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Dance drama "Wonderful World of Tie-dye Girls" to be staged in October

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Ethnic dance drama "Wonderful World of Tie-dye Girls" will be presented in Hong Kong in October by the Xiangxi Tujia Miao Autonomous Prefecture Song and Dance Ensemble.

This ethnic dance drama was created in celebration of the 40th Anniversary of the Xiangxi Tujia Miao Autonomous Prefecture. It won the Tian Han Grand Prix of Hunan Province with its premiere in 1997, and went on to win the 7th National "Five One" Projects Award and Gold Awards for Originality and Performance at the 2nd National Ethnic Arts Festival.

"Wonderful World of Tie-dye Girls" is a dance drama rich in ethnic colour, unique in conceptualisation and innovative in execution. By using the famous tie-dye craft of western Hunan as the framework, and incorporating the five steps of the tie-dye process - spinning, weaving, tying, dyeing and rinsing - as well as the life of the female workers into the fabric of the story, these hardworking, kind-hearted and intelligent women are portrayed as the creators of in life and beauty.

"The dance segment is not only rich and colourful to watch, but also appeals to the audience with its .... new rhythms, new movements, and new moods." - People's Daily

Founded in 1958, the Xiangxi Tujia Miao Autonomous Prefecture Song and Dance Ensemble has 122 members (with 75 artists visiting Hong Kong this time) and a repertoire that reflects the ethnic elements and aspects of life of the Tujia, Miao and Han people living in the western part of Hunan. Its repertoire includes full-length ethnic dance drama, large-scale folk dance suite and Xiangxi song and dance, etc. Each is distinct in character and features. Among them, "The Wonderful World of Tie-dye Girls", "Flowers Bloom All Year Round", "Scenes under the Sun and Colourful Clouds amidst the Mountains" and "The Rivers" won the national 'Five One Projects' Awards, provincial 'Five One Projects' Awards, the Tian Han Grand Prix and three New Repertoire Awards respectively. The company has toured Singapore, Malaysia, Japan, Poland, Taiwan and Hong Kong and won critical acclaim.

Presented by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department, the performances will be held at 7.30pm on October 10 and 11 (Friday and Saturday) at the Auditorium, Sha Tin Town Hall. Tickets priced at $170, $130 and $90 are now available at all URBTIX outlets. Half-price concessions apply to senior citizens, people with disabilities, full-time students and Comprehensive Social Security Assistance recipients, while Friends of LCSD performing venues receive a 10% discount.

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

The "Exhibition on Xiangxi Ethnic Costumes & Tie-dye Arts with Demonstration" will be held in September and October. This is a display of ethnic costumes and tie-dye products of Tujia and Miao, supplemented by a video showing the tie-dye process. Girls from the Miao ethnic group will demonstrate weaving cloth, borders and strips. There will also be textual descriptions of the Tujia and Miao, as well as their unique customs such as "the wailing bride". Exhibition: September 26 to October at the Foyer, Hong Kong Cultural Centre. Demonstration: October 4 and 5 (noon to 7pm) at the Piazza, Hong Kong Cultural Centre; October 6 to 9 (11am to 8pm) at the Foyer, Hong Kong Cultural Centre. Admission is free.

End/Tuesday, September 2, 2003

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