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Hong Kong Ballet - 'The Nutcracker - A Hong Kong Adventure' Creative Ballet in Practice Project

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Hong Kong Ballet - 'The Nutcracker - A Hong Kong Adventure' Creative Ballet in Practice Project


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Highlights and Objectives

  • Nine-month creative training project in ballet
  • Suitable for primary students with an interest in ballet
  • Project includes an introduction session, basic training in ballet, behind-the-scenes and costume workshops, an interactive introduction to stage technology, visits to dance rehearsal or class, and a finale performance cum sharing session
  • Participating students will take part in the production and performance of a ballet story on campus

Content

The exciting educational programme aims to cultivate students’ interest in ballet. Through an interactive series of ballet training and innovative behind-the-scenes participants will have opportunities to improve their dance technique, exercise creative thinking and enrich their performing experiences.

This year, a new creation by Hong Kong Ballet, The Nutcracker – A Hong Kong Adventure is chosen as the theme which tells the adventure story between Clara and the Nutcracker on Christmas Eve in early 20th century Hong Kong.  As participants experience The Nutcracker – A Hong Kong Adventure, they will learn how to effectively use body language to express genuine emotions in performance as well as create magic with set design and props.  Whether onstage or behind the scenes, students can be a part of creating and performing a mini ballet drama of this classic happily ever after fairytale for their school’s teachers, students and parents during the much-anticipated Finale Performance.

Implementation

  • September 2022 to May 2023
  • The project will run for 9 months in four phases

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Phase 1:
Creative Ballet Programme Introduction Session (1 session)

September 2022

Hong Kong Ballet’s Education and Community Outreach Department will hold a one-hour promotional briefing session about ballet in the school hall to assist the school with recruitment.  The briefing session includes an introduction to the project, an overview of the theme, an interactive session and a video excerpt with accompanying explanation to deepen students’ knowledge of ballet and their understanding of the theme of this programme.

Phase 2:
Creative Ballet Workshop  (20 sessions)

October 2022 to May 2023

Ballet, costumes and stage technology instructors will guide the participants towards an all-round understanding of ballet.  Students will learn to express emotion through body movements, make props on their own and decorate costumes with parents, explore their unlimited creativity and unleash their hidden potential, whilst to enhance parent-child relationship.

Dance Workshop (17 sessions; 1.5 hour each)
In dance sessions, students will learn basic ballet skills through creative and interactive games.  They will play different characters from The Nutcracker – A Hong Kong Adventure in order to explore the possibilities of body movement and to practise the expressive skills of body language.
It is suggested that dance sessions should be held in the school’s dance room or activity room.

Behind-the-scenes Workshop (1 session; 2 hours)
Students are first introduced to the basic knowledge of theatrical productions.  Then, they will be able to brainstorm together and unleash their creativity to build unique props and scenery during the behind-the-scenes.  Their creative work will then be part of the finale performance on stage.

Costume Workshop (1 regular session, 1 parent-child session; 1.5 hours each)
After understanding the personality of each character in The Nutcracker – A Hong Kong Adventure, the students will be able to unleash their creativity to design and decorate costumes with their parents.

It is suggested that behind-the-scenes and costume sessions to be held in the art room.

Phase 3:
Magic Theatre

11 February 2023 (Sat) at 3 - 4:15pm
Auditorium, Ko Shan Theatre New Wing

A guided performance of about 75 minutes will be held at Ko Shan Theatre New Wing.  Participants will learn about backstage operations, processes, terminology and audience etiquette through demonstrations and interactive games.  Students will also have the opportunity to admire the performance of dancers from Hong Kong Ballet.
* Participation quota per school is 100.
Remark: The Company retains the right to amend the dates and content of the programme.
Any amendment of the dates or the content of the programme is subject to further notice.

Phase 4:
Rehearsal, Finale Performance cum Sharing Session 

May 2023 (within the period chosen by the school) 

Rehearsal of Finale Performance and Costume Fitting
Schools are required to set aside a day to allow students who completed the workshops and participated in the costume and props production to try on the costumes and accessories to rehearse for the finale performance.  Rehearsals will be held in the school hall.

The Finale Performance cum Sharing Session
Students will be able to use the dance and acting skills that they learned during the series of workshops and rehearsals to perform the exciting story The Nutcracker – A Hong Kong Adventure in the school hall, as a finale performance. After the performance, students, parents, instructors and teachers will share their experience and comments about their participation in the programme.  At this time, students whose attendance rate is 80% or above will receive a certificate.

Fringe Activity Exact date by agreement

Studio Visit
Hong Kong Ballet will arrange for participating students to visit the studio and watch the dancers rehearsing or taking a class.  Through these visits, students will learn about ballet technique and enhance their ability to appreciate ballet.

Programme Details
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No. of Participating Schools6 Primary Schools
Target StudentsPrimary 1 - 6
Required ExperienceNo Limitation
No. of Participants20 – 26 students / school
Course Schedule1-2 session(s) / week ; Dance & Costume Workshops: 1.5 hours / session ; Behind-the-scenes Workshop: 2 hours / session
No. of Sessions20 sessions
Fees Payable#$430 / student

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Student participating in the finale performance will be required to pay an additional $280 for the costume.
Fees are on a per person basis. All fees paid are not refundable.


Application Guideline

Enquiries

HK Ballet Education and Community Outreach LCSD
Miss Jocelyn Leung / Miss Nikki Lee Miss Shuno Yu
Tel: 2105 9744 / 2105 9745 Tel: 2591 1722
Fax: 2572 8035 Fax: 2591 1160
Email: jocelyn_leung@hkballet.com/
nikki_lee@hkballet.com
Email: amab9@lcsd.gov.hk