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Yunnan troupe to present Yi song and dance

     The Folk Art Theatre Song and Dance Troupe of Yunnan Chuxiong Yi Autonomous Prefecture will perform "Colourful Yi of Yunnan" in Hong Kong next month (October).

     The Yi people of China are known for their unique ethnic culture. "Colourful Yi of Yunnan" will showcase the Yi's history and customs, in a lively programme of music, song and dance complete with resplendent costumes.

     The programme will feature mass dances, female group dances, pas de deux, pas de trois, folk singing, and musical performances with ethnic instruments. It will be staged at 8pm on Friday, October 24, at the Theatre, Sheung Wan Civic Centre, and at 8pm on Saturday, October 25, at the Auditorium, Yuen Long Theatre.

     The Folk Art Theatre Song and Dance Troupe of Yunnan Chuxiong Yi Autonomous Prefecture is made up of performers from different tribes, most of whom majored in dance at various art colleges and schools. The troupe's key productions include the award-winning "The Sun Goddess", "Rosy Clouds of Yi Mountains", "Meige", "Wedding Customs" and "Merry Songs of Yi Mountains". It has toured the United States, Holland, Germany, Japan, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand and Hong Kong for cultural exchange and has frequently received awards in state-level competitions. Its popularity with audiences in China and abroad is due to its strong ethnic characteristics and exquisite performances.

     Chuxiong is the most compact Yi community in China; more than a quarter of the prefecture's population belong to the Yi minority. Chuxiong is truly the grand garden of Yi folklore and culture in China as the six dialects and 13 branches of the Yi can all be found there.

     Yi people have a long history. According to scholars, the ancestors of the Yi are "Kunming people" related to Di Qiang. The Yi have their own culture, customs and festivals, including their "toasting song", "banquet dance", "tiger festival" and "torch festival".

     "Colourful Yi of Yunnan" is presented by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department.

     Tickets ranging from $80 to $180 are now available at URBTIX outlets. Senior citizens, people with disabilities, full-time students and Comprehensive Social Security Assistance (CSSA) recipients may have 50% off (limited quotas for students and CSSA recipients on a first-come, first-served basis). A maximum discount of 20% is offered for group booking schemes. Please refer to the programme leaflet for details.

     For enquiries about the programme, call 2268 7323 or visit Ticketing enquiries and reservations can be made on 2734 9009 and credit card telephone bookings on 2111 5999. Tickets can also be booked online at

Ends/Friday, September 19, 2008


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