International Arts Carnival Opening Evening

July 9, 2010 at 3:24 pm (Hong Kong & Macau 2010, Overseas Tour)

WebNewsWire have posted a release about the opening of the Hong Kong International Arts Carnival, an arts festival which features over 370 events for family enjoyment.

Northern Ballet Theatre helped open the festival with a performance of Peter Pan in the Hong Kong Cultural Centre Grand Theatre in front of a full house. There are four more performances over the weekend before the Company decamp to Macau.

Read more about the Opening night of the Hong Kong International Arts Carnival.

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Learning and Access in China – Day 2

July 9, 2010 at 1:15 pm (Hong Kong & Macau 2010, Learning, Overseas Tour) (, )

Participants taking part in the Learning workshopsIts day two of the Learning project with the British Council and the Providence Centre of Rehab in Hong Kong.

This morning we examined the structure of a “workshop”, from warm up to exploration of movement, development of ideas through to the conclusion. Activities focused on how to vary speed levels and the use of canon and unison to develop simple movements into a short sequence. Care workers and dance artists used gestures to represent physical movement, and working in pairs, developed a short sequence of movement.

When the members of the centre joined the group this afternoon, Caroline and Dylan led the same activities as in the morning, to show how the theory of what they learnt in the morning was applied in the context of an actual session. This gave the centre members an opportunity to make decisions and create a movement sequence of their choosing, allowing them to explore their own creativity.

Participants jumping for the joy of dance in the workshops

The dance artists and care workers also worked together in groups to plan an activity for tomorrow’s session, where they will deliver parts of a workshop with the member with learning difficulties, putting into practice what they have been learning over the last two days.

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Preparations in Hong Kong (Updated)

July 9, 2010 at 8:04 am (Hong Kong & Macau 2010, Overseas Tour) (, , , , )

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Things are progressing well with preparations for the opening tonight with 97% of seats for our performances booked, which is amazing!

It is incredibly humid in Hong Kong but we are enjoying our time here. Tomorrow we start a busy schedule: a dress rehearsal followed by the official opening of the Festival, followed by our opening performance. We then have 2 shows on Saturday and 2 on Sunday so not much free time. We also have an event for our sponsors, Marketing Leeds, on Saturday night.

Update…

The Technical Rehearsal went extremely well this afternoon with the production looking the best it ever has. The large stage and auditorium lend themselves perfectly to the scale of the production. This evening we have an event to mark the official opening of the festival. David, Daniel, Steve and I will be attending with some of the dancers. It remains hot and humid with threatening skies but so far no rain!

Mark Skipper,  Chief Executive –  Northern Ballet Theatre

The awe-inspiring cityscape from across Hong Kong harbour

The awe-inspiring cityscape from across Hong Kong harbour

View of the Darling's bedroom from the auditorium

View of the Darling's bedroom from the auditorium

The magnificently decorated foyer of Hong Kong Cultural Centre Grand Theatre

The magnificently decorated foyer of Hong Kong Cultural Centre Grand Theatre

Technical Rehearsal - On the Jolly Roger

Technical Rehearsal - On the Jolly Roger

Technical Rehearsal - In the Forest

Technical Rehearsal - In the Forest

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