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September
World's greatest mime Marcel Marceau revisits HK in October

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Marcel Marceau is undoubtedly the greatest mime of our times. With his exquisitely detailed, smooth and layered performances, he easily captures the hearts of audiences all over the globe and remains a truly universal marvel. At the age of 80 he is as sprightly, energetic and charming as ever.

The legendary mime now returns to Hong Kong for two not-to-be missed performances, his first here in four years. Take the opportunity to see a brilliant artist at work at 8pm, October 21 and 22 (Tuesday and Wednesday) at the Concert Hall of the Hong Kong City Hall.

Marceau's engrossing two-hour show is divided into two parts -- "Pantomimes of Style", consisting of concise little stories that display his superb mime technique, and "Pantomimes of Bip", which explores the misadventures of Bip.

Born in Strasbourg, France, Marcel Marceau enrolled in Charles Dullin's School of Dramatic Art in the Sarah Bernhardt Theater in Paris in 1944, where he studied with the mime master Etienne Decroux. In 1947, he created "Bip", who has become his alter-ego, like Chaplin's "Little Tramp". In 1948, Marceau received the renowned Deburau Prize. The following year, he formed his Compagnie de Mime Marcel Marceau - the only company of pantomime in the world at that time. The ensemble played the leading theatres in Paris, as well as other playhouses throughout the world. He has toured the world extensively over the past five decades and has been enchanting audiences around the world for years, including several trips to Hong Kong.

Marceau's art has become familiar to millions worldwide through his many television appearances. He received two Emmy Awards for his television shows. He has demonstrated his versatility in motion pictures. Numerous honours have been bestowed upon Marceau, including the highest accolades conferred by the French Government: Officier de la Legion d'Honneur, Commandeur des Arts et Lettres, and Grand Officier de l'Ordre National du Merite. He served as Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations Second World Assembly on Ageing in April 2002.

The show is presented by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department. Tickets priced at $300, $250, $200 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 Assistance recipients. A 10% discount is also available for Friends of Leisure and Cultural Services performing venues. There will also be group booking concessions: 10% discount for every purchase of four to nine tickets, 15% for 10 to 19 tickets and 20% for 20 tickets or more.

For programme enquiries, call 2268 7323 or visit www.lcsd.gov.hk/cp. Ticketing enquiries and reservations can be made on 2734 9009 and credit card telephone bookings on 2111 5999. Tickets can also be booked through the website, www.urbtix.gov.hk.

End/Tuesday, September 9, 2003

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