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Performing arts to add some "Cheer" to winter

The Leisure and Cultural Services Department will present eight programmes in the annual "Cheers!" series in December and January. Details are as follows:

"Chinese Music Kaleidoscope" concerts
December 5, 11 and 18
Tickets: $70
Under the baton of Cheng Yuk, the Hong Kong YWCA Chinese Orchestra will play a series of pop classics, ethnic songs, TV and film scores, songs for children and traditional Chinese melodies in the "Chinese Music Kaleidoscope" concerts. They will be held at the Theatre, Sai Wan Ho Civic Centre (December 5), Auditorium, Tai Po Civic Centre (December 11) and Theatre, Ngau Chi Wan Civic Centre (December 18).

"Los 4 Elementos" (The Four Elements)
December 18 and 19
Tickets: $100 - $240
Taking the four elements of earth, water, air, and fire as their inspiration, four award-winning dancers from Spain and their musicians are ready to lead Hong Kong audiences through the passion of flamenco. The shows will take place at the Auditorium, Shatin Town Hall and will also be featured in the Flamenco Festivals in New York, Miami, Boston and London from January to February, 2005.

"Peter Pan"
December 17 to 19
Tickets: $90 - $180
The story of Peter Pan and Captain Hook in Neverland will be brought to Hong Kong audiences by puppeteers of the Hikosen theatre company of Japan. The shows will be held in the Auditorium, Kwai Tsing Theatre. Trained in ballet and gymnastics, the performers wear masks and dress as the characters in the much-loved tale. The exquisite masks, fanciful costumes and fabulous props and stage settings create spectacular visual effects and a dream-like atmosphere.

The Nutcracker
December 17 to 26
Tickets: $100 - $300
This is a stunning and fun-filled production, packed with magical surprises to delight the whole family. The spectacular growing Christmas tree, the magic puppet show and the exquisite Arabian dance plus, of course, Tchaikovsky's magnificent score, keep audiences coming back year after year.

HKOS 2004 Christmas Concert
December 19
Tickets: $70 - $180
The Hong Kong Oratorio Society will host its annual Christmas concert at the Concert Hall, Hong Kong Cultural Centre, featuring Handel's oratorio masterpiece "Messiah". After experiencing failure in his opera business and facing death, Handel found his Saviour and wrote this great piece with sensibility and skill.

"Theatre of Illusion"
December 25 to 28
Tickets: $90 - $150
In "Theatre of Illusion", The Spencers (US), named "Performing Arts Entertainers of the Year" for six consecutive years, will show you a man who can walk through the whirling blade of an industrial fan, a person folded inside a 12-inch box and another penetrated by steel spikes.

"Abnormal is Normal"
January 7 to 9, 2005
Tickets: $150
Shu Ning Presentation Unit will produce a multi-media theatrical work at the Studio Theatre, Hong Kong Cultural Centre, featuring Superman, Spiderman, Batman, Mask Rider, Wonder Woman and Godzilla. The show will reveal the fact that they are just "ordinary guys" even though they are superheroes.

"Picasso at the Lapin Agile"
January 7 to 9, 2005
Tickets: $90 - $140
Theatre Space will stage Steve Martin's award-winning play at the Theatre, Sai Wan Ho Civic Centre. This long-running off-Broadway absurdist comedy places Albert Einstein and Pablo Picasso in a Parisian cafe in 1904, just before the renowned scientist transformed physics with his theory of relativity and the celebrated painter set the art world afire with cubism.

Tickets for programmes in the "Cheers!" Series 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 (Limited CSSA tickets on a first-come, first-served basis). 10% discount applies to Friends of LCSD performing venues and up to 20% off for "Cheers!" Series discount scheme.

For programme enquiries call 2268 7321/ 7323 or visit . Ticketing enquiries and reservations can be made on 2734 9009 and credit card telephone bookings on 2111 5999. Tickets can also be booked through .

Ends/Saturday, November 20, 2004
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