Hong Kong Ballet’s Swan Lake Returns with National Ballet Dancers
Why We Recommend it
Hong Kong Ballet brings back the much loved classic, with additional modern choreography by Australian choreographer John Meehan, and performances by principal guest artists from established international ballet groups, including Bavarian State Ballet.
The age-old classic follows the tale of Odette who is cursed by the evil sorcerer Von Rothbart. Only taking on human form at night, Odette, who has transformed into a white swan, can only break the curse by a vow of true love. One day, when a handsome young prince is hunting, he becomes enthralled by the beautiful White Swan. He invites her to his festive ball and vows to break her curse. Yet to Odette’s dismay, Von Rothbart arrives with his daughter Odile, the Black Swan, whom he has deviously enchanted to look exactly like Odette. The prince is deceived into believing that Odile is his beloved Odette, and he publicly vows to marry Odile…
Alongside Hong Kong Sinfonietta performing Tchaikovsky’s masterpiece score under the baton of conductor Fayçal Karoui, Hong Kong Ballet’s production this year features sets and costumes by British designer Peter Farmer. Additionally, Chun Wai Chan, Guest Princial Artist from Houston Ballet will join Company dancers in a special guest appearance during the 25 October evening and 27 October matinee performances; while Matthew Golding, Guest Principal Artist from Bavarian State Ballet (formerly Principal Dancer of The Royal Ballet & Dutch National Ballet), will also perform during the 26 and 27 October evening performances.
The production is companioned by a series of events, including Swan Lake – Ballet 360° (excerpt backstage performances) on 15 October 2019, Ballet StoryTime – Swan Lake (a talk about the production) on 20 October 2019, Swan Lake Pre-performance Workshops for kids, as well as Swan Lake – Pre-performance Talks on 26 October and 3 November 2019. For details and registration, please click here.