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Review-Don Quixote-Hong Kong Ballet23-8-14

Opening the Hong Kong Ballet’s 2014-15 dance season is Nina Ananiashvili’s reworked production of Don Quixote. Based on Marius Petipa’s original 1869 Bolshoi version and Alexander Gorsky’s later revival in 1900, Ananiashvili’s condensed revision has the ballet in only two fast-paced Acts.

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Review-Les Sylphides-Hong Kong Ballet24-5-14

Hong Kong Ballet's Les Sylphides and more is a salon style ballet. This means it's several smaller pieces put together into an evening of entertainment. I prefer this style of ballet over a full production for several reasons:

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Review-The Legend of Mulan-Hong Kong Dance Company24-11-13

If you don’t know the story of Mulan, first let me congratulate you on having finally left that cave where you have hidden in the dark, studiously avoiding the animated adaption that Disney gave to a generation of young girls. Mulan is the story of a girl who pretends to be a man so she can join the army in the place of her weak and ailing father. By taking his place, she saves his life and then helps to save her people.

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Review- The Dream of the Red Chamber- Hong Kong Ballet27-10-13

Everyone well knows that while most efforts in mixing Eastern and Western elements do birth something new, it’s not always a guaranteed success. As a purist in many ways, I am usually skeptical about how well the two extremes of perspective can mingle to become anything more than a drab grey of confused vision. Yes, sometimes it's interesting but sometimes it's downright horrifying. (No matter what anyone says kimchi burgers are a bad idea.)

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Review-Anna Karenina-Eifman Ballet19-10-13

I've found the new tag line for this production. Anna Karenina: Suicide Has Never Looked So Pretty.

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Review-Swan Lake-Hong Kong Ballet23-8-13

Swan Lake is one of those classic ballets that companies have to keep in the rep for audiences. People love the story, the music, the characters. I saw Hong Kong Ballet’s Swan Lake in 2009 and in 2011.

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Review-The Merry Widow-Hong Kong Ballet15-6-13

My day didn’t start well. An old war wound flared up making me wince at every odd step, the wind twisted my umbrella, I stepped in a puddle and soaked my right foot. Wet, slightly bedraggled and none too happy I trudged into the Hong Kong Arts Centre and found my seat. I shuffled back my desire to stab somebody every time I had to stand to let an audience member pass me by to get to their seats.

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Playpacket!- The Frog Prince13-4-13

We have our second playpacket available today. Hong Kong Ballet's The Frog Prince will be opening next week.

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Review-Sleeping Beauty-Hong Kong Ballet16-3-13

Settling into my seat at the Sha Tin Town Hall a few minutes before the show started, I got chatting to the two men next to me. This being my first time at a Hong Kong Ballet performance, I was surprised by the lack of an orchestra pit. I wondered if this was normal for the company, so I asked the men if they’d ever been before. I couldn’t have chanced upon two better neighbours for a first-time HK ballet experience, it turned out they were ex-dancers who had retired from the company a year ago.

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Artist of the Month-December-Shen Jie1-12-12

This month's Artist of the Month is Shen Jie of the Hong Kong Ballet. Recently seen in Castrati in the Ballet Soiree, you can catch him this month in The Nutcracker! Ballet is known for being one of the most demanding of the arts disciplines. You can hear all about his grueling process in Question 8. We've been wanting to feature a Hong Kong dancer for a while as AoM and Shen Jie seemed like the perfect candidate.

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