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Jiangsu Kunqu Opera Institute to perform August 1-3

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The Jiangsu Kunqu Opera Institute will present "Kunqu: A Showcase of Excerpts from Southern Legendary Opera and Northern Yuan Mixed Drama" August 1-3 as part of the Leisure and Cultural Services Department's Arts Care programme.

Guest artists Wang Shiyu, Hou Shaokui, Cai Yaoxian and Zhang Yuwen will join award-winning artists from the Institute, including Shi Xiaomei, Ke Jun, Hu Jinfang, Lin Jifan, Zhang Jidie and Huang Xiaowu.

The Jiangsu Kunqu Opera Institute was established in Nanjing in 1977. It became a member of the Jiangsu Arts Institute (Performing Arts Group) when the latter was founded in 2001. The Institute's repertoire includes classics such as "The Peony Pavilion", "The Story of the Jade Hairpin", "The White Silk Dress" and "The Story of the Embroidered Jacket". It has won many awards at arts festivals and has toured Hong Kong and Taiwan to critical acclaim.

Performances will take place August 1-3 at 7.30pm at the Grand Theatre of the Hong Kong Cultural Centre. Programme details:

August 1 (Friday)

"To the Banquet Armed" from "A Dangerous Invitation", "A Poem on The Peony Pavilion" from "The Soup that Cures Jealousy", "Stealing the Poem" from "The Story of the Jade Hairpin" and "The Magistrate Interrogating His Own Father" from "The White Silk Dress"

August 2 (Saturday)

"Selling the Page Boy" from "The Story of the Embroidered Jacket", "The Execution Ground" from "The Story of Handan City", "A Woman Singer" from "The Grocer's Carrying Pole", "Asking for a Cup of Tea" from "The Story of Water Margin" and "Weeping for the Beloved Imperial Concubine's Statue" from "The Palace of Eternal Life".

August 3 (Sunday)

"Nocturnal Escape" from "The Story of the Precious Sword", "A Poem on a Painting" from "The Peach Blossom Fan", "Stepping on an Umbrella" from "The Story of the Scheduled Lady's Chamber", "The Killing of Brother's Wife" from "The Story of Heros" and "Looking Homeward" from "The Story of Sheep Pasturing".

Tickets priced at $320, $240, $180 and $100 are now available at all URBTIX outlets. Under the Arts Care programme, a 20% discount applies for each purchase of four to seven tickets, each purchase of eight or more tickets earns a 40% discount.

Arts Care discounts also apply to patrons who enjoy existing ticketing concessions -- half-price for full-time students, senior citizens, people with disabilities and Comprehensive Social Security Assistance recipients, and the 10% reduction for Friends of LCSD performing venues (up to two full-price tickets per performance).

For programme enquiries, call 2268 7323; for ticketing enquiries and reservations, call 2734 9009; for credit card telephone booking, call 2111 5999; for more information, visit www.lcsd.gov.hk/cp.

Pre-performance talks in Putonghua by Shi Xiaomei, Wang Shiyu, Hou Shaokui, Cai Yaoxian, Ke Jun and Hu Jinfang will take place from July 29 to 31 (Tuesday to Thursday) at 7.30pm at AC1, Administraton Building, Hong Kong Cultural Centre. Admission is free. Seats are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

End/Monday, June 9, 2003

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