[Hong Kong—1 December 2022] During the holidays, Septime Webre’s much-anticipated The Nutcracker will return to bring festive cheer in an extravagant celebration of Hong Kong in the early 20th century. The Nutcracker opens 16 December with 19 performances through 31 December at Hong Kong Cultural Centre’s Grand Theatre.
‘Tis the season of whirling white snowflakes, visions of dancing sugar plums, waltzing bauhinia flowers and endless glittering tutus! Septime Webre’s The Nutcracker returns to bring festive cheer this December in a fantastical celebration of Hong Kong in the early 20th century, as the much-anticipated annual festive extravaganza! The Christmas Eve adventure begins at a lively party in an opulent gilded mansion where young Clara receives a special Nutcracker as a gift.
With scores of lavish costumes and an extraordinary setting, this wondrous world finds Clara and the Nutcracker on a magical journey, battling the evil Rat King’s army, travelling through a majestic bamboo forest covered in snow, encountering lively, memorable characters and the wonderous beauty of local flora and fauna, history and traditions. Experience the splendour and spectacle of this endearing annual Hong Kong classic celebrating the joy of the holidays with your loved ones!
‘Rather than present a historical tale, this Nutcracker uses Hong Kong as a context and backdrop for the dreams of a young girl who comes of age,’ Webre enthusiastically shares. ‘This production is meant to be a celebration of the city we love so much. We are glad you are here to share it with us, and we hope you and your loved ones enjoy a magical holiday season.’
With its exciting plot and sumptuous sets and costumes, The Nutcracker will thrill Hong Kong audiences with Tchaikovsky’s timeless score performed live by Hong Kong Sinfonietta under the baton of Vivian Ip, and will leave guests with cherished holiday memories for years to come!
The Nutcracker is one of the celebration events of the 25th Anniversary of the Establishment of HKSAR.
CHOREOGRAPHY Septime Webre
MUSIC Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
SET & COSTUME DESIGN Gabriella Tylesova
ASSOCIATE SET & COSTUME DESIGNER Au Yu Kong
ASSOCIATE COSTUME DESIGNER Joanne Chong
LIGHTING DESIGN Billy Chan
DRAMATURGE Yan Pat To
LIVE ACCOMPANIMENT (FOR SELECT PERFORMANCES)
Hong Kong Sinfonietta
CONDUCTOR Vivian Ip
16–18, 21–26 DEC 2022
With Live Accompaniment
SAT–MON 2:30 pm & 7:30pm
$1,200 (Limited VIP Tickets),$720, $490, $320, $180
28–31 DEC 2022
With Recorded Music
SAT 2:30 pm & 7:30pm
$1,000 (Limited VIP Tickets), $680, $480, $320, $180
Grand Theatre, Hong Kong Cultural Centre
Suitable for ages 3 and above
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About Hong Kong Ballet
One of Asia’s premier ballet companies, Hong Kong Ballet (HKB) is internationally recognised as a vibrant arts institution that represents Hong Kong’s unique character. Established in 1979 and led by Artistic Director Septime Webre, HKB has a dynamic repertoire performed by nearly 50 dancers from all over the globe and award-winning education and community programmes.
With almost 50 international tours, HKB has won recognition from critics and fans both at home and abroad. Its diverse repertoire includes classic and modern masterpieces, original full-length ballets created for HKB, an interactive ballet series for younger fans and groundbreaking dance by today’s most sought-after choreographers, including Alexei Ratmansky, Christopher Wheeldon, Jiří Kylian, Nacho Duato and Trey McIntyre, among others. HKB maintains an active schedule of community initiatives throughout Hong Kong to ensure that ballet is accessible to people from all walks of life.
Dancers: (centre) Yang Ruiqi, Leung Chunlong | Creative: Li Chi Tak | Photography: Bobyeah | Courtesy of Hong Kong Ballet