Join us for an extraordinary evening of a pair of world premieres as two iconoclastic dancemakers from opposite ends of the globe tackle a pair of renowned scores.
Hong Kong Ballet’s Choreographer-in-Residence Hu Song Wei Ricky tackles Antonio Vivaldi’s landmark score, The Four Seasons, with his unique trademark style, creating an intense, dynamic atmosphere and expressing raw human emotion through exhilarating physicality. The Four Seasons will be performed live by rising star piano virtuoso Rachel Cheung joined by a driving string quintet.
Grappling with the role of classical ballet in the modern world, Holland-based American choreographer Stephen Shropshire begins a three-year artistic residency with Hong Kong Ballet with an intriguing new work set to sublime keyboard music by celebrated baroque composer George Frederic Handel.
This will be an unforgettable evening you won’t want to miss!
Choreography: Hu Song Wei Ricky & Stephen Shropshire
Piano (The Four Seasons): Rachel Cheung
Live Accompaniment (The Four Seasons): City Chamber Orchestra of Hong Kong
Born in Jiangxi, China, Hu Song Wei Ricky trained at Shanghai Dance School and The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts. Hu joined Hong Kong Ballet as a dancer in 2008 and became Choreographer-in-Residence in 2019. He has choreographed for Hong Kong Arts Festival, Shanghai International Arts Festival, Chinese Dance for 12 Days, Shanghai Opera House Dance Ensemble, Hong Kong Ballet and more. With co-choreographer Yuh Egami, Hu’s Bolero (2015) and The Rite of Spring (2019) won Outstanding Ensemble Performance and Outstanding Choreography at the 2016 and 2020 Hong Kong Dance Awards. He received the Award for Young Artist (Dance) at the 2012 Hong Kong Arts Development Awards.
Stephen Shropshire is a choreographer, curator and independent dance researcher who has created works for renowned ballet companies all over the globe.
Between 2009 to 2012, Shropshire was the artistic director of Noord Nederlandse Dans. In 2017, he was awarded a special honor prize from the Dansersfonds ’79 for the ‘consistent aesthetic harmony in his work’, and in 2018, his work We Are Nowhere Else But Here won the VSCD ‘Zwaan’ for most outstanding dance performance of 2017.
Shropshire is a graduate of the Juilliard School in New York City and holds an MA in Arts and Heritage from the University of Maastricht.
*Shropshire’s multi-year residency is supported by the Performing Arts Fund NL
Locally born Rachel Cheung was the first Hong Kong pianist to be a Van Cliburn International Piano Competition finalist in 2017, earning both critical acclaim and the Audience Award for 'outstandingly lyrical' playing that showed 'nobility in her interpretation’. Other accolades include prizes in the 2009 Leeds, 2010 Chopin and 2012 Geneva International Piano Competitions.
Cheung frequently performs both locally and internationally. Highlights of her 2018/19 season include recitals in the US, Mexico, Italy, Poland, the UK, Germany and Japan, and creative collaborations with Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, Verbier Festival Chamber Orchestra and Asian Youth Orchestra, among others.
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City Chamber Orchestra of Hong Kong (CCOHK) is one of Asia’s leading chamber orchestras and one of Hong Kong’s most dynamic cultural entities. Members are professional musicians who perform works ranging from Baroque to Bollywood. CCOHK has performed with many internationally acclaimed artists including Sir Neville Marriner, Sir James Galway, Dame Evelyn Glennie, Sir Thomas Allen, Christian Lindberg, Sarah Chang, Julian Lloyd Webber, Branford Marsalis, Edgar Meyer, Vienna Boys’ Choir and The King’s Singers. In addition to special performances with world class Flamenco, Irish and tango dancers, CCOHK has collaborated with the Hong Kong Ballet, Le French May Arts Festival, The World Harp Congress, The Hong Kong International Piano Competition and RTHK Radio 4. On tour CCOHK has made its mark in Beijing, Taipei and Italy. In addition to hosting masterclasses and Kids Sunday Soirées, CCOHK has produced new multi-media programmes aimed at engaging and educating Hong Kong’s next generation of music lovers. These include The Snowman & The Bear, Magnificent Mozart and the award-winning orchestra-theatre spectacular Bug Symphony. CCOHK’s CDs include an internationally acclaimed release with Danish recorder virtuoso Michala Petri on OUR Recordings. CCOHK was founded in 1999 by Artistic Director and Principal Oboist Leanne Nicholls who was awarded a commendation certificate from the Home Affairs Bureau of the Hong Kong SAR Government for outstanding contributions to the development of arts and cultural activities. French conductor Jean Thorel served as chief conductor from 2008 to 2016.
More information: www.ccohk.com