Don Quixote - The Hong Kong Ballet Season 2014-15

2014-08-22 19:30 - 2014-08-31 16:00

Don Quixote - The Hong Kong Ballet Season 2014-15

When: 22-31 Aug 2014 every 19:30, every Sat 14:30/19:30, every Sun 14:30
Where: Grand Theatre, Hong Kong Cultural Centre

Don Quixote Poster


The Hong Kong Ballet opens the 2014-15 dance season with a brand new production of Don Quixote, based on Miguel de Cervantes' great novel of the same name. Nina Ananiashvili, the Georgian-born, Bolshoi-trained dancer who is recognised as one of the finest prima ballerinas of the 20th century is staging her own interpretation of this much loved story for The Hong Kong Ballet.

The eponymous hero, who misguidedly imagines himself a chivalrous and honourable knight, sets off in search of Dulcinea the fictional maiden with whom he has fallen in love. On his adventures he meets the beautiful Kitri and mistakes her for his beloved Dulcinea. This fun and feisty tale tells of Kitri and her sweetheart Basilio, and their encounters with the comically delusional Don Quixote and his simple squire Sancho Panza.

Known for its balletic fireworks and bravura steps, this ballet is a tour de force, requiring the dancers to tackle some of the most technically-demanding choreography in classical ballet. Don Quixote is a must-see ballet for all the family - a fast-paced dance spectacle packed with virtuoso dancing, a fanciful storyline, and hilarious characters.


Guest Artist: Matthew Golding
Choreography: Marius Petipa, Alexander Gorsky
Staging and new choreography: Nina Ananiashvili
Music: Ludwig Minkus
Artistic Consultant: Aleksei Fadeechev
Assistant to Choreographer: Ekaterina Shavliashvili
Set and Costume Designs: Thomas Mika
Lighting Design: Billy Chan
Live Accompaniment: City Chamber Orchestra of Hong Kong
Conductor: Judith Yan


Cast List for Lead Roles
22 Aug Fri 19:30, 23 Aug Sat 14:30 2014
Cast: Liu Yu-yao, Wei Wei, Zhang Si Yuan, Li Lin

23 Aug Sat 19:30, 24 Aug Sun 14:30 2014
Cast: Anna Tsygankova, Matthew Golding, Zhang Si Yuan, Li Lin

29 Aug Fri 19:30, 30 Aug Sat 14:30 2014
Cast: Candice Adea, Sheng Jie, Liu Yu-yao, Song Hai Feng

30 Aug Sat 19:30, 31 Aug Sun 14:30 2014
Cast: Zhang Si Yuan, Li Jia Bo, Sarah Yeung, Frank van Tongeren


Nina Ananiashvili
Born in Tbilisi, Georgia, Nina Ananiashvili took her first steps towards ballet when she became a champion ice skater at the age of ten. After training at the Bolshoi Ballet Academy she joined the Bolshoi Theatre, where she was a prima ballerina from 1985 - 2004. Recognised as one of the great ballerinas of the 20th century, Nina Ananiashvili has won numerous prestigious awards, including gold medals at the 10th Varna International Ballet Competition, the 4th and 5th Moscow International Ballet Competitions, and the 3rd USA International Ballet Competition. She has also been named a People's Artist of Georgia and Russia, and in 2007 was selected as a United Nations National Goodwill Ambassador.

Since 2004 Nina Ananiashvili has been the Artistic Director of the ballet company of the Tbilisi Z. Paliashvili Opera and Ballet State Theatre, and in 2011 she started to stage ballets as a choreographer.


Thomas Mika
Thomas Mika was born in Hamburg, Germany and studied at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater in his hometown. At the age of 25, he created his first piece as a set and costume designer for Staatsballett Berlin at Deutsche Oper Berlin. Since then, he has collaborated with many contemporary choreographers including Alejandro Cerrudo, Edward Clug, Leo Mujic and Kevin O'Day, as well as creating designs for the classical ballets The Lady of the Camellias by Derek Dean, and the masterpieces Onegin and Romeo and Juliet by the legendary John Cranko.

