The Hong Kong Ballet presents an evening of ballets created exclusively for us. The Company has sought out three of today’s most promising contemporary choreographers, Peter Quanz, Kinsun Chan and Fei Bo, and brought them to Hong Kong. We commissioned them to create new ballets for our dancers, with our dancers; this collaborative creative process has generated three ballets that showcase the Company as a whole, as well as celebrating the unique physique, talent and personality of each dancer. With this trio of powerful, stimulating and thought-provoking works, The Hong Kong Ballet proudly supports the choreographers of the future.
Is a happy, ever-lasting relationship really possible between a man and a woman? Peter Quanz speaks through his choreography about the fragility of human relationships, the tension between the genders and the qualities drawn out of us by each passing alliance. This emotionally-charged piece, dripping with sensuality, will make you reflect on your own relationships past and present.
Choreography: Peter Quanz
Music: Affairs of the Heart by Marjan Mozetich
Costume Designer : Anne Armit
Lighting Design: Mak Kwok Fai
Re-lighting: Goh Boon Ann
BLACK ON BLACK
Kinsun Chan’s new ballet explores the timelessness of the colour black, and the dance aesthetics he has created reflect the many facets of black’s symbolism. Kinsun manipulates the space on stage, playing with contrasting movements to reflect the contradictory emotions aroused by the colour black. The choreographer incorporates his intrigue for body language and gestures into this ballet of power, passion and surprise.
Choreography: Kinsun Chan
Music: String Quartet No. 2, Op. 64 “Quasi Una Fantasia” by Henryk Górecki
Set and Costume Design: Kinsun Chan
Lighting Design: Goh Boon Ann
A ROOM OF HER OWN
Frustration, self-doubt, jealousy and torment; these are just a few of the emotions felt by Lu Xi, the heroine of A Room of Her Own. She feels suffocated by her foundering relationship with her choreographer husband, but soon this feeling is replaced by fear and jealousy of her husband’s mysterious friendship with a new colleague. This intense dramatic work, suffused with sadness, highlights the unbridgeable gap between the genders through a profound exploration of the characters’ psychology.
Choreography: Fei Bo
Music: Cello Concerto in E minor, Op. 85 by Edward Elgar
Playwright: Wenlin Xia
Costume Design: Kun Li
Lighting Design: Goh Boon Ann
Kinsun began his ballet career in America and continued in Europe dancing with the Zürich and Basel Ballet before creating his first choreography in 2000. Subsequently he was chosen to attend the Swiss International Workshop in Choreography (SIWIC) and was invited by Reid Anderson to choreograph for the Stuttgart Ballet’s Noverre Society. Kinsuns interests are in a range of artistic disciplines, including choreography, film and design.
“Kinsun Chan proves his ability as an inventor of original movements.”– Neue Zürcher Zeitung
A graduate of Beijing Dance Academy, Fei Bo has choreographed numerous one-act works for The National Ballet of China, where he is currently Resident Choreographer. He was the recipient of the Choreography Prize at the 2005 Helsinki International Ballet Competition, and the prize for Best Choreography at the Shanghai International Ballet Competition in 2007. His full-length ballet The Peony Pavilion was staged at the Hong Kong Arts Festival in 2009 and Edinburgh International Festival in 2011.
“Fei’s choreography [is] fluent and effective”- Time Out Hong Kong
Hailing from Baden, Ontario, Peter Quanz knew he wanted to be a choreographer at the age of nine, and as a result he chose to pursue his creative development and education rather than follow a dancer’s traditional career. Quanz has choreographed ballets for some of the world’s leading ballet companies including the Kirov Ballet of the Mariinsky Theatre, American Ballet Theatre, the Royal Ballet (Linbury Theatre) and the National Ballet of Canada. He has been a freelance choreographer since 2002.
“Quanz’s masterly choreography has considerable emotional resonance.” –Financial Times
Behind the scenes – Moments in Time photo shooting
Moments in Time – Trailer
A Preview of Moments in Time
Artistic Director Madeleine Onne will give an introduction to the whole programme. Two of the choreographers, Kinsun Chan and Fei Bo, will talk about their creative process, and share their thoughts with the audience. There will also be an exclusive opportunity to see a preview by dancers of The Hong Kong Ballet.
Venue: Studio Theatre, Hong Kong Cultural Centre
Conducted in English. Free admission. Limited audience capacity, advance registration required.
Registration & Enquiries: 2105 9724 / [email protected]
Venue: Level 2 Foyer, Hong Kong Cultural Centre
The programme is about 20 minutes long
Free admission with Moments in Time tickets
Conducted in English with Cantonese translation