2010 11 16 HK Ballet’s Artistic Director to visit Israel

HK Ballet’s AD visited Israel

    As the guest of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ms Madeleine Onne, Artistic Director of The Hong Kong Ballet, visited Israel during 7-12 December 2010 to participate in the project "International Dance Exposure" – the Israeli dance platform for the world, taking place at The Suzanne Dellal Centre for Dance and Theatre in Tel Aviv, Israel. 
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    Madeleine Onne Madeleine Onne Copyright: © Unn Tiba Kungliga Operan
    The international exposure event is a significant breaking border factor to the uniqueness of the Israeli dancing creativity, which the professional guests get to experience.
    While in Israel, Ms Onne was exposed to a large variety of dancers and performers, and presented to the leading choreographers and ballet groups in Israel.  She would examine possibilities of future cooperation between Israeli dancers and The Hong Kong Ballet.
    Born in Stockholm, Ms Onne has established herself as a formidable artistic force to be reckoned with in the international dance world. One of Sweden's leading ballerinas, she was Artistic Director of the Royal Swedish Ballet from 2002- 2008, the worlds fourth oldest ballet company. Ms Onne was Principal Dancer of the Royal Swedish Ballet from 1984 to 2002, and is renowned for her engaging style and dramatic talent. In 1996, she founded an off-shoot of the main company, Stockholm 59 Degrees North. The company presented Swedish and international contemporary choreography, featuring 15 of the best soloists. It has garnered critical acclaim ever since their spectacular debut at the prestigious Pillow Festival in New York in 1997. Ms Onne has received a long list of honours. She is one of only five women to have received the title of 'Royal Court Dancer' from HRH King Carl XVI Gustaf, as well as the prestigious Royal medal Litteris et Artibus. She was most recently awarded The Royal Swedish Opera's Gold Medal of Honour in April 2009.  More information on Ms Onne: http://hkballet.com/2010/2/bios/madeleine_onne_eng.php
    The Hong Kong Ballet is one of the leading classical ballet companies in Asia and is becoming internationally recognized as a world-class institution with an identity that fully reflects the unique vitality of Hong Kong. Celebrating its 30th anniversary in 2009, the Company has evolved into a vibrant performing arts organization with accomplished dancers, a strong repertoire, sparkling productions and an original identity. Its 43 dancers originate from nine countries - with a strong core of Chinese artists - and perform a repertoire that combines 19th and 20th century classical masterpieces, acclaimed contemporary works and new ballets commissioned by The Hong Kong Ballet. The Hong Kong Ballet has raised its international profile and has concluded over 18 tours to 10 different countries in North America, Europe and Asia. More information on The Hong Kong Ballet: http://hkballet.com/