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Stephen Mottram presents extraordinary puppet show

An extraordinary puppet world full of mystical, captivating, powerful, elegant, precise and rare beauty will be unveiled in early June when Stephen Mottram stages "In Suspension" in Hong Kong.

The show will be presented by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department.

Working in full view of the audience on a small open stage with string puppets, Mottram lures the audience into an unexpected and magical experience. The strong atmospheric theatre haunts the audience long after the puppets have been packed away.

"In Suspension" is based on acute observation of the details of human movement. Elegant yet simple, it toys with perceptions of everyday things like gravity and balance. Bit by bit, the viewer is coaxed into a magical, funny and poetic alternative world where the norms no longer rule. There is no spoken language. Anyone old enough to watch carefully and quietly will find it enjoyable.

The music for "In Suspension" was especially composed by Glyn Perrin, Simon Waters and Pete McPhail. The music leads the audience toward the visual events and the choreography in turn set the tune for the musical moments.

Stephen Mottram is an artist, craftsman and puppeteer. Since 1988 he has been developing a unique theatre language, which exploits the relationship between electro-acoustic music and the movement-image. His solo show "In Suspension" has been performed in different venues around the world. Since 1990, Mottram's performances have been seen in nearly 40 countries.

He has also worked on a number of films including "The Little Shop of Horrors" and "Tales from the Decameron". He was one of the four main puppet operators on "Strings" – a Danish feature film.

The Hong Kong shows will be staged at 8pm on June 2 at the Cultural Activities Hall, Sha Tin Town Hall; 8pm on June 3 and 3pm on June 4 at the Studio Theatre, Hong Kong Cultural Centre. Tickets priced $140 for Sha Tin Town Hall, $100 and $160 for Hong Kong Cultural Centre 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 student and 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, April 25, 2006
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