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Poster for Mulan.© Hong Kong Dance Company. (Click image for larger version)

Hong Kong Dance Company – Mulan – Hong Kong

The production provides a welcome showcase for the power and virtuosity of the company’s men who are on magnificent form, led by the splendid Chen Jun.

CCDC in Lai Tak-wai's Timeline.© Cheung Chi Wai. (Click image for larger version)

City Contemporary Dance Company – It’s My Turn showcase – Hong Kong

It’s My Turn is the 2013 edition of City Contemporary Dance Company’s annual showcase for new choreography… Although this wasn’t a vintage year, all four pieces offered something to enjoy…

Poster for Hong Kong Dance Company in Masquerade.Photo © Workhouse Limited. (Click image for larger version)

Hong Kong Dance Company – Masquerade – Hong Kong

The show is lively, entertaining and features stand-out performances in the leading roles

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.

Tang Shu-Wing and Xing Liang's Thunderstorm.© Yvonne Chan. (Click image for larger version)

Tang Shu-Wing Theatre Studio – Thunderstorm – Hong Kong

…an outstanding production which deserves to be seen again.

City Contemporary Dance Company in Fighter.© Conrad Dy-Liacco. (Click image for larger version)

City Contemporary Dance Company – Stripteaser 2012: dance meets fashion – Hong Kong

City Contemporary Dance Company’s Stripteaser 2012 offers four short works created by different choreographers, each working with – and supposedly drawing inspiration from – a local fashion designer.

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.

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…

Itzik Galili's The Sofa in the 4 Tendances programme. © Sigrid Colomyes. (Click image for larger version)

Bordeaux Opera Ballet – In The Steps Of Petipa and 4 Tendances – Hong Kong

The company brought two contrasting programmes, one classical, In the Steps of Petipa, and one modern, 4 Tendances (Four Tendencies). Of the two, the dancers looked far more at home in the contemporary pieces…

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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