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20.12.2016
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

The Nutcracker Dazzled its Spectators over the Weekend

Hong Kong Ballet’s Festive Production will Delight More Audiences in its Second Week

Proudly presented by FANCL

[Hong Kong – 20 December 2016] Christmas would not be Christmas without The Nutcracker! Hong Kong Ballet’s The Nutcracker brought a wonderful sense of festivity to Hong Kong last weekend with its perfect blend of Tchaikovsky’s timeless music, magical scenery and fabulous costumes. The first five performances of the show with live accompaniment by Hong Kong Sinfonietta dazzled enthusiastic audiences over the weekend, during which three pairs of exceptional dancers, Yao Jin and Ryo Kato, Fei-fei Ye and Jia-bo Li, Yu-yao Liu and Wei Wei shone brightly on stage in the lead roles of the Ballerina and the Nutcracker. Additionally, the protagonist Clara was played by Naomi Yuzawa and Peggy Pui-ki Lai, who made her lead role début in this production, and both women were partnered by Jie Shen, Jonathan Spigner and Jun Xia as Fritz in different casts. Their stellar performances brought the amazing adventures of Fritz and Clara to life!

On Opening Night, the Company and Title Sponsor FANCL hosted a Pre-performance Cocktail Reception and an Intermission Cocktail Reception, both of which were attended by Mr Christopher Chan, Managing Director of Fantastic Natural Cosmetics Limited (FANCL); Ms Michelle Ma, Executive Director of Fantastic Natural Cosmetics Limited (FANCL), Mrs Mira Yeh, Vice Chairman of Board of Governors of Hong Kong Ballet; Mrs Janice Chan-Choy, Member of Board of Governors of Hong Kong Ballet and special guests including Mrs Wendy Law, Mr Stephen Yeung, Ms Maya Lin, Ms Veronica Lam, Ms Sharon Cheung, Ms Nicola Cheung, Ms Sabrina Leung, Ms Michelle Loo, Ms Snowy Choi, Ms Alison Chiu, Ms Ada Pong and Ms Kayi Cheung who had the opportunities to be photographed with the Hong Kong Ballet dancers including Ge Gao, Lucas Jerkander, Jessica Burrows, Shunsuke Arimizu, Chun-long Leung, Peng-fei Jiang, Di Wu and Nana Sakai. With the support of FANCL, the Company organised a Family Fun Workshop on 18 December for Po Leung Kuk Gold and Silver Exchange Society Pershing Tsang School and Po Leung Kuk Mrs. Chan Nam Chong Memorial Primary School. The two beneficiary schools also received complimentary tickets to attend The Nutcracker performance in the evening. All the participants enjoyed a great time and had a memorable ballet experience.

In the coming week, two more Hong Kong Ballet dancers will première in the lead roles for this production: Apprentice Tirion Lok-huen Law and Corps de Ballet member Luis Cabrera will make their débuts as Clara and Fritz, respectively, on 24 December at 2:30pm.

Looking for the best festive entertainment? Come and embrace the magic of this wonderful Christmas tradition! The production will continue to run from 20-25 December 2016 at the Grand Theatre, Hong Kong Cultural Centre for the final eight performances. Tickets are priced at $680, $480, $320 and $180, with VIP tickets at $1,000. There will be autograph sessions after the 20, 21, 22, 23 December evening performances as well as after the 25 December matinee performance. Some performances are almost sold out, so get your tickets soon to avoid disappointment!

Appearances of the coming cast:
 20 DEC 7:30PM21 DEC 7:30PM
25 DEC 7:30PM
22 DEC 7:30PM
24 DEC 7:30PM
BallerinaYao JinYu-yao LiuGe Gao
NutcrackerRyo KatoWei WeiLin Li
Rat KingChun-long LeungDavit VardanyanXin Jiang
ClaraRui-xue DongNaomi YuzawaPeggy Pui-ki Lai
FritzJie ShenJonathan SpignerChun-long Leung
 23 DEC 7:30PM24 DEC 2:30PM25 DEC 2:30PM
BallerinaFei-fei YeYao JinGe Gao
NutcrackerJia-bo LiRyo KatoLin Li
Rat KingXin JiangChun-long LeungXin Jiang
ClaraRui-xue Dong*Tirion Lok-huen LawTirion Lok-huen Law
FritzJun Xia*Luis CabreraLuis Cabrera
* First Time in Role

