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Koreans add fantasy to puppet world

As one of the performances of "Asian Puppet Series", Hyundai Puppet Theatre from Korea will present "Puppet City: A Korean Fantasy" in October to showcase superb puppet performance techniques and traditional Korean culture.

"Watching the puppets is enjoyable enough, but watching their operators manipulating them can be utterly absorbing." – "The Scotsman"

In the show, there are Korean traditional music and dance, as well as modern puppetry. This extraordinary puppet show will please people of all ages. This show consists of many dances which were performed in the Royal House with Korean classical music. Audiences will enjoy and feel the traditional and modern aspect of Korean culture.

Hyundai Puppet Theatre was founded in 1962 by Yong-Suk Cho, who is still the artistic director. The troupe aims to foster the imagination and creativity of children, nurturing the seeds of their dreams, and promoting puppetry as a serious art, instead of being an entertainment just for children. They have previously produced many well-loved television shows in South Korea, including "Dr. Buri Buri" and "I Can Do It by Myself", and stage productions including "Korean Fantasy", "Marionette Concert" and "The Dream of Christmas".

The troupe has also toured many parts of the world including Japan, Taiwan, New Zealand, Poland, Israel, UK and the Czech Republic and participated in Iida Puppet Festa in Japan, Haifa International Theatre Festival in Israel, Korczak Festival 2004 in Poland, and Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2006. They have also received many awards such as Special Broadcasting Award and Best Puppet Drama.

Yong-Suk Cho has created many characters and television shows in Korea. He also supervised the production of many Olympics mascots including Sam for the 1984 Los Angeles Summer Olympics and Hodori for the 1988 Seoul Summer Olympics.

"Puppet City: A Korean Fantasy", presented by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department, will be staged at 8pm, October 11 and 12 (Thursday and Friday) at the Theatre, Hong Kong City Hall; 8pm, October 13 (Saturday) at the Cultural Activities Hall, Tsuen Wan Town Hall; 8pm, October 14 (Sunday) at the Cultural Activities Hall, Sha Tin Town Hall. Tickets priced from $120 to $180 are now available at URBTIX outlets. Half-price tickets are available for senior citizens, people with disabilities, full-time students and Comprehensive Social Security Assistant (CSSA) recipients (limited tickets for CSSA recipients are available on a first-come, first-served basis). Please see group booking discount scheme in the programme leaflet. For details of other attractions of "Asian Puppet Series", please refer to promotion leaflet.

For programme enquiries, please call 2268 7323 or visit the following websites: . For reservations, please call 2734 9009. For credit card bookings, please call 2111 5999. To book online, please visit, .

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