The Hong Kong Ballet Guild Nutcracker Christmas Benefit 2011
<Hong Kong –16th December 2011> The Hong Kong Ballet Guild’s annual Christmas celebration The Nutcracker Christmas Benefit was held on Sunday, 11th December 2011, at the Island Ballroom of the Island Shangri-la Hotel, in an atmosphere of joy and festive fun. Over 400 guests and their families came for an afternoon packed with yuletide fun – among them were: Chairman of The Hong Kong Ballet Board of Governors Mr John J Ying, The Hong Kong Ballet Guild’s co-chairs Mrs Janice Chan Choy and Mrs Daphne King Yao, The Nutcracker Christmas Benefit Organising Committee Miss Liat Chen, Mrs Leigh Tung Chou, Mrs Victoria Law Ha, Mrs Joanna Hotung, Mrs Cathy Lee, Mrs Deirdre Fu Tcheng, Mrs Tansy Lau Tom and Mrs Sharie Ross Tse. Other guests included Mrs Anne Wang Liu, Ms Audrey Ai, Mr Hing Chao, Mrs Vicentia Chao, Ms Monica Chen, Mr Tenniel Chu, Mrs Carmen Chu, Mr James Fu, Mrs Kathleen Fu, Ms Shirley Harinand, Ms Reyna Harilela, Ms Deborah Kan, Dr Roger King, Mrs Alice King, Mrs Fiona Marin, Ms Jacqueline Liu, Mrs Sabrina Fung Lam, Mr Kevin Lam, Ms Pauline Lo, Mr James Louey, Mrs Jane Louey, Mrs Angie Ting, Ms Gloria Yip, Mr Lincoln Yung, Mrs Polly Yung and Mr Jonathan Zhu.
This year, the Benefit celebrated the 15th anniversary of The Hong Kong Ballet’s The Nutcracker, choreographed by former Artistic Director Stephen Jefferies. To commemorate this special occasion, 40 committee members’ children were given a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to perform alongside The Hong Kong Ballet’s Ballet Master Liang Jing, Principal Dancers Jin Yao and Huang Zhen, Soloist Liu Yu-Yao and Corps de Ballet Yuh Egami in a Mini Nutcracker performance. Mrs Deirdre Fu-Tcheng, who produced and choreographed this 30-minute Mini Nutcracker performance with The Hong Kong Ballet dancers Kostyantyn Keshyshev and Kenji Hidaka, highly praised the children for their dedication over the last month’s rehearsals; the hard work certainly paid off, and the audience was enchanted to see the adorable kids dancing together with professional dancers.
The auctions and pledges to The Hong Kong Ballet Dancers’ Sponsorship Fund reminded the guests of the serious cause behind this enjoyable event. The bidding in the live auction was extremely enthusiastic, as guests competed to purchase one of four precious experiences with The Hong Kong Ballet and its dancers. Guests were amazed by the range and luxury of the over 50 items in the silent auction, and while they were bidding for their favourites, their children were kept entertained by the exciting activities in the game booths. The worthy cause behind the day’s festivities made it a meaningful start for the Christmas season.
Janice Chan Choy and Daphne King Yao, co-chairs of The Hong Kong Ballet Guild said: “We are all here today because we are passionate about ballet, about education and about raising the profile of ballet to the community, especially among the younger generation. Today’s benefit will raise much-needed funds that will enable The Hong Kong Ballet to continue to give excellent performances for the Hong Kong community. We would like to thank all the table patrons and sponsors, the Organising Committee, as well as our MC Deborah Kan, our auctioneer, Jehan Chu, and Deirdre Fu Tcheng for producing the performance. And thanks of course to the Company staff and the many volunteers who have made this event possible.”
The Nutcracker Christmas Benefit 2011
Janice Chan Choy & Daphne King Yao
Liat Chen · Ali Yeh Cheng · Miranda Ke Cheung · Leigh Tung Chou · Christina Gaw · Victoria Law Ha ·
Reyna Harilela · Mary Tong Ho · Joanna Hotung · Julia Ie · Suyen Khoo · Cathy Lee · Serena Lin ·
Anne Wang Liu · Esther Ma · Yvonne Cheung Ma · Fiona Marin · Vikki Ong · Davina Sin ·
Elizabeth Gouw Sung · Camellia Tan · Deirdre Fu Tcheng · Su-Mei Thompson · Linda Ting ·
Tansy Lau Tom · Sharie Ross Tse · Vicky Wong · Desiree Woo · Connie Wei Yang · Polly Yung
About The Hong Kong Ballet Guild
The Hong Kong Ballet Guild was established in April 2008, by a group of Hong Kong’s most avid ballet enthusiasts. The objective of the Guild is to promote the work of The Hong Kong Ballet and raise its public profile. The Guild also raises the awareness of the art of ballet, with the goal of cultivating interest within the community, especially among the younger generation.
The Hong Kong Ballet Guild regularly organises ballet-related activities for its members, such as a recent Ballet Barre workout session, where members had the chance to see the dancers up-close at a Company class. In the fiscal year 2010-11, The Guild hosted a Black Swan Charity Show which aimed to raise funds for the Company’s “Ballet Artist Welfare Support Scheme” to promote the health and well-being of our dedicated dancers; other activities included the annual Christmas event, The Nutcracker Christmas Benefit, and the Galaxy Post Performance Party in May.
About The Nutcracker
The Nutcracker was first performed at St Petersburg’s Mariinsky Theatre in December 1892. Set to Tchaikovsky’s distinctive score, and filled with unforgettable characters, the ballet is Alexandre Dumas’ adaptation of a traditional tale. The bewitching story enchants audiences all over the world every holiday season, and Stephen Jefferies’ version inspired by Marius Petipa’s and Lev Ivanov’s original choreography has earned a place at the heart of Hong Kong’s Christmas.
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About The Hong Kong Ballet
One of the premier classical ballet companies in Asia, The Hong Kong Ballet turned 31 in 2010. It is becoming internationally recognized as a world-class institution with an identity that fully reflects the unique vitality of Hong Kong.
The Company’s artistic team of over 40 dancers is led by Artistic Director Madeleine Onne. The majority of The Hong Kong Ballet’s dancers hail from China and include others are from elsewhere in Asia, Europe and North America. The Company performs a repertoire that combines 19th to 21st century classical masterpieces, acclaimed contemporary works and newly commissioned ballets. Since 1997, The Hong Kong Ballet has raised its international profile by conducting over 20 tours. 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.