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– HKBG 50Anv - Press release

作育英才半世紀 綻放精彩五十年

輕盈的足尖,優雅的身姿,香港芭蕾舞學會用五十載的時間,向世界講述一個關於孕育與傳承的故事,而這個故事則如同舞台上不斷旋轉的舞者一樣,綻放精彩,未完待續。

香港芭蕾舞學會成立於一九六四年,是香港歷史最悠久的芭蕾舞組織。五十年來,香港芭蕾舞學會一直致力推廣香港的芭蕾舞教育,透過不同的活動,包括新秀選拔以及獎學金,培育本地的芭蕾舞人才,為香港的芭蕾舞者搭建通往世界的橋樑。

孕育芭蕾舞新星

香港芭蕾舞學會為本港唯一芭蕾舞蹈界的公開平台,所有活動均邀請全港芭蕾舞學校及學生參與。而每次演出,均邀請國際知名舞者到港,從編舞、指導以及表演方面,為本地學生提供與國際級專業舞者同台共事的難得經驗。

自一九七六年起,香港芭蕾舞學會更成立了舞蹈獎學金,從而協助本地具有質素的學生到外地,如英國皇家芭蕾舞學院,北京舞蹈學院,接受進階的舞蹈訓練。不少獎學金得主現已成為專業舞者,繼續發展其舞蹈事業之餘,亦加入培育新秀的隊伍之中,如伍宇烈,於八十年代取得獎學金並前往英國深造,其後一直發展其編舞事業,後來亦曾任職學會的藝術總監,為培育新一代舞者貢獻力量。

至千禧年,香港芭蕾舞學會舉辦本地首個公開芭蕾舞比賽「香港芭蕾舞超新星大賞」,為芭蕾舞的發展展開新一頁。公開比賽除了可獎勵表現出色的學生外,同時亦給予各個參加者一個獨自在舞台上表現的機會,從而豐富參加者的經驗。

另外,除了提供技巧上的訓練外,學會亦深明芭蕾舞的歷史以及不同的著名劇目的重要性。因此,香港芭蕾舞學會定期舉辦講座及工作坊,讓學生能有機會從內到外都可以豐富及裝備自己,為未來成為出色的舞者而努力。

五十週年紀念活動

為慶祝五十周年紀念,學會將於今年八月舉行名為「睡公主」的大型紀念演出。是次演出「睡公主」希望集合來自本地芭蕾舞學校的師生同台獻藝,將在四月舉行選拔,並會經過兩個月的排練,於八月二十九及三十日為觀眾獻上一場力與美的視聽盛宴。

踏入五十周年,香港芭蕾舞學會依然會繼續以孕育本地專業舞者為宗旨,讓更多香港觀眾感受到芭蕾舞的魅力,讓芭蕾舞的美麗綻放在香港更多的角落。


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關於香港芭蕾舞學會
香港芭蕾舞學會由廖本農、鍾金寶、王仁曼、郭世毅及陳寶珠所創立,是香港首個芭蕾舞團體,希望發掘本地有潛質的舞蹈員,並為他們提供各式各樣的演出機會,包括大型的演出,讓學生能與國際專業舞蹈家交流,從中吸收寶貴的經驗。亦希望學生從訓練中所學到的一切,有助他們在舞蹈事業上,發展順利。

宗旨
香港芭蕾舞學會旨在透過各式各樣的演出項目、教育講座及舞蹈工作坊,培養及提高本地觀眾及芭蕾舞學生對芭蕾舞的欣賞及理解,同時以舞蹈比賽及獎學金培育本地的芭蕾舞新秀

 

The Hong Kong Ballet Group
Nurturing Talents for Fifty Years
Blooming charm for Half a century

The Hong Kong Ballet Group is all about nurture and heritage… and its story is constantly evolving as the group continues to provide platforms and opportunities for talented dancers to learn and perform, like nurturing flowers to its full blossom.

Founded in 1964, the Hong Kong Ballet Group is the oldest ballet organization, in fact, it is the oldest dance organization in Hong Kong. For fifty years, the group has promoted ballet culture and education through different mediums and platforms, including performances, competitions, workshops and awards and scholarships to benefit local talented students.

Nurturing local ballet talents

The Hong Kong Ballet Group is the only unbiased open platform for ballet students in Hong Kong. Local ballet schools and students are welcome to participate in all performances held by the group. Performances have included all the famous pieces from the classical repertoire, as well as new pieces created by young masters. In addition, international artists are always invited to share their experience with local students in different aspects as choreographers, principal dancers, demonstrators, or competition adjudicators. It is through the challenge of working to the standards demanded by these international professionals that local students can have a taste of the real world outside of their own class studios. 

Since 1976, the Hong Kong Ballet Group has launched a scholarship fund with the aim of providing talented students opportunities for a full year advance training at ballet schools abroad, such as the Royal Ballet School in London and the Beijing Dance Academy in China. Many of these scholarship recipients have subsequently made their careers in the international dance world. Mr. Yuri Ng, one of the many

successful cases, was a scholarship recipient in the 1980s who has continued to develop his choreographic career after finishing his ballet training in England and is now a famous choreographer in Hong Kong.

The Hong Kong Ballet Group has achieved a new milestone in 2000 by creating the first ever open ballet competition in Hong Kong “The Hong Kong Young Ballet Stars Award”. The aim of the competition is to award and encourage the distinguished students, and also to provide an invaluable opportunity to every student competitor as each one of them has to perform a solo piece on the stage, which even for professionals is a daunting experience. 

Apart from technical training, the Hong Kong Ballet Group also brings to its members ballet workshops on topics ranging from the history of ballet, music and rhythm, the making of pointe shoes and tutus etc. It is through these trainings and workshops that the HKBG hopes to enhance the artistic appreciation, knowledge and exposure of our young ballet dancers and better prepare them for the road ahead. 

Celebration Performance for the 50th Anniversary

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the HKBG, a performance titled “Sleeping Princess” will be held on August 29th and 30th, 2014 in the Auditorium, Kwai Tsing Theatre, with Yuri Ng and Stephen Xavier as Co Artistic Directors. The participants will be selected from a wide spectrum of ballet schools through the audition in mid-April and then they will go through a two-month training and rehearsal period in the summer.

The Hong Kong Ballet Group will continue nurturing local ballet talents in the future, so that the charm of ballet can spread over Hong Kong.

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About the Hong Kong Ballet Group
The Hong Kong Ballet Group, a non-profit organization, was formed in July 1964 by a group of local ballet teachers with the support of the Education Department. The Ballet Group is dedicated to promoting ballet education and nurturing local ballet talents, by staging full length ballet performances, and organizing not only work-shops and seminars but also the first open ballet competition in Hong Kong. The aim of the Ballet Group is to offer an impartial platform for students from all ballet schools to perform as well as to compete together.