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[Hong Kong—15 December 2021] The talk of the town, Hong Kong Ballet (HKB)’s world premiere of The Nutcracker by Artistic Director Septime Webre, enchanted audiences with another unforgettable night on 12 December, with China Reinsurance (Hong Kong)’s tremendous support to celebrate the company’s second anniversary.
Webre’s long-anticipated, lavish re-imagining of The Nutcracker follows young Clara and her magical Nutcracker on a thrilling adventure through early 20th century Hong Kong. Along the way, they encounter scores of fantastical creatures and lively characters among the wonderous beauty of local flora and fauna, traditions and wildlife. Experiencing Tchaikovsky’s iconic holiday score flawless performed live by Hong Kong Sinfonietta, audiences were mesmerised by guest principal artist Daniel Camargo’s enthralling performance as the noble Snow King, the ethereal snowy bamboo forest and the epic battle with the evil Rat King and his army!
It was a great pleasure to have China Reinsurance (Hong Kong) as The Nutcracker’s 12 December evening performance sponsor, marking the first-ever collaboration between China Reinsurance (Hong Kong) and HKB. HKB proudly hosted Mr Zhou Chao, Chief Executive Officer of China Reinsurance (Hong Kong); Mr Hu Xiao, Chief Financial Officer of China Reinsurance (Hong Kong) and their 350 guests and staff. Additionally, Mrs Deirdre Fu Tcheng and Mrs Liana Yung Yeung, Members of Hong Kong Ballet’s Board of Governors also attended the joyous holiday performance.
The sold-out The Nutcracker is staged at Hong Kong Cultural Centre’s Grand Theatre with 19 performances through 26 December.
12 Dec Evening
26 Dec Matinee
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.
China Everbright Ltd. Proudly Presents The Nutcracker | Courtesy of Hong Kong Ballet
Photo 1: Dancers (from left): Nana Sakai, Leung Chunlong | Photography: Keith Hiro
Photo 2: Hong Kong Ballet Dancers | Photography: Keith Hiro
Photo 3: Hong Kong Ballet Dancers | Photography: Keith Hiro
Photo 4: From Left: Mr Hu Xiao, Chief Financial Officer of China Reinsurance (Hong Kong); Ms Heidi Lee, Executive Director of Hong Kong Ballet; Mrs Deirdre Fu TCHENG, Member of Hong Kong Ballet’s Board of Governors; Mr Zhou Chao, Chief Executive Officer of China Reinsurance (Hong Kong)
Photo 5: Mr Derek Yeung; Mrs Liana Yung Yeung, Member of Hong Kong Ballet’s Board of Governors; Ms Heidi Lee