It's a dance performance with a purpose. As part of the International Arts Carnival 2002 for children, the Hong Kong Dance Company's Water Margin aims to promote Chinese culture with concepts such as 'explore yourself and help others', 'all men are brothers' and 'in unity lies strength' - all communicated through movement. In addition, proceeds from the fund-raising premiere will be donated jointly to the Boys' and Girls' Association of Hong Kong's Together We Serve Youth Challenge Project and to the dance company.
Water Margin tells a story of the loyalty and integrity of a band of men and women from different backgrounds who valiantly come together to fight the injustices of corrupt officials and wealthy exploiters of their world. Based on the Chinese classic Shuihu Zhuan, the story is considered to be one of the greatest tales of chivalry in the kung fu genre.
The dance was created by choreographer Zhang Shouhe, one of the founders of Beijing's School of Modern Dance at the Beijing Dance Academy, and Zhao Jiping, who is best-known for the film scores he composed for Zhang Yimou and Chen Kaige. The cast comprises local talent, overseas dancers and those from the mainland who are studying at the Academy of Performing Arts. Yang Yuntao (above) stars. Cultural Centre Grand Theatre, Wan Chai. July 26-27, 7.30pm. July 28, 3pm. $90-$180 Urbtix. Donation hotline: 2853 2642. Programme inquiries: 2853 2611