Author: Kevin Ng

Kevin Ng is based in Hong Kong and writes about dance for a number of publications including the Hong Kong Economic Journal, The Financial Times, the St. Petersburg Times, Ballet Review and Ballet 2000.

Under are the articles written for DanceTabs. Reviews on Balletco
HKB in the Waltz of the Flowers from The Nutcracker.© Conrad Dy-Liacco. (Click image for larger version)

Hong Kong Ballet – The Nutcracker – Hong Kong

This new production of Nutcracker is ambitious with a complicated but intelligent libretto which makes a welcome change for the audience.

HK Ballet in Castrati.© Conrad Dy-Liacco. (Click image for larger version)

Hong Kong Ballet – An International Celebration of Ballet – Hong Kong

Hong Kong Ballet presented a diverse and well-balanced mixed programme in early November, consisting of two premieres and a revival of a major work.

Jin Yao and Kostyantyn Keshyshev in Cinderella.© Conrad Dy-Liacco. (Click image for larger version)

Hong Kong Ballet – Cinderella – Hong Kong

I saw the first cast led by Jin Yao, the top ballerina in the company. Her acting was superb, and her dancing too had a warm glow throughout.

Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan in Nine Songs.© LCSD Hong Kong. (Click image for larger version)

Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan – Nine Songs – Hong Kong

The whole troupe’s dedication and excellence in performance was most commendable, if only there were brighter sections to provide a better contrast to the pervasively dark and mournful tone of this piece.

Luana Georg and Sergei Upkin in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.© Harri Rospu. (Click image for larger version)

Estonian National Ballet – Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs – Hong Kong

The story is clearly narrated and easy to follow. Harangozo’s choreography is proficient overall though not particularly inventive. The two pas de deux are warm though lacking emotional depth.

Zhang Si Yuan and Kostyantyn Keshyev in Giselle. © Conrad Dy-Liacco. (Click image for larger version)

Hong Kong Ballet – Giselle – Hong Kong

Keshyshev made a remarkable debut as Albrecht, partnering Zhang Si Yuan who was also dancing Giselle for the very first time. Both dancers were so confident, and assured, that it was hard to believe that they were actually making debuts…

Diana Vishneva and Andrei Merkuriev in Subject to Change. © Natasha Razina. (Click image for larger version)

Mariinsky Festival – Diana Vishneva bill – St Petersburg

A highlight of the Mariinsky Festival this year was a performance dedicated to the Mariinsky prima ballerina, Diana Vishneva…

Wu Fei-fei in Turandot. © Conrad Dy-Liacco. (Click image for larger version)

Hong Kong Ballet – Turandot – Hong Kong

…in late March the troupe revived Turandot, created in 2003 by the Australian choreographer, Natalie Weir, and one of the best works premiered during the tenure of the former artistic director, Stephen Jefferies.

TeZukA artwork. © Tezuka Productions. (Click image for larger version)

Hong Kong Arts Festival – Lyon Opera Ballet, Les Ballets De Monte Carlo and Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui

Local audiences also saw the return of the Lyon Opera Ballet. Their mixed programme consisted of two ballets by Benjamin Millepied, a ballet by Maguy Marin, and best of all, Balanchine’s masterpiece, Concerto Barocco, staged by Nanette Glushak.

Hamburg Ballet - Third Symphony of Gustav Mahler. © Holger Badekow.

Hamburg Ballet – Third Symphony of Gustav Mahler and Streetcar Named Desire – Hong Kong

The local audiences warmly welcomed the long-overdue return of the Hamburg Ballet which was appearing for the third time in the festival. For this 40th anniversary festival the Hamburg company brought both a plotless ballet and a narrative ballet by its renowned choreographer, John Neumeier.

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