Ballets by Marius Petipa

Joint performances set to dazzle HK audiences

PUBLISHED : Monday, 05 November, 2007, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 05 November, 2007, 12:00am

Local stars to collaborate with principal dancers from the New York City Ballet company

Hong Kong audiences will be treated to a star-studded performance featuring principal dancers from the New York City Ballet company.

Momentum, a show comprising four diverse pieces, will be held in the Lyric Theatre at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, from November 9-11.

Organised by the Hong Kong Ballet, it's the first Hong Kong performance for New York dancer Sofiane Sylve and her partner, Tamas Solymosi.

'This is my first time dancing in Hong Kong. I am looking forward to meeting the audience here,' Sylve says.

The duo will perform Le Corsaire pas de deux, while the three other dances -Clear, Paquita and Night Light - will be staged by the Hong Kong Ballet's dancers.

Night Light revolves around the reflections of city people. The lead role lives under stress in a bustling modern city.

He wants to escape and at night, unconscious feelings appear in his dreams.

'It's the only contemporary and modern dance in the show. It is about one's journey - distinguishing between reality and dreams. Hong Kong audiences will relate to the dance,' says Australian Brett Simon, 23, the main dancer in Night Light, who joined the Hong Kong company last summer.

'Paquita is a classical dance. I always like it, especially the passionate Spanish music background,' says Jin Yao, one of the principal dancers in the Hong Kong company, who has the lead role in Paquita.

The 27-year-old Beijing native has dancing in his blood.

'Both of my parents are professional dancers. I went to the National Ballet of China at the age of 10. After graduation, I worked there for seven years before coming to Hong Kong.'

To Jin, ballet is the most challenging work in the world.

'A top dancer requires a lot of endurance and patience,' he says.

We have five pairs of tickets to the Momentum performance on November 11 to giveaway. To enter, answer this question: Why do you like ballet?

Please e-mail your name, contact number, postal address and your answer to yp@scmp.com.