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Review-Nutcracker-Hong Kong Ballet21-12-15

Tonight I was invited to the opening of Hong Kong Ballet's The Nutcracker. It's been quite the buzz around town due to the publicity brought about on the "reinvention" they're doing to the piece. Hong Kong Ballet chose to do away with some of the traditional choreography in Nutcracker and update the classic. They also brought in a brand new set and costumes. I had the pleasure of sitting between two Nutcracker virgins tonight.

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Review- Choreographers' Showcase- Hong Kong Ballet5-10-15

I had the pleasure of seeing Hong Kong Ballet's latest show over the weekend. The Choreographers’ Showcase serves as a platform for Hong Kong Ballet dancers to present their creativity, ideas and accumulated dance experience.

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Conversation With: A Hong Kong Ballerina29-7-15

Nicole* is a retired ballerina that worked for several professional Hong Kong dance companies over the past two decades. A trained dancer that has lived and worked here most of her life, we were privileged to talk to her about what it's like to be a professional dancer in Hong Kong and if the life of a dancer is magical like Swan Lake or more like the dark world of Black Swan.

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Review-The Sleeping Beauty-Hong Kong Ballet14-3-15

The Hong Kong Ballet presented their production of The Sleeping Beauty at Shatin Town Hall last night. One of Tchaikovsky’s most beloved ballets, it has what I think is some of his best music. The Sleeping Beauty theme has captivated the hearts of young girls for generations; simply hearing the opening notes of the songs transports you to a magic world of spinning wheels, princesses and evil queens.

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Review-The Nutcracker-The Hong Kong Ballet21-12-14

No Christmas would be complete without The Nutcracker, even for a temporary Bah Humbug like me this year. The story was an adaptation of E.T.A Hoffman’s The Nutcracker and The Mouse King and it was a very interesting adaptation indeed. Think Inception-esque Nutcracker – a dream within a fantastical children’s tale – to me, pure genius. Congratulations Terence Kohler!

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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-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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