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January
Zero Zero Ensemble to perform contemporary dance
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Local dance company Zero Zero Ensemble will lead the performance of "Visible Melody" on February 7 (Saturday) at 8pm at the Theatre of the Sheung Wan Civic Centre.

"Visible Melody" comprises two dance works - "Falling Strangers" choreographed by UK choreographer Emma Redding and "Getting to Know You" by Abby Chan, a local choreographer. Seven dancers from Malaysia, Taiwan and Hong Kong have been invited to join Zero Zero in the performance of the two pieces. The company's three founding members will create three short pieces to consolidate the whole performance.

The show is presented by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department.

"Visible Melody" is an ode to life; art and life bear many similarities, as each can be a creation, an interpretation or an intertwining of both. "Falling Strangers" describes a group of strangers' journey, which has no beginning or end, while "Getting to Know You" explores the relationship between choreographer, dancer and audience.

A graduate from the celebrated Laban Centre for Movement and Dance in London, Emma Redding has performed with the Hungarian company, Tranz Danz, and Rosalind Newman's Dance HK/NY. She has a Masters degree in Sports Science and currently teaches at Laban. Redding has choreographed several works in the last five years, many of which have been site-specific in the UK.

Abby Chan, a graduate of the Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts, performed with City Contemporary Dance Company (CCDC) from 1991-98. Her recent choreographic works include "Disclosure" and "Pipe Dream", both commissioned by CCDC. Her solo, "Spectrum", toured on the Little Asia Dance Exchange Network to Taipei, Sydney, Hong Kong, Seoul and Tokyo last year. Chan received the Hong Kong Dance Award 2003 for "Pipe Dream".

Tickets priced at $120 and $90 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 (limited tickets for students and CSSA recipients available on a first-come, first-served basis). A special discount is also available to patrons who purchase the tickets of this programme and Manna Dance's "UNDO". A 10% discount is offered to Friends of LCSD performing venues.

Two free dance workshops will be held on January 24 (Saturday) from 1.30pm to 3pm and 3.30pm to 5pm at Room GR2, 8/F Backstage of the Grand Theatre of the Hong Kong Cultural Centre. To enrol, call Ms Mok at 2268 7323.

For programme enquiries, call 2268 7323, and for ticketing enquiries and reservations call 2734 9009. Internet bookings are available at http://www.urbtix.gov.hk . For credit card telephone bookings, call 2111 5999. Visit http://www.lcsd.gov.hk/cp for more information on the programme.

Ends/Tuesday, January 6, 2004
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