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Hunan, HK puppetry and shadowgraph masters to join forces in mid-January

The Hunan Puppet & Shadow Art Troupe of China will join the Hong Kong Puppet and Shadow Art Center in "Monkey King Subdues the Demons" January 15-18.

The show consists of two well-known fairy tales, "The Cobweb Cave" and "The Conquest of the White-bone Demon", performed with rod-top and shadow puppets, aided by glove puppets.

The creative puppetry integrates a multitude of different art forms with spectacular and novel manipulation skills, such as "turning silk threads into cobwebs", "split-second metamorphosis and face changing" and "air fighting of insects and birds".

Details of the performances are as follows:

January 15 (Thursday) 8pm
Theatre, Sai Wan Ho Civic Centre
Tickets: $130, $100

January 16 (Friday) 8pm
Cultural Activities Hall, Tsuen Wan Town Hall
Tickets: $130

January 17 (Saturday) 8pm
Auditorium, Tai Po Civic Centre
Tickets: $130, $100

January 18 (Sunday) 8pm
Cultural Activities Hall, Tuen Mun Town Hall
Tickets: $130

The Hunan Puppet and Shadow Art Troupe of China was founded in 1956. Besides being the custodians of a fine traditional art, the troupe has been an innovator in puppetry and shadowgraph techniques, all the while developing its own special style. The troupe has performed in Asia, Europe and America and won numerous awards.

The Hong Kong Puppet and Shadow Art Center was co-founded by Wong Fai Puppet and Shadow of Hong Kong and the Hunan Puppet and Shadow Art Troupe. It organises performances, courses and exhibitions by puppet and shadow art groups in Hong Kong. Among local organisations, it is one of the most active promoters of the traditional Chinese arts of marionettes and shadow puppetry.

"Monkey King Subdues the Demons" is presented by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department.

Tickets are available at URBTIX outlets. Half-price tickets are available for senior citizens, people with disabilities, full-time students and Comprehensive Social Security Assistance recipients. A 10% discount applies to Friends of LCSD performing venues. There will also be group booking discounts: 10% for 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 . Ticketing enquiries and reservations can be made on 2734 9009 and credit card telephone bookings on 2111 5999. Tickets can also be booked through .

Ends/Thursday, December 4, 2003
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