Is it damage control or a fresh start? Either way, it seems serendipitous that as the Hong Kong Ballet tries to ride out some rough times - the public-relations mess created by its unceremonious dumping of popular principal dancer Faye Leung in January - a new artistic director is making her presence felt. Madeleine Onne (pictured) is doing that by hosting a free public preview, on Tuesday, of the ballet's coming gala, Galaxy. The former dancer was literally thrown into the firestorm last month with her appointment, even as the company's board and former lead dancer were engaged in a public-opinion battle. A truce appears to have been called in the feud: Leung will appear for a farewell performance in August. Meanwhile, Onne - formerly with the Royal Swedish Ballet - will make something of a debut herself on Tuesday at the Cultural Centre's Studio Theatre, to talk about the company's 30th anniversary gala next month, which will feature many international guest performers. No doubt, during the free talk, which will take place between 7.30pm and 8.45pm, Onne will likely be pressed about her vision for the ballet over the three years of her contract. It will be interesting to see whether she answers any questions about the sticky politics the dance troupe is currently mired in. If you'd like to attend, reserve a place by calling 2105 9724 or e-mailing email@example.com .