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May
Ballet company to bring humorous works about daily life
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Sweden's Cullberg Ballet will bring humour to the stage when it performs three dance works including "A Sort of", "Out of Breath" and "Home and Home" on June 3, 4 and 5 (Thursday, Friday and Saturday).

"A Sort of" is created by renowned choreographer Mats Ek. Guided by Ek's demonstrative sense of humour, the dancers blow up the tiniest gestures to cinematic proportions revealing the very heart of the human condition. Ek described the piece: "A man wakes up or does he fall asleep? He enters a journey ... into A Sort Of reality - or is it a dream?"

Choreographed by Johan Inger, "Out of Breath" displays the engaging and straightforward energy, technical brilliance and sudden calm humour of the ballet company. Three women and three men dancers demonstrate the way people nervously searching for their place in life.

"Home and Home" is another work created by Inger. With movements from classical ballet, jazz and hip hop, this modern and trendy piece is especially suitable for youngsters. Inspired partly by a murder case in Sweden, the work implies home is no longer a safe place. The work is situated somewhere between meaningful and meaningless, dream and reality, front and back, certain and uncertain, life and death.

Cullberg Ballet is in its fourth decade as a leading company at the frontline of modern dance. The ensemble has performed its innovative works in more than 40 countries. Its multinational dancers are known for their strong stage personalities.

The shows are presented by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department.

Tickets priced at $320, $220 and $120 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). For purchases of full-price tickets, the following discounts apply: 4-9 tickets, 10%; 10-19 tickets, 15%; 20 tickets or more, 20%. A 10% discount is offered to Friends of LCSD performing venues.

A free pre-performance lecture (in English) by Mikael Jonsson, managing director of the Cullberg Ballet, will be held on June 1 (Tuesday) from 7.30pm to 9.30pm at AC2, 4/F Administration Building, Hong Kong Cultural Centre. A free workshop (in English) hosted by the rehearsal masters of the Cullerg Ballet will be held on June 4 (Friday) from 4pm to 5.30pm at GR2, Grand Theatre Backstage, Hong Kong Cultural Centre.

For programme enquiries and enrolment, call 2268 7323, and for ticketing enquiries and reservations, call 2734 9009. For Internet bookings, go to 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/Monday, May 10, 2004
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