[Hong Kong—8 June 2022] Dreams really do come true. The world premiere of Cinderella by Hong Kong Ballet (HKB)’s Artistic Director Septime Webre raises the curtain on the 2022 International Arts Carnival (IAC) organised by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department. Celebrating the 25th anniversary of the establishment of the Hong Kong SAR and exclusively sponsored by the Hong Kong Jockey Club, Cinderella will have three performances during 8 -10 July at Hong Kong Cultural Centre’s Grand Theatre.
Imaginative ballet full of fun and humour
With the help of her enchanted fairy godmother, Cinderella defies her crafty stepmother and attends the royal ball. Will she win the heart of the prince before the clock strikes midnight? Webre deftly combines virtuosic choreographer Yuri Ng’s and actor/singer/dancer Rick Lau’s daring new concept with director Ata Wong’s innovative vision to reinterpret a beloved classic fairytale. Playing both the narrator and the Ugly Stepmother, Lucas Yung takes the audience on an emotional, magical rollercoaster ride. Set to Sergei Prokofiev’s spirited score performed live by Hong Kong Sinfonietta under the baton of Yip Wing-sie, Cinderella will introduce the world of ballet to all ages with performances in English and Cantonese with bilingual subtitles.
Unveiling arts technology magic that brings fantasy to life
In partnership with the MTR Corporation, IAC and HKB have curated an exciting interactive exhibition that debuts at MTR’s Hong Kong Station and then move to Hong Kong Cultural Centre. This engaging exhibition offers viewers a delightful sneak peek into Cinderella’s kingdom, integrating motion capture technology, AR and classical ballet and unexpectedly bringing fantasy to life in public spaces. By mimicking the exhibition images, you can bring Cinderella and other characters to life dancing in front of you. Using QR codes on site and links on HKB’s social media channels, you can create your own palace scene with AR Instagram filters.
Cinderella tickets are available at URBTIX now and are priced at $480, $380, $280 and $180. Suitable for ages 3 and above.
International Arts Carnival Opening Programme
8.7.2022 (Fri) 7:30pm
9.7.2022 (Sat) 2:30pm
10.7.2022 (Sun) 7:30pm [Extra Performance]
9.7.2022 (Sat) 7:30pm [Extra Performance]
10.7.2022 (Sun) 2:30pm
Grand Theatre, Hong Kong Cultural Centre
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.
Cinderella promotional image | Dancer: Yang Ruiqi | Photography: HKB Creative Media Studio