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Review | Dark, sexual tango underworld is missing in Hong Kong performance of Maria de Buenos Aires

A new production by renowned choreographer Helen Lai brings the story of Astor Piazzolla’s Maria de Buenos Aires to life in Hong Kong, but felt rather sanitised compared with the original.

A new production by renowned choreographer Helen Lai brings the story of Astor Piazzolla’s Maria de Buenos Aires to life in Hong Kong, but felt rather sanitised compared with the original.

20 May 2022 - 9:14AM
Review | New Nutcracker production a triumph for Hong Kong Ballet and its artistic director Septime Webre

Hong Kong setting for Act One of the ballet and tongue-in-cheek cultural references will endear this production to city audiences for years to come.

Hong Kong setting for Act One of the ballet and tongue-in-cheek cultural references will endear this production to city audiences for years to come.

14 Dec 2021 - 5:52PM
Why Hong Kong Ballet’s upcoming Nutcracker production is artistic director Septime Webre’s love letter to his adopted home

Hong Kong Ballet’s profile has never been higher and, despite the pandemic setting back its international ambitions, the company is set to wow the city with its upcoming production of The Nutcracker.

Hong Kong Ballet’s profile has never been higher and, despite the pandemic setting back its international ambitions, the company is set to wow the city with its upcoming production of The Nutcracker.

5 Dec 2021 - 10:15AM
Review | Nine Songs by Helen Lai: 30th anniversary performance by Hong Kong Dance Company ‘magnificent’ and mesmerising

Hong Kong Dance Company put on an exceptional performance, backed by music and designs by Oscar winners Tan Dun and Tim Yip.

Hong Kong Dance Company put on an exceptional performance, backed by music and designs by Oscar winners Tan Dun and Tim Yip.

30 Nov 2021 - 12:08PM
Review | Hong Kong Ballet’s The Sleeping Beauty marked by ravishing performances and a joyous farewell, but shame about the setting

Ye Feifei and Amber Lewis were outstanding, and 11-year old Matsuharu Wesley Lai looks like a future star, but they deserved better than Cynthia Harvey’s 2010 production.

Ye Feifei and Amber Lewis were outstanding, and 11-year old Matsuharu Wesley Lai looks like a future star, but they deserved better than Cynthia Harvey’s 2010 production.

19 Oct 2021 - 4:15PM
Review | Romeo and Juliet transposed to a 1960s Hong Kong that’s vividly evoked – new Hong Kong Ballet production looks to be a crowd pleaser

Neon signs, bamboo scaffolding, kung fu, Tybalt a triad boss – Hong Kong Ballet’s Romeo + Juliet looks stunning. Some of the drama is lost, however, and the dancing was patchy.

Neon signs, bamboo scaffolding, kung fu, Tybalt a triad boss – Hong Kong Ballet’s Romeo + Juliet looks stunning. Some of the drama is lost, however, and the dancing was patchy.

22 Jun 2021 - 4:31PM
Review | Hong Kong Ballet with Daniel Camargo sparkle in Balanchine’s Jewels

After two postponements it was third time lucky for Hong Kong Ballet, whose performance of Balanchine’s Jewels showed the troupe’s technique and energy.

After two postponements it was third time lucky for Hong Kong Ballet, whose performance of Balanchine’s Jewels showed the troupe’s technique and energy.

27 May 2021 - 1:28PM
Review | Hong Kong Ballet’s online festival marred at times by camerawork that obscures the dancing

Hong Kong Ballet replaced its cancelled live season with an online festival of filmed performances. While many pieces are danced strongly, they often suffer from overly fancy camerawork.

Hong Kong Ballet replaced its cancelled live season with an online festival of filmed performances. While many pieces are danced strongly, they often suffer from overly fancy camerawork.

23 Mar 2021 - 10:58PM
Hong Kong year in dance 2019: milestones with a touch of mayhem

The Hong Kong Ballet and the City Contemporary Dance Company both pulled out all the stops to celebrate their 40th anniversaries, but anti-government protests saw ticket sales slump and even a show of Swan Lake halted.

The Hong Kong Ballet and the City Contemporary Dance Company both pulled out all the stops to celebrate their 40th anniversaries, but anti-government protests saw ticket sales slump and even a show of Swan Lake halted.

18 Dec 2019 - 6:45PM
Review | Akram Khan in Xenos: dancing, design and music all incredible in story of Indian soldier during World War I

Akram Khan’s farewell full-length solo performance ‘Xenos’ in Hong Kong showed off his mastery of theatre, his trademark brilliant use of design and integration of live music, and hisown extraordinary dancing.

Akram Khan’s farewell full-length solo performance ‘Xenos’ in Hong Kong showed off his mastery of theatre, his trademark brilliant use of design and integration of live music, and hisown extraordinary dancing.

18 Nov 2019 - 5:03PM
Henrik Ibsen’s Ghosts by the Norwegian National Ballet: stunning choreography and performances in Hong Kong

In the Norwegian National Ballet’s starkly powerful retelling of Ibsen’s 1881 play for Hong Kong’s World Cultures Festival, production values offset complicated plot issues thanks to clever touches of theatre.

