Hong Kong Ballet is 35 years old this year. A celebration programme opens on October 24 at the Cultural Centre where the company is venue partner — and which itself will be 25 in November. Artistic Director Madeleine Onne talks to 48 Hours Magazine about the upcoming performance – Swan Lake (Act III) and Castrati – and gives us a sneak peak of Turandot, one of this season’s highlights, and explains the process of making a world renowned ballet.
A crowd of about 70 protesters marches on the residence of Hong Kong's current leader Leung Chun-ying, over his recent comments that open elections would put voting power into the hands of people "who earn less than US$1,800 a month". Read a related story here.
Video footage shows police ducking for cover as they advance along a stone hallway, with loud gunfire echoing among the gothic columns, as police squads swarm in to hunt a gunman who shot a soldier guarding a nearby war memorial. Read the full story here.
The government and student leaders remained poles apart on how the city should elect its leader in 2017, after their televised meeting yesterday failed to resolve the issue that triggered the Occupy Central mass sit-ins. Chief Secretary Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor said the government would submit a report to Beijing reflecting the latest public sentiment and would consider setting up a platform for dialogue on constitutional development, but that failed to please the five leaders from the Federation of Students. SCMP asked protesters in Admiralty for their reactions. Read the full story here.