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Hong Kong Ballet Returns Live with Don Quixote

Hong Kong Ballet (HKB) will return to heat up the fall and kick off its 2020/21 Season with the captivating dance spectacle Don Quixote. Based on the Petipa classic from 1869, this uplifting family-friendly production from Nina Ananiashvili, set in sunny Spain, first took the stage in 2014 and later in 2017, winning numerous awards and rave reviews from critics and audiences alike. With its delightful mashup of comedy, fantasy, technically demanding choreography and brilliant costumes inspired by flamenco, gypsies and bullfighting, there’s no better production to welcome audiences back after HKB’s eight-month hiatus. Don Quixote’s opening performance will take place on 30 October 2020 at Hong Kong Cultural Centre.

Based on Cervantes’ literary classic of the same name, the story centres around Don Quixote, the gallant eponymous hero, embarking a remarkable adventure with his loyal servant Sancho Panza in pursuit of chivalric romance. On their journey, the duo meet the spirited Kitri and Basilio, who express their love with one of the most famous and challenging pas de deux of all time, spicing up intricate classical choreography with some exotic Spanish flair. The most popular romantic comedy in ballet, the heartwarming Don Quixote promises great fun and humour with its vibrant dancing and unforgettable characters.

The production will run 30 October–1 Nov 2020 at Hong Kong Cultural Centre’s Grand Theatre for five performances. Available at URBTIX now, tickets are priced at $680, $480, $280 and $140, with VIP tickets at $1,000. Audiences ages 3 or above are welcome.

All audiences are required to wear their own masks, avoid sharing items and maintain appropriate social distance in the theatre. The safety of our patrons, artists and staff is our first priority, and as such, seating for Don Quixote will reflect social distancing regulations in Hong Kong. HKB is closely monitoring the COVID-19 situation and will promptly announce any changes to our performances following the latest official pandemic recommendations, including the release of additional seats for sale to the public should social distancing rules be relaxed prior to the performances. For the most recent updates, please check HKB’s official website (hkballet.com).

About Don Quixote
A Thrilling Tale of Handsome Bullfighters and Unbridled Passion!
Bursting with gravity-defying jetes, fearless lifts, and impressive fouette turns, Nina Ananiashvili’s exuberant Don Quixote features Spanish matadors and spirited ballerinas performing some of the most technically demanding choreography in classical ballet. The chivalrous noble, Don Quixote, sets off on an adventure with his loyal squire, Sancho Panza, while lovers Kitri and Basilio battle against all odds to unite in true love. Based on Cervantes' iconic Spanish novel, Don Quixote is a must-see ballet for all the family—a glorious dance spectacle packed with virtuoso dancing, stunning costumes, a fanciful storyline and a lively cast of characters.
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Creative Team
Choreography Marius Petipa, Alexander Gorsky

Additional Choreography Nina Ananiashvili
Music Ludwig Minkus
Set & Costume Design Thomas Mika
Lighting Design Billy Chan
Live Accompaniment City Chamber Orchestra of Hong Kong
Conductor Judith Yan

Performance Details
Opening Night 30.10.2020 (Fri) 7:30pm
31.10–1.11.2020 (Sat–Sun) 2:30pm & 7:30pm
Grand Theatre, Hong Kong Cultural Centre
5 performances with live accompaniment
$1,000 (limited VIP tickets), $680, $480, $280, $140 | $340, $240, $140, $70 *
*Available for full-time students, senior citizens aged 60 or above and people with disabilities and the minder

Tickets available at URBTIX now
Internet Booking: www.urbtix.hk
Credit Card Booking: 2111 5999

Ticketing Enquiries: 3761 6661
Programme Enquiries: 2105 9724

Suitable for ages 3 and above. The presenter reserves the right to alter the programme and artists. The performance lasts approximately two hours, including one intermission.


50% off

Full-time students, senior citizens aged 60 or above, people with disabilities and the minder (Limited tickets for students and senior citizens available on a first-come, first-served basis. This discount cannot be used in conjunction with other discounts.)

