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Extraordinary stories of Asian urban inhabitants

Collaborating with renowned Korean musician Sung Ki-wan, Japanese dancer Makoto Matsushima and celebrated Hong Kong actor Lee Chun-chow, Theatre du Pif will present a new production, "E never forgets", in November. The play presents a surrealistic view of a modern Asian city seen through the eyes of an African elephant.

Directed by Bonni Chan and devised by Sean Curran and Bonni Chan, "E never forgets" is named after a Western phrase "An elephant never forgets". The production is also inspired by the stories "The Elephant Vanishes" by Japanese writer Haruki Murakami and "Slowness" by Milan Kundera.

In this dynamic production, the ordinary and everyday lives of three urban inhabitants are stripped bare to reveal extraordinary stories that are tender, brutal, funny and which also highlight modern man's perseverance and yearning for harmony within an increasingly chaotic world.

Fusing music, dance and story-telling, "E never forgets" is a unique, cross-cultural collaboration between Hong Kong, Japan, Korea and the UK. It combines Asian and European theatre and performance skills with expressionistic music.

The creative team includes music director Sung Ki-wan, visual designer Sylvia Chan, costume designer Cheng Man-wing and lighting designer Gabriel Fung. Performed by Lee Chun-chow, Makoto Matsushima, Sean Curran and Bonni Chan, with live music by Sung Ki-wan and Jung Tae-hyo, the production will bring the audience a new theatrical experience.

Theatre du Pif was founded in a Welsh castle in 1992 by Bonni Chan from Hong Kong and Sean Curran from Scotland. After being based in Edinburgh for three years, Theatre du Pif was relocated to Hong Kong. The company's first Hong Kong production, "Fish Heads and Tales" received critical acclaim. Further success of the play followed at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival 1995, where the company received its first five-star review from "The Scotsman". Theatre du Pif is known for its cross-cultural heritage, bilingual productions (in Cantonese and English) and often finds inspiration in literary works. Using a workshop devising process and collaborations with dramaturges and artists in other disciplines, the company orchestrates movement, text and visual images to produce productions acclaimed both for their power and their poetry.

Bonni Chan graduated from the Hong Kong Academy of Ballet. She went on to study acting at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, winning the Best Actress of the Year for three consecutive years. In 1991, she moved to London to study with various teachers. Bonni has been devising and directing all of Theatre du Pif's productions as well as teaching both professional and community groups. She was voted the Best Actress at the Hong Kong Drama Awards for her roles in "Fish Heads and Tales" and "The Oak Tree - An Odyssey".

Sean Curran studied at the Central School of Speech and Drama in London and with Jacques Lecoq in Paris. He has been devising and performing in all of Theatre du Pif's productions. Sean Curran also runs many workshops for professional and community groups, as well as for schools in both Hong Kong and Scotland.

"E never forgets", one of the highlights of the "New Vision Arts Festival", will be performed at 8pm on November 12 and 13, and at 3pm on November 14 at the Hong Kong City Hall Theatre. The programme will be conducted mainly in English with Chinese and English surtitles.

Tickets priced at $100 and $150 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. Group booking and package booking discounts are up to 20% off.

Programme brochures are available at URBTIX outlets or at the website, .

For programme enquiries, call 2370 1044. Telephone reservations can be made on 2734 9009 and credit card telephone bookings on 2111 5999. Internet bookings can be made at .

Ends/Monday, October 18, 2004
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