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[Hong Kong—16 April 2021] After nearly two years of meticulous planning and rehearsing, the much-anticipated world premiere of China Everbright Ltd. Proudly Presents Romeo + Juliet will conclude Hong Kong Ballet (HKB)’s memorable 2020/21 Season during 18-20 June 2021 at Hong Kong Cultural Centre’s Grand Theatre, taking audiences on a nostalgia-fueled journey back six decades in time. The extravagant production with its star-crossed lovers and their warring families will showcase for the first time Artistic Director Septime Webre’s original choreography for HKB, which incorporates dramatic kungfu moves and pays homage to Hong Kong’s renowned cultural diversity.
Set to Sergei Prokofiev’s celebrated score, this reimagining of Shakespeare’s most famous play finds Romeo and Juliet meeting in 1960s Hong Kong, surrounded by street gangs and party girls with which local audiences will be delightedly familiar. Featuring 21 mesmerising scenes with over 280 stunning costumes designed by Mandy Tam and visually authentic sets designed by Ricky Chan, the epic love story finds its inspirations from old Hong Kong’s cityscape, traditions and cinema.
In a rare encounter between kungfu and ballet, martial arts advocate Hing Chao and kungfu masters from the International Guoshu Association trained HKB dancers extensively in martial arts combat and collaborated with Webre to design and choreograph the production’s spine-tingling martial arts scenes, infusing modern details into a classic tale of forbidden love.
Following Webre’s highly acclaimed Hong Kong debuts of Peter Pan, ALICE (in wonderland) and The Great Gatsby, this new production will again exemplify HKB continually pushing creative boundaries under his bold artistic direction.
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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 China Everbright Limited (‘Everbright’)
China Everbright Limited (Everbright, stock code: 165.HK) is China’s leading cross-border investment and asset management company with over 20 years’ experience in cross-border asset management and PE investments, it is a listed company in Hong Kong with alternative asset management as its core business, backed by its parent company China Everbright Group. As of 31 December 2020, Everbright managed 78 funds and a total AUM of HK$182.8 billion. Through both proprietary funds and the funds it manages, Everbright has invested in companies both in China and globally in a total of over 300 companies, covering fields including real estate, aircraft leasing, medical and healthcare, elderly care, new energy, infrastructure, high-level manufacturing, advanced technology and cultural consumption. Of these, more than 150 companies have been listed in China or overseas, or were listed but have since withdrawn due to mergers and acquisitions with excellent performance.
Moreover, Everbright also cultivated ‘CALC’, the largest independent aircraft leasing operator in China; established ‘EBA Investments’ / ‘Everbright Jiabao’, leader of real estate private equity funds in China; integrated both mid- to high-end senior healthcare in China, establishing ‘Everbright Senior Healthcare’, a premium senior healthcare brand; and incubated ‘Terminus’, an AIoT unicorn company.
For more information, please visit www.everbright.com.
Dancers (from left): Chen Zhiyao, Li Lin; Li Lin, Chen Zhiyao; Garry Corpuz, Wang Qingxin; Garry Corpuz, Forrest Rain Oliveros
Photography: SWKit | Courtesy of Hong Kong Ballet