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Ciroka Puppet Theatre brings Picasso's pictures to life

Presented by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department, "Family Fiesta 2008" will continue in mid-April with the production ¡§The Story of the Girl in Blue¡¨ by Ciroka Puppet Theatre from Hungary.

The performance was inspired by Picasso's "Child with a dove", which is a masterpiece of the famous Spanish painter's blue period. The story is about a little girl, who, stepping out of a painting, discovers the world around her. She watches this world with openness and childish curiosity.

In "The Story of the Girl in Blue", many of Picasso's pictures are cleverly presented by puppets of various kinds, video projection and toys so as to acquaint children with Picasso and to introduce them into an exciting game. In this world of fantasy, puppets and images meld together, and the miracles come one after another. Since its premiˆore in 2006, "The Story of the Girl in Blue" has been performed in several international festivals, and in Bulgaria, Slovakia, Greece, the UK and the Czech Republic.

Ciroka Puppet Theatre, one of the 13 state-financed puppet theatres in Hungary, has gained substantial experience in almost all puppet theatre genres and art forms during its 50 years of existence. Its primary goal is to endear theatre to children, to use high quality performances to cultivate public interest in theatre, and to turn theatre into part of everyday life. During the past decade Ciroka Puppet Theatre performed in 20 national and 27 international festivals, and received numerous awards.

Details of the performance are as follows:
April 10-11 (Thursday and Friday) 8pm
Theatre, Sai Wan Ho Civic Centre

April 12 (Saturday) 8pm
Cultural Activities Hall, Tuen Mun Town Hall

April 13 (Sunday) 8pm
Auditorium, North District Town Hall

Tickets priced from $120 to $170 are now available at all URBTIX outlets. Half-price concessions will be granted to senior citizens, people with disabilities, full-time students and Comprehensive Social Security Assistance recipients. (Limited tickets for Comprehensive Social Security Assistance recipients are available on a first-come, first-served basis.) For package purchase discount, please refer to the programme leaflet for details.

For programme enquiries, call 2268 7323; for ticketing enquiries and reservations, call 2734 9009. Internet bookings are available at http://www.urbtix.hk . For credit card telephone bookings, call 2111 5999. Visit http://www.lcsd.gov.hk/cp for more information on the programme.

Ends/Thursday, March 27, 2008

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