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Manna Dance performance to celebrate 10th anniversary

In celebration of its 10th anniversary in February, Hong Kong troupe, Manna Dance will perform a unique dance piece, "UNDO".

The performance will be held at 8pm on February 20 and 21 (Friday and Saturday) at the Studio Theatre of the Hong Kong Cultural Centre.

Featuring artists from Hong Kong, the Mainland and the US, "UNDO" is choreographed by Aaron Wan, the artistic director and founder of Manna Dance, and Rob Kitsos, Senior Lecturer of Modern Dance at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts. Wan and Kitsos will also join guest dancer Sheng Peiqi and other dancers to perform in the production.

"UNDO" is presented by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department.

Founded in 1994, Manna Dance derives its name from the Biblical story of food falling from Heaven. Like "manna", dance nourishes the human spirit.

Wan is a veteran choreographer, teacher, dance researcher and disciple of Tai Chi. Richly imbued with the mystical quality of the East, his choreography is prolific in both Asian and Western elements. His full-length works include "Songs of the Autumn Water", "Labyrinth", "The Half and Half Songs", and "Fleeting Shadows".

Kitsos has been the Artist-in-Residence at the University of Washington in Seattle, US and a member of more than 15 performing companies covering a broad range of styles from mime and hip-hop to ballet. He has performed his works and others at many international festivals.

Sheng Peiqi is the Head of Chinese Dance at The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts and Associate Professor at the Beijing Dance Academy. Apart from teaching, she is also a choreographer and performer. Her works "The River of Tears" and "The Butterfly Lovers" won her the Outstanding Choreography and the Outstanding Performance awards given by China's Ministry of Culture in 1988.

Tickets priced at $130 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. 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. A special discount of 10% will be granted for a single purchase of this programme and "Visible Melody".

Two workshops will take place at 7.30pm at GR2 (conducted in English by Rob Kitsos) and GR3 (conducted in Cantonese by Aaron Wan), 8/F, Grand Theatre Backstage, Hong Kong Cultural Centre on February 3 and 4 (Tuesday and Wednesday). Attendees should have a basic knowledge of and experience in dance. Admission is free, but reservations should be made (during office hours at 2268 7323).

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/Wednesday, January 7, 2004
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