Hard Act to Fol­low

The Academy Ball

Hong Kong Tatler - - Soiree -

It was a night of stunning jew­els, gowns and per­for­mances at the an­nual Academy Ball, made all the more spe­cial as the Hong Kong Academy for Per­form­ing Arts was cel­e­brat­ing its 30th an­niver­sary. The Lyric Theatre was trans­formed into a daz­zling jewel-themed en­vi­ron­ment, with colour­ful di­a­mond shapes hang­ing from the ceil­ing in hon­our of its spon­sor, Bul­gari. Or­gan­ised by the So­ci­ety of the Academy for Per­form­ing Arts, the ball is one of the year’s most highly an­tic­i­pated so­cial events and at­tracts many of the city’s heavy hit­ters. Esther Ma and Ron­ald Kwok were de­light­ful MCS for the night, dur­ing which guests were treated to an elab­o­rate five-course menu and were blown away by a va­ri­ety of per­for­mances by academy grad­u­ates, in­clud­ing ball­room danc­ing by Deb­bie Chung, a so­prano solo by Zhou Xuan and a pi­ano piece for six hands by Cheng Wai, Rachel Che­ung and Crys­tal Lam.

The ball, which raises funds for stu­dent schol­ar­ships, also served up a sur­prise in hon­our of the 30th an­niver­sary—a spe­cial cat­walk show by eight of the city’s young so­cialites. They were dressed in cou­ture by Hong Kong’s own Bar­ney Cheng and bedecked in ex­quis­ite jew­ellery by Bul­gari, in­clud­ing pieces from its new Musa col­lec­tion, in­spired by the muses of an­cient Greek mythol­ogy. The ball’s muses—beatrice Ho, Sab­rina Ho, An­to­nia Li, Natalie Chan, Alison Chan, Adelene Chan, Josephine Chiu and Feip­ing Chang—glided el­e­gantly around the room to en­thu­si­as­tic ap­plause. Academy direc­tor Adrian Wal­ter made a warm speech thank­ing ev­ery­one for sup­port­ing the in­sti­tu­tion and its stu­dents. The chair­women of the ball’s or­gan­is­ing com­mit­tee, Michelle Cheng- Chan and Win­nie Chiu, thanked the per­form­ers and ac­knowl­edged the com­mit­tee’s hard work. Spe­cial guests in­cluded Regina Le­ung, Florence Hui and Wil­liam Le­ung.

PANSY HO WIL­LIAM LE­UNG, ALISON LUSHER,

WIN­NIE CHIU, REGINA LE­UNG, MICHELLE CHENG- CHAN, SOPHIA KAO- LO, AN­TOINE PIN AND ADRIAN

WAL­TER

HAR­RIET AND CHEE- CHEN TUNG

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