The sounds of happy chatter filled the foyer of the Grand Hyatt as the crowd, smartly dressed in black and white, sipped on Perrier-Jouët champagne in anticipation of the entertainment awaiting beyond the ballroom doors. Anne Wang-Liu, Peter Cheung and British actor Clive Owen were just a few of those looking their monochromatic best for the annual Hong Kong Ballet Ball, which was sponsored by luxury watchmaker, Jaeger-LeCoultre. Once in the ballroom proper, ballet chairwoman Daisy Ho mounted the state, flanked by co-chairs Mira Yeh and Janice Chan-Choy, to kick off the evening with a welcoming address.
The evening’s entertainment included not one but three separate performances by the company’s dancers. The first was Waltz of Flowers from The Nutcracker. Then came White vs. Black, a piece choreographed by Yuh Egami and performed by Ge Gao and Chen Zhiyao. However, the final performance, Still Lives, stole the show. Ricky Hu’s choreography mixed traditional ballet with pole dancing, allowing Vanessa Lai and Lucas Jerkander to add a contemporary twist to their performances.
A live auction also took place, with Ian McGinlay of Sotheby’s presiding with the hammer. A pair of Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso watches were knocked down at a price well above their estimate. The night kicked into full gear with the arrival of DJ Will Power, who kept the dancefloor swishing into the small hours.