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Hong Kong Ballet to Open Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival, 6/18-22

Hong Kong Ballet to Open Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival, 6/18-22

Following its 2012 Jacob's Pillow debut, The Hong Kong Ballet returns with sleek elegance, technical precision, and a range of contemporary ballets. Directed by Madeleine Onne, former Artistic Director of The Royal Swedish Ballet, the company performs a varied program that includes Polish choreographer Krzysztof Pastor's In Light and Shadow, set to Johann Sebastian Bach's "Goldberg Variations" and "Orchestral Suite in D Major No. 3". The company's male dancers will present Nacho Duato's commanding Castrati, which explores themes of masculinity and sacrifice to the music of Antonio Vivaldi and Karl Jenkins. A poetic trio from A Room of Her Own, by National Ballet of China resident choreographer Fei Bo, opens this international program. The Hong Kong Ballet kicks off the 2014 Festival in the Ted Shawn Theatre, June 18-22.

"The Hong Kong Ballet is one of the top international ballet companies, and we are building greater recognition for them in the U.S." states Ella Baff, Executive and Artistic Director of Jacob's Pillow. "The dancers are divine - elegant but passionate and impressive in the range of what they can perform - from the core classics to new, contemporary work. This engagement is also a chance to see at least one aspect of what's happening in dance in China."

Artistic Director of The Hong Kong Ballet, Madeleine Onne, comments: "The company's 2012 visit to the Pillow was such an enjoyable experience, and our dancers really benefitted from the opportunity to dance overseas for a new audience. The dancers always develop artistically from touring, and while it's wonderful to perform abroad, I am also proud to show off our increased excellence when we get home."

A profound, dramatic work, A Room of Her Own tells the story of a writer navigating a marriage to her choreographer husband, and her jealousy over his friendship with a colleague. Danced to Edward Elgar's poignant "Cello Concerto in E minor, Op. 85", A Room of Her Own was created for The Hong Kong Ballet by Fei Bo in 2011 and a selected trio from the ballet offers a thoughtful beginning to this program of elegant works.


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