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5.12.2014
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Hope, Passion, Death and Love. Examine life with Turandot – A dramatic, thought-provoking ballet

Tickets on sale tomorrow

[Hong Kong – 5th December 2014] Returning from Minneapolis, USA following a hugely successful tour with two sensational début performances of Turandot at the prestigious Northrop Auditorium in November 2014, The Hong Kong Ballet will perform this powerful production again, this time for the audiences of Hong Kong from 6th – 8th February 2015 for five performances at the Grand Theatre, Hong Kong Cultural Centre. Box office will open tomorrow at URBTIX.

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 which intrigues and beguiles audiences. Natalie Weir expressed, “Turandot examines what life is about. Hope, Passion, Death and Love. When we reject these ideas, we cannot function. Our hearts grow cold and we become alone and isolated, like Turandot in the story. This story reminds us to open ourselves to the prospect of falling in love, to feel and be passionate, and to have hope for the future.”

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…

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

Grand Theatre, Hong Kong Cultural Centre
HK$1,000 (VIP Ticket) $680 $480 $280 $140
Tickets available at URBTIX from 6th December 2014

Discounts  
50% off Full-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% off Friends 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, HKPO Club Bravo members, Friends of HKCO and Friends of HKDC
Group Booking 10% 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.

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.
Programme Plus!
Preview of Turandot
21st January 2015 (Wed) 7:30pm-8:45pm
Studio Theatre, Hong Kong Cultural Centre
Take a deeper look into the history and beauty of Giacomo Puccini’s last operatic masterpiece, Turandot. An opera transformed into a visually stunning three-act dance drama for The Hong Kong Ballet by Australian choreographer Natalie Weir, Turandot is a story of unrequited love, sacrifice and passion. What many people do not know is that Puccini never had the chance to finish this work. Find out more about this exciting adaptation of one of the most recognised operas in the world. Performed since 2003, this ballet has now become a signature piece of The Hong Kong Ballet’s repertoire, receiving its United States début in November 2014. Learn more about the commission of this powerful production and other significant ballet productions that have been created based on operas.

Free admission. Conducted in English. Suitable for ages 6 and above. Limited capacity, advance registration required.

Registration Details www.hkballet.com/preview

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 about 20 minutes 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 its 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)