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Renowned director Tadashi Suzuki brings "Dionysus" to Hong Kong

A Japanese version of the ancient Greek drama "Dionysus", directed and designed by the world-renowned theatre director Tadashi Suzuki, will be staged in Hong Kong in September.

Suzuki is one of the most important innovators, thinkers and directors of contemporary theatre. Internationally acclaimed for his elegant, musical and intensely physical versions of classical theatre, Suzuki is not only one of the world's foremost theatre directors, but also an important performance theorist. His powerful actor training system, which combines elements of Noh and Kabuki with Western realism, has a sublime and unique place in the contemporary theatre.

Based on ancient Greek tragic dramatist Euripides' "The Bacchae", the play Dionysus traces the conflict between the god of wine Dionysus and King Pentheus of Thebes. When Pentheus refuses to accept Dionysus as a god, Dionysus tries to punish the people of Thebes. He possesses the women, including Pentheus' mother Agave, entices them to go to Mount Cithaeron. Dionysus lures Pentheus to the women's revelry on Cithaeron, where Pentheus is torn to pieces at the hands of the worshippers. In a mind-controlled trance, Agave returns from the mountain carrying the head of Pentheus. When her madness passes, Agave comes to face the death of the son, and for the first time realises that she is the scapegoat sacrificed for the interest of the whole cult group.

Presented by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department, "Dionysus" by Shizuoka Performing Arts Centre will be staged at 8pm on September 23 and 24 (Friday and Saturday) at the Auditorium, Kwai Tsing Theatre.

Tickets priced at $280, $180 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.

Performance will be in Japanese and some English with Chinese and English subtitles.

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 ; for details of performing group, visit .

Tadashi Suzuki will give a free lecture (in Japanese with Cantonese and English Interpretation) at 3pm on September 24 (Saturday) at AC2, 4/F, Administration Building, Hong Kong Cultural Centre. Seats are available on a first-come-first-served basis. For reservation and enquiries, call 2268 7323.

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