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5.3.2018
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Hong Kong Ballet Beatles Preview Benefit 2018

A Warm Welcome for New Artistic Director Septime Webre, Featuring Trey McIntyre’s A Day in the Life with 12 Beatles Songs



[Hong Kong – 5 March 2018] The Hong Kong Ballet Beatles Preview Benefit 2018 was held in Grand Hyatt Hong Kong’s Grand Ballroom on Sunday, 4 March 2018 with over 360 guests dressed in glamorous 60s attire in honour of the evening’s Beatles theme. This inaugural fundraising evening celebrated Artistic Director Mr Septime Webre’s arrival with an evening of conviviality featuring excerpts of internationally acclaimed choreographer Trey McIntyre’s Beatles rock ballet, A Day in the Life. Guests thoroughly enjoyed the HKB dancers performing the imaginative, spirited choreography to classic Beatles songs like ‘Ob-la-di, Ob-la-da’ and ‘Strawberry Fields Forever’ and enthusiastically applauded the performances. "Rock shakes up ballet’s staid qualities, and ballet seems to illuminate the poetry inherent in rock’s lyrics and sound. It pushes the boundaries of what we think ballet expression can be about." said Mr Webre.

Among the prominent society figures and celebrities who attended this night of fine dining and fabulous entertainment were Mr Kurt W.Tong, Consul General representing the United States to Hong Kong and Macau; Ms Daisy Ho, Chairman of Board of Governors of Hong Kong Ballet and Hong Kong Ballet Beatles Preview Benefit 2018 Committee Co-Chairs; Mrs Mira Yeh, Vice Chairman of Board of Governors of Hong Kong Ballet and Hong Kong Ballet Beatles Preview Benefit 2018 Committee Co-Chairs; Ms Linda Fung, Mrs Deirdre Fu Tcheng, Ms Linzay Chan, Ms Flora Zeta Cheong-Leen, Dr.h.c., Mrs Leigh Tung Chou, Mrs Anne Wang Liu, Ms Evonne Tsui and Mr Arthur Minshiang Wang, Board of Governors of Hong Kong Ballet; Ms Pansy Ho; Ms Winnie Chiu; Ms Wendy Chiu; Mr and Mrs Kent and Emily Ho; Mrs Bonnie Li; Ms Anina Ho; Mr and Mrs Ernie and Marie Suek; Mr Howard Chao; Ms Gillian Ho; Mrs Angie Ting; Mr and Mrs Vincent and Sofie Yum; Mr and Mrs Ronald and Reggie Kwok; Mrs Olivia Lee-Davies; Mr Real Ting; Ms Mandy Cho and more.

Hong Kong Ballet aims to share more diverse ballet works in unconventional settings to reach new audiences. Benefit Committee Co-Chairs, Ms Daisy Ho and Mrs Mira Yeh are thrilled with the support received for the live auction items and the Make-A-Pledge programme. “Funds raised allow us to consistently stage first-class ballet productions, provide professional training to our beloved dancers and expand our award-winning education and outreach programmes, which have touched the lives of hundreds of thousands of students and underserved community members,” said Ms Ho.

Additionally, an influential group of Benefit ambassadors representing the next generation of ballet audiences helped promote the evening of 60s fun and fundraising to a younger audience. The Benefit’s ambassadors include Ms Claudine Ying, Mrs Alison Chan-El Azar, Ms Antonia Li and Ms Beatrice Ho. Mrs Yeh said, "This evening would not be possible without the hard work of our Benefit Committee and Benefit Ambassadors and the generosity of our sponsors, and I would like to express our deepest gratitude to Lead Sponsors Qeelin and Pernelle, Champagne Partner Perrier-Jouët, Media Partner Hong Kong Tatler, and Hotel Partner Grand Hyatt Hong Kong."

