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In Nijinsky, ballet's spark of genius smothered by madness

In Nijinsky, ballet's spark of genius smothered by madness

Vaslav Nijinsky was almost immobile at the last moment of his real life. Only his expressive hands moved, turning magazine pages as he waited outside the office of a pioneer psychiatrist at a Zurich asylum.

Sunday, 16 June, 2013, 4:17pm

Ballet's The Rite of Spring, 100 years later

Bejart Ballet marks The Rite of Spring's centenary at the Bolshoi in Moscow. In England, Sadler's Wells will offer other interpretations. Photo: AFP

When The Rite of Spring was premiered in Paris in 1913, it created the most violent brouhaha in ballet history, with critics condemning Igor Stravinsky's music as barbarous and Vaslav Nijinsky's choreography as senseless ugliness.

14 Apr 2013 - 5:18pm

Case history: Total ankle replacement

Illustration: Angela Ho

Graeme Collins, 63, a retired ballet dancer who now teaches, knew he was in dire straits when he first felt his ankle joint getting stiff about 14 years ago.

26 Feb 2013 - 9:03am

US ballet troupe brings bravura to arts festival

American Ballet Theatre Artistic Director Kevin McKenzie watches dancers rehearse. Photo: NYT

American Ballet Theatre began their series of performances under the Hong Kong Arts Festival with a high-energy mixed bill that showed the company in sparkling form.

25 Feb 2013 - 5:18am

Constant motion and emotion

Artistic director Kevin McKenzie watches rehearsals. Photo: NYT

What is it that makes the American Ballet Theatre so "American"? According to Kevin McKenzie, the former dancer who has been the company's artistic director since 1991, it's not a patriotic, flag-waving approach to dance, although the company is the United States' official national ballet.

17 Feb 2013 - 5:05pm

Shanghai Ballet is yet to show its true style

Dancers of the Shanghai Ballet Theatre in a performance of the revived revolutionary model opera 'The White-Haired Girl'. Photo: Reuters

Shanghai Ballet, considered the mainland's leading company after the National Ballet of China, made a long-overdue appearance in Hong Kong in the 1960s Cultural Revolution icon White Haired Girl, presented by the China Ethnic & Folk Culture and Arts Exchange Association.

28 Jan 2013 - 6:57am

Choreographer Terence Kohler promises an innovative take on The Nutcracker

Terence Kohler went back to the original story of The Nutcracker by E.T.A. Hoffmann. Photo: May Tse

It's like watching a flower blossoming, with its petals slowly unfolding, as Australian choreographer Terence Kohler whispers his free-flow creative ideas to his team of dancers at a dance studio inside the Hong Kong Cultural Centre.

9 Dec 2012 - 2:27pm

Hong Kong Ballet dancers excel in Duato's 'Castrati'

The highlight of Hong Kong Ballet's new mixed bill, A Ballet Soirée, is the company's first production of a piece by celebrated Spanish choreographer Nacho Duato.

5 Nov 2012 - 5:45am

Arts preview: Bolshoi Ballet in Cinema

Bolshoi ballerina Maria Alexandrova is Odette/Odile in Swan Lake.

There's nothing like the thrill of seeing great ballet live on stage but, unfortunately, it's not an option available to everyone. That's why some of the world's top companies have started filming their performances to be broadcast live at home and shown in cinemas abroad.

28 Oct 2012 - 4:49pm

The Nutcracker on Ice coming soon

The Nutcracker on Ice is at the Lyric Theatre. Photo: SCMP

Christmas is only just on the horizon but family fun is already on the way. The Nutcracker on Ice is coming to town next month at the Academy for Performing Arts' Lyric Theatre.

The show will be performed by the Imperial Ice Stars - 26 veteran skaters who have won medals at Olympic, European and national competitions.

23 Oct 2012 - 2:25pm

Classic Cinderella tale hits right note for youngsters


Hong Kong Ballet

Cultural Centre Grand Theatre


Back for an umpteenth rerun, choreographer David Allan's version of Cinderella continues to be guaranteed box office gold for Hong Kong Ballet.

5 Sep 2012 - 3:04am



29 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Know Your Ballet Music

Yip Wing-sie conducts the HK Sinfonietta performing excerpts from ballet works such as Prokofiev's Cinderella and Tchaikovsky's The Nutcracker; choreographer Yuri Ng Yue-lit presents (with Yip) and dancers Carlo Pacis, Justyne Li and Roy Li Long-hin also perform. Mainly in Cantonese. Jul 27-28, 7.30pm, Jul 29, 3pm, HK City Hall, 5 Edinburgh Place, Central, HK$120-HK$280 Urbtix.

22 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Turning pointe

The Hong Kong Ballet may be on its summer recess but the company is hardly resting. Not only is the troupe already preparing for The Nutcracker, a new version of the classic reimagined by Australian choreographer Terence Kohler that will have its world premiere this Christmas, but 30 of its dancers are also gearing up for a three-week tour of North America.

15 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Culture as child's play

Three years after attending a packed performance of Circus Incognitus in Hong Kong, I can still recall the delight on people's faces as they took in Jamie Adkins' one-man show that mixed juggling, balancing and comedy to yield all manner of fun stunts.

8 Jul 2012 - 12:00am