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29.1.2015
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Turandot: Cast Announced for
The Hong Kong Ballet’s Signature Piece


[Hong Kong – 29th January 2015] The Hong Kong Ballet announces today the cast list for the Company’s signature piece – Turandot. Following a hugely successful tour at the prestigious Northrop Auditorium, Minneapolis, USA in November 2014, The Hong Kong Ballet will perform this powerful production again from 6th to 8th February 2015, staging five performances at the Grand Theatre, Hong Kong Cultural Centre.

“The dancers’ bodies sing, bend, breathe and shock you with their unbridled passion.”
Sally Rousse, Minneapolis
(Dancer, Choreographer, Curator, Writer, Advocate)


The Hong Kong Ballet is delighted to introduce a brand new cast with Soloists Liu Miao-miao as Turandot and Li Lin as Calaf for the performances on 7th Feb at 2:30pm and 8th Feb at 7:30pm. Recently promoted Principal Dancer Zhang Si Yuan will partner with Li Jia-bo again for the performances on 6th Feb at 7:30pm and 7th Feb at 7:30pm and; Liu Yu-yao and Wei Wei will appear on 8th Feb at 2:30pm.

Cast List for Lead Roles

PerformanceTurandotCalafLiu
6/2 7:30pmZhang Si YuanLi Jia-boDong Ruixue
7/2 2:30pmLiu Miao-miaoLi LinCandice Adea
7/2 7:30pmZhang Si YuanLi Jia-boDong Ruixue
8/2 2:30pmLiu Yu-yaoWei WeiCandice Adea
8/2 7:30pmLiu Miao-miaoLi LinCandice Adea


About Turandot
Adapted from Puccini’s opera of the same name, Australian choreographer Natalie Weir has transformed Turandot, a story of power, lust and revenge, into a visually stunning dramatic dance production. Accompanied by the original music, Weir’s choreography exhibits sensational and expressive dancing of The Hong Kong Ballet dancers resulting in a captivating spectacle that intrigues and entices audiences.

Turandot is a Princess with a glittering heart of ice who has for many years shunned the attention of men. Any man wishing to wed the Princess must successfully answer the three riddles she sets, and if they fail, they must die. Her coldness does nothing to deter her suitors, even though many before them have been ritually executed. Prince Calaf returns to the city from exile and falls in love with Turandot at first sight. In turn, he is adored from afar by Liu, his father’s loyal servant girl.

The complicated emotions aroused by this trio of protagonists inspire a deep reflection on the nature of true love…

Production: Choreography by Natalie Weir
Music by Giacomo Puccini
Set and Costume Design by Bill Haycock
Lighting Design by Kim Lee
Lighting Execution by Mak Kwok-fai

Performance Details
6th February 2015 (Fri) 7:30pm
7th February 2015 (Sat) 2:30pm & 7:30pm
8th February 2015 (Sun) 2:30pm & 7:30pm

5 performances

Grand Theatre, Hong Kong Cultural Centre
HK$1,000 (VIP ticket) $680 $480 $280 $140
Tickets available at URBTIX now
Suitable for ages 6 or above

Suitable for ages 6 or above

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

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)
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 and Friends of HKDC
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.


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

Programme Plus!
Pre-performance Talk
6th February 2015 (Fri) 6:50pm
Level 2 Foyer, Hong Kong Cultural Centre

Before the curtain rises, stop by the lobby for a brief insight into the evenings’ performance of Turandot. Featuring Giacomo Puccini’s beautiful score along with sophisticated sets and costumes, Natalie Weir’s adaptation of Turandot showcases The Hong Kong Ballet dancers’ incredible fusion of artistry and technique. Learn more about the history of Puccini’s masterpiece and its transformation from opera to dramatic dance along with other significant productions which have been choreographed based on inspirations from operas.


The programme is approximately 20minutes long. Free admission with Turandot tickets. Conducted in English with Cantonese translation.


Enquiries
2105 9743 | education@hkballet.com

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. Since 1979 the Company has evolved into a vibrant performing arts organisation with accomplished dancers and a strong repertoire composed of a range of stunning, technically challenging productions, led by Artistic Director Madeleine Onne. www.hkballet.com

For further information, please contact:
Tiphanie Chan

Senior Marketing Manager
T: 2105 9716
M: 9197 1223
tiphanie_chan@hkballet.com



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Wei Wei as Calaf and The Hong Kong Ballet dancers in Turandot.
Photo by Tim Rummelhoff.
The Hong Kong Ballet dancers in Turandot.
Photo by Tim Rummelhoff.
(Stage photos from November 2014 Northrop Tour)
Liu Yu-yao as Turandot and Wei Wei as Calaf in Turandot.
Photo by Tim Rummelhoff.
(Stage photos from November 2014 Northrop Tour)
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Liu Yu-yao as Turandot, Wei Wei as Calaf and The Hong Kong Ballet dancers in Turandot.
Photo by Tim Rummelhoff.
(Stage photos from November 2014 Northrop Tour)
Zhang Si Yuan as Turandot, Li Jia-bo as Calaf and The Hong Kong Ballet dancers in Turandot.
Photo by Tim Rummelhoff.
(Stage photos from November 2014 Northrop Tour)
Zhang Si Yuan as Turandot and Li Jia-bo as Calaf in Turandot.
Photo by Tim Rummelhoff.
(Stage photos from November 2014 Northrop Tour)
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Zhang Si Yuan as Turandot, Li Jia-bo as Calaf and The Hong Kong Ballet dancers in Turandot.
Photo by Tim Rummelhoff.
(Stage photos from November 2014 Northrop Tour)
Liu Yu-yao as Turandot and Liu Miao-miao as Liu in Turandot.
Photo by Tim Rummelhoff.
(Stage photos from November 2014 Northrop Tour)