VIDEO: Ballet in the City [May 4, 2020]

  • This week's video is about a local dance company taking ballet to the city's streets. 
  • Make sure to check out the answers and script as well!
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1. Purpose of video: _________________________

2. Who first started ballet?

3. What does Webre do at Hong Kong Ballet?  
A. He oversees artistic programmes.
B. He teaches foreign languages.
C. He shoots videos.
D. He promotes Hong Kong and encourages tourists to visit the city.

4. What does Webre compare ballet to?

5. For each definition given below, find a word or phrase which matches its meaning in the middle of the video (1:05-1:32) (3 marks)
(i) make a connection to  ____________ 
(ii) dancing around excitedly  ____________ 
(iii) having a powerful effect  ____________ 

6. Listen to the middle of the video. What does Webre hope to achieve by showcasing ballet dancers performing in a basketball court? 

7. Based on the video, are the following statements True, False or Not Given? (4 marks)  
(i) Ballet is the oldest dance form in the world. 
(ii) Webre wants to present ballet in a day-to-day context. 
(iii) Webre thinks Hong Kong lags behind many other Asian countries in ballet. 
(iv) Swan Lake is an example of a classical fusion dance. 

8. Listen to the end of the video. Whose DNA does Webre refer to when he says “the DNA hasn’t changed”, and why? (2 marks) 

9. Which of the following BEST describes Webre’s vision?
A. to use ballet as a means to boost Hong Kong’s tourism sector
B. to encourage more ballet dancers to participate in flash mobs
C. to reinvent ballet so that it represents the city’s vibrancy
D. none of the above

10. What is the target audience of this audience?
A. performing arts companies that are looking to hire more ballet dancers
B. those who think ballet is not for the general public
C. tourists who are visiting Hong Kong for the first time   
D. students who want to pursue ballet as a career    

Click here for the script

Click here for the answers