Dance drama to bloom

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 26 April, 2006, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 26 April, 2006, 12:00am

The Hong Kong Dance Company will take popular mainland television drama Red Poppies to the stage next month.

The story is set in the early 20th century. Maichi, a Tibetan chieftain, has built a fortune on planting poppies and selling opium. He soon raided other tribes and took away their land.

Many years later, Maichi divided his land into two halves. He let his two sons each run a portion so that he could pick his successor.

His elder son follows his father's footstep and plants poppies, hoping to gain more wealth and power.

Meanwhile, his younger son - driven by his love of green fields - grows wheat.

The elder brother ends up inheriting his father's chieftainship but his love for his beautiful sister-in-law, Tana, leads to jealousy and sibling rivalry.

The dance drama version of Red Poppies will be directed by Hu Jialu and Liu Lingli. It will be staged at the Hong Kong Cultural Centre from May 26 to 28. Student tickets at $50, $70 and $90 are available at Urbtix. Call 2734 9009 for reservations or visit for more information.