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[Hong Kong – 19 March 2018] On 25 March, Hong Kong Ballet will partner with Arts with the Disabled Association Hong Kong (ADAHK) for a very special Relaxed Performance: Swan Lake performance for charitable organisations at Y Theatre, Youth Square in Chai Wan. Over 400 people with autism, intellectual disabilities and special needs with carers will attend Hong Kong Ballet’s first-ever relaxed performance in which the one-hour, narrated and abridged version of the popular classic Swan Lake will be customised for the special audiences.
With special attention and adjustments made to lighting and sounds and the designation of chill-out zones for the audiences’ special needs, Relaxed Performance: Swan Lake is one of Hong Kong Ballet’s new initiatives to bring the joy of ballet to every corner and segment of the community. Theatrical interpretation will be provided for people with hearing impairment at the performance. To give guests the full performance experience, Company dancers will personally meet with the audience after the show. Performed by Hong Kong Ballet artists and narrated by Rick Lau, the show is free to invited audience members only.
This meaningful initiative would not be possible without the philanthropic support of HKB’s donors through The Nutcracker Christmas Benefit 2017.
We are very grateful for the support by ADAHK to make this performance possible. Special thanks go out to the many generous funders who have helped the Company realise its mission! The donations mean that a previously uncovered segment of our society by ballet is now part of the Hong Kong Ballet family!
The following generous supporters of Hong Kong Ballet made the relaxed performance possible:
Mrs Vivian Lee Chan
Dr Adrian Cheong
Mr Lawrence Chu
Mr Spencer Fung
Ms Mandy Chan Ginsberg
Ms Alice Yin Hung
Mr & Mrs Gerald Keefe
Mrs Michele Lai
Mrs Millie Tong Lau
Mr Edwin Lee
Ms Sharon Lim
Ms Sara G J Mao
Ms Pan Honglan
Mr Harvey Ven
Mrs Barbara Zhang
What is a relaxed performance?
A relaxed performance welcomes audiences who benefit from a more relaxed environment and is ideal for those with autism, sensory issues and/or learning difficulties. Certain production elements such as lights and sounds are adjusted to soften the sensory experience of the performance. Additionally, ‘chill-out zones’ are available for anyone feeling overwhelmed during the show.
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Photo 1: Ballet Classics for Children: Swan Lake | Dancers: Ayano Haneishi | Photographer: Keith Hiro
Photo 1: Ballet Classics for Children: Swan Lake | Dancers: Ayano Haneishi | Photographer: Keith HiroDownload
Photo 2: Ballet Classics for Children: Swan Lake | Dancers (from left): Forrest Rain Oliveros, Chaelee Kim | Photographer: Eric Hong
Photo 2: Ballet Classics for Children: Swan Lake | Dancers (from left): Forrest Rain Oliveros, Chaelee Kim | Photographer: Eric HongDownload
An eclectic mix of talent, a balance of classical and contemporary works, and a unique repertoire are the trademarks of Hong Kong Ballet, Asia’s premier ballet company. Internationally recognised and acclaimed for its creativity, talent and artistry, the Company, led by Artistic Director Septime Webre, is committed to providing captivating experiences that delight and inspire audiences from all walks of life, both at home and abroad.
Arts with the Disabled Association Hong Kong (ADAHK) promotes equal opportunity to people with disabilities to have access to and excel in the arts and advocates an inclusive society through the arts. ADAHK has organized numerous activities to popularize the arts among people with disabilities and promote excellence in the works of artists with disabilities in Hong Kong. ADAHK provides opportunities for professional training for people with disabilities to develop and nurture their artistic talents, and to promote excellence in their work. We also work with the general public to promote integration and inclusion in society through the arts.
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