In the Norwegian National Ballet’s starkly powerful retelling of Ibsen’s 1881 play for Hong Kong’s World Cultures Festival, production values offset complicated plot issues thanks to clever touches of theatre.

6 Nov 2019 - 8:51AM
Review | Verdi’s Rigoletto: vivid acting, natural singing in Opera Hong Kong production that erred on the dark side

A work of startling relevance in the MeToo era, Rigoletto requires the right balance between the forces of light and darkness, one not quite achieved here despite the production’s excellence, vivid acting and natural singing.

A work of startling relevance in the MeToo era, Rigoletto requires the right balance between the forces of light and darkness, one not quite achieved here despite the production’s excellence, vivid acting and natural singing.

16 Oct 2019 - 9:05AM
Actor on playing the white villain in Hong Kong film, and how he spotted a ‘bad guy’ niche to fill

In one of his first films, Frenchman Philippe Joly was only allowed one take, and got danger money – ‘Well, its explosives,’ they said; since then he’s died opposite Andy Lau, Chow Yun-fat and Jackie Chan. Now he wants meatier roles.

In one of his first films, Frenchman Philippe Joly was only allowed one take, and got danger money – ‘Well, its explosives,’ they said; since then he’s died opposite Andy Lau, Chow Yun-fat and Jackie Chan. Now he wants meatier roles.

18 Jul 2019 - 7:38PM
Review | A Rite of Spring for our times from Hong Kong Ballet caps thrilling triple-bill season finale

Brilliantly choreographed, company’s new take on Stravinsky ballet about a sacrificial maiden makes it a parable of humankind’s destruction of nature; it was the pick of a thrilling triple bill of contrasting works danced with fierce commitment.

Brilliantly choreographed, company’s new take on Stravinsky ballet about a sacrificial maiden makes it a parable of humankind’s destruction of nature; it was the pick of a thrilling triple bill of contrasting works danced with fierce commitment.

3 Jun 2019 - 6:07PM
Hong Kong choreographer Helen Lai’s work celebrated in City Contemporary Dance Company double bill

Winterreise and The Rite of Spring show the range of Lai’s talent, from the intimate to the flamboyant. Her mastery of the stage is on display throughout, with outstanding performances from Chou Shu-yi and Irene Lo.

Winterreise and The Rite of Spring show the range of Lai’s talent, from the intimate to the flamboyant. Her mastery of the stage is on display throughout, with outstanding performances from Chou Shu-yi and Irene Lo.

29 Apr 2019 - 3:00PM
Review | John Neumeier greatest-hits tribute shows choreographer’s passion for dance

Hamburg Ballet veteran was on stage to narrate highlights of his journey through dance, performed as part of the 2019 Hong Kong Arts Festival; excerpts showed his ability to create both narrative and abstract ballet.

Hamburg Ballet veteran was on stage to narrate highlights of his journey through dance, performed as part of the 2019 Hong Kong Arts Festival; excerpts showed his ability to create both narrative and abstract ballet.

25 Mar 2019 - 5:22PM
Review | Cloud Gate Dance Theatre choreographer Lin Hwai-min’s career celebrated after a life dedicated to dance

Lin, 72, has led Taiwan’s Cloud Gate Dance Theatre for nearly 50 years, and put Asian dance on the international map, but he steps down later this year. His iconic works are being performed at this year’s Hong Kong Arts Festival.

Lin, 72, has led Taiwan’s Cloud Gate Dance Theatre for nearly 50 years, and put Asian dance on the international map, but he steps down later this year. His iconic works are being performed at this year’s Hong Kong Arts Festival.

22 Feb 2019 - 3:40PM
The Great Gatsby comes alive in Hong Kong Ballet jazz production of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic

Artistic director Septime Webre pulls out all the stops with stunning visuals, gorgeous music and an abundance of good dancing. Where it falls short as an adaptation of a great novel, it makes up for in sheer entertainment value.

Artistic director Septime Webre pulls out all the stops with stunning visuals, gorgeous music and an abundance of good dancing. Where it falls short as an adaptation of a great novel, it makes up for in sheer entertainment value.

18 Feb 2019 - 2:39PM
Review | Almost 55 pays tribute to dancer Qiao Yang’s 23-year history at Hong Kong’s City Contemporary Dance Company

Qioa Yang, 55, shows off her astounding flexibility in this celebration of her career. The lighting and videography were brilliant, but some of the choreography failed to do the dancer justice.

Qioa Yang, 55, shows off her astounding flexibility in this celebration of her career. The lighting and videography were brilliant, but some of the choreography failed to do the dancer justice.

29 Jan 2019 - 3:54PM
2018 Hong Kong dance in review: a look back at the highs and lows – and what 2019 has in store

No fewer than three productions of Giselle, the farewell appearance of Jin Yao and an epic performance of Yuri Grigorovich’s Spartacus were highlights. But Hong Kong Dance Company’s puzzling season was a disappointment.

