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Dynamic theatre production "E never forgets" opens Friday

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", from Friday (November 12) to Sunday (November 14) at the Hong Kong City Hall. 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 the 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.

"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 performance will be 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 per cent 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.

Ends/Tuesday, November 9, 2004
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