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Korean troupe to perform traditional songs and dances

Hong Kong audiences will soon get a taste of the dynamic dance style of the Seoul Performing Arts Company from Korea.

Presented by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department, "Dynamic Korea" will be presented at 8pm at the Auditorium of the Yuen Long Theatre on June 10 (Friday) and Shatin Town Hall on June 11 (Saturday).

The programme will feature a variety of traditional folk dances and songs, including "Taepyong-mu" and "Whagwan-mu", court dances of refined beauty; "Sword Dance", with its austere movements and captivating variations originating from ancient times; "Halyang-mu", an ethereal portrait of ancient scholars who lead a secluded life in the woods; "Ip-chum", an improvised and mirthful dance; "Saran-ga" (Love Duet), set to a traditional operatic song; the "Fan Dance", with its elegant movements complemented by magnificent costumes; and "Nong-ak", folk dances performed at festivals where people pray for good harvests, featuring the famous hourglass drum dance. The show reaches its climax with "Chilgo-mu" (Dance of Seven Drums): each dancer plays seven drums at the same time on a three-tier platform. The result is a dynamic spectacle, showcasing Korea's traditions of dance and music.

The Seoul Performing Arts Company was established in 1986, with the mission of revamping the traditional Korean performing arts and promoting the unique culture of Korea around the world. It has created many musicals and traditional Korean song and dance productions.

The group has toured over 42 countries including the United States, Germany, Spain, Japan, India and Brazil, staging about 800 performances, attracting over three million viewers at home and abroad. It performed at the closing and opening ceremonies of the Seoul Olympics 88, 99 Winter Asian Games, 2000 Korea Millennium Grand Gala and the promotional event for the World Cup 2001.

Tickets ranging from $90 to $160 are now available at URBTIX outlets, while senior citizens, people with disabilities, full-time students and Comprehensive Social Security Assistance recipients may have 50% off (limited quotas 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.

For enquiries about the programme and the workshop, 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, May 3, 2005
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