[Hong Kong—29 July 2022] This season, let us dance you a story! Hong Kong Ballet (HKB) announces its 2022/23 season with beloved story ballets like Cinderella, La Bayadère and The Nutcracker, the world premiere of Coco Chanel: the Life of a Fashion Icon and an epic new production of Carmina Burana, produced in collaboration with the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra (HK Phil). Fluid, expressive movements can communicate instantly and deeply beyond the barriers of culture or words and can reflect our lives in the world today. HKB is thrilled to share these new dynamic stories through the language of ballet to highlight the company’s artistry and charisma and to inspire audiences.
HKB Artistic Director Septime Webre shares, ‘We all draw inspiration, courage and strength from narratives that elevate and illuminate our lives. We hope that this season, our performances will take you on an extraordinary journey, immersing you in the exhilarating, transcendent experience of ballet. We look forward to welcoming you to the theatre, where ideas and emotions will explode from the stage and pirouette into your heart.’
In July, Webre’s charming reimagining of Cinderella raised the curtain for International Arts Carnival and the new dance season. This fall, HKB and HK Phil will present the exciting world premiere of The Last Song by HKB’s Choreographer-in-Residence Hu Song Wei Ricky and Webre’s powerful masterpiece Carmina Burana. During the holidays, Webre’s much-anticipated The Nutcracker will return to bring festive cheer in an extravagant celebration of Hong Kong in the early 20th century. Audiences will adore acclaimed Belgian-Colombian choreographer Annabelle Lopez Ochoa’s original ballet Coco Chanel: the Life of a Fashion Icon created for HKB, which celebrates the complex life of the 20th century’s most intriguing fashion designer. With lavish staging by the celebrated Vladimir Malakhov after Marius Petipa, La Bayadère, an iconic 19th century Russian ballet set in ancient India’s jungles, concludes our dynamic 2022/23 Season.
Kicking off 2023, HKB will have its exciting US tour with Romeo + Juliet performances in New York and cities down the eastern seaboard. The company will also host the renowned American Ballet Theatre Studio Company at WKCD Art Park during Ballet in the Park, a wonderful evening of free al fresco ballet with the Central skyline as a stunning backdrop. This unique outdoor event is not to be missed!
Cinderella, Carmina Burana and the Romeo + Juliet US Tour are exclusively sponsored by The Hong Kong Jockey Club (HKJC), and is one of the many initiatives supported by the HKJC's approved donation of HK$630 million to the Government of the HKSAR to mark the 25th anniversary of the establishment of the HKSAR, demonstrating that the HKJC is resolute in pursuing its purpose of acting continuously for the betterment of our society, all in support of creating stronger communities together. The Nutcracker will also be presented as one of the 25th anniversary celebration events.
For more details, please download the Season Brochure or visit hkballet.com/22-23.
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.
Top Banner: Dancer: Ye Feifei | Creative: Li Chi Tak | Photography: Bobyeah│ Courtesy of Hong Kong Ballet