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THE NUTCRACKER CHRIST­MAS BEN­E­FIT

Hong Kong Tatler - - Faces -

Ju­lian Liu and Anne Wang-liu

Yolanda Choy-tang

Amanda Pratt The Hong Kong Bal­let Guild kicked the 2015 fes­tive sea­son into high gear with its an­nual Christ­mas ben­e­fit, which had the Is­land Shangri-la ring­ing with the laugh­ter of chil­dren and the coo­ing of proud par­ents for the sev­enth con­sec­u­tive year. The high­light, of course, was a bal­let per­for­mance by 46 of the com­mit­tee mem­bers’ chil­dren dressed in minia­ture ver­sions of the cos­tumes fea­tured in The Nutcracker. In the spirit of giv­ing, the ben­e­fit in­cluded silent and live auc­tions. The pièce de ré­sis­tance was an ex­clu­sive one-of-a-kind pair of Bar­bie and Ken dolls out­fit­ted as the Bal­le­rina and the Nutcracker in the re­union scene of The Nutcracker, when they are re­united atop a snowy Christ­mas tree. Bar­bie’s snowflake tutu was com­ple­mented with sparkling crys­tals, a fes­tive and fash­ion­able en­sem­ble that had lots of women and even a few men en­gaged in spir­ited bid­ding.

“The guild has al­ways been pas­sion­ate about get­ting chil­dren in­volved in bal­let and ig­nit­ing a life-long love of the arts,” said Anne Wang-liu, co-chair of the ben­e­fit’s or­gan­is­ing com­mit­tee. “We have al­ways main­tained that to­day’s chil­dren are to­mor­row’s au­di­ence and The Nutcracker Christ­mas Ben­e­fit pro­vides a won­der­ful op­por­tu­nity for chil­dren to fall in love with clas­si­cal bal­let.”

Part of the pro­ceeds from the ben­e­fit go to the Hong Kong Bal­let’s Dancers’ Spon­sor­ship Fund, which fi­nances phys­io­ther­apy ses­sions, new pointe shoes and artis­tic ex­changes to fur­ther dancers’ ex­pe­ri­ence and train­ing.

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