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Stringraphy fuses music, dance and installation art

An amazing instrument comprised of silk threads and cups! Stringraphy is a geometric web of silk threads and paper cups that turns the entire performance space into an immense acoustic "harp". Hong Kong audiences will have a chance to see this creative musical performance this summer by the Stringraphy Ensemble from Japan.

The programme is part of the summer spectacular International Arts Carnival organised by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department.

The performance is not just music, but combines dances, installation art, environmental protection and physics. Performers glide across the room with ballet-like movements while playing the instrument. Stringraphy is sure going to pluck at your hearts. The music it plays ... sometimes it is as upbeat and sunny as Vivaldi's La Primavera; sometimes it's moody like Jo Hisaishi's Princess Mononoke; sometimes it sounds a bit nostalgic like Henry Clay Work's Grandfather's Clock; and other times it tells of a communication breakdown between father and son in Chan Fai-young's Shall We Talk.

Stringraphy has earned much acclaim. The Age from Australia wrote, "Mizushima's arrangements are thoughtful and inventive, making the most of the astonishing versatility of her 'instrument'". The Globe and Mail from Canada said, "Mizushima is an installation sound artist, which is a fancy way of saying she builds her orchestra using the space provided".

Founded by Kazue Mizushima in 1992, Stringraphy Ensemble is a unique collaboration of musicians, dancers, visual artists, teachers and a therapist. Playing a variety of music, the ensemble has toured around the world since 1996, including a recent appearance in the Melbourne International Festival 2001 and the Esplanade - Theatres on the Bay Opening Festival in 2002 in Singapore. Mizushima was given an award by the International Society for Contemporary Music at the World Music Days 1996 with the production, "Stringraphy".

"Stringraphy" will be held at 7.30pm on July 30 to August 1; 3pm on July 31 to August 1, at the Hong Kong Cultural Centre Studio Theatre.

Tickets priced at $120 and $180 are available at URBTIX outlets. Half-price tickets are available for full-time students, senior citizens, people with disabilities and Comprehensive Social Security Assistance recipients. Package discounts of up to 15% are available for performing arts programmes/films.

Programme guides are available at URBTIX outlets or at the website .

Telephone reservations can be made on 2734 9009 and credit card telephone bookings on 2111 5999. Internet bookings can be made at

For programme enquiries, call 2370 1044.

Ends/Friday, June 25, 2004
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