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Cultural Centre Piazza comes alive with dance

Visitors to the Hong Kong Cultural Centre Piazza this evening (February 20) were treated to the dramatic dance performance, "Lantern Romances".

Performers danced freely around the piazza in a three-segment show from 6.30pm to 9.15pm, adding colour to the already spectacular lantern display, "Glowing Legend". Presented by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department (LCSD), the show will also be held tomorrow evening.

Produced by the CCDC Dance Centre and choreographed by Pun Siu-fai, the dance contained three segments: "Hope", "WuDaoQingNian" and "Red Hot Heat".

The highlight of the performance, "Hope", was well received at the AWESOME Arts Festival in Perth, Australia last November. This time, the piece was re-run with dancers from the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, the City Contemporary Dance Company and the CCDC Dance Centre.

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.

"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 presented 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 featured 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", is now on display at the Hong Kong Cultural Centre (HKCC) Piazza until February 22.

Ends/Friday, February 20, 2004
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