[Hong Kong—23 March 2021] Hong Kong Ballet (HKB) will perform The Orpheus Cabaret live at Eaton HK during the two-day cultural showcase ‘Through the Looking Glass’ held 2–3 April 2021.
The ground-breaking performing arts experience puts a clever twist on social distancing restrictions by creating a programme designed to be experienced from the comfort of hotel room looking over the 4/F terrace where the live performance is taking place, as though seated in a ‘loge’ at the theatre with the terrace as a stage.
Daniel Camargo, Guest Principal Artist of HKB’s 2020/21 Season, will be in residence at Eaton HK at the time of this compelling performance. His residency is the first of a series, as part of HKB’s partnership with Eaton HK.
In the classic Greek myth, Orpheus journeys to the Underworld to bring back his beloved Eurydice. Gods of the Underworld are moved by his grief and allow him to take Eurydice back under one condition: he cannot look back at her as they journey back to the surface. This tragedy of love and death gets a contemporary twist in this cabaret composed of seven short ballet pieces created by seven choreographers associated with HKB and a team of The University of Hong Kong creative writers led by Chair of Creative Writing & Theatre Page Richards, a professor and director of the HKU Guild.
HKB’s Artistic Director Septime Webre remarks, ‘The stories of Alice and Eurydice are quite parallel. They both tumble down a hole and encounter a strange new world filled with magic and danger. Hong Kong Ballet is excited to work with Eaton HK to bring dance and music back to live audiences with this innovative viewing while keeping everyone safe.’
‘At Eaton HK, we have always been committed to supporting artists to create work and to provide a platform for HK audiences to experience culture in a public space, from the Movement Festival, to our dedicated gallery and music spaces. With ‘Through the Looking Glass’, we’re thrilled to be able to bring art back to the community with an imaginative solution while keeping everyone safe. This fun Easter programme inspired by Lewis Carroll’s topsy-turvy, whimsical world, recreates the experience of sitting in a theatre-box, in a guest room, watching through the window. I am personally delighted to be able to bring cultural programming back to our community and hopes everyone has an extraordinary time,’ says Eaton HK Director of Culture Chantal Wong.
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Photo 1: ‘Through the Looking Glass’ poster | Courtesy of Eaton HK
Photo 1: ‘Through the Looking Glass’ poster | Courtesy of Eaton HKDownload
Photo 2: Terrible Baby terrace of Eaton HK | Courtesy of Eaton HK
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Photo 3: The Orpheus Cabaret | Dancers (from left): Zhang Xuening, Henry Seldon | Photography: Conrad Dy-Liacco | Courtesy of Hong Kong Ballet
Photo 3: The Orpheus Cabaret | Dancers (from left): Zhang Xuening, Henry Seldon | Photography: Conrad Dy-Liacco | Courtesy of Hong Kong BalletDownload
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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.
About Eaton HK
Inspired by the gritty, retro nostalgia of its Kowloon neighbourhood, Jordan, Eaton HK inspires and nurtures the freedom of ideas by offering an inclusive gathering place for changemakers, creatives, and free thinkers to follow their bliss.
Eaton HK is the physical arm of Eaton Workshop, a new global purpose-driven company and creative lab from Katherine Lo at the intersection of culture, media, hospitality, wellness, and progressive social change. With distinct parts—Hotel, House, Media, Wellness, and Impact—Eaton transcends the notion of a traditional hotel to provide a physical, digital, and analogue platform to artists, activists, healers, and leaders in their pursuit of making the world a better place.
Located in an emerging Hong Kong artist community, Eaton HK offers a variety of resources for the community, including a public radio station, a contemporary art gallery, live music venue and bar, holistic healing experiences, a professional screening room, a members-only working club, sustainable food and drink options, private event spaces for meetings, conferences, weddings, and musical performances, a retail outpost, and more.
So much more than a hotel, Eaton HK is an incubator for arts and culture, a beacon for sustainability, a hub for impact initiatives, and a local connection to a global media platform.
About Eaton Workshop
Eaton Workshop is a global purpose-driven company and creative lab at the intersection of culture, media, hospitality, wellness, and progressive social change. Founded by Katherine Lo, whose vision is to reimagine a hotel as an inclusive gathering place for changemakers and creatives, Eaton consists of distinct parts—Hotel, House, Media, Wellness, and Impact.
Collectively, the pillars serve as an incubator for arts and culture, a beacon for sustainability, a hub for impact initiatives, a holistic healing centre, and a global media presence. Eaton’s first properties are now open in Downtown, Washington, D.C., and Hong Kong’s Jordan neighbourhood, with ensuing locations to arrive in San Francisco, Seattle, and Toronto in the future. www.EatonWorkshop.com | Instagram: @EatonWorkshop