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Ancient drum dances of Miao tribes coming to HK

Drum dance is in the blood of the Miao people whose festivals come alive with the rhythm of drumbeat and dance. "Drumbeats from the Beautiful Valley" by Xiangxi Dehang Folk Art Troupe will be staged next month (March) in Hong Kong, featuring "King of Drums" with an array of drum and folk dance from Dehang, the ancient home of China's Miao people.

The programme includes traditional drum dances, dance with the unique musical instrument the lusheng, as well as various folk dances of the Miao tribes. Hong Kong audiences will have an opportunity to enjoy the region's colourful customs and rich cultural heritage.

Over the years, four generations of "King of Drums" have come from the Miao villages in Xiangxi. Among the cast is the second generation of "King of Drums" Shi Shunming, who performed in Beijing six times and is a three-time winner of the First Prize in Drum Dance of the National Ethnic Minority Traditional Sports Competition.

Established in 1989, Xiangxi Dehang Folk Art Troupe, currently with more than 60 dancers, has performed over 10,000 shows. The most representative dance "Drum Games" has won a Class One Award at the National Traditional Sports Meet for Ethnic Minorities and a Gold Award at the Hunan Province Dance Contest. The four generations of "King of Drums" have represented Hunan Province in Europe and Asia and won critical acclaim.

Presented by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department, "Drumbeats from the Beautiful Valley" will be staged at 8pm on March 18 (Friday) and at the Theatre, Sheung Wan Civic Centre and the Auditorium, on March 19 (Saturday) at Tuen Mun Town Hall and 3pm on March 20 (Sunday) at the Auditorium, Tai Po Civic Centre.

Tickets priced at $130, $100 for Sheung Wan and Tai Po Civic Centre and $130, $100, $80 for Tuen Mun Town Hall are now available at all URBTIX outlets. Half-price concessions will be granted to senior citizens, people with disabilities, full-time students and Comprehensive Social Security Assistance recipients. (Limited tickets for students and Comprehensive Social Security Assistance recipients available on a first-come, first-served basis.) For details about other discounts, please refer to the programme leaflet.

For programme enquiries, call 2268 7323; for ticketing enquiries and reservations, call 2734 9009; for credit card telephone bookings, call 2111 5999; for internet bookings, visit; for more information, visit .

Ends/Friday, February 18, 2005

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