Blast from the Past HONG KONG BAL­LET BALL

Hong Kong Tatler - - Upfront -

The Gatsby Christ­mas Soiree was the theme of the Hong Kong Bal­let Ball, for which the Grand Hy­att’s ball­room was trans­formed to re­call a speakeasy dur­ing the Roar­ing Twen­ties. The theme tied in with the dance com­pany’s com­ing pro­duc­tion, The Great Gatsby, artis­tic di­rec­tor Sep­time We­bre’s reimag­in­ing of F Scott Fitzger­ald’s tale of abun­dant wealth, ex­cess and dark ob­ses­sion. The evening started with cock­tails in the foyer, which was glit­ter­ing with rev­ellers dressed in lav­ishly em­bel­lished en­sem­bles, Anne Wang-liu, Mira Yeh and Eleanor Lam among them. Even­tu­ally the ball­room doors opened and the guests made their way in­side, where a live jazz band main­tained the ’20s mood. Hong Kong Bal­let Ball co-chairs Daisy Ho and Mira Yeh made brief wel­com­ing ad­dresses. They drew at­ten­tion to the Bal­let for All ini­tia­tive, un­der which Bal­main, Cartier and Jimmy Choo dec­o­rated three Christ­mas trees do­nated by Hong Kong Land. The trees were auc­tioned off to raise funds for the bal­let com­pany’s Spe­cial Re­laxed Per­for­mances, pro­grammes cus­tomised for spe­cial needs au­di­ences with autism or in­tel­lec­tual dis­abil­i­ties and their care­givers. The evening’s en­ter­tain­ment in­cluded bal­let per­for­mances that pre­viewed Sep­time’s pro­duc­tion of The Great Gatsby, which will de­but in Fe­bru­ary.

Ju­lian and Anne Liu Will Lam, Mira Yeh, Sep­time We­bre and Anne Le­bour­geois Jonathan Che­ung, Eleanor Lam and Har­ris Chan Edith Law, Colleen Fung and Tammy Wu Leigh Tung-chou

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