Opening Programme
The National Ballet of China

Classic works, star dancers, and superb staging create an exquisite experience

An unprecedented opportunity to see three diverse programmes of Chinese and Western ballet classics

Director and Artistic Director:Feng Ying
Orchestra:The National Ballet of China Symphony Orchestra
Conductors:Zhang Yi, Liu Ju

Ballet Gala

Sparkling line-up of works from East and West
A showcase of half a century of amazing achievement

"Ravishing...a combination of Chinese and Western balletic traditions that hooks the ear and opens the eye" - The Telegraph

Homage to Chinese Ballet
Red Lantern Dance and Pas de Deux from Raise the Red Lantern
Pas de Deux from Little Blue Flower
Excerpts from The New-Year Sacrifice Act II
The Butterfly Lovers Pas de Deux
The Red Detachment of Women Act II

Tribute to Masters of the World
George BalanchineSerenade : the first movement
Roland PetitPas de Deux from Carmen
Maurice BèjartExcerpts from The Firebird
William ForsythePas de Deux from In the Middle, Somewhat Elevated
Jean Coralli & Jules PerrotExcerpts from Giselle Act II
John CrankoPas de Deux from Onegin Act III
Marius PetipaPas de Deux from Don Quixote Act III

Uwe ScholzExcerpts from Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No. 3
Kenneth MacMillanPas de Deux from Concerto: the second movement
Chen ZemeiYellow River Piano Concerto: the fourth movement

Piano: Tan Xiaotang (Guest)

The Red Detachment of Women

Drawing on Chinese collective memory, the ballet remains hugely popular after more than 3,000 shows

"Powerful dances and colourful scenes" -

Highly imaginative and boldly innovative, The Red Detachment of Women breaks through the traditions of classical ballet by adding a contemporary feel and Chinese characteristics, creating a captivating new form infused with national spirit. Created in 1964, the production became one of the eight "model works" of the Cultural Revolution and introduced ballet to audiences across China in the late 1960s. Set in Hainan Island in the 1930s, The Red Detachment of Women follows the story of a maid who struggles to escape from her tyrannical landlord. With the help of a Red Army cadre, the maid is transformed from a peasant girl into a soldier. To ensure a true warrior spirit for the show, the National Ballet of China undertook the same preparations as it had in 1964 and sent the whole cast off for military training in 2004.

Choreography:Li Chengxiang, Jiang Zuhui, Wang Xixian
Music:Wu Zuqiang, Du Mingxin, Dai Hongwei,
Shi Wanchun, Wang Yanqiao
Theme Song, Song of the
Detachment of Women
, composed by:
Huang Zhun
Stage Design:Ma Yunhong
Lighting Design:Liang Hongzhou
Chorus:Cantacore Society (Guest)

Swan Lake

Perhaps the most precisely coordinated swan corps in the world

"(The National Ballet of China's Swan Lake) proves them to be unquestionably world class" - Daily Mail

Blending immaculate ballet technique with a uniquely Chinese essence, the Company triumphantly presents Swan Lake, an indispensable work for ballet groups the world over. This adaptation by the legendary Natalia Makarova stays close to Tchaikovsky's intensely emotional score, beautifully capturing the dramatic twists and turns of the tragic tale. It was this production that helped to launch the Company into the international spotlight. And with its poignant romance, passionate music and captivating choreography, Swan Lake – one of the world's best-loved ballets – is definitely worth seeing again and again and again.

Choreography:Natalia Makarova after Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov
Music:Piotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky
Stage Design:Peter Farmer
Lighting Design:Han Jiang

20.10 (Thur) 7:30pm  Ballet Gala
(Sold Out)

21.10 (Fri) 7:30pm      The Red Detachment of Women
(Sold Out)

23.10 (Sun) 2:30pm   Swan Lake
(Sold Out)

Hong Kong Cultural Centre Grand Theatre

 ■ $520 ■ $420 ■ $320 ■ $220 ■ $160

Some $220 and $160 seats may have restricted view
Each performance lasts approx 2 hours and 20 minutes with
a 20-minute intermission
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