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Modern dance meets French poetry

     "Love Sick", a modern dance work inspired by the French Symbolist poet Stéphane Mallarmé, will be on stage in Hong Kong next month (November). The Artistic Director of Unlock Dancing Plaza, Ong Yong Lock, works with stage performer Kearen Pang, dancers Lim Wei Wei and Flora Hon in the creation. Renowned local dancer Yuri Ng will be the set and costume designer.

     Inspired by Stéphane Mallarmé's poem "The Afternoon of Faun", this romantic performance is about three women, wearing high heel shoes, who go for a treasure hunt in the Love Jungle. They find a crystal ball, which is actually the faun in disguise. They scream and jump with joy until a real man emerges from the crystal ball when the women's faces begin to change.

     Unlock Dancing Plaza, formed in 2002 by Ong Yong Lock and Elsie Chau, is keen to liberate the art form from stage constraints and emphasises the openness of space and direct communication between the performer and the audience. The company collaborates with artists from different disciplines in order to search for the intricacies of life and beyond. It strives to discover new ways to appreciate and experience dance.

     Presented by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department, "Love Sick" by Unlock Dancing Plaza will be staged at 8 pm on November 28 and 29 (Friday and Saturday) at the Auditorium, HKICC Lee Shau Kee School of Creativity. Tickets priced at $120 and $160 are now available at URBTIX outlets. Senior citizens aged 60 or above, people with disabilities, full-time students and Comprehensive Social Security Assistance recipients are entitled to 50% off (limited quotas for CSSA recipients on a first-come, first-served basis). Group booking discounts are available; please check the programme leaflet for details.

     For programme enquiries, call 2268 7323; for ticketing enquiries and reservations, call 2734 9009; for credit card telephone booking, call 2111 5999; for Internet booking, visit; for more information, visit or (Unlock Dancing Plaza).

     A free post-performance meet-the-artists session will be held on November 29. Audiences are welcome to join.

Ends/Tuesday, October 28, 2008

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