Septime Webre's The Great Gatsby Returns to Hong Kong
Hong Kong Ballet is set to dazzle audiences once again with Artistic Director Septime Webre’s The Great Gatsby for an eight-performance run.
The production, which initially debuted to sold-out crowds in 2019, is set in the opulent backdrop of 1920s New York and features stylish choreography, shocking scandals, and the sultry rhythms of live jazz music performed by Billy Novick’s Blue Syncopators and award-winning blues singer E. Faye Butler.
"'I'd always been interested in the history of the 1920s and the energy of New York. All of the steps are based in our classical vocabulary, but we've pushed them with some jazz rhythms and a little bit of social dancing from the 1920s thrown in. So it's a classical ballet experience through a contemporary and jazzy lens."
Choreographer of The Great Gatsby
Septime Webre's The Great Gatsby
Webre’s envisioning of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic novel unfolds in a mesmerizing tale of excess, unbridled greed, and dark obsession. At the center of the narrative is the enigmatic Jay Gatsby, a self-made millionaire renowned for his extravagant soirées, yet haunted by a lingering yearning for his long-lost love. With the assistance of his neighbor, Nick Carraway, Gatsby embarks on a quest to reunite with his former paramour, Daisy Buchanan.
Despite Daisy’s marital ties to the affluent Tom Buchanan, her rekindled romance with Gatsby sparks a clandestine affair, setting in motion a chain of heartbreak and tragedy. As idealistic dreams shatter and lives are irreversibly altered, Nick Carraway can only bear witness to the unfolding drama from the sidelines.
In the midst of all this jealousy and heartache during the bygone era of glamour and decadence, the story also delves into the clash between “old money” and “new money” while probing the complexities of love, desire, and the American Dream.
The Great Gatsby features Tan-ki Wong’s bravura tap dancing, narrator James Seol and Academy Award-winning designer Tim Yip’s (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon) original Art Deco sets and costumes that delightfully capture the sound and exuberant energy of the Jazz Age.
Yip, whose work won Hong Kong Dance Awards’ Outstanding Costume Design, explains:
“I turned Art Deco into music, Art Deco in movement. The whole ballet will give you a dreamy feeling.”