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Review- Les Ballets Jazz de Montreal- Hong Kong Arts Festival 4-3-17

The first thing I noticed when I looked at the programme was how "recent" the works will be presented are. The oldest was created in 2012, and the latest was just created last year. Now that is very exciting! I have never seen Canada's Les Ballets Jazz de Montreal before, but definitely, like what the company name evokes and was looking forward to seeing it.

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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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Ballet Vocab for Dummies14-1-15

Going to the ballet for the first time or thinking about taking a class? Here's some terms to get you familiar with the moves.

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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-Choreographers' Showcase-The Hong Kong Ballet29-11-14

A total of eight works were featured last night and all were choreographed by dancers of the Hong Kong Ballet for the dancers of the Hong Kong Ballet. While it was a pleasurable evening overall, marked with ample athleticism and technique, there was a definite lack of vision and experimentation.

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Review-A Celebration of Dance-The Hong Kong Ballet26-10-14

In celebration of its 35th birthday, Hong Kong Ballet has put together a repertoire of three dance numbers in A Celebration of Dance. The programme includes Serenade by the legendary contemporary ballet choreographer George Balanchine, Castrati by renowned Spanish choreographer Nacho Duato and the classic Swan Lake Act III by Natalia Conus after Marius Petipa’s 1895 original: three pieces of very different tones, each showing off different strengths of the Hong Kong Ballet’s male and female dancers.

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Ever Wondered What's In a Ballet Shoe?13-10-14

Have you ever thought about how much time and effort goes into the craftsmanship of our performance shoes, specialty costumes, lights and backdrops?

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