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Sichuan's "Whimsical Puppets" coming to HK

Sichuan Huge Puppet Troupe of China will stage "Whimsical Puppets" early next month, as one of the many attractions of the Leisure and Cultural Services Department's Cheers! series.

The show includes song and dance performance "The World is Full of Joy when the Sun Comes Out – Parasol Dance", the nimble puppetry performance "Apsaras", stunt show "A Mask Display", etc.

Sichuan's life-sized puppetry dates back 300 years, with its origins in folk art.The craft is recognised for its meticulous workmanship and vividness in form. With animated facial features, the puppets are capable of giving lifelike expressions and movements, such as blowing out flames, lighting candles, smoking, drinking tea, wielding weapons, singing, playing musical instruments and dressing. They are well suited for performing stories of a mythical or legendary nature, fairy tales, and stunts.

As a professional group with solid experience in the performing arts, the troupe boasts a fine team of puppet design artists, performers and dramatists and a wide-ranging repertoire. It has represented Sichuan Province in various national arts events, winning numerous major awards at the National Showcase, for Best Repertoire, Best Design, Best Scenography, Most Outstanding Performance and Best of Shows.

Details of "Whimsical Puppets" shows are as follows:
January 12, 2006 (Thursday) 8pm
Theatre, Sai Wan Ho Civic Centre

January 13, 2006 (Friday) 8pm
Auditorium, Sha Tin Town Hall

January 14, 2006 (Saturday) 8pm
Auditorium, Yuen Long Theatre

January 15 (Sunday) 8pm
Auditorium, North District Town Hall

Tickets priced from $70 to $130 are now available at all URBTIX outlets. Half-price tickets are available for senior citizens, people with disabilities, full-time students and Comprehensive Social Security Assistance recipients (limited CSSA tickets are available on a first-come, first-served basis). Please see programme leaflets for the group booking discount scheme.

For programme enquiries 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 through .

Ends/Tuesday, December 20, 2005

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