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January
A Showcase of Ethnic Dances by HK and Xinjiang Dance Troupes

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The renowned Hong Kong Bauhinia Dance Association will join hands with Xinyi Dance Troupe of the Xinjiang Arts College in "Rosy Clouds Over the Silk Road" to give two performances featuring various ethnic dances. The performances will be held at 8pm on February 14 and 15 (Friday and Saturday) at the Theatre, Sheung Wan Civic Centre. Dance lovers may enjoy "Bowl Dance" (Gold Creativity Award, 'Lotus Award' Competition and Gold Performance Award, Ethnic Arts Festival), "Picking Grapes" (Gold Award, World Youth Fun Festival), "Colourful Belts" (Silver Performance Award, Spring of April, Korean Nationality International Arts Festival), and many other ethnic dances from Tajik, Kazak, Uzbek, Tatar, etc.

The Xinyi Dance Troupe comprises final year students from the Xinjiang Arts College. Their works are full of ethnic flavour and have won numerous awards from the Tao Li Cup Competition, the 'Lotus Award' Competition and other national and international dance competitions.

Founded in 1996, the Hong Kong Bauhinia Dance Association aims at promoting the art of traditional dance, fostering the development of Chinese dance and enhancing cultural exchange among local and international dancers. They have performed in the International Arts Carnival in 1996, in collaboration with the Dance Faculty of Central Institute of Ethnology in 1997, with the Beijing Dance Academy in 1999 and 2000, and with the Chinese People's Liberation Army Arts Academy in 2002. All their performances enjoyed great success and received high acclaim.

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.

Programme enquiries can be made on 2268 7323 or website www.lcsd.gov.hk/cp; Credit card booking on 2111 5999; Internet booking at www.urbtix.gov.hk while ticketing enquiries and reservation on 2734 9009.

End/Wednesday, January 15, 2003

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