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French trapezists take off at Victoria Park

Flying trapezists from France, described by the Washington Times as even better than the popular Cirque de Soleil, will perform stunning shows at Victoria Park in May.

Invited by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department, as one of the highlights of Le French May, Les Arts Sauts will be in Hong Kong to stage their extraordinary performance "Ola Kala" (translated as everything is ok) with live music, delightful songs and breathtaking contortions. Spectators half-lying in deckchairs will feel the thrill as acrobats fly, twirl, grasp and release.

The show will be staged in a huge white dome 28 metres high and 50 metres wide. Seventeen performers will show their skills on the 12-metre-high crosswise trapeze, turning it into a full-fledged artistic performance. Live music by five musicians and poetic vocal performance, accompanied with the aerial ballet, makes it a perfect show for the whole family.

Since the establishment of Les Arts Sauts in 1993, the troupe has performed almost 1,000 shows in France and abroad. "Ola Kala" is their third creation and latest experimentation with the cross trapeze.

The show will be staged at 8pm from May 4 to 7 and May 11 to 14, and at 6pm on May 8 and 15, at the soccer pitch No. 4, Victoria Park. Tickets priced at $220 will be available at URBTIX outlets from March 21 onwards. Half-price concessions will be granted to senior citizens, people with disabilities, full-time students and Comprehensive Social Security Assistance recipients. (Limited tickets for Comprehensive Social Security Assistance recipients are available on a first-come, first-served basis.)

A group booking discount will be offered with any single purchase of four or more standard-price tickets. Please check out details from programme leaflets.

For programme enquiries, call 2268 7323; for ticketing enquiries and reservations call 2734 9009. Internet bookings are available at . For credit card telephone bookings, call 2111 5999. Visit: for more information on the programme.

Ends/Tuesday, March 15, 2005
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