25 February 2020

Kevin Ng

veteran dance critic
  • Matthew Golding and Chen Zhiyao in Hong Kong Ballet's Swan Lake. Photo: Keith Hiro

    A ballet performance amid the protests

    - Oct 31, 2019 5:00pm
    The civil unrest in Hong Kong has affected the performing arts scene in the city. The Hong Kong Ballet is among those feeling the pinch as its performances are mainly on weekends, when the street disturbances...
  • Fu Yiyang and Li Jiabao in Justin Peck’s Year of the Rabbit. Photo: Conrad Dy-Liacco/Hong Kong Ballet

    Hong Kong Ballet’s exciting premieres

    - Jun 14, 2019 4:58pm
    In early June, Hong Kong Ballet closed its 2018/19 season triumphantly with a mixed program showing off the strength and rich diversity of the company’s repertory. All the three works were premieres, with live accompaniment by...
  • Aleix Martínez as Beethoven in Neumeier's The Beethoven Project. Photo by Kiran West Photography

    Hamburg Ballet shows delight HK audiences

    - Apr 3, 2019 5:07pm
    The final week of the Hong Kong Arts Festival last month saw two more programs of the Hamburg Ballet, which had opened with its artistic director John Neumeier’s production of “The Nutcracker” in the previous week....
  • Students perform a routine in 'Gayane -- The Dance with Tambourines'. Photo: Jean M. Wong School of Ballet

    A ballet school’s joyful celebration

    - Sep 12, 2018 4:34pm
    In mid-August, the Jean M. Wong School of Ballet, the largest and most prestigious ballet school in Hong Kong, had a cause for celebration. Jordan Chan Yeuk-hay, a 16-year-old Hong Kong student taught by Yui Man...
  • The two-hour extravaganza presents a dazzling display of terpsichorean talent. Photo: Philippe Fretault

    Irish Celtic: A musical treat to lift the spirits

    - Jun 15, 2018 3:05pm
    One sure way to add zest to your mood in this gloomy weather is to catch the Irish Celtic, a two-hour extravaganza of songs and dances evoking the spirit of Ireland. Presented by Lunchbox Theatrical Productions,...
  • A scene from American Ballet Theatre's 'Whipped Cream', which helped the Hong Kong Arts Festival close on a high note this year. Photo: Gene Schiavone

    ‘Whipped Cream’ treat at HK Arts Festival

    - Mar 28, 2018 5:00pm
    American Ballet Theatre, making a welcome return to the Hong Kong Arts Festival, brought a brand new two-act story ballet “Whipped Cream”. The choreographer is its artist-in-residence, Alexei Ratmansky, who is currently the leading ballet choreographer...
  • John Brannoch plays the role of Rum Tum Tugger in "Cats". Photo: Alessandro Pinna

    A timeless musical and a luscious ballet classic

    - Jan 19, 2018 5:33pm
    “Cats”, one of the most famous musicals by Andrew Lloyd Webber, was revived in Hong Kong last week after more than a decade. I first saw “Cats” in the early 1980s in London not long after...
  • Scenes from Nederlands Dans Theater shows 'In the Event' (left) and 'Safe as Houses'. Photos: Rahi Rezvani

    Autumn delight with two contemporary dance shows

    - Dec 8, 2017 5:15pm
    This autumn there were two tours to Hong Kong by overseas modern dance companies. In mid-November there was a welcome return visit by the renowned Nederlands Dans Theater after nearly a decade. Hong Kong was part...
  • Ricky Hu's Demons (left) and Priscilla, Queen of the Desert. Photos: Conrad Dy-Liacco,

    Priscilla soars, HK Ballet dives into dark themes

    - Oct 13, 2017 5:35pm
    Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, a feel-good musical based on an Oscar-winning movie of the same title, is being staged in Hong Kong. Carrying the LGBT theme, the musical, which received good reviews at West End...
  • The Le Parc duet (left) by Muriel Zusperreguy and Josua Hoffalt from Paris Opera Ballet. Lucie Barthelemy and Alessandro Riga from Compania Nacional de Danza perform in Giselle. Photo: Le French May

