Theatre du Pif presents "Dance Me to the End of Love" October 24-26
Theatre du Pif, the Hong Kong-based cross-cultural bilingual theatre company, will present its new theatre, dance and music production, "Dance Me to the End of Love", at 8pm on October 24 and 25 (Friday and Saturday) and at 3pm on October 26 (Sunday) at the Theatre of Hong Kong City Hall.
Inspired by the music of the celebrated Canadian singer, songwriter and poet Leonard Cohen, "Dance Me to the End of Love" is an interpretation of the Nobel laureate Hermann Hesse's famous novel "Siddhartha", which chronicles the Buddha's quest to conquer suffering and fear while passing through the temptations of luxury and wealth, the delights of sensual love and the threat of deadly snakes.
Performed in English with Chinese surtitles, "Dance Me to the End of Love" is directed by Bonni Chan and choreographed by Alan Greig, who also perform along with Sean Curran. Thomas Murray designed music and sound for the production.
Established by Bonni Chan and Sean Curran in 1992, Theatre du Pif is known for dynamic and innovative stage works that incorporate text, movement, visual elements and the physicality of the actors. It also organises workshops for professional and community groups to promote theatre participation and creation.
Bonni Chan graduated from the Hong Kong Academy of Ballet and the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, where she was named best actress for three consecutive years. She went to study in London in 1991. Since returning to Hong Kong in 1995, she has taught professional and community groups and devised all of the company's productions.
The Scottish dancer and choreographer Alan Greig trained in New York City with Alwin Nikolais and has taught, choreographed and performed extensively in the UK. In 1990 he formed the X Factor Dance Company, of which he is the Artistic Director.
Tom Murray has created sound scores for theatre and dance companies throughout the UK. He is also visiting lecturer at the Glasgow School of Art.
"Dance Me to the End of Love" is presented by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department.
Tickets priced at $150 and $100 are 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 a single purchase of four to nine tickets, 15% for 10 to 19 tickets and 20% for 20 tickets or more.
On October 18 (Saturday) at 7pm, Alan Greig will conduct a workshop in English on choreography and performance. It will take place at CR1, 7/F, Concert Hall Backstage, Hong Kong Cultural Centre. Admission is free but reservations should be made during office hours at 2268 7323.
For programme enquiries, call 2268 7323 or visit www.lcsd.gov.hk/cp or www.thtdupif.com. Ticketing enquiries and reservations can be made on 2734 9009 and credit card telephone bookings on 2111 5999. Tickets can also be booked through www.urbtix.gov.hk.
End/Thursday, September 25, 2003