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 Andrew Mogrelia

Performance details
20-25.12.2016

Tue to Fri 7:30pm | Sat & Sun 2:30pm & 7:30pm
Grand Theatre, Hong Kong Cultural Centre
$1,000 (VIP tickets) $680, $480, $320, $180
8 performances
Suitable for ages 3 and above
The performance lasts approximately 2 hours including an 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 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 Arts Administrators Association members, Hong Kong Dance Alliance 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


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

FANCL x The Nutcracker Exclusive Privilege
An incredible series of FANCL x The Nutcracker promotions is out now! Check out the exciting details at iFANCL HK Mobile App.

Terms and conditions apply
In case of any dispute, FANCL reserves the right to make final decision

Exclusive Champagne Appreciation Session with Perrier-Jouët Champagne
$1,000 (VIP) and $680 ticket holders can enjoy a complimentary Exclusive Champagne Appreciation Session hosted by Hong Kong Ballet's Champagne Partner Perrier-Jouët Champagne.

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 may apply
In case of any dispute, Perrier-Jouët Champagne reserves the right to make final decision


Registration:
Ophelia.Hui@pernod-ricard.com/ Christopher.Bin@pernod-ricard.com
(Please include name, phone number and a copy of The Nutcracker ticket stub)

Enquiries:
2398 3636 (Ms Hui) / 6014 9183 (Mr Bin)


Complimentary 20-minute Makeup Consultation

The Nutcracker ticket holders can enjoy a complimentary 20-minute makeup consultation with M.A.C., Hong Kong Ballet's Make-Up Partner. Please call the stores in advance for registration. For enquiries, please contact stores at Elements (2196 8050), Times Square (3421 1475) and ifc mall (2967 6981).

The redemption period is 1.12.2016 to 31.12.2016 only
Limited capacity, advance registration required
Complimentary consultation can only be made at stores in Elements, Times Square and ifc mall
Terms and conditions apply
In case of any dispute, M.A.C. 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

