Ballet Companies in the United Kingdom

Turning pointe

The Hong Kong Ballet may be on its summer recess but the company is hardly resting.

Sunday, 15 July, 2012, 12:00am

Galaxy: International Ballet Gala 2011

The English National Ballet's Daria Klimentova and Vadim Muntagirov (above), the San Francisco Ballet's Tan Yuanyuan and Anthony Spaulding, Jacoby & Pronk's Drew Jacoby & Rubinald Pronk, the Dutch National Ballet's Jurgita Dronina, the Norwegian National Ballet's Yoel Carreno, and the HK Ballet perform a diverse programme of ballet.

22 May 2011 - 12:00am

Hobson's Choice

Hobson's Choice Birmingham Royal Ballet HK Cultural Centre Grand Theatre Reviewed: Feb 18

Birmingham Royal Ballet made a welcome return to the Arts Festival with its signature ballet Hobson's Choice, choreographed by artistic director David Bintley.

22 Feb 2011 - 12:00am

All tight on the night

In one slapstick scene in Hobson's Choice, a suitor tries to practise giving a carnation to his girlfriend only to have it stick under his hat. In another, a father staggers in drunk, attempting not to wake his daughters and just missing the whisky glass when trying to pour himself a nightcap. The farce is worthy of Buster Keaton, but this is no cinematic comedy.

15 Feb 2011 - 12:00am

Hobson's Choice

The Birmingham Royal Ballet performs the dance version of Harold Brighouse's play about a humble shoemaker whose talent could take him far - if only someone would push him in the right direction. David Bintley choreographs and the Royal Ballet Sinfonia provides musical accompaniment. A HK Arts Festival programme.

13 Feb 2011 - 12:00am

History revisited

If you think ballet is all tutus, pirouetting and long-dead, European composers, think again. As Yuh Egami, Associate Choreographer of Hong Kong Ballet's upcoming production Firecracker says, ballet is a 'universal language'.

23 Jan 2011 - 12:00am

In step with ballet

The Hong Kong Ballet will perform Tchaikovsky's classic Sleeping Beauty at the Hong Kong Cultural Centre from the end of this month.

To mark the occasion, Young Post is organising a workshop. Using Sleeping Beauty as an example, the Hong Kong Ballet staff members will introduce the art of ballet through images, videos, dance steps and live music.

7 Oct 2010 - 12:00am

Hong Kong Arts Festival

The 39th Hong Kong Arts Festival may still be six months away (advance bookings don't open until October 6), but that has not stopped its organiser from promoting it now. If you have it, flaunt it.

5 Aug 2010 - 12:00am

The Dance

Classics and Beyond

The Hong Kong Ballet performs extracts from Swan Lake, The Sleeping Beauty, Don Quixote and new works. Fri-Sat, 7.30pm, Jan 30, 2.30pm, HK City Hall Theatre, $70, $100 Urbtix. Inquiries: 2105 9724

23 Jan 2005 - 12:00am

Beyond borders

FOR ITS LAST Hong Kong show in 2002, the mainland's National Ballet presented Zhang Yimou's Chinese-themed ballet Raise the Red Lantern. This was the work that won them international acclaim when it was performed in London and Paris last season.

21 Nov 2004 - 12:00am

Right royal shenanigans

IT seems that during the short and torrid reign of Edward II, royals and their hangers-on had nothing better to do than bonk, debauch and intrigue. Strange how some things never change.

12 Mar 2000 - 12:00am

Unusual mixture in dance programme

Ballet can be dangerous; Bach can be chaotic. These are some of the unexpected elements in the main dance programmes in next year's Arts Festival.

From the Birmingham Royal Ballet, England, comes one of the toughest shows that ballet audiences in Hong Kong have seen. When Edward II was premiered by the Stuttgart Ballet in 1995 the audience gave a 15-minute standing ovation.

13 Dec 1999 - 12:00am

Animal magic in a children's ballet

In repose, their doe-like eyes and cuddly appearance would not look out of place in a toy shop, almost prompting this observer to want to reach out to tweak their whiskers or pull their tails.

Yet when the music strikes up, these life-sized animals come alive - and as their graceful movements unfold, the beauty of their enchantment is revealed.

17 Jul 1998 - 12:00am

Dancers a step ahead with ballet

About 2,000 young people in the New Territories have benefited from ballet training, a presentation ceremony heard.

Certificates were presented at Sha Tin Town Hall to 420 prospective ballet 'stars' who took part in the Making Dances - Ballet Development Scheme 1997 run by the Provisional Regional Council.

30 Aug 1997 - 12:00am

HK Ballet gets new artistic director

HONG KONG Ballet has announced the appointment of Stephen Jefferies from Britain as the new artistic director of the company.

The company's former artistic director, Bruce Steivel, left for Korea in May this year upon completion of his contract.

16 Oct 1995 - 12:00am