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Les Deux Mondes to Stage the Asia Premiere "Living Memory" in HK


"Living Memory", the forthcoming production of Les Deux Mondes (Canada), is a combination of text, music, toys and video elements to celebrate imagination and the joy of being alive.

"Living Memory", performed in English with Chinese surtitles, will be premiered in Asia at the Theatre of the Hong Kong City Hall at 8pm on January 24 and 25 (Friday and Saturday) and 2:30pm on January 26 (Sunday). The starting point for this theatre adventure was a stage environment made of toys. The result is a moving and amusing show for both adult and young audiences where text, music, props and video combine to create a poignantly poetic world that stirs the imagination, and where unlikely toys suggest the journey of a woman who, we soon learn, is deceased. Although she claims to be a hundred years old, the character on stage is a very young girl, sometimes candid, sometimes wise, who reminds us that life is but a very brief game. In accordance with a creative process customary at Les Deux Mondes, the creators of Living Memory worked in close collaboration, each influencing the other during exploratory stages punctuated with pauses.

Founded in 1973 as Le Theatre de la Marmaille with its co-directors Daniel Meilleur, Monique Rioux and Michel Robidoux. The company aims its work towards bringing children and adults together in the same place, for the same production and in the same spirit, with plays that call upon the hearts and minds of all for a common delight in theatre. The company has created 22 productions and the original plays were created in Central America and in the Canadian Arctic, co-productions were developed in Italy, France and Africa. The artistic direction of Les Deux Mondes is motivated by conceptions of differences: the difference between young and old, between new world and the old, between history and everyday life, between acts of violence and acceptance, between obscurantism and responsible freedom, between the hopeful and the hopeless... The company has performed twice in the Hong Kong Arts Festival ("Promised Land" in 1994 and "The Tale of Teeka" in 1997).

Presented by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department, tickets priced at $160 and $100 are now available at all URBTIX outlets. Half price concessions will be granted to senior citizens, people with disabilities, full-time students and Comprehensive Social Security Assistant (CSSA) recipients (Limited student and CSSA tickets are available on a first-come, first-served basis). A 10% discount is available for Friends of LCSD performing venues as well. There will also be a 10% discount for every purchase of 4 to 9 tickets, 15% for 10 to 19 tickets and 20% for 20 tickets or more.

In addition, meet-the-artist session will be held after each performance. The sessions will be conducted in French with English and Chinese translations with free admission.

A master class drama workshop to be conducted in French by Monique Rioux, co-founder of Les Deux Mondes, with English and Chinese translations will be held free at 3pm, January 25 (Saturday) at Function Room AC2, 4/F, Administration Building of HKCC. Participants are advised to wear comfortable clothes and sports shoes. Please call 2268 7323 for details and registration.

Programme enquiries can be made on 2268 7323 or website; Credit card booking on 2111 5999; Internet booking at while ticketing enquiries and reservation on 2734 9009.

End/Friday, January 10, 2003

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