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Chinese classical dance by Beijing, Taiwan and Hong Kong troupes

Beijing Vocational Institute of Local Operas and Arts, Taiwan University of Arts Dance Department and Hong Kong Ho Ho Chuen Dance Organisations will jointly present a dance performance "Dragon Pulse Phoenix Spirit" next month (April) in Hong Kong.

The performance will feature the inheritance, transformation and development of the five decades of Chinese classical dance in Beijing, Taiwan and Hong Kong.

The programme includes Chinese operatic classical dance (Beijing), Chinese classical dance in Taiwan over the past five decades and upcoming trends of Taiwan and Chinese dance in a fusion of the east and west (Hong Kong).

Chinese classical dance has seen an assimilation of Western and modern dance into contemporary dance rooted in traditional Chinese culture such as Chinese opera, martial arts and court dance, and characterised by Chinese aesthetics.

Beijing Vocational Institute of Local Operas and Arts, founded in 1952 by such art virtuosi as Mei Lanfang, Wang Yaoqing and Hao Shouchen, has groomed an array of talent in Chinese opera, dance and stage arts. In 2004, it performed at the Closing Ceremony of the Olympic Games in Athens.

Established in 1955, the Taiwan University of Arts is the oldest arts education institution in Taiwan. Since 1970, the dance troupe has toured Europe and America, participated in the World Ballet Competition and Ethnic Dance Competition, and has won numerous awards.

Established in 1991, Hong Kong Ho Ho Chuen Dance Organisations has won wide acclaim for its original dance works, in particular, "The Southwesterly Wind Series", and "Back to the Earth". The group's dance performances have won several prizes.

Presented by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department, the "Dragon Pulse Phoenix Spirit" will be staged at 7.30pm on April 9 (Saturday) and 3pm on April 10 (Sunday) at the Auditorium, Tsuen Wan Town Hall.

Tickets priced at $140, $110 and $90 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 .

A pre-performance talk "Five Decades of the 'Chinese Classical Dance' System - Inheritance, Transformation and Development" (in Putonghua) will be held at 7.30pm on April 6 (Wednesday) at Cultural Activities Hall, Tsuen Wan Town Hall. Admission is free. Seats are available on a first-come, first-served basis. For reservations, call 2268 7323.

Ends/Wednesday, March 9, 2005

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