Expo Programmes
The Butterfly Lovers
Hong Kong Ballet
Grand Theatre, Hong Kong Cultural Centre
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Date and time (HKT)
17 Oct (Thu) 19:30
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Hong Kong Ballet Choreographer-in-Residence Hu Song Wei Ricky’s world premiere of The Butterfly Lovers epically tells the ancient Chinese legend of humble scholar Liang Shanbo and aristocratic heiress Zhu Yingtai, who disguises herself as a boy in order to study at a prestigious academy. From innocently meeting as students and forging a strong, immediate bond to dangerously rebelling against centuries-old forces that threaten to keep them apart, the lovers face unexpected challenges at every turn, as secrets are revealed and a shocking family betrayal ultimately seals their fate.

With a sweeping original score by acclaimed Chinese composer Tian Mi in collaboration with Macao Orchestra under the baton of Lio Kuokman, this powerful tale of forbidden love and filial duty will keep you on the edge of your seat. Academy Award winner Tim Yip’s (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon) visually stunning sets and costumes bring to life a world with traditional and modern elements. Transcendent and uplifting, The Butterfly Lovers is a glorious fusion of inspiring dance, contemporary Chinese aesthetics and eternal hope.

  • You are recommended to arrive 15 minutes before the event starts. No admission for latecomers.
  • Hong Kong Ballet reserves the right to make changes to the programme without prior notice.