MARQUEE | Ballet Confidential: Life Behind the Ballet Curtain

Fri Mar 08 2024 at 06:30 pm to 07:30 pm UTC+08:00

The Jockey Club Studio Theatre | Hong Kong

Hong Kong International Literary Festival
Publisher/HostHong Kong International Literary Festival
MARQUEE | Ballet Confidential: Life Behind the Ballet Curtain
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An all-access pass for ballet lovers and the ballet-curious with internationally acclaimed dancer David McAllister.
About this Event

Speaker(s): David McAllister (author) and Septime Weber, Artistic Director of the Hong Kong Ballet


Event details

Date: 8 March (Friday)

Time: 6:30pm - 7:30pm

Price: $498

Language: English

Format: Marquee

Category: Epic Tales

About the Author

David McAllister was born in Perth, Australia, and started dancing at the age of seven. He trained for 10 years before being accepted to The Australian Ballet School in 1981. He joined The Australian Ballet in 1983, rising to the rank of Principal artist in 1989. In 2001 he retired as a dancer and became the Artistic Director of The Australian Ballet. In 2020 he wrote a memoir, Soar: A Life Freed by Dance, with Amanda Dunn. In 2023 he wrote Ballet Confidential: A Personal Behind The Scenes Guide and was the Interim Artistic Director of the Royal New Zealand Ballet.


About Septime, Artistic Director, Hong Kong Ballet

Septime Webre is an internationally recognised ballet director, choreographer, educator and advocate. He joined Hong Kong Ballet as its Artistic Director in July 2017 after 17 years as Artistic Director of The Washington Ballet in Washington DC, US from 1999-2016.


About the Conversation

In this Friday night conversation, two longtime friends and ballet directors, David McAllister and Septime Weber, take us behind the curtain into a world we have only now been able to observe from our seats. Beyond the formidable combination of tulle and lycra, how much can an audience ever truly understand about the demands of being a ballet dancer? What is the pain and pleasure of pointe shoes and jockstraps? Can a wardrobe malfunction derail a scene? What happens when injury sidelines a principal dancer mid-show? Here is your tell-all guide, an all-access pass for ballet lovers and the ballet-curious with internationally acclaimed dancer and former artistic director of The Australian Ballet, David McAllister and current Artistic Director of the HK Ballet, Septime Webre.



*Please note that photos and videos of participants may be taken during the activities,which may be used by the organiser and the major sponsor for educational andpromotional purposes in any way deemed appropriate, including disseminationthrough printed and online channels. Participation in the programme will constitutethe participants’ consent to the above arrangement.


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ABOUT HKILF

The Hong Kong International Literary Festival (HKILF) inspires the joy of reading by bringing the world’s writers and stories to Hong Kong’s diverse communities. A dynamic year-round programme and an annual festival offer dialogue, entertainment and perspective, while the Young Readers Festival (YRF) motivates students to engage with all aspects of the written word, improving communication skills, while nurturing the art of writing and storytelling.

The annual festival features established and emerging writers from around the world, alongside local literary talents, in a programme that includes panel discussions, book talks, readings, workshops, walks, school programmes, performances, and more.

To find more, please visit our officail website: https://www.festival.org.hk/


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Event Venue & Nearby Stays

The Jockey Club Studio Theatre, Fringe Club 藝穗會, Hong Kong, Hong Kong

Tickets

HKD 498.00

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