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Margaret Lau to hold lecture series on ballet stars and repertoire

     Local ballet educator Margaret Lau will hold a ballet lecture series from July to September to introduce well-known ballet stars and repertoire.

     Many dance works have won acclaim by virtue of highly skilled dancers who command the stage and engage the audience with their unique aura. Great dancers of exceptional talent can demonstrate the same virtuosity whether in a traditional classic or a newly choreographed modern dance, and it is this amazing stage presence that makes their audience fall in love with them.

     The lectures will take place at AC1, Level 4, Administration Building, Hong Kong Cultural Centre. They will be conducted in Cantonese and supplemented with video clips of repertoire, and will commence at 7.30pm. Details are as follows:

July 16 (Thursday): "Sleeping Beauty"
Video clips: Bolshoi Ballet (Russia), Paris Opera Ballet (France), the Royal Ballet (the United Kingdom) and La Scala Ballet (Italy)

July 23 (Thursday): "Giselle"
Video clips: The Royal Ballet, the Dutch National Ballet, Tamiyo Kusakari (Japan), the Leningrad State Ballet Company (Russia) and Bolshoi Ballet

August 6 (Thursday): Tchaikovsky's "Pas de deux", "Le grand pas de deux", "After the Rain pas de deux" and "The Concert"
Video clips: Paris Opera Ballet, Stuttgart Ballet (Germany) and Tan Yuanyuan (China)

August 13 (Thursday): "Le Corsaire"
Video clips: Tetsuya Kumakawa K-Ballet Company (Japan), the English National Ballet and the American Ballet Theatre

August 20 (Thursday): "Rhapsody", "Sinatra Suite" and "Apartment"
Video clips: The American Ballet Theatre, Tetsuya Kumakawa K-Ballet Company and Paris Opera Ballet

August 27 (Thursday): "Notre Dame de Paris"
Video clips: La Scala Ballet and Paris Opera Ballet

September 3 (Thursday): "Manon"
Video clips: The Royal Ballet and the National Ballet of Canada

September 10 (Thursday): "Remanso", "Nijinsky" and "Push Comes to Shove"
Video clips: The Hamburg Ballet (Germany), the National Ballet of Canada and the American Ballet Theatre

September 17 (Thursday): "Ivan the Terrible"
Video clips: Bolshoi Ballet and Paris Opera Ballet

September 24 (Thursday): "The Dying Swan" and "LAC - After Swan Lake"
Video clips: Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo (Monaco) and Mariinsky Ballet of St Petersburg (Russia)

     Margaret Lau holds a bachelor of arts degree as well as a postgraduate diploma in education from the Chinese University of Hong Kong, and a master of arts degree from the University of Hong Kong. A dance critic and feature writer for various magazines and newspapers in Hong Kong, she has worked as a researcher for the ballet section of the publication "A Dance History of Hong Kong". Her other engagements include writing feature articles, conducting dance talks and translating house programmes for dance performances. She was the translator of teaching materials and prospectuses for the teaching certificate programmes of the Royal Academy of Dance.

     The lectures are presented by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department and tickets priced at $50 for each lecture are now available at URBTIX. Half-price tickets are available for senior citizens aged 60 or above, people with disabilities and their minders, full-time students and Comprehensive Social Security Assistance (CSSA) recipients (limited tickets for CSSA recipients and students available on a first-come, first-served basis). A discount of 10 per cent is offered for a single purchase of five or more lectures' tickets.

     For programme enquiries, please call 2268 7323 or visit Telephone credit card bookings can be made on 2111 5999. Tickets can also be booked online at

Ends/Tuesday, June 16, 2015
Issued at HKT 12:43


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