Hong Kong’s adventurous new turn(it)out ballet festival is a glorious two-week explosion of dance, exploring classical ballet’s role in our modern world. West Kowloon Cultural District’s Freespace blossoms into an urban dance space, featuring a dizzying array of offerings, including three ticketed programmes—Tour-de-Force Gala, The Vivaldi/Handel Project and Ballet Classics for Children: Cinderella; a late-night The Orpheus Cabaret; an Epic Dance Battle during happy hour; The Tutu Factory, an interactive, immersive experience centred around ballerina swag; and an exciting series of free salon talks, ballet master classes for kids and adults, and other unexpected experiences. Don’t miss this extraordinary festival with its electrifying and thought-provoking works for all ages!
29 - 30 JAN 2021
5 - 6 FEB 2021
30 - 31 JAN & 6 - 7 FEB 2021
29 JAN - 7 FEB 2021
A unique, interactive ‘ballerina swag’ experience, The Tutu Factory invites guests to watch the live creation of a tutu, decorate their own tutus to bring home and experience a whimsical tutu petting zoo!
Cheer for your favourite trickster as ballet, hip hop, classical Chinese, tap, contemporary and ballroom dancers face off in an epic battle to the finish with their coolest moves in Lau Bak Livehouse, with the audience as judges, during happy hour every Friday and Saturday of the festival.
In this engaging salon talk, HKB ballerinas share their insider perspectives on life as a dancer, including collecting ‘ballerina-bling-bling’ and greeting ardent fans after a show.
Most people don’t know about the intense athleticism required of dudes in the ballet world! During this intimate chat, our male dancers discuss their life in ballet, including their tips on push-ups, pirouettes and playing a prince.
Join Septime Webre as he journeys through the development of ballet at breakneck speed, from Catherine di Medici to today’s greatest masters with stops at Giselle, Swan Lake, the Ballet Russes and postmodernism in ballet along the way!
Some of the world’s most famous music was written for ballet, and in this interactive session, HKB pianist Nicholas Lau and Artistic Director Septime Webre take audiences through the evolution of ballet music in the most toe-tapping way.
This is your chance to dance live onstage as renowned masters lead low-cost master classes throughout the festival, which includes an engaging backstage Q&A session with HKB dancers after each class.