Programme Details

[Cancelled] Igor Moiseyev Ballet
Legend of the Century


In view of the outbreak of the novel coronavirus, the resultant closures of venues across the city, and concerns for the health and safety of participating artists and audiences, the Hong Kong Arts Festival (HKAF) has made the difficult decision to cancel the February and March performances of the 48th HKAF. All Young Friends (YFS) programmes and outreach activities within the above period, including in-school pre-performance workshops, will also be cancelled. Arrangements for YFS membership will be announced soon by email. For general enquiries, please email to

Following its rapturous reception at the 2014 HKAF, the Igor Moiseyev Ballet makes a triumphant return with two exciting programmes of inspired dance that will culminate in what promises to be an unforgettable festival experience – World Choreographic Voyage on 12 and 13 March and Legend of the Century on 14 and 15 March as the Festival Finale.



A tribute to Igor Moiseyev’s lifetime of innovation and achievement

Igor Moiseyev was born in 1906 and died in 2007 at the age of 101. Legend of the Century celebrates some of the many great achievements and the long, productive life of this legendary dancer and choreographer who founded the Igor Moiseyev Ballet.

Moiseyev, who had been a Bolshoi Ballet dancer after graduating from the theatre’s ballet school in 1924, was known for the acrobatic displays he staged from the early 1930s in Moscow’s Red Square. His company came into being in 1937 as a result of his dedication to bringing the discipline and creativity of ballet to choreography inspired by folk dance.

This programme begins with Summer, a Russian dance rehearsed by the company on the day it was established, and goes on to dances inspired by Azerbaijan and ancient Greece. The first half concludes with a choreographic picture, Tango del Plata, by Argentinian choreographer and Moiseyev fan Laura Roatta.

Football, a dramatisation in dance of a sporting encounter that celebrates male friendship, opens the second half of the programme. This is contrasted with the feminine Seven Beauties, an elegant dance of the Bashkir Russians, followed by a passionate one-act ballet distillation of the Carmen story. After dances celebrating the cultures of Venezuela, Spain and Argentina, this cosmopolitan programme of world dance concludes with Moiseyev’s choreographic picture, At the Skating Rink, in which the dancers achieve the fluidity of movement of skaters on ice, ending the spectacular Festival Finale on a note of lyrical grace.

The Festival Finale on 14 Mar is sponsored by ICBC (Asia)

Approx 1 hr 45 mins incl one interval



Legend of the Century
(14 and 15 March)

Summer, Russian dance
Shepherds, Azerbaijani Dance
Sirtaki, suite of Greek dances
Tango del Plata, choreographic picture
Football, choreographic picture
Seven Beauties, Bashkir dance (Bashkortostan, Russia)
Carmen, Spanish ballade
Joropo, Venezuelan dance
Aragonskaya Hota, Aragonese dance
Gaucho, Argentinean cowboys’ dance
At the Skating Rink, choreographic picture


Photo credit

Evgeny Masalkov
Vladimir Vyatkin



    15 / 3 / 2020  19:30



    Grand Theatre, HK Cultural Centre