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August
Lúcnica brings Slovak National Folklore Ballet to Hong Kong
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Internationally acclaimed Lúcnica will present "Forever Young" - the Slovak National Folklore Ballet, next month (September) in Hong Kong.

"Forever Young" is a showcase of the most successful programmes of Lúcnica that are highly representative of the ethnic cultures of Slovakia. It includes "The Tossing Dance", "Carnival Stick Dance", "Spring Arrives, Shepherds' Night, Detva Festival", "Boys from Sharish", "Karicka Dance" and "Fanny Hat Dance". The Golden Violin, a professional ensemble made up of eight seasoned musicians, provides live accompaniment with traditional Slovak musical instruments.

The programme rolls out a splendid tapestry of ethnic dance and music performed by artists in resplendent folk costumes. Dances range from playful, humorous group dances to vivacious pas de deux, conjuring up the picturesque beauty of Slovakia.

The New York Times (USA) commented that "its young dancers spark with excellent technique in the overwhelming repertoire that truly grasps the surprisingly various sources."

Lúcnica, also known as "Lúcnica - Forever young" or "Rolling Stones of folklore", has served as a cultural ambassador of the Slovak Republic (formerly Czechoslovakia). Inspired by the national traditions, they create masterly techniques and fantasy in a folkloric show of a high level of artistic standard while retaining the unique features of each dance. It has groomed more than 2,000 young dancers whose exceptional techniques boast a complexity level that is comparable to top mastery in sports.

Prof Stefan Nosál is the founder, artistic director and choreographer of Lúcnica. With his artistic genius and unique creativity, Prof Nosál has created more than 100 dances and dance programmes, an amazing feat that has earned him the accolade as a "National Artist" of his country. Lúcnica has captivated audiences in 60 countries worldwide, including Broadway and the Royal Opera House in London.

Presented by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department, "Forever Young by Lúcnica - The Slovak National Folklore Ballet" will be staged at 8pm on September 21 and 22 (Friday and Saturday) at the Auditorium, Sha Tin Town Hall; and on September 23 (Sunday) at the Auditorium, Tsuen Wan Town Hall. Tickets priced ranged from $100 to $200, are now 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 full-time students and CSSA recipients available on a first-come, first-served basis). A 10% discount applies to Friends of LCSD performing venues. Group booking discounts are available, please check the programme leaflet for details.

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 http://www.urbtix.hk ; for more information, visit http://www.lcsd.gov.hk/cp .

A Dance Workshop (conducted in English) will be held at 11am on September 22 (Saturday) at Auditorium, Sha Tin Town Hall. Tickets priced at $80, are now available at URBTIX outlets.

Ends/Tuesday, August 7, 2007
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