZXIA Jun
GulnareCHEN ZhiyaoWANG QingxinYE Feifei
BirbantoLI LinLucas JERKANDERLucas JERKANDER

Holmes won an Emmy Award for her staging of this production for American Ballet Theatre (ABT) on Public Broadcasting Service (PBS)’s ‘Great Performances’. Le Corsaire features live accompaniment by City Chamber Orchestra of Hong Kong performing the sweeping, romantic score under the baton of Canadian conductor Judith Yan. Love worth having is love worth fighting for!


Four more performances of Le Corsaire runs 10-12 Nov 2017 at Hong Kong Cultural Centre’s Grand Theatre. Tickets are priced at $680, $480, $280 and $140, with VIP tickets at $1,000. Tickets are available at URBTIX now. Limited tickets left!

Critical Acclaim for Anna-Marie Holme’s Le Corsaire

Le Corsaire is all about dancing fireworks.’ The Times

‘Overflowing with colourful costumes, pirates, sumptuous scenery and dance party pieces.’ Financial Times

‘The most thrilling of all classical ballets.’ The Evening Standard


About Le Corsaire
Pirate captain Conrad and his faithful crew sail across the high seas to rescue Medora, Conrad’s love, from the slave trader Lankendem, who sells slave girls in a busy market place. When the Pasha, governor of the citadel, arrives, Lankendem presents the enigmatic Gulnare, and the Pasha buys her immediately. Meanwhile, Medora attempts to escape with the help of Conrad’s slave, Ali, but is stopped by the Pasha. Seeing her beauty, he buys her as well. Consumed with love for her, Conrad commands Ali and the pirates to raid the village, kidnapping both Medora and Lankendem and bringing them to their secret hideaway.


Medora pleads for the slave girls’ freedom, and while Conrad agrees, Birbanto, his second-in-command rebels, causing a ferocious fight. After Conrad wins, Birbanto sprays a rose with a sleeping potion to send Conrad into a drugged sleep. He then tries to kidnap Medora, and in the confusion, Lankendem steals her back and escapes. When Conrad awakens, he vows to rescue his love again, while Birbanto feigns ignorance. At the Pasha’s palace, Lankendem returns Medora to the Pasha, who declares he will make her his most treasured wife. Conrad and his crew sneak into the palace in disguises and chase away the Pasha. When Medora exposes Birbanto as a traitor, Conrad shoots him, and Ali helps Medora, Gulnare and Conrad escape to the ship.


Choreography: Anna-Marie Holmes (after Konstantin Sergeyev and Marius Petipa)
In a version by Anna-Marie Holmes
Music: Adolphe Adam, Cesare Pugni, Leo Delibes, Riccardo Drigo, and Prince Oldenbourg
(Re-orchestrated by Kevin Galie)
Libretto: Jules-Henri de Saint-Georges and Joseph Mazilier
(Based on The Corsair (1814) by Lord Byron)
Guest Coach: Julio Bocca
Set & Costume Design: Hugo Millán
Live Accompaniment: City Chamber Orchestra of Hong Kong
Conductor: Judith Yan


Performance Details

10-12.11.2017
Fri 7:30pm | Sat 2:30pm & 7:30pm | Sun 2:30pm
4 performances
Grand Theatre, Hong Kong Cultural Centre
$1,000 (Limited VIP Tickets)
$680 $480 $280 $140 | * $340 $240 $140 $70
* Available for full-time students, senior citizens aged 60 or above and people with disabilities


Tickets available at URBTIX now
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 15 minutes, including two intermissions


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 Hong Kong Ballet
10% off
(First two tickets)
CCDC 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.

$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 the intermission to receive a coupon for a free drink. Each ticket stub is valid for one free drink only.



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
Enquiries: 2313 2323 / fb.hongkong@ihg.com
Website: hongkong-ic.intercontinental.com



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Photo 1: Le Corsaire | Dancer: Maria Kochetkova | Photographer: Conrad Dy-Liacco
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Photo 2: Le Corsaire | Dancers: Maria Kochetkova and Wei Wei | Photographer: Conrad Dy-Liacco
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Photo 3: Le Corsaire | Dancers: Maria Kochetkova and Wei Wei | Photographer: Conrad Dy-Liacco

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Photo 4: Le Corsaire | Dancers: Ye Feifei and Hong Kong Ballet Dancers | Photographer: Conrad Dy-Liacco
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Photo 5: Le Corsaire | Dancer: Ye Feifei | Photographer: Conrad Dy-Liacco

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Photo 6: Le Corsaire | Dancer: Shen Jie | Photographer: Conrad Dy-Liacco

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Photo 7: Le Corsaire | Dancer: Ye Feifei | Photographer: Conrad Dy-Liacco
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Photo 8: Le Corsaire | Dancers: Maria Kochetkova, Li Jiabo | Photographer: Conrad Dy-Liacco
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Photo 9: Le Corsaire | Dancers: Maria Kochetkova, Li Jiabo | Photographer: Tony Luk
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Photo 10: Le Corsaire | Dancer: Matthew Golding | Photographer: Conrad Dy-Liacco
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Photo 11: Le Corsaire | Dancers: Jin Yao, Matthew Golding, LI Lin | Photographer: Conrad Dy-Liacco
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Photo 12: Le Corsaire | Dancers: Jin Yao, Matthew Golding | Photographer: Conrad Dy-Liacco
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Photo 13: Le Corsaire | Dancers: Hong Kong Ballet Dancers | Photographer: Conrad Dy-Liacco
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Photo 14: Le Corsaire | Dancer: Chen Zhiyao | Photographer: Conrad Dy-Liacco
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Photo 15: Le Corsaire | Dancers: Matthew Golding, Jin Yao | Photographer: Conrad Dy-Liacco

