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Cloud Gate Dance Theatre to perform "Bamboo Dream" in May

The internationally acclaimed Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan will revisit Hong Kong and stage its production "Bamboo Dream" in May.

Choreographed by Lin Hwai-min, the performance will be held at 8.15pm from May 6 to 8 (Friday to Sunday) at the Grand Theatre, Hong Kong Cultural Centre. The show is presented by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department.

In 1973, Lin borrowed the name of the oldest-known dance in China and founded the Cloud Gate Dance Theatre. It was the first contemporary dance company in any Chinese-speaking community. Its rich repertoire has its roots in Asian myths, folklore and aesthetics but it brings to these age-old beliefs and stories a contemporary and universal perspective.

Cloud Gate has taken dozens of overseas tours throughout Europe, Asia, Australia and America, including engagements at Brooklyn Academy of Music's Next Wave Festival, the Sydney 2000 Olympic Arts Festival, Biennale de la danse de Lyon, Adelaide Festival, Berlin Festival, the festival celebrating the 25th anniversary of Pina Bausch's Tanztheater Wuppertal, Sadler's Wells Theatre and Barbican Centre in London, Deutsche Oper Berlin and Kennedy Center. Cloud Gate has been acclaimed as "Asia's leading contemporary dance theatre" (The Times) and "One of the finest dance companies in the world" (The Globe and Mail).

Hailed by The New York Times as having "succeeded brilliantly in fusing dance techniques and theatrical concepts from the East and the West", Lin Hwai-min is regarded as one of the most renowned choreographers in Asia. He was named one of the Ten Outstanding Young Persons in the World by Jaycees International in 1983, received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Department of Culture of New York City in 1996 and the Ramon Magsaysay Award ("the Nobel Prize of Asia") in 1999. In addition, he was selected as the "Chorographer of the 20th Century" by Dance Europe and was chosen as one of the "Personalities of the Year", along with Merce Cunningham, Jiri Kylian, Pina Bausch and William Forsythe, by Ballet International in 2000.

Tickets priced at $280, $220, $160 and $100 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 tickets for students and CSSA recipients on a first-come, first-served basis). 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, 20% for 20 tickets or more.

Enquiries on programme and the associated events (exhibition, master class, talk and video screenings), call 2268 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 online at .

Ends/Tuesday, March 8, 2005

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