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Multimedia Tricodex to showcase ballet, circus and visual arts

The world renowned Lyon Opera Ballet will perform "Tricodex", choreographed by Philippe Decoufle, to launch its Asia premiere in Hong Kong in June.

The show, full of imagination, humour and invention, features 28 dancers, 150 costumes and spectacular video projections and lots of flying dance action, including a man riding a bicycle suspended from the ceiling and bungee jumping.The dancers' acrobatic technique complements Decoufle's dance style.

Tricodex completes Decoufle's three-part series of multimedia dance along with "Codex" (1987) and "Decodex" (1995), which was inspired by "Codex Seraphinianus", a fanciful encyclopaedia created by Italian artist and naturalist Luigi Serafini.

First published in 1981 and subtitled "A Visual Encyclopaedia of an Imaginary Universe", Serafini invented a codified world of mythical animals, imaginary plants, insects, mathematical equations, hairstyles, playing cards, flying machines and labyrinths.

Versatile French choreographer Philippe Decoufle, also the Artistic Director of Compagnie DCA, participated in the Hong Kong Arts Festival in 1995 with "Petites Pieces Montees". He studied with the American choreographer Alwin Nikolais, a pioneer in the use of multimedia effects, and has been acclaimed as "the spiritual son of Alvin Nikolais" (Le Figaro). Decoufle merges dance, live video, film, music and cartoons in his whimsical creations, which blur the boundaries between the virtual and the corporeal.

"Tricodex" marks the Lyon Opera Ballet's fifth appearance in Hong Kong. Founded in 1969, the ballet company is known for its experimental and adventurous repertoire. Under the leadership of Yorgos Loukos, the company has commissioned works from young choreographers and performed great classics, among them new versions of "Cinderella" and "Coppelia" by Maguy Marin and a new interpretation of "Romeo and Juliet" by Angelin Preljocaj.

Presented by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department, "Tricodex" by Lyon Opera Ballet will be staged at 7.45pm on June 3 and 4 (Friday and Saturday) at the Grand Theatre, Hong Kong Cultural Centre.

Tickets priced at $360, $260, $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 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, April 1, 2005

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