The Hong Kong Ballet announces new Chairman of the Board

April 2, 2013

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The Hong Kong Ballet announces new Chairman of the Board

The Hong Kong Ballet Board of Governors announces the election of Mrs Daisy Ho to become its new Chairman as of 1st April 2013. She succeeds Mr John J Ying, who has been Chairman since March 2007 and Vice Chairman from November 2004 to March 2007. Mr Ying will continue to serve The Hong Kong Ballet as Chairman Emeritus.

“I am absolutely delighted that Daisy has been elected Chairman of the Board of Governors,” said Mr. Ying, “as she is clearly the most suitable person to succeed me. Daisy has dedicated a great amount of time and energy in supporting The Hong Kong Ballet over many years and has been a very effective Vice Chairman for the past three and a half years. I am confident that under her leadership as Chairman, the Company will continue to thrive and grow in both artistic accomplishment and international stature.”

“On behalf of the Board, I wish to express my heartfelt thanks and gratitude to John who has guided the Company towards ever-greater international recognition during his six years as Chairman of the Board. I have witnessed the Company grow since I first joined the Board in 2008, and last year’s tour to North America marked an important milestone on the path to getting The Hong Kong Ballet the worldwide recognition it deserves. I look forward to helping the Company cement its place as one of the leading ballet companies in Asia.” Mrs Ho said.

A keen arts and ballet enthusiast, Mrs Ho has contributed significantly to the Company over many years both as a Board member and as an energetic fund-raiser, particularly in her capacity as Co-Chairman of the Company’s most important annual fund-raising event, The Hong Kong Ballet Ball. The 2011 and 2012 Hong Kong Ballet Balls raised HK$6.1 million and HK$5.5 million of net income for the Company respectively, which went towards funding operational expenses and allowing The Hong Kong Ballet to continue to stage world class performances at home and abroad.

Mrs Ho holds a Master of Business Administration degree in Finance from the University of Toronto, and a Bachelor’s degree in Marketing from the University of Southern California. She is currently Deputy Managing Director and Chief Financial Officer of Shun Tak Group.

The Hong Kong Ballet’s upcoming productions include The Frog Prince – A Ballet Chinois — a newly commissioned work by choreographer Yuri Ng with associate choreographers Yuh Egami and Ricky Hu, (19-21st April 2013 at Hong Kong Cultural Centre’s Studio Theatre), and The Merry Widow, a romantic story about love and intrigue (14-16th June 2013 at Hong Kong Cultural Centre’s Grand Theatre). For details, please visit Hong Kong Ballet’s website.

About The Hong Kong Ballet

One of the premier classical ballet companies in Asia, The Hong Kong Ballet is becoming internationally recognised as a world-class institution with an identity that fully reflects the unique vitality of Hong Kong. The Company turns 34 in 2013, and over time has evolved into a vibrant performing arts organisation with accomplished dancers, a strong repertoire, and sparkling, technically challenging productions.

The Company’s artistic team is led by Artistic Director Madeleine Onne, with over 40 dancers originating from all over the world. The Company performs a repertoire that combines classical masterpieces and acclaimed contemporary works from the 19th to 21st centuries, as well as new commissions. Since 1997, The Hong Kong Ballet has raised its international profile by conducting over 30 tours; in the summer of 2012, The Hong Kong Ballet toured the United States and Canada, performing at Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival and in Aspen, Montreal and Santa Fe. An integral part of the Company’s activities is an extensive education and community outreach programme, which brings the art of ballet to students as well as to the wider community of Hong Kong.

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