It has been noted thousands of times. Yes, Hong Kong is rife with contrasts - ultra-modern yet very traditional, a huge gap between rich and poor, populated by people both stylish and downright scruffy. For a detailed study of the colourful and varied people of the territory, check out the work of photographer Tim Hall at LKF Gallery, 5-6 Lan Kwai Fong, Central. The exhibition opens Tuesday. Hall roamed throughout Hong Kong with a portable studio - he carried his own white backdrop, in front of which he posed just about anyone he could find. Subjects include market traders, knife-sharpeners, shoeshine boys, Buddhist monks, police officers and pop singers. Others to fall under the Hall gaze are feng shui experts, Cantonese opera singers and Big Wave Bay surfers. The exhibition also features portrait photos of leading Hong Kong businessmen. Fairy-tales are usually regarded as stories for children, but one Hong Kong theatre group is staging an enchanting play which should appeal as much to adults. About 30 young dancers from the American Community Theatre feature in the fairy-tale musical, 12 Dancing Princesses. It is the story of a group of spellbound girls who are made to dance by a woman called Hope Diamond. Diamond has cast her spell as revenge against the king. The worried monarch sends a lowly cattle herder to find out about their absence. He follows them to their secret dancing place to discover they have no respite from the endless dance. Only true love can break the spell - and that's where the cattle herder comes in. Most of the cast, aged between 11 and 18, are from the territory's international schools. 12 Dancing Princesses can be seen at the Shouson Theatre, Hong Kong Arts Centre, Wan Chai, tonight and tomorrow (7 pm start) and on Saturday and Sunday (1 pm).