No fewer than three productions of Giselle, the farewell appearance of Jin Yao and an epic performance of Yuri Grigorovich’s Spartacus were highlights. But Hong Kong Dance Company’s puzzling season was a disappointment.

29 Dec 2018 - 6:15PM
Review | Insanity and martial arts: a strong, contrasting double bill from City Contemporary Dance Company

The first show, Nuts’hell, looks at psychiatric diagnosis and insanity. The second show, Jangdan, is a more commercial dance than contemporary.

The first show, Nuts’hell, looks at psychiatric diagnosis and insanity. The second show, Jangdan, is a more commercial dance than contemporary.

10 Dec 2018 - 1:09PM
Review | Giselle: immaculate dancing and outstanding performance by Hong Kong Ballet – review
  • Veteran dancer Jin Yao gives her ‘finest performance’ in emotionally charged ballet and guest dancer Marcelo Gomes lifts production to new heights.
  • Veteran dancer Jin Yao gives her ‘finest performance’ in emotionally charged ballet and guest dancer Marcelo Gomes lifts production to new heights.
29 Oct 2018 - 3:39PM
Ballet star Marcelo Gomes on learning from the bad, and his new freelance career
  • Brazilian who quit American Ballet Theatre under a cloud relishes opportunities in his new career as a freelance. A guest in Hong Kong Ballet’s production of Giselle, he says the company can skyrocket under Septime Webre.
  • Brazilian who quit American Ballet Theatre under a cloud relishes opportunities in his new career as a freelance. A guest in Hong Kong Ballet’s production of Giselle, he says the company can skyrocket under Septime Webre.
24 Oct 2018 - 7:19PM
Tree of Codes review: visually arresting dance production needed more content and structure

Royal Ballet choreographer Wayne McGregor’s Tree of Codes opened the New Vision Arts Festival with a full-length production that was stunning to watch but ran out of things to say.

Royal Ballet choreographer Wayne McGregor’s Tree of Codes opened the New Vision Arts Festival with a full-length production that was stunning to watch but ran out of things to say.

22 Oct 2018 - 2:34PM
Turandot by Puccini review: superb singing, great rendition of the score, but the plot is confusing

A co-production between Hong Kong Opera and New York City Opera, the show was a mixture of great vocal talent, Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra’s great rendition of the score and a plot with a few weaknesses.

A co-production between Hong Kong Opera and New York City Opera, the show was a mixture of great vocal talent, Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra’s great rendition of the score and a plot with a few weaknesses.

15 Oct 2018 - 3:00PM
Dragonfly at Tai Kwun arts centre – stunning decor and quality drinks make for a classy night out

Ashley Sutton’s tribute to the Art Nouveau era is carried through in meticulous detail, offering a gorgeous array of Tiffany stained glass lamps, tables and candle holders, with classic cocktails to match.

Ashley Sutton’s tribute to the Art Nouveau era is carried through in meticulous detail, offering a gorgeous array of Tiffany stained glass lamps, tables and candle holders, with classic cocktails to match.

11 Oct 2018 - 6:55PM
Hong Kong Cool introduces local choreographers and artists in collaboration in a mixed bag

The annual choreographers’ showcase had its moments, but the original pieces showed signs of a lack of mutual inspiration between artists and dancers.

The annual choreographers’ showcase had its moments, but the original pieces showed signs of a lack of mutual inspiration between artists and dancers.

17 Sep 2018 - 5:47PM
Mixology king Antonio Lai’s new Hong Kong speakeasy, Room 309 serves invisible drinks in a hidden room

A key card gets you into a dimly lit retro looking bar, where transparent cocktails can be ordered from an invisible menu. However, the staff are young and inexperienced and some of the drinks could be larger.

A key card gets you into a dimly lit retro looking bar, where transparent cocktails can be ordered from an invisible menu. However, the staff are young and inexperienced and some of the drinks could be larger.

17 Sep 2018 - 1:16PM
The Wise King in SoHo – excellent service and tasty cocktails promise a long, successful reign

Founded by two celebrated mixologists, Joe Villanueva and Sandeep Kumar, the bar’s regal interior sets the tone, and the signature cocktails focused on adding a Spanish twist to classic concepts, complements it perfectly.

Founded by two celebrated mixologists, Joe Villanueva and Sandeep Kumar, the bar’s regal interior sets the tone, and the signature cocktails focused on adding a Spanish twist to classic concepts, complements it perfectly.

30 Aug 2018 - 6:43PM
Review | Lewis Carroll’s Alice comes alive in Hong Kong Ballet production, its first choreographed by artistic director Septime Webre

The first production choreographed by artistic director Septime Webre that the troupe has performed, this Alice is magically inventive and packed with spectacular effects

The first production choreographed by artistic director Septime Webre that the troupe has performed, this Alice is magically inventive and packed with spectacular effects

21 Aug 2018 - 7:24PM