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Students step up to dance with the professionals

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 08 December, 2007, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 08 December, 2007, 12:00am


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Dance troupes from Los Angeles and New York will join more than 200 local pupils today as part of a contemporary dance performance that incorporates the surrounding environment.

Students from 40 schools across Hong Kong and professional dancers from the LA-based Collage Dance Theatre and New York's Third Rail Projects will perform 'site-specific' dance at Quarry Bay's TaiKoo Place from 11am to 6pm.

The 15 dance performances are part of the Swire Island East Urban Dance Festival, which is organised in collaboration with the Hong Kong Youth Arts Foundation.

The foundation's performing arts manager Maria Wong Chi-yan said site-specific dance was entirely created at the location of the performance. 'The piece will have elements of the environment,' she said.

'Sometimes they will incorporate the historical background and social background and they will observe the people using that area to see how they can incorporate those elements as well.'