[Hong Kong—14 October 2023] Hong Kong Ballet (HKB) partnered with Cartier to reprise the Hong Kong Ballet Ball after a five-year hiatus. The much-anticipated event was held in Rosewood Hong Kong’s The Grand Ballroom on Friday, 13 October 2023.
The Ball’s theme ‘The Black and White Ball: Where Shadows and Light Dance’ celebrates HKB’s new production of Swan Lake, a gorgeous contemporary take on a beloved classic that will enthral audiences next year. The Ballet Ball has been a glittering highlight of the charity ball season since its inception in 1985. Funds raised by HKB patrons have enabled the company to significantly grow over the past four decades and to create original repertoire and award-winning education programmes that ensure that ballet will be accessible to all for years to come.
Over 270 prominent society figures and celebrities turned out for a night of fine dining and entertainment. Among them were Ms Daisy Ho, BBS, HKB Board of Governors Chairman and Co-Chair of the 2023 Hong Kong Ballet Ball Committee; Mrs Janice Chan-Choy and Ms Maya Lin, HKB Board of Governors members and Ballet Ball Committee Co-Chairs; Ballet Ball Committee members: Ms Carmen Choi, Mrs Michelle Miller Erb, Mrs Reyna Harilela, Mrs Shirley Hiranand, Mr Christopher Ho, Ms Porcia Leung, Mrs Christy Liang, Mrs Connie Wei Yang, Mrs Liana Yung Yeung, Mr Stephen Yeung; Ms Linda Fung, HKB Board of Governors Vice Chairman; HKB Board of Governors members Ms Lindzay Chan, Ms Flora Zeta Cheong-Leen, Dr h.c., Mrs Deirdre Fu Tcheng; Mr Septime Webre, HKB Artistic Director; Ms Heidi Lee, HKB Executive Director; Special guests: Ms Louisa Cheng, Ms Elly Lam, Ms Amanda Strang, Mrs Mahnaz Lee, Mr James Louey, Mrs Jane Louey, Ms Ming Ho-Tang, Mr Norman Ho, Mrs Margaret Wai Lai Choi, Mr Karson Choi, Mrs Irene Wang Yuen Yuen, Ms Feiping Chang, Ms Antonia Michela Li and more.
The glamorous ballroom had dozens of dramatically illuminated sparkling tutus suspended from the ceiling, and guests were captivated by lively ballet performances throughout the evening, including a special piece inspired by timeless Guerlain fragrances. Additionally, the popular silent auction had a variety of unique items and experiences that had guests bidding generously to support the company’s meaningful community programmes.
Ball Co-Chairs Daisy Ho, BBS, Janice Chan-Choy and Maya Lin emphasised the many hands that helped bring the evening to life. Ho said, ‘It has been five years in the making, so let's not just raise funds; let's raise hopes, dreams, and Hong Kong's cultural spirit. I want to extend my deepest gratitude to our Board of Governors whose wisdom and guidance are the compass by which we navigate. Our Ballet Ball Committee members’ enduring commitment since 2019 has been the bedrock upon which tonight’s occasion stands. Most importantly, I thank the HKSAR Government whose matching donation programme is a vote of confidence in our work and a key to our continued success.’
Chan-Choy elaborated, ‘This evening’s fun would not be possible without the generosity of our sponsors, and our deepest gratitude goes out to our Luxury Sponsor Cartier, Guerlain, Champagne Partner Perrier-Jouët Champagne and Hotel Partner Rosewood Hong Kong. I also thank our incredible media partners – long-time supporter Tatler Hong Kong as our Luxury Lifestyle English Media Partner and Vogue Hong Kong as our Chinese Media Partner. Also, thank you to our Floral Partner Blooms & Blossoms and other partners for donating the fabulous silent auction items tonight.’
Lin continued, ‘We also want to thank our wonderful Platinum Patrons, Gold Patrons, Silver Patrons, Donors, and our dedicated committee members who worked hard for months to ensure that tonight’s details were perfect. This diverse group of talented individuals contributed so much time, energy and ideas to bring guests a captivating evening.'
The 2023 Hong Kong Ballet Ball Committee
Co-Chairs: Ms Daisy Ho, BBS, Mrs Janice Chan-Choy, Ms Maya Lin
Committee Members: Ms Carmen Choi, Mrs Michelle Miller Erb, Mrs Reyna Harilela, Mrs Shirley Hiranand, Mr Christopher Ho, Ms Porcia Leung, Mrs Christy Liang, Mrs Anne Wang Liu, Mrs Connie Wei Yang, Mrs Liana Yung Yeung, Mr Stephen Yeung
Luxury Sponsor: Cartier
Performance Sponsor: Guerlain
Champagne Partner: Perrier-Jouët Champagne
Hotel Partner: Rosewood Hong Kong
Luxury Lifestyle English Media Partner: Tatler Hong Kong
Chinese Media Partner: Vogue Hong Kong
Emcee: Mr Christopher Ho
For further information, please contact:
Jerry Qiu | Communications & Programme Manager | T: 21059753 | [email protected]
Ruth Chung | Senior Marketing and PR Officer | T: 21059716 | [email protected]
About Hong Kong Ballet
Hong Kong Ballet (HKB) is internationally recognised as a world-class institution that represents Hong Kong’s unique character. Since its inception in 1979, HKB has evolved into a vibrant performing arts organisation with a dynamic repertoire, forward-thinking community engagement initiatives and an emphasis on excellence.
With 50 dancers from all over the globe, HKB has restaged classical and neoclassical masterworks and dynamic original ballets created for HKB and about Hong Kong. Additionally, HKB performs works by some of today’s most sought-after choreographers as well as innovative new works by its Choreographer-in-Residence, Hu Song Wei Ricky, and numerous emerging Hong Kong choreographers.
In addition to almost 50 worldwide tours, HKB also maintains a full schedule of award-winning community programmes and crossover collaborations throughout Hong Kong to ensure ballet is accessible to all. HKB has also produced original videos and dance films that have collectively garnered over 5.2 million views online, connecting with ballet lovers worldwide.