THE NUTCRACKER CHRISTMAS BENEFIT
Julian Liu and Anne Wang-liu
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.