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Photo 16: (From left): Mr Julio Bocca, Guest Coach of Le Corsaire; Jin Yao, Principal Dancer and Assistant Ballet Mistress of Hong Kong Ballet; Ms Marietta Li, Head of Business Planning, Brand and Strategic Communications of UOB Hong Kong; Mr George Tung, Head of Wholesale Banking of UOB Hong Kong; Mrs Christine Ip, CEO for Greater China of UOB; Ms Daisy Ho, Chairman of Board of Governors of Hong Kong Ballet; Mrs Mira Yeh, Vice-Chairman of Board of Governors of Hong Kong Ballet; Mr Septime Webre, Artistic Director of Hong Kong Ballet; Ms Anna-Marie Holmes, Choreographer of Le Corsaire; Mr Paul Tam, Executive Director of Hong Kong Ballet
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Photo 17: (From left): Mrs Christine Ip and Ms Daisy Ho
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Photo 18: (From left): Lauma Berga, Corps de Ballet of Hong Kong Ballet; Mrs Christine Ip; Ms Daisy Ho; Mrs Mira Yeh; Suhyeon Ahn, Corps de Ballet of Hong Kong Ballet
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Photo 19: (From left): Chen Zhiyao, Coryphée of Hong Kong Ballet; Mrs Deirdre Fu Tcheng, Member of Board of Governors of Hong Kong Ballet; Ms Linda Fung, Member of Board of Governors of Hong Kong Ballet; Mrs Christine Liao, Honorary Advisor of Hong Kong Ballet; Ms Daisy Ho; Ms Flora Zeta Cheong-Leen, Former Member of Board of Governors of Hong Kong Ballet; Lauma Berga
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Photo 20: (From left): Gao Ge, Soloist of Hong Kong Ballet; Ms Liat Chen; Mrs Lillian Lee Fong; Ms Jean M. Wong, BBS, Honorary Advisor of Hong Kong Ballet; Mr Septime Webre; Ms Flora Zeta Cheong-Leen; Wang Qingxin, Corps de Ballet of Hong Kong Ballet
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Photo 21: Mr Peter Cheung (Left 2) and Guests
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Photo 22: (From left): Matthew Golding, Guest Principal Artist in Le Corsaire; Ms Marietta Li; Maria Kochetkova , Guest Principal Artist in Le Corsaire; Mrs Christine Ip
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Photo 23: (From left): Mrs Mira Yeh; Matthew Golding; Ms Flora Zeta Cheong-Leen; Ms Daisy Ho; Ms Anna-Marie Holmes; Maria Kochetkova; Wei Wei, Principal Dancer of Hong Kong Ballet
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Photo 24: (From left): Shen Jie, Principal Dancer of Hong Kong Ballet; Ms Marietta Li; Mrs Christine Ip; Li Jiabo, Principal Dancer of Hong Kong Ballet
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Photo 25: (From left): Mr Hugo Millán, Set & Costume Designer of Le Corsaire; Mr Paul Tam; Ms Flora Zeta Cheong-Leen; Matthew Golding; Ms Jean M. Wong, BBS; Mr Julio Bocca; Ms Anna-Marie Holmes; Mr Septime Webre; Maria Kochetkova; Mrs Christine Ip; Mrs Mira Yeh; Ms Daisy Ho; Ms Judith Yan, Conductor; Ms Liat Chen; Mrs Deirdre Fu Tcheng; Hong Kong Ballet Artistic Team, Dancers and Children Dancers
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Photo 26: (From left): Guests from UOB; Mr Hugo Millán; Ms Marietta Li; Ms Ms Flora Zeta Cheong-Leen; Mr Septime Webre; Ms Jean M. Wong, BBS; Mrs Christine Ip; Matthew Golding; Ms Anna-Marie Holmes; Ms Liat Chen; Maria Kochetkova; Mrs Mira Yeh; Ms Daisy Ho; Ms Judith Yan; Mrs Lillian Lee Fong; Hong Kong Ballet Artistic Team and Dancers
Le Corsaire Promotional Image
Photo 27: Le Corsaire Promotional Image | Hong Kong Ballet Dancers | Photographer: Ricky Lo
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Photo 28: Le Corsaire Promotional Image | Hong Kong Ballet Dancers | Photographer: Ricky Lo
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Photo 29: Le Corsaire Promotional Image | Dancers (from left): Ye Feifei, Li Jiabo | Photographer: Ricky Lo
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Photo 30: Le Corsaire Promotional Image | Dancer: Shen Jie | Photographer: Ricky Lo

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 is committed to providing captivating experiences that delight and inspire audiences from all walks of life, both at home and abroad. Mr Septime Webre, former Artistic Director of The Washington Ballet, joined the Company as its new Artistic Director in July.


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