Programme Details

[Cancelled] Igor Moiseyev Ballet
World Choreographic Voyage


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 journey of cultural exploration through dance

“A new historical community of world culture…divided by no barriers and subordinated to the sublime rules of true art.”
Sergei Korobkov, PhD (Russian dance critic)

The Igor Moiseyev Ballet is noted for its tireless international touring; Moiseyev embraced these extensive travel opportunities to gain inspiration from the cultures, music, histories, and dance traditions of the cities the company visited. With World Choreographic Voyage, the dancers present a wide-ranging programme which, through authentic folk dance and colourful costumes, takes the audience into the festivities of gypsies, gauchos, sailors and guests at a Jewish wedding, all in the course of a single evening.

Appropriately, the voyage begins with Summer, a Russian dance choreographed by Moiseyev in which bright red and white costumes evoke all the cheerful exuberance of the season in the company’s home country. Summer was first rehearsed on 10 February 1937, regarded as the date on which the company came into being. The Estonian Polka Through the Leg leads to Sirtaki, a modern Greek folk dance inspired by Moiseyev’s profound interest in the culture of ancient Greece. The first half of the voyage concludes with a passionate Argentinian dance spectacle, Tango del Plata, created by the great choreographer Laura Roatta especially for the Moiseyev dancers.

The second half is opened by the popular classic Yablochko, a sailors’ dance from the naval suite Day on the Ship, followed by traditional dances from Russia’s Adyghe people and from Aragon, Spain. For Gaucho, the dancers put on the attire of Argentinean cowboys, before the ambitious tableau of Igor Moiseyev’s Jewish suite, Family Joys, which completes the voyage. From the grand entrance of the wedding party, through a breathtaking display of acrobatics, and on to the rousing chorus of Hava Nagila, this witty and exhilarating dance recreation of a wedding celebration will have the audience enraptured.

The 13 Mar performance is sponsored by The Cha Foundation

Approx 1 hr 45 mins incl one interval



World Choreographic Voyage
(12 and 13 March)

Summer, Russian dance
Polka Through the Leg, Estonian dance
Sirtaki, suite of Greek dances
Tango del Plata, choreographic picture
Yablochko, Russian naval suite
Tlyapatet, Adyghe dance
Aragonskaya Khota, Aragonese dance
Gaucho, Argentinean cowboys’ dance
Family Joys, Jewish suite


Photo credit

Evgeny Masalkov
Vladimir Vyatkin



    12 / 3 / 2020  19:30



    Grand Theatre, HK Cultural Centre