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Shen Wai Dance Arts opens New Vision Arts Festival

From the talented Chinese contemporary dance choreographer Shen Wei's dazzling performance "The Rite of Spring" and "Near the Terrace", to renowned Japanese Ryuichi Sakamoto and German Alva Noto's stunning audiovisual collaboration "insen",groundbreaking Singaporean director Ong Keng Sen's "Geisha", and Japanese Yoshida Brothers' unconventional Tsugaru-shamisen … there is something for everyone at the New Vision Arts Festival.

The New Vision Arts Festival, organised by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department, will run from October 20 to November 19, showcasing a selection of cutting-edge performances that break new ground in music, dance, theatre and multi-media crossover, bringing the audiences East-West cultural integration enriched with Asian elements.

A festival update showcasing the line-up of the New Vision Arts Festival, is now available for pick-up at the performing arts venues of the Leisure and Cultural Services Department.

Opening the festival is Shen Wei Dance Arts (USA) presenting "The Rite of Spring" and "Near the Terrace" on October 20 and 21. Well-known for fusing dance and visual arts, choreographer, dancer and painter Shen Wei utilises the performance space as a piece of canvas, dedicating himself to creating new dance for 21st century audiences.

"Near the Terrace" and "The Rite of Spring" received critical acclaim from The New York Times stating that "Near the Terrace" was "dance that must be savored moment by moment. The effect on the viewer is cumulative, but the instant can often be more resonant than the whole", while "The Rite of Spring" won acclaim in that "The visual and emotional impact is overwhelming…".

The closing performance, "Geisha" conceived and directed by Singaporean director Ong Keng Sen, is equally attractive, taking a look into the mysterious world of the Japanese geisha. New York-based actress and Obies winner Karen Kandel, will interpret a range of roles, weaving together stories about different aspects of a Geisha's life. Joining her on stage will be legendary Japanese kabuki performer Masanosuke Gojo, who incorporates nihon buyoh (classical Japanese dance) into his traditional onnagata kabuki role. Their performances will be blended elegantly with the traditional music of the three-stringed shamisen along with contemporary computer soundscapes.

Hong Kong avant-garde musician Li Chin Sung joins top musicians from East and West, fusing traditional Mongolian long song and throat singing in "Eclectic Tales from Mongolia" to open new vistas in crossover music for the festival.

The festival also commissioned a collaboration "city:zen" between leading British Asian choreographer Shobana Jeyasingh and Hong Kong dancer-choreographer Mui Cheuk-yin. It will be an unprecedented East-West dialogue through dance between Shobana Jeyasingh Dance Company and the City Contemporary Dance Company. Shobana Jeyasingh Dance Company will also present in the performance a visual and aural masterpiece "Exit No Exit".

The festival will also feature:
* Li Liuyi New Drama "Mu Guiyin".
* Yoshida Brothers(Japan)' unconventional shamisen concert.
* Theatre Ensemble's "Faust auf dem Klosett".
* Theatre Fanatico's "Exposed/Still Burnin".
* Ryuichi Sakamoto (Japan) and Alva Noto (Germany)'s "insen".
* Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra's "The Rite of Spring".
* JohnChen Ensemble's Total Music Theatre "Songs from Within".
* Roland Petit (France)'s "Soirée de Danse".
* Class 7A Drama Group and Shu Ning Presentation Unit's "i.CHERRY".

Apart from performances, the festival offers exhibitions, workshops, lecture demonstrations, meet-the-artists sessions, foyer performances and outdoor performances.

Complete programme brochures will be available from September 1. Counter bookings start on September 2. For more details, please visit the website

For programme enquiries, call 2370 1044.

Ends/Friday, August 18, 2006
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