Thomas Mika has collaborated worldwide with ballet companies such as Stuttgart Ballet, Berlin State Ballet, Universal Ballet Seoul, National Ballet of China, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Hungarian National Ballet, Polish National Ballet, The Hong Kong Ballet, Croatian National Ballet and the Royal Ballet of Flanders.


City Chamber Orchestra of Hong Kong
City Chamber Orchestra of Hong Kong (CCOHK) enjoys a unique position as one of the most prominent chamber orchestras in the Asian region. Currently in its fourteenth season, the CCOHK gives an annual subscription season of concerts specializing in a wide range of chamber-orchestral repertoire from Baroque to newly commissioned works. Some of the world's most prestigious artists have performed with the CCOHK including Sir James Galway, Sir Thomas Allen, Dame Evelyn Glennie, Christian Lindberg, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Hayley Westenra and the Vienna Boys' Choir. On tour the CCOHK has made its mark in Italy and China, performing at the Forbidden City Concert Hall in Beijing and the San Filippo Teatro in LÁquila.

Locally the CCOHK has performed at Le French May, the International Arts Carnival, RTHK Radio 4's annual Christmas concerts and the Hong Kong Games. In 2012 the CCOHK and Danish recorder virtuoso Michala Petri released English Recorder Concertosto international critical acclaim and the CD was selected CD of the week in the German Magazine Klassik Heute. Jean Thorel was appointed first chief conductor in 2008. In 2009 Leanne Nicholls, founder, artistic director and principal oboist of the CCOHK, was awarded a commendation certificate from the Home Affairs Bureau for outstanding contributions to the development of arts and cultural activities.


Matthew Golding (Appearing on 23 Aug Sat 19:30, 24 Aug Sun 14:30)
Matthew Golding was born in Saskatchewan, Canada and trained at the Royal Winnipeg Ballet School and the Universal Ballet Academy in Washington D.C. In 2002, at the age of just 16, he won the Youth America Grand Prix Ballet Competition in New York, and received the prestigious Prix de Lausanne, which entitled him to a scholarship to attend The Royal Ballet School in London. He graduated from The Royal Ballet School with honours in 2003 and joined the American Ballet Theater before moving to Het Nationale Ballet in Amsterdam in 2009. In February 2014 he joined the Royal Ballet where he is currently a Principal Dancer; he also remains a Guest Principal Dancer with Het Nationale Ballet.


Get to Know Don Quixote
When: 12 Aug 2014 Tue 19:30-20:45
Where: GR3, 8/F, Grand Theatre Backstage, Hong Kong Cultural Centre


Don Quixote has an incredible history spanning the 400 years since the novel was written in 1605. The ballet centres on love but also offers a hilarious look at an alternative view of chivalry and knighthood. Come and learn more about Don Quixote and The Hong Kong Ballet's own unique take on this classical ballet staged by world famous prima ballerina Nina Ananiashvili.

Conducted in English. Suitable for ages 6 and above. Limited capacity, advance registration required.


Pre-performance Talk
When: 22 Aug 2014 Fri 18:50
Where: Level 2 Foyer, Hong Kong Cultural Centre


Get a sneak peek into the background of Don Quixote before the curtain goes up on this premiere! Join us at the foyer outside the Grand Theatre for a short informative talk, where you hear about the sumptuous sets and costumes, and learn some interesting facts that help you appreciate this marvellous new production.

Conducted in English with Cantonese translation. The programme is about 20 minutes long. Free admission with Don Quixote tickets.


Pre-performance Workshop
When: 23 Aug 2014 Sat 12:00-13:00
Where: GR2, 8/F, Grand Theatre Backstage, Hong Kong Cultural Centre


Designed for children aged 6-12, this fun interactive workshop uses dramatic storytelling to explore the great novel Don Quixote. Students are encouraged to express their theatrical side through character interpretation and they also learn some of the impressive bravura steps from this classical ballet. No previous dance experience is necessary.

Conducted in Cantonese and English. Only for ticket holders or Friends of The Hong Kong Ballet, Advance registration required.

Fee: $80* (per person)
Quota: 40
*10% off for Friends of The Hong Kong Ballet.


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Credit Card Booking: 852-21115999
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Tickets: $1000/680/480/280/140
Tel: 852-27342009
Add: 10 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong


*Information provided by The Hong Kong Ballet

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