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August
Dance videos and films by Wim Vandekeybus to showcase in September

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Four of Wim Vandekeybus' award-winning videos and films will be screened in two sessions next month.

The screenings will coincide with his dance performance, "Blush", which will be presented by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department at Kwai Tsing Theatre in September.

Choreographer, director, actor and photographer Vandekeybus has created numerous critically acclaimed film productions.

Dance videos "Roseland" and "Silver" will be screened on September 7 (Sunday) at 5pm at the Lecture Room, Kwai Tsing Theatre. "Roseland" is made from the material of Vandekeybus' first three choreographies: "What the Body Does Not Remember" (1987), "Les porteuses de mauvaises nouvelles" (1989) and "The Weight of a Hand" (1990). Vivid cinematic language is used in the video to recreate the excitement of a live performance. It was honoured with the Dance Screen Award 1991 (IMZ, Frankfurt) and the Prague d'Or for "transforming the theatrical energy of the stage choreography into a dynamic screen experience, using a full range of cinematic techniques".

Borrowing from "7 for a Secret Never to be Told", "Silver" is energetic and physically powerful, embodying the typical Vandekeybus dance style.

The dance video, "In Spite of Wishing and Wanting" and short film "Inasmuch..." will be screened at the Lecture Room, Kwai Tsing Theatre on September 21 (Sunday) at 5pm. After the screening, Vandekeybus will attend a discussion that will be conducted in English and hosted by Daniel Yeung.

"In Spite of Wishing and Wanting" explores the state just before falling asleep when unexpected desires surface. The all-male cast projects barely controllable emotions: man in direct confrontation with his extreme instincts. Poetic and passionate, it is a powerful mix of movement, music, symbols, words and silence, culminating in an unforgettable closing sequence. It was awarded the Prize for Creativity by the National Film Board of Canada at the 21st International Festival of Films on Art in Montreal.

Though made originally to accompany the dance, "Inasmuch as Life is Borrowed...", "Inasmuch..." proves to have an interesting life of its own when screened separately. It was awarded a Special Mention from the Jury of the International Filmfestival Ghent and Best Photography of Leuven Kort (short film festival) in 2000, the Cinergie Prize and VRT Prize at the Brussels International Fimfestival and Best Short Film at the International Short Film of Festival G-niale (Germany) in 2001.

The screenings are part of the programme, "2-D Dancing: Movement in Image". Tickets for each screening, priced at $50, 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 Assistance (CSSA) recipients (limited tickets for students and CSSA recipients available on a first-come, first-served basis). There will be a 10% discount for every purchase of six to 10 tickets and 20% for 11 tickets or more. A 10% discount will be offered to patrons who buy tickets for both "Blush" and "2-D Dancing: Movement in Image". Friends of LCSD performing venues will also receive a 10% discount.

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

For further information about "2-D Dancing: Movement in Image", call 2734 2900.

End/Monday, August 18, 2003

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