Mem­o­rable De­but

WHAT Asian Cul­tural Coun­cil Hong Kong Gala Din­ner WHEN Novem­ber 17, 2018 WHERE PMQ

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The pre­sen­ta­tion of the Blanchette Hooker Rock­e­feller Award was a high­light of the 30th an­niver­sary din­ner of the Hong Kong chap­ter of the Asian Cul­tural Coun­cil. The chap­ter’s first din­ner in the city—but one it plans to make an an­nual event—took place at the Qube at PMQ. The award went to Hans Michael Jeb­sen in recog­ni­tion of his long-run­ning sup­port and con­tri­bu­tions to the coun­cil. A live auc­tion, with Elaine Kwok of Christie’s wield­ing the ham­mer, took place to raise funds. The lots in­cluded a work by Chi­nese con­tem­po­rary artist Wai Qingji, a 2006 fel­low of the coun­cil, which was painted to cel­e­brate the 30th an­niver­sary. An­other no­table lot, which sold above its es­ti­mate, was a visit and lunch with a 1994 fel­low, Chi­nese artist Cai GuoQiang, at his OMA-de­signed stu­dio in New York. The evening’s en­ter­tain­ment in­cluded an in­ter­pre­ta­tive dance per­for­mance, Pul­sars be­tween In­fin­ity and Noth­ing­ness, chore­ographed by 1993 fel­low Allen Lam. Carol Lin, a 2006 fel­low, per­formed a pow­er­ful ren­di­tion of Gypsy Song from Car­men. An­other stand­out pre­sen­ta­tion was a read­ing by 2013 fel­low Ye­ung Yang of 1990 fel­low Le­ung Ping Kwan’s poem On the Road, a Wan­derer.

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