As Hong Kong Ballet continues to successfully create fundraising experiences that are both fun and engaging, the resources gained have allowed the Company to consistently stage exhilarating productions showcasing first-class ballet-making and the Company’s talented, dedicated dance artists. The funds support the vibrant growth of its award-winning education and outreach programmes, which reach hundreds of thousands of participants, from school children to underserved community members. Additionally, the Company has been able to raise its profile and influence worldwide with international tours like the upcoming Europe tour to Spain, Germany and Serbia in March 2018.

Hong Kong Ballet Beatles Preview Benefit 2018 Committee
Co-Chairs: Ms Daisy Ho and Mrs Mira Yeh

Committee Members: Mr Benjamin Aubanton, Mrs Janice Chan-Choy, Mr Peter Cheung, Mrs Malti Dialdas, Mrs Reyna Harilela, Mrs Shirley Hiranand, Mrs Paula Mahoney, Mr Will Lam, Ms Anne LeBourgeois, Ms Maya Lin and Mr Stephen Yeung


Hong Kong Ballet Beatles Preview Benefit 2018 Ambassadors
Ms Claudine Ying, Mrs Alison Chan-El Azar, Ms Antonia Li and Ms Beatrice Ho

Sponsors & Partners
Lead Sponsors: Qeelin, Pernelle
Champagne Partner: Perrier-Jouët
Media Partner: Hong Kong Tatler
Hotel Partner: Grand Hyatt Hong Kong

