Campus dormitory life at Hong Kong University came dancing out into the open in an unusual outdoor production recently. HKU students were treated to unusual goings-on of the artistic kind - graffiti chalked on walls and steps and dancers sweeping around in red bridal gowns. The excitement was generated by the dance troupe Dancing City Limited. Dancing City has been visiting the various universities with their Podium Dance Project, an artistic programme for tertiary students. Their last stop was HKU, and this time they decided to also get the students involved in the dancing. Two Stories of Killing for Passion at HKU is a satire of campus student life. It takes a look at the rivalries and emotional complications that inevitably develop among young men and women living in university halls of residence. Anna Cheng Woon-mei, one of the students who wrote the scenario, said the dance shows university girls and boys competing at all levels, in studies, sports, love, whatever. 'There's a lot of chasing and fighting going on,' says Anna. 'We try to show how university students act, react and interact, but don't be misled by the title. We've never had anything as dramatic as killing for love!' Ada Lo Chi-yan, one of the dancers, said that even the day-time students can sense the tensions of competition and the subtle forms of pressure prevailing in the halls, even though they may not live in the dormitories. 'The dance shows a love triangle growing into something much bigger, with three rival groups in a showdown,' Anna said. 'We did not intend to stir up anything, but it had sensational elements that the students would have recognised and identified with.' City Dance director Pun Siu-fai said: 'We are attempting to get the students to interact with their environment.' The 'two stories' of the title were Burning Books and I Want To Eat Chicken Wings. The performances, which were well attended, were staged outside the university library at Sun Yat Sen Place. The educational dance production cost over $500,000 and involved about 40 HKU students, as well as students from other universities who came over to help in the grand finale performance.