We have made remarkable advances in science, technology and medicine. But as the pace of change increases, we must not lose sight of the future. We need to be forward-thinking and consider the legacy we are leaving our children and their children. They deserve a world they can thrive in: a healthy planet, the chance to grow, learn, be creative and fulfill their potential. It’s not a choice – it’s our responsibility.
Beijing International Ballet Competition
The trust has been a proud supporter of the biennial Beijing International Ballet Competition since its inauguration in 2011, sponsoring the event alongside the Chinese Ministry of Culture and Tourism and the Beijing Municipal Government. In August 2019, our Founder and her daughter attended the closing ceremony of the fifth Beijing International Ballet and Choreography Competition (Beijing IBCC) further endorsing it's aim to enable national and international talent to compete on a new world stage, namely that of China. The competition has provided a spotlight on up-and-coming talent and celebrated professional dancers and choreographers alike. Members of the global dance community between the ages of 17 and 26, and choreographers between 18 and 40, were invited to enter.
The Beijing IBCC provides another world-renowned platform for aspiring dancers, professionals and members of national ballet dance troupes to participate at this biennial event. The emphasis of the competition is on artistic standard and variety, classical ballet and choreography, with successful participants gaining global attention from the top schools, choreographers, dance troupes, media and benefactors. Prizes of up to 20,000 USD in each category help change the lives and dancing opportunities of the Beijing IBCC’s contestants.
The Yvonne Lui Trust helped support the launch and development of the Beijing IBCC because it is important for China’s art and performance scene to be put on the world map and for individuals in China to have the opportunity to train and learn from the best. The Trust also believes that ballet and dance is an elevating cultural experience that has no geographical or language barriers, but rather brings people together through education and the discipline of dance.
Many of ballet’s great stars from around the world have come from humble beginnings. Expensive to fund one’s own teaching, competition fees, travel and outfit costs, great talents rely on high level competitions to manifest their dreams and maintain their careers. The Beijing IBCC subsidises many brilliant dancers without means to ensure that the very best talent can join the event and perform in front of the art’s leading lights. At the most recent event, the judging panel included veteran judge and dancer extraordinaire, Julio Bocco, Principal Dancer of the Hamburg Ballet, Silvia Azzoni, and Ballet Director of the famous Theatre de Capitole, Abdelkader Belarbi.
Beijing’s National Centre of Performing Arts hosted the Beijing IBCC in 2011, 2013, 2015, 2017 and 2019 with the Trust’s ongoing assistance.