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Photo 1 (from left): Mrs Mira Yeh, Vice Chairman of Board of Governors of Hong Kong Ballet and Hong Kong Ballet Beatles Preview Benefit 2018 Committee Co-Chair; Ms Daisy Ho, Chairman of Board of Governors of Hong Kong Ballet and Hong Kong Ballet Beatles Preview Benefit 2018 Committee Co-Chair
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Photo 2: (from left): Mr Paul Tam, Executive Director of Hong Kong Ballet; Board of Governors and Committee of Hong Kong Ballet: Ms Evonne Tsui, Ms Lindzay Chan, Mrs Daphne King Yao, Mrs Deirdre Fu Tcheng, Ms Linda Fung, Ms Flora Zeta Cheong-Leen, Dr.h.c., Ms Daisy Ho, Mrs Mira Yeh, Mrs Janice Chan-Choy, Mrs Anne Wang Liu; Mr Septime Webre, Artistic Director of Hong Kong Ballet; Board of Governors of Hong Kong Ballet: Mrs Leigh Tung Chou, Mr Arthur Minshiang Wang
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Photo 3: Hong Kong Ballet Beatles Preview Benefit 2018 Committee (from left): Mrs Paula Mahoney, Mrs Reyna Harilela, Mr Stephen Yeung, Ms Anne LeBourgeois, Mr Will Lam, Mr Benjamin Aubanton, Mrs Janice Chan-Choy, Mrs Mira Yeh, Ms Daisy Ho, Mr Peter Cheung, Mrs Malti Dialdas, Mrs Shirley Hiranand
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Photo 4 (from left): Mr Henry Seldon, Mr Forrest Rain Oliveros, Members of Corps de Ballet of Hong Kong Ballet; Ms Antonia Li, Ms Alison Chan-El Azar, Hong Kong Ballet Beatles Preview Benefit 2018 Ambassadors; Ms Daisy Ho; Ms Beatrice Ho, Hong Kong Ballet Beatles Preview Benefit 2018 Ambassador; Mr Lin Chang-yuan Kyle, Mr Kan Ka Kit Jordan, Members of Corps de Ballet of Hong Kong Ballet
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Photo 5 (from left): Ms Gillian Ho, Ms Daisy Ho, Ms Beatrice Ho
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Photo 6: Ms Pansy Ho
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Photo 7: Mr Septime Webre, Artistic Director of Hong Kong Ballet
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Photo 8: Mr Kent Ho, Mrs Emily Ho
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Photo 9: Ms Beatrice Ho
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Photo 10: Mr Ernie Suek, Mrs Marie Suek
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Photo 11: Ms Anina Ho
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Photo 12 (from left): Ms Virginia Yung, Mrs Angie Ting
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Photo 13: Mr Stanley Chou, Mrs Leigh Tung Chou
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Photo 14: Mr Julian Liu, Mrs Anne Wang Liu
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Photo 15: Mr Karim El Azar, Mrs Alison Chan-El Azar
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Photo 16: Ms Antonia Li
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Photo 17: Mr David Kung, Chief Marketing Officer of Pernelle
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Photo 18 (from left): Ms Wendy Law, Mrs Bonnie Kwong Li
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Photo 19: Mr Ronald Kwok, Mrs Reggie Kwok
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Photo 20: Mrs Olivia Lee-Davies
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Photo 21: Mr Andrew Kinoshita, Mrs Lumen Kinoshita
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Photo 22: Ms Flora Zeta Cheong-Leen, Dr.h.c.
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Photo 23: Ms Anna R.
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Photo 24: Ms Eunis Chan
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Photo 25: Mrs Rachel Parker
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Photo 26 (from left): Ms Daisy Ho; Mr Dennis Chan, Founder and Creative Director of Qeelin; Mrs Mira Yeh
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Photo 27 (from left): Ms Daisy Ho; Mr David Kung, Chief Marketing Officer of Pernelle; Mrs Mira Yeh
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Photo 28 (from left): Ms Daisy Ho; Mr Frantz Hotton, Managing Director of Pernod Rocard Hong Kong & Macau; Mrs Mira Yeh
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Photo 29 (from left): Ms Daisy Ho; Mr Sean  Fitzpatrick, Chief Content Officer & Managing Director of Hong Kong Tatler; Mrs Mira Yeh
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Photo 30 (from left): Ms Daisy Ho; Mr Richard Greaves, Area VP and General Manager of Grand Hyatt Hong Kong; Mrs Mira Yeh
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Photo 31 (from left): Mrs Alison Chan-El Azar; Ms Daisy Ho; Ms Pansy Ho; Mr Kurt W. Tong, Consul General representing the United States to Hong Kong and Macau
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Photo 32 (from left): Ms Wendy Chiu; Mrs Ayase Watari; Mrs Bonnie Kwong-Li; Mrs Emily Ho; Ms Maya Lin, Hong Kong Ballet Beatles Preview Benefit 2018 Committee Member
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Photo 33: A Day In The Life by Trey McIntyre | Dancer: Xia Jun
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Photo 34: A Day In The Life by Trey McIntyre | Hong Kong Ballet Dancers
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Photo 35: A Day In The Life by Trey McIntyre | Hong Kong Ballet Dancers
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Photo 36: Mr Peter Cheung 
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Photo 37: Mr Septime Webre
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Photo 38 (form left): Dancers: Li Jiabo, Lucas Jerkander, Yang Ruiqi
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Photo 39 (from left): Dancers: Gao Ge, Shunsuke Arimizu, Chen Zhiyao, Xia Jun, Yang Ruiqi, Li Jiabo, Liu Miaomiao, Lucas Jerkander
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Photo 40 (from left): Dancers: Henry Seldon, Mr Forrest Rain Oliveros, Lin Chang-yuan Kyle, Mr Kan Ka Kit Jordan
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Photo 41: The Hong Kong Ballet Beatles Preview Benefit 2018
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Photo 42: The Hong Kong Ballet Beatles Preview Benefit 2018

About Hong Kong Ballet

An eclectic mix of talent, a balance of classical and contemporary works, and a unique repertoire are the trademarks of Hong Kong Ballet, Asia’s premier ballet company. Internationally recognised and acclaimed for its creativity, talent and artistry, the Company, led by Artistic Director Septime Webre, is committed to providing captivating experiences that delight and inspire audiences from all walks of life, both at home and abroad.


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