Website:
hongkong-ic.intercontinental.com

Title Sponsor


Beauty and Health Partner
Champagne Partner
Make-Up Partner

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The Nutcracker | Dancers: Yu-yao Liu, Wei Wei | Photographer: Conrad Dy-Liacco
Photo 1: The Nutcracker | Dancers: Yu-yao Liu, Wei Wei | Photographer: Conrad Dy-Liacco
The Nutcracker | Hong Kong Ballet Dancers |Photographer: Conrad Dy-Liacco
Photo 2: The Nutcracker | Hong Kong Ballet Dancers |Photographer: Conrad Dy-Liacco
The Nutcracker | Dancers: Jessica Burrows, Xin Jiang | Photographer: Conrad Dy-Liacco
Photo 3: The Nutcracker | Dancers: Jessica Burrows, Xin Jiang | Photographer: Conrad Dy-Liacco
The Nutcracker | Dancers (from left): Ge Gao, Zhi-yao Chen | Photographer: Conrad Dy-Liacco
Photo 4: The Nutcracker | Dancers (from left): Ge Gao, Zhi-yao Chen | Photographer: Conrad Dy-Liacco
The Nutcracker | Children Dancers and Hong Kong Ballet Dancers | Photographer: Conrad Dy-Liacco
Photo 5: The Nutcracker | Children Dancers and Hong Kong Ballet Dancers | Photographer: Conrad Dy-Liacco
The Nutcracker | Dancers (from left): Yuh Egami, Natatlie Ogonek, Lin Li | Photographer: Conrad Dy-Liacco
Photo 6: The Nutcracker | Dancers (from left): Yuh Egami, Natatlie Ogonek, Lin Li | Photographer: Conrad Dy-Liacco
Shunsuke Arimizu, Coryphée of Hong Kong Ballet; Paul Tam, Executive Director of Hong Kong Ballet; Christopher Chan, Managing Director of FANCL;  Michelle Ma, Executive Director of FANCL; Janice Chan-Choy, Member of Board of Governors of Hong Kong Ballet; Diana Zhang; Jessica Burrows, Coryphée of Hong Kong Ballet
Photo 7 (from left): Shunsuke Arimizu, Coryphée of Hong Kong Ballet; Paul Tam, Executive Director of Hong Kong Ballet; Christopher Chan, Managing Director of FANCL;  Michelle Ma, Executive Director of FANCL; Janice Chan-Choy, Member of Board of Governors of Hong Kong Ballet; Diana Zhang; Jessica Burrows, Coryphée of Hong Kong Ballet
Madeleine Onne, Artistic Director of Hong Kong Ballet; Jing Liang, Senior Ballet Master of Hong Kong Ballet; Min Tang, Ballet Mistress of Hong Kong Ballet; Paul Tam
Photo 8 (from left): Madeleine Onne, Artistic Director of Hong Kong Ballet; Jing Liang, Senior Ballet Master of Hong Kong Ballet; Min Tang, Ballet Mistress of Hong Kong Ballet; Paul Tam
Tirion Lok-huen Law, Apprentice of Hong Kong Ballet; Mira Yeh, Vice Chairman of Board of Governors of Hong Kong Ballet; Chun-long Leung, Coryphée of Hong Kong Ballet
Photo 9 (from left): Tirion Lok-huen Law, Apprentice of Hong Kong Ballet; Mira Yeh, Vice Chairman of Board of Governors of Hong Kong Ballet; Chun-long Leung, Coryphée of Hong Kong Ballet
Tirion Lok-huen Law; Benjamin Aubanton, Regional Marketing and Communication Director of Jaeger-LeCoultre; Caroline Aubanton; Chun-long Leung
Photo 10 (from left): Tirion Lok-huen Law; Benjamin Aubanton, Regional Marketing and Communication Director of Jaeger-LeCoultre; Caroline Aubanton; Chun-long Leung
Wendy Law
Photo 11: Wendy Law
Tirion Lok-huen Law, Maya Lin, Chun-long Leung
Photo 12: (from left): Tirion Lok-huen Law, Maya Lin, Chun-long Leung
Veronica Lam
Photo 13: Veronica Lam
Sabrina Leung
Photo 14: Sabrina Leung
Nicola Cheung
Photo 15: Nicola Cheung
Snowy Choi
Photo 16: Snowy Choi
Alison Chiu
Photo 17: Alison Chiu
Ada Pong
Photo 18: Ada Pong
Kayi Cheung
Photo 19: Kayi Cheung
Christopher Chan, Michelle Ma, Hong Kong Ballet and Children Dancers
Photo 20: Christopher Chan, Michelle Ma, Hong Kong Ballet and Children Dancers
Students from Po Leung Kuk Gold and Silver Exchange Society Pershing Tsang School and Po Leung Kuk Mrs. Chan Nam Chong Memorial Primary School
Photo 21: Students from Po Leung Kuk Gold and Silver Exchange Society Pershing Tsang School and Po Leung Kuk Mrs. Chan Nam Chong Memorial Primary School
Photo 22: Participants from Po Leung Kuk Gold and Silver Exchange Society Pershing Tsang School and Po Leung Kuk Mrs. Chan Nam Chong Memorial Primary School to The Nutcracker performance
Photo 22: Participants from Po Leung Kuk Gold and Silver Exchange Society Pershing Tsang School and Po Leung Kuk Mrs. Chan Nam Chong Memorial Primary School to The Nutcracker performance

About FANCL

FANCL was founded in 1980, possesses world-class product research and development technology, manufacturing preservative-free cosmetics and nutritional supplements to eliminate cosmetics-related skin problems, and offering customers a comprehensive health and nutrition support. FANCL has always promoted the “Less is More” culture, which aims to make our convoluted world more simple and direct in order to drive positive changes in people’s quality of life.

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. 


For further information, please contact:

Nick Chan

Director of Marketing

T: 2105 9716

M: 9728 1777

nick_chan@hkballet.com