A Deer of Nine Colours Shadow Light Dance Theatre, Tsuen Wan Town Hall Reviewed: Oct 10 Shadow Light Dance Theatre is a venture put together by Malaysian choreographer Ong Yong Lock of Unlock Dancing Plaza and theatre director Wong Tim-keung of the Ming Ri Arts Education Institute. Their show A Deer of Nine Colours for the ongoing Silk Road Arts Festival is based on a story portrayed in one of the celebrated Buddhist cave paintings at Dunhuang. A deer with a coat of nine colours risks its life to save a man from drowning. In return it asks only that he keep the deer's whereabouts secret. But when the king offers payment to anyone who can lead him to the deer, the man betrays his saviour and tells the king where the deer can be found. The man is punished by a plague of boils and when the captured deer tells the king how it saved the man, the king is ashamed of hunting the deer and lets it go free. This simple moral tale could make a charming dance theatre show, particularly for children. The idea is good, but Wong and Ong have taken an experimental approach that seems inappropriate. The effects are well executed and sometimes striking - and the sequence entitled 'The Nine-Coloured Man' is remarkable. But although it was technically strong, the piece was disappointing. The choreography was virtually nonexistent, with surprisingly little movement, and the dialogue was rudimentary. It was also too long and painfully slow. Above all, it failed to tell the story clearly enough for the characters to come to life or the moral point to be made.