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CCDC to Feature Stunning Dance Work "That Time/Kwaidan"


Imagine what it becomes when the Nobel Prize winner in Literature Samuel Beckett comes up with one of the greatest Japanese director Masaki Kobayashi. The local beloved City Contemporary Dance Company (CCDC) will reveal the chemistry of the crossover by bringing audience an exhilarating dance programme "That Time/Kwaidan". The stunning work will be staged at 8pm on April 11 and 12 (Friday and Saturday) at the Auditorium of the Kwai Tsing Theatre.

Choreographed by Maggi Sietsma, the winner of the Sidney Myer Performing Arts Award, and inspired by Samuel Beckett's masterpiece in the same title, "That Time" combines fragmentary images of memory, dreams and layered images with no beginning and no end to create an extraordinary landscape of the mind. At times impressionistic, "That Time" hints at mysteries which are slowly revealed. Set to music by Astor Piazzolla and Dino Saluzzi, Sietsma wittily manoeuvres the characteristics and techniques of film noir in her deconstruction of nostalgia.

Cruel, daring and beautiful, "Kwaidan/Emaki" is adapted from the award-winning Japanese classic ghost movie "Kwaidan" by Masaki Kobayashi, who won the Special Jury Prize at Cannes in 1965. In this dance theatre version, three bizarre ancient Japanese ghost stories are juxtaposed with modern episodes on a 3-dimentional Japanese painting scroll (Emaki). A monk, a snow maiden and a samurai move unwittingly towards their destined fate amidst the eerie sound and poetry by the otherworldly composer Peter Suart.

Presented by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department, tickets priced at $150, $120 and $90 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 Recipients (Limited student and CSSA tickets are available on a first-come, first-served basis). A 10% discount is also available for Friends of LCSD performing venues and CCDC's "Dance Generation". 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.

A forum titled "A New Force from Australia: Maggi Sietsma" and a screening of video excerpts by the Expressions Dance Company, with speakers Susan Street (Dean of Dance, The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts)& Willy Tsao (Artistic Director of CCDC) will be held at 3pm, March 29 (Saturday) at AC2, 4/F Administration Building, Hong Kong Cultural Centre. Limited seats are available on a first-come-first-served basis. Besides, a post-performance meet-the-artist session will be held after the first performance (April 11).

Programme enquiries can be made by calling 2268 7323(LCSD)/2326 8597 (CCDC) or visiting the website or Ticketing enquiries and reservation can be made on 2734 9009, credit card telephone booking on 2111 5999 while Internet booking at

End/Thursday, March 6, 2003

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