Blast from the Past HONG KONG BALLET BALL
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