15% off

Friends of Hong Kong Ballet members

10% off

CCDC Dance Inspirations/Student Dance Inspirations Card holders, Chung Ying Theatre Company’s Energy Fun Club plus members, Friends of HKCO members, Friends of HKDC Prestige members, HK Phil’s Club Bravo/Young Audience Scheme members, HKRep Pals members, Zuni Friends members, Fringe Club Members, Hong Kong Arts Administrators Association members, HKBU Foundation members, Hong Kong Dance Alliance members and MOViE MOViE members

Group Booking

10% off for every purchase of 10-19 tickets at regular price;
15% off 20-40 tickets at regular price

Patrons can enjoy only one of the above discounts for each purchase. Discounts do not apply to $1,000 VIP tickets.

For $1,000 VIP Ticket holders
Present your ticket stub at Hong Kong Ballet’s reception counter (Level 2 Foyer, Hong Kong Cultural Centre) before the end of intermission to receive a free drink coupon. Each ticket stub is valid for one free drink only.
*If cash bars at the performance venue are closed due to COVID-19 or any other unexpected circumstances, complimentary drinks for VIP ticket holders will be unavailable.

Joint Promotional Offers
Enjoy Exclusive Gastronomic Delights at Rosewood Hong Kong
Ticket holders can enjoy special sets and/or menus at Bayfare Social, Holt’s Café, Tea Conservatory and The Butterfly Room at Rosewood Hong Kong upon presentation of their Hong Kong Ballet tickets.
Details: www.rosewoodhotels.com/en/hong-kong/dining
Enquiries: 3891 8732 | hongkong.restaurants@rosewoodhotels.com
Reservations must be made in advance
Terms and conditions apply

15% Off Food and Beverage at K11 ARTUS
Ticket holders can enjoy one complimentary drink per person and 15% off food and beverage at The Commune, 10/F at K11 ARTUS on the day of the performance upon presentation of their tickets.
Enquiries: 2107 3388 | restaurants@artus.com.hk
Website: www.artus.com.hk
Not applicable to the Happy Hour Menu and the Chef’s Menu. Terms and conditions apply

An Artisanal Staycation at K11 ARTUS
Book a stay directly via K11 ARTUS official website and enjoy an artisanal staycation in our tastefully designed residences with up to HK$2,000 IPTV dining credits to spend. Ticket holders will receive a special welcome gift during check in!
Enquiries: 2107 3388 | reservations@artus.com.hk
Website: www.artus.com.hk
This privilege is applicable to reservations made through the official website www.artus.com.hk for stays between 1 September 2020 to 30 November 2020.
Not applicable to Studio residences. Terms and conditions apply

Don QuixoteBALLET 360°
20.10.2020 (Tue) 7:30pm – 8:30pm
GR2, 8/F, Grand Theatre Backstage, Hong Kong Cultural Centre

Based on Cervantes’ iconic Spanish novel with classical ballet’s most technically challenging choreography, Nina Ananiashvili’s Don Quixote is an adventure unlike any other. Now, with Ballet 360°, you can go deeper inside this critically acclaimed production and find out why it’s a must-see ballet for the whole family. From the fanciful medieval storyline of Don Quixote and his loyal squire seeking chivalrous honour and glory to Kitri and Basilio’s struggle for true love, guests will be on the edge of their seats when HKB dancers perform excerpts from the show live!

Free admission. Conducted in English. Suitable for ages 6 and above. Limited capacity, advance registration required. Registration details: hkballet.com/ballet360 

Photo Acknowledgement: Don Quixote promotional image | Dancers (from left): Li Jiabo, Ye Feifei | Photography: SWKit | Courtesy of Hong Kong Ballet; Don Quixote promotional image | Dancer: Ye Feifei | Photography: SWKit | Courtesy of Hong Kong Ballet; Don Quixote | Dancer: Ye Feifei and Hong Kong Ballet Dancers | Photography: Conrad Dy-Liacco | Courtesy of Hong Kong Ballet; Don Quixote | Dancer (from left): Chen Zhiyao, Yang Ruiqi and Hong Kong Ballet Dancers | Photography: Conrad Dy-Liacco | Courtesy of Hong Kong Ballet


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