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November
"The Philosopher's Stone" rounds off dance trilogy
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Local dance group Unlock Dancing Plaza will present the finale of the remarkable "10 Nights" trilogy, "The Philosopher's Stone", after the former "Rehearsal Notes" and "10 Nights' Wanderings" which earned enthusiastic response from dance circles.

A Leisure and Cultural Services Department presentation, the performances will be held from December 3 to 5 (Friday to Sunday) at 8pm at the Studio Theatre, Hong Kong Cultural Centre.

The group's artistic director, Ong Yong Lock, choreographs while Chan Chu Hei provides the dramatic concept of the production. Guest dancers Kaiji Moriyama, from Japan, and local artist Julia Mok will join other dancers from Malaysia, Singapore and Hong Kong to discover the lost formula to longevity and happy-forever which was hidden in "El Alquimista" by Paulo Coelho.

Formed in 2002 by Ong Yong Lock and Elsie Chau, Unlock Dancing Plaza is a modern dance company with unique style. Bold to explore originality, the company is keen to collaborate and interact with artists from different disciplines in order to search for the intricacies of life and beyond. By liberating the constraints of the stage, it strives to discover new ways to appreciate and experience dance. The company emphasises the openness of space and communication between performers and the audience.

One of the most promising local choreographers, the Malaysia-born Ong Yong Lock was a dancer with Hong Kong Dance Company and City Contemporary Dance Company as well as former Artistic Director of South 'ASLI' Dance Workshop. Important works include "Same Time Tomorrow", "Whatever" and "Dumb Move".

Kaiji Moriyama had his Hong Kong debut in the Little Asia Dance Exchange Network in 2002, leaving a strong impression on the audience. He collaborated with Ong on "10 Nights' Wanderings" with both critical and popular acclaim. Since 1995, Kaiji has danced with various dance companies, performing in Japan and overseas. The Scotsman praised him as "one of the most talented dancers".

Tickets priced at $150 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. A 10% discount applies to Friends of LCSD performing venues. There will also be group booking discounts: 10% for four to nine tickets, 15% for 10 to 19 tickets and 20% for 20 tickets or more.

For programme enquiries and details of the fringe activities - a post-performance meet-the-artists session, a photo exhibition and an installation exhibition- call 2268 7323 or visit http://www.lcsd.gov.hk/cp Ticketing enquiries and reservations can be made on 2734 9009 and credit card telephone bookings on 2111 5999. Tickets can also be booked online at http://www.urbtix.hk .

Ends/Wednesday, November 3, 2004
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