    HK dancers shine in Le French May ballet gala

    - May 19, 2017 6:00pm
    This year, Le French May Festival is celebrating its silver jubilee. The first dance program presented last weekend by this annual arts festival was a gala entitled Paris Ballet Legends: A Night With The Stars. The...
  • Sae Eun Park (L) and Karl Paquette in A Midsummer Night's Dream, Paris Opera Ballet. Photograph by Agathe Poupeney/OnP

    Delightful ballet premieres in Paris and London

    - Apr 7, 2017 7:00pm
    In mid-March, the Paris Opera Ballet premiered at the Opera Bastille a new production of George Balanchine’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream staged by Sandra Jennings.  Balanchine’s 1962 two-act version for the New York City Ballet is...
  • Alina Cojocaru as Giselle and Isaac Hernández as Albrecht in English National Ballet's production of Giselle. Photo: Laurent Liotardo

    English National Ballet dazzles in beloved classics

    - Feb 3, 2017 5:31pm
    In mid-January, at the end of its winter season at the London Coliseum, the English National Ballet gave 15 performances of one of the jewels in its repertory – the 1971 production of the Romantic classic...
  • Dorothée Gilbert and Mathieu Ganio in Mozartiana. Photo: Sébastien Mathé / OnP

    How Paris Opera Ballet paid tribute to Balanchine

    - Dec 9, 2016 5:44pm
    The Balanchine program presented by the Paris Opera Ballet at the Opera Garnier last month was a real treat. It’s a fitting tribute to George Balanchine, the greatest ballet choreographer of the 20th century who died...
  • Natalia Osipova as Lise and Steven McRae as Colas in La Fille Mal Gardée. Photograph by Tristram Kenton

    Review: Royal Ballet’s new season

    - Nov 18, 2016 5:31pm
    The Royal Ballet in London has a heritage of masterpieces created by its two legendary choreographers — Sir Frederick Ashton and Sir Kenneth MacMillan. This world-renowned company opened its 2016-17 season in late September with Ashton’s...
  • Jin Yao and Wei Wei in Dan·Sheng by Chen Jun. Photo: Conrad Dy-Liacco

    Review: HK Ballet’s Choreographers’ Showcase 2016

    - Sep 30, 2016 5:38pm
    The Hong Kong Ballet has a fine tradition of presenting a choreographers’ showcase nearly every year. This enables some of its own dancers to try their hands in creating new pieces. In the past few years,...
  • Scenes from "Sacred Thread" (left) from Hong Kong Ballet, and "Reveries of the Red Chamber" from Hong Kong Dance Company. Photos: Conrad Dy-liacco, Cheung Chi-wai

    What’s new in Hong Kong’s ballet scene

    - Aug 12, 2016 5:32pm
    Hong Kong Dance Company premiered last weekend a new production entitled “Reveries of the Red Chamber”. The two-hour-long dance drama consists of three works choreographed by different individuals, who include Yang Yuntao, the artistic director. The...
  • Breathtaking performances: Mathieu Ganio in Giselle (left) and Alina Cojocaru (right) in Swan Lake. Photos: Svetlana Loboff/ONP, Laurent Lotardo

    Watching Giselle in Paris and Swan Lake in London

    - Jul 22, 2016 2:54pm
    The 19th century classics are still the bedrock of ballet companies worldwide. At least they guarantee full houses most of the time, especially with the presence of international ballet stars in the lead roles. In June,...
  • The Invitation (left) is a rarely performed early MacMillan ballet. At the heart of Within The Golden Hour (right) are three well-contrasted duets. Photos: Bill Cooper, Andrej Uspenski

    Royal Ballet is spot-on with this season’s offerings

    - Jul 8, 2016 5:45pm
    The Royal Ballet’s final program of the 2015-2016 season is well chosen. It honors the company’s glorious past and looks to the future. The mixed-bill program at London’s Royal Opera House includes a revival of the...