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"In Search of Eileen Chang" showcases two works by renowned choreographers

Taipei Crossover Dance Company will unveil its new production, "In Search of Eileen Chang", at the Studio Theatre of Hong Kong Cultural Centre from December 5 to 7 (Friday to Sunday).

There will be three evening performances starting at 8pm and a Sunday matinee starting at 3pm.

The performances are presented by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department and produced by Open Daily.

Two acclaimed choreographers have created dance works inspired by the life of Chang, the popular Shanghai-born novelist who spent a few years in Hong Kong before finally exiling herself to California.

Hong Kong's Helen Lai is represented by "Voices", while Taiwan's Lo Man Fei created "A Handful of Dust". Both have attempted to achieve a philosophical yet fanciful collage of contemporary dance and literature.

"Voices", premiered in Taipei in 2000, has Yip Kam Tim as set and costume designer. Renowned Taiwan designer Lin Keh Hua created the sets and lighting for "A Handful of Dust".

Directly inspired by one of Chang's best known novels about love and relationships, "A Handful of Dust" is the most recent work by Lo Man Fei. Besides being the leading dancer of Taipei Crossover Dance Company, Lo is also artistic director of Cloud Gate 2, and her works have won the praise of audiences and critics alike in Taiwan.

The principal dancers in "In Search of Eileen Chang" are Lo, Wu Su Chun and Chen Shu Gi from Taipei Crossover Dance Company and Hong Kong's Francis Leung.

Taipei Crossover Dance Company was founded in 1994 to explore the possibilities inherent in blending music, dance and drama.

Tickets priced at $150 and $100 are available at URBTIX outlets. Half-priced tickets are available for senior citizens, people with disabilities, full-time students and Comprehensive Social Security Assistance recipients.

For purchases of full-price tickets, the following discounts apply: 4-9 tickets, 10%; 10-19 tickets, 15%; 20 tickets or more, 20%. A 10% discount is offered to Friends of LCSD performing venues.

A free exhibition entitled "Eileen Chang as a Bystander" will take place from November 17 to 28 in the Foyer of the Hong Kong Cultural Centre. Refer to the programme leaflet for further details.

Programme enquiries can be made on 2268 7323 while ticketing enquiries and reservations on 2734 9009. Internet booking of tickets is available at . For credit card telephone booking, call 2111 5999. Please visit the web site at for more information on the programme.

Ends/Wednesday, November 5, 2003
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