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26.12.2014
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A Star is Born!
The Hong Kong Ballet Announced the Promotion of
Zhang Si Yuan to Principal Dancer


Her promotion was announced by Artistic Director, Madeleine Onne, on stage at the end of the 25th December matinee performance of The Nutcracker where she danced the role of Ballerina. "She has a special aura around her with her refined lines crowned by a remarkable beauty. She captivates the audience with her strong and exquisite technique that makes any difficulty look effortless combined with a sincere and honest artistry. These ingredients combined, makes her a true ballerina," Onne praised.

Cheered on by her fellow dancers and the capacity audience, Zhang has earned a number of good reviews on her performances consistently, gaining a large following of fans. “[Giselle] So confident and complete was her (Zhang Si Yuan’s) performance… Touching in her innocence at the beginning, heart-wrenching in her mad scene and sadly, serenely loving in Act 2, this was an immaculate interpretation. Her dancing was equally good: musical, fluid and full of the lightness and speed the role demands. The way that she paced Act 2 to build the dancing to a climax was remarkable in its maturity.”; “[Swan Lake Act III] ... Zhang Si Yuan was both glamorous and technically brilliant;” wrote Natasha Rogai of South China Morning Post.



About Zhang Si Yuan
Born in Henan, China, Zhang Si Yuan graduated from the Beijing Dance Academy and joined the National Ballet of China after her graduation in 2006. She joined The Hong Kong Ballet in 2010 as Soloist and is to be promoted to Principal Dancer on 1st January 2015. She has danced major roles in many ballets, including Odette/Odile in Swan Lake, the title role in Giselle, the Ballerina in The Nutcracker, Kitri in Don Quixote, title role in Turandot, the title role in Cinderella, Valencienne in The Merry Widow, Pao Tschai in The Dream of the Red Chamber, Olga in Onegin and Gulnare in Le Corsaire, as well as the pas de deux from In Light and Shadow, La Bayadère and Sylvia, and roles in There, Memories, Goodbye Dance God, Little Blue Flower, A Room of Her Own, The Rite of Spring, Flower Festival in Genzano and Balanchine’s Serenade, Theme and Variations and Allegro Brillante.

Zhang Si Yuan has won several awards internationally and in China, including the Silver Prize (Junior Section) at the Varna International Ballet Competition in Bulgaria in 2010; the Silver Prize (Junior Section A) at the China National Peach and Plum Cup in 2006; Award of Excellence (Junior Section) at Shanghai's 3rd International Ballet Competition in 2004 and the Silver Prize (Junior Section B) at the China National Peach and Plum Cup in 2003.

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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Artistic Director Madeleine Onne announced the promotion of Zhang Si Yuan to Principal Dancer on stage.
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Zhang Si Yuan cheered on by fellow dancers and audience.
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Zhang Si Yuan is to be promoted from Soloist to Principal Dancer on 1st January 2015.
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