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May
Xi Opera to showcase 200 years of Jiangsu theatre
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The Xi Opera Troupe of Jiangsu will perform in the series, "Chinese Regional Opera of Jiangnan" next month (June) in Hong Kong.

Performances will feature the award-winning opera, "The Pearl Pagoda", and excerpts from Xi opera.

Xi Opera, or Wuxi Opera, is one of the most representative vernacular theatrical genres of Jiangsu. It originated from the banks of Taihu Lake in southern Jiangsu over 200 years ago. Its vernacular nature gives it a strong earthy touch, which is vivid and easy to understand.

"The Pearl Pagoda" won the Gold Award at the 7th Chinese Theatre Festival. The main cast, Ni Tongfang and Zhou Dongliang, National Class One performers of the troupe, are also winners of the Plum Blossom Award for Chinese Theatre. They will showcase the best of this unique Chinese opera genre. Excerpts to be staged are full of action and romance, complemented by martial arts and beautiful lyrics and tunes.

Presented by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department, "The Pearl Pagoda" and Excerpts from the Opera will be staged at 7.30pm on June 21 (Tuesday) and 22 (Wednesday) separately at the Theatre, Hong Kong City Hall. Lyrics and dialogue will have Chinese and simplified English subtitles.

Tickets priced at $200, $150, $100 are now available at all URBTIX outlets. A group discount for the series, "Chinese Regional Opera of Jiangnan", is provided. For each purchase of 4-9 tickets: 10% off; 10-19 tickets: 15% off; 20 or more tickets: 20% off. Half-price concessions will be granted to senior citizens, people with disabilities, full-time students and Comprehensive Social Security Assistance recipients. 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 more information, visit http://www.lcsd.gov.hk/cp .

"Lu Opera Theatre of Hefei, Anhui" and "Wu Opera Troupe of Zhejiang" will also be invited to perform for the series "Chinese Regional Opera of Jiangnan" in July and August separately.

Ends/Tuesday, May 10, 2005
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