THE ACADEMY BALL

Out of This World

Hong Kong Tatler - - Faces -

Like the twin­kling of stars in the night sky, the spe­cial scene cre­ated in the Lyric Theatre for the Academy for Per­form­ing Arts’ an­nual gala felt like some­thing out of this world—a per­fect re­sult, given the “as­tral” theme cho­sen for the ball. The city’s movers and shak­ers were out in their most el­e­gant gowns, with An­to­nia Li, Yolanda Choy-tang and Anne Wang-liu, to name just a few, re­sem­bling mod­ern-day princesses.

Gala co-chairs Win­nie Chiu and Jen­nifer Liu be­gan pro­ceed­ings with a for­mal wel­come to the gath­er­ing be­fore the mem­bers of the ball com­mit­tee joined them on stage to salute the guest of hon­our, Regina Le­ung. The en­ter­tain­ment kicked off with a con­tem­po­rary dance piece ti­tled JaegerLe­coul­tre Mo­ment in­tro­duced by the evening’s em­cee, Es­ther Ma. Sophia Kao-lo’s daugh­ter Anna pro­vided an­other mem­o­rable mo­ment, per­form­ing Sara Bareilles’ Grav­ity and Styx’s Come Sail Away with the Yat Po Singers.

A silent auc­tion took place through­out the event, and a live auc­tion pro­vided ex­tra drama to­wards the end of the night. The lots in­cluded three as­tral-themed oneof-a-kind Jaeger-lecoul­tre time­pieces made es­pe­cially for the oc­ca­sion. A num­ber of keen col­lec­tors ap­peared to be in at­ten­dance, as there was strong bid­ding for the watches—so much so that the ush­ers, equipped with lights to di­rect the auc­tion­eer’s at­ten­tion to new bids, put on their own ac­ci­den­tal avant-garde show. Fol­low­ing the live auc­tion, guests con­tin­ued to min­gle un­til the clock struck mid­night—a sig­nal that the evening was com­ing to a close. All pro­ceeds went to ben­e­fit the Academy for Per­form­ing Arts.

Adrian Li

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