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Vincent Mantsoe a one-man dance show

International dance artist Vincent Mantsoe will be stage three shows in Hong Kong in July at the Hong Kong Cultural Centre.

The coming one-man show brings magnificent programme including "Gula", "Phokwane", "Motswa Hole", "Barena" and "NDAA". Mantsoe is a dancer who trains in varied forms of dance. His choreography reflects many other influences, such as Asian dance, martial arts, tai chi and sundry European and North American elements.

"Watching Vincent Mantsoe in performance is certainly a very intense experience," says magazine

Mantsoe, born in South Africa, is from the family of "sangomas". His mother, aunt and cousins are trained to utilise dance as a vehicle for spiritual transcendence so he doesn't have to look far in order to find the spiritual inspiration for his dance. Starting dance training at age 13, Mantsoe now at 32, is one of the brightest rising stars in the dance world. He was invited to perform in the renowned Dance Umbrella festival in London three times. He has also received a number of prestigious awards including Prix d'auteur du Conseil General de Seine-Saint-Denis in 1996 and 1998, as well as the FNB Vita Choreographer of the Year and Best Make Dancer in the Contemporary Style in 2000.

The dance show, presented by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department, to be staged at 8pm from July 9 to 11 (Friday to Sunday) at the Studio Theatre, Hong Kong Cultural Centre is one of many attractions of the "Solo Soul Series". Tickets priced at $160 and $100 are now available at all UBRTIX outlets. Half-price tickets are available for senior citizens, people with disabilities, full-time students and Comprehensive Social Security Assistance recipients, while Friends of LCSD performing venues receive a 10% discount. For group booking discount schemes, please refer to programme leaflets.

For ticketing enquiries and reservations, call 2734 9009; for programme enquiries, call 2268 7323; for credit card telephone bookings, call 2111 5999; for Internet bookings, visit . For more programme details, visit .

An "Afro-contemporary Dance Workshop" (free admission) instructed by Vincent Mantsoe will be held at 11am on July 11 (Sunday) at GR2, 8/F, Grand Theatre Backstage, Hong Kong Cultural Centre. Applicants should have basic dance training and prior enrolment is required not later than July 5. Enrolment hotline: 2268 7323.

Other attractions of the Solo Soul Series include "The Silent and the Obscure" by Wong Bik-wan (June 17 to 20 at Ngau Chi Wan Civic Centre), "Metalove" by Daniel Yeung (June 18-19 at Hong Kong Cultural Centre) and "Victoria" by Dulcinea Langfelder & Co from Canada (July 2 to 4 at Hong Kong Cultural Centre).

Ends/Friday, May 28, 2004
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