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24.3.2014
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The Hong Kong Ballet Guild Dinner - Sponsored by Perrier-Jouët

The Company’s most avid supporters
celebrate the end of another successful year

Hong Kong – 24th March 2014 – On 11th March, The Hong Kong Ballet Guild hosted a glamorous private dinner, sponsored by esteemed champagne house Perrier-Jouët.

The dinner celebrated the end of another successful membership year for the Guild; since its establishment in 2008, The Hong Kong Ballet Guild has regularly arranged events, including the annual Nutcracker Christmas Benefit, post-performance parties, Meet-and-Greet sessions with the dancers, studio visits and Backstage Tours. The Guild also engages with the community by extending invitations to children from various charitable organisations such as Arts with the Disabled Hong Kong and Po Leung Kuk to watch The Hong Kong Ballet perform.

Addressing the room, The Hong Kong Ballet Guild co-chairs Janice Chan-Choy and Daphne King Yao thanked all of the Guild members for their loyal patronage and support this year, and thanked Perrier-Jouët for generously sponsoring the evening. The Guild members profited from this occasion to deepen their relationship with the Company, chatting to The Hong Kong Ballet’s new Executive Director, Mr Paul Tam and two members of the Artistic Team, Director of Artistic Planning & Touring Mr Joseph Morrissey and Director of Wardrobe Ms Anna Kjellsdotter. Several of The Hong Kong Ballet’s dancers were also in attendance, and patrons enjoyed getting to know Principal Dancer Miss Jin Yao, Soloists Miss Candice Adea, Mr Li Jia-bo, Mr Shen Jie, and corps de ballet members Mr Jonathan Spigner, Mr Frank van Tongeren, Miss Sarah Yeung and Miss Jessica Burrows in the relaxed and intimate atmosphere.

During the dinner, Mr Xavier Beysecker, Managing Director, Pernod Ricard Hong Kong, welcomed the Guild members and their guests as well as the staff of The Hong Kong Ballet. Perrier-Jouët’s Cellar Master, Mr Hervé Deschamps who flew in especially from France led the launch of a brand-new limited edition champagne and gave dinner guests the exclusive privilege of being the first to taste Belle Epoque Première Edition 2007; a wine created in celebration of Spring. He was also on hand to speak to guests about the new edition and guide them in their tasting of three other Perrier- Jouët champagnes. The co-chairs also expressed their hope that this dinner would mark the beginning of a long and happy partnership between The Hong Kong Ballet and Champagne House Perrier-Jouët.

Attendance list
Personnel from Perrier-Jouët Champagne and Pernod Ricard Hong Kong

Mr Xavier Beysecker – Managing Director, Pernod Ricard Hong Kong
Mr Hervé Deschamps – Cellar Master, Perrier-Jouët Champagne
Ms Kaori Shirota – Marketing Director, Pernod Ricard Hong Kong
Ms Ophelia Hui – Luxury and Corporate Relations Manager, Pernod Ricard Hong Kong
Ms Vivienne Chan – Assistant Brand Manager, Pernod Ricard Hong Kong

Members of The Hong Kong Ballet Guild & Guests
Mrs Daphne King Yao (Co-chair)
Mrs Janice Chan-Choy (Co-chair)
Mrs Vanessa Wong Choi
Mrs Leigh Tung Chou
Mrs Victoria Law Ha
Mrs Mary Tong HoMrs Michele Lai
Mrs Evan Lau-Sarkis
Mrs Jennifer Lee
Mrs Jacqueline Chow Liu
Mrs Anne Wang Liu
Mrs Fiona Marin
Miss Joyce Ng
Mrs Deirdre Fu Tcheng
Mrs Linda Ting
Mrs Sharie Ross Tse
Ms Vicky Wong
Ms Catherine Kwai
Mr Lelio Gavazza
Mrs Linda Fung King
Mr Cristiano de Lorenzo

Dancers and Personnel from The Hong Kong Ballet
Mr Paul Tam (Executive Director)
Mr Joseph Morrissey (Director of Artistic Planning & Touring)
Miss Anna Kjellsdotter (Director of Wardrobe)
Miss Jin Yao
Miss Candice Adea
Mr Li Jia-bo
Mr Jonathan Spigner
Mr Shen Jie
Mr Frank van Tongeren
Miss Sarah Yeung
Miss Jessica Burrows

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 that represents Hong Kong’s unique character. November 2013 marked the 35th anniversary of The Hong Kong Ballet, a Company that 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 continued to raise its international profile with more than 30 tours. An integral part of the Company’s activities is its extensive education and community outreach programme, which brings the art of ballet to students as well as to the wider community of Hong Kong.

For further information, please visit www.hkballet.com


About Perrier-Jouët
Perrier-Jouët is part of Martell Mumm Perrier-Jouët, the prestige champagne and cognac business of Pernod Ricard, co-leader in the Wines & Spirits sector worldwide. Perrier-Jouët is a luxury boutique Champagne House in the purest tradition with exceptional vineyards, recognised for the luxurious, floral, diamond-cut and elegant notes of its wines, from the savoir-faire of only seven Cellar Masters since 1811. Perrier-Jouët was voted “Best Premium Champagne” in The Chinese Millionaire Wealth Report 2013, published by the Hurun Report. Perrier-Jouët has a long standing historical connection with the arts, most notably a 1902 commission bottle design by Art Nouveau luminary Émile Gallé. Continuing with this philosophy in the present day - international arts programmes supported by Perrier-Jouët include: partnerships with Design Miami for the second-year and Galerie Perrotin globally as well as establishing the Perrier-Jouët Arts Salon Prize. In Hong Kong the brand is the Principal Arts Patron at Duddell’s.

For further information, please visit www.perrier-jouët.com

For enquiries, please contact:
Tony Leung
Marketing & PR Manager
The Hong Kong Ballet

Tel: +852 2105 9716
tony_leung@hkballet.com



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(from left) Mrs Deirdre Fu Tcheng, Mrs Janice Chan-Choy &Mr Xavier Beysecker
Perrier-Jouet Belle Epoque
Edition Premiere 2007
(from left) Mr Lelio Gavazza,
Mr Xavier Beysecker,
Ms Ophelia Hui & Mr Paul Tam
(from left) Ms Vicky Wong,
Mrs Daphne King Yao &
Mrs Victoria Law Ha
(from left) Mrs Anne Wang Liu,
Mrs Leigh Tung Chou,
Mr Lelio Gavazza,
Mr Xavier Beysecker &
Mrs Linda Ting
(from left) Mrs Janice Chan-Choy,
Mr Herve Deschamps &
Mrs Sharie Ross Tse
(from left) Mr Xavier Beysecker,
Mr Herve Deschamps &
Mrs Daphne King Yao
(from left) Mrs Vanessa Wong Choi,
Ms Catherine Kwai,
Mrs Linda Fung King &
Ms Kaori Shirota
(from left) Mr Shen Jie,
Mr Frank van Tongeren,
Miss Jin Yao, Mr Li Jia-bo,
Mr Jonathan Spigner &
Miss Candice Adea
Perrier-Jouet Belle Epoque
Edition Premiere 2007