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Cultural Centre Piazza to come alive with dance this Friday and Saturday

The Hong Kong Cultural Centre Piazza will come alive this weekend with the dramatic dance performance, "Lantern Romances", presented by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department (LCSD).

Performers will dance freely around the piazza in two three-segment shows from 6.30pm to 9.15pm on Friday and Saturday. The "environmental dance" performance, in which the dancers to not use a stage, will add colour to the already spectacular lantern display, "Glowing Legend".

Produced by the CCDC Dance Centre and choreographed by Pun Siu-fai, the highlight of the performance, "Hope", was well received at the AWESOME Arts Festival in Perth, Australia last November. Pun now brings "Hope" back to Hong Kong, and adds two other dances, "WuDaoQingNian" and "Red Hot Heat".

Perth and Hong Kong share a history of migration and colonisation. Millions of people have moved to find fame, fortune or solace in these two cities. Pun captured the essence of this emotional journey in a 40-minute performance at the 2003 AWESOME Festival. And now, "Hope" will be re-run with dancers from the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, the City Contemporary Dance Company and the CCDC Dance Centre.

"WuDaoQingNian" was one of the programmes of the 2003 Community Cultural Ambassador Scheme presented by the LCSD. More than 30 young dancers toured around Hong Kong from December 2003 to January 2004 after intensive training of nine months. The performance was seen by over 30,000 people.

In "WuDaoQingNian", director Pun will present six different dance pieces choreographed by Eve Cheng, Ronly Kong, Venus Lo, Ong Yong-lock, Yap Pao-Meng, Yeung Wai-mei and Jacky Yu.

"Red Hot Heat" is a fiesta of dance showcasing the talents of dancers Jocelyn Chung, Rex Chiu and Gloria Sit, who are instructors at the CCDC Dance Centre. It will feature jazz and musical repertoires such as Jet Song, All that Jazz and Swan Lake.

The spectacular lantern show, "Glowing Legend", inspired by stories from the Chinese novel "Journey to the West", will on display at the Hong Kong Cultural Centre (HKCC) Piazza until February 22.

Lanterns near the Clock Tower represent the banquet hosted by the Queen Mother of the West for her guests, the Eight Immortals. A 20-foot-high "South Gate" has the Monkey King at the top searching for the peaches that promise immortality. Next to the South Gate is another set of lanterns featuring monkeys playing on the Mountain of Flowers and Fruit.

On the other side of the piazza, near the Hong Kong Museum of Art, spectacular lanterns represent the 12 animals of the Chinese zodiac.

Ends/Wednesday, February 18, 2004
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