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Ancient dance of Naxi nationality to be showcased this month

Hong Kong audiences will have the chance to see the ancient dance of the Naxi people in two performances this month.

The Dongba Palace Folk Troupe will perform as part of the Chinese Ethnic Music and Dance Series presented by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department.

In the language of the Naxi nationality, "Dongba" means a sorcerer or a "wise man". He is a priest of the Dongba religion - the primitive religion of Naxi. Usually, a "Dongba" is well versed in sorcery, singing and dancing. The culture of Dongba is recorded in the Dongba Scriptures, which include the world-renowned Dongba pictograph, the Dongba dance scores, Cuomo and Cuobai Cuoli, huge scrolls of Dongba paintings and Dongba music.

The Dongba Palace Folk Troupe of the ancient city of Dayan, Lijiang was founded in 1998. It has since given nearly 400 performances a year. Not only do these performances showcase the culture and history of the Naxi nationality, but also help nurture more Dongba artists.

At the performance, the troupe will perform ancient Naxi music, folk songs and dance, as well as play a variety of unique musical instruments, such as the kouxian, erhuang, Naxi huqin, Sugudu, Naxi pipa, mang, gong and flat drum. Details of the performance are as follows:

February 21 (Saturday) 8pm
Auditorium, Yuen Long Theatre

February 22 (Sunday) 8pm
Auditorium, Sha Tin Town Hall

Tickets priced from $80 to $180 are now available at all URBTIX outlets. Half-price concessions apply to senior citizens, people with disabilities, full-time students and Comprehensive Social Security Assistance recipients, while Friends of LCSD performing venues receive a 10% discount. Please check details on group and series booking discounts in the programme leaflets.

For ticketing enquiries and reservations, call 2734 9009; for programme enquiries, call 2268 7321; for credit card telephone bookings, call 2111 5999; for Internet bookings, visit . For more programme details, visit .

Ends/Monday, February 2, 2004
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