Neighbours are being treated to free shows of dancing, singing and acrobatics by a Kwai Chung theatre until the end of the month in response to calls for its closure by some residents, who say the performances are racy and vulgar. The Global Art Theatre denies claims its shows corrupt the community and says it is giving the free performances so residents can judge for themselves. The private theatre says European dance troupes perform world dances, including the cancan made famous by the Paris cabaret Moulin Rouge, and a couple and their two children perform acrobatics - and the shows are not indecent. But Kwai Tsing district councillor Dennis Leung Tsz-wing says residents are up in arms. 'Our community cannot accept this. The existence of transvestites is wrong, and it's even more wrong to let them perform. They are a bad influence on our society, to which all the religious groups and schools have been working so hard to bring righteous values.' He did not know whether the shows contained explicit sexual content because he had not seen one. However, the Post attended Saturday night's show, which was a totally wholesome combination of dancing, singing and acrobatics and did not involve transvestites. Leung said the theatre was originally a cinema that showed pornographic movies and was long criticised by residents. It was renovated in 2008 into a theatre for dance shows. 'The community, including principals, students and religious groups, strongly objected to the idea and they even signed a petition,' Leung said. But the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department granted the theatre a one-year licence in September. Leung said the manager of the theatre was summoned to a council meeting to answer questions about the shows and had said the theatre would stage traditional Chinese dances, but it had not done so. Another Kwai Tsing district councillor, Lam Siu-fai, said that in 2008, when the theatre was operating on a provisional licence, schools and religious groups received anonymous DVDs containing footage of strip shows allegedly staged at the theatre and complained to the council. Lam declined to describe the footage and said no councillors had attended any shows to find out if they were vulgar. 'But we have the right to monitor the content, especially when the community asks us to,' Lam said. He also accused the theatre of causing traffic chaos, with parked tourist buses blocking traffic. Global Art Theatre consultant Alex Hon Kin-fu said the original idea had been to copy the popular drag shows staged at Wah Fu Estate in Pok Fu Lam, but it changed to providing displays by European dance troupes mainly for mainland tourists. He said councillors, misinformed about the nature of the shows, called during a meeting in November for termination of the theatre's licence, but they had 'no right to do that - it's the FEHD that issued us the licence'. Hon denied accusations of vulgar, pornographic shows. While outfits might appear to locals to be brief, the dancers 'are not naked. They do not do table dances or pole dances, and the cancan dance is traditional'. He said the theatre's owner had invested more than HK$20 million in the business. Now, because of community disquiet, the theatre decided to let people see the show for free until the end of the month. 'We don't know if we will continue operating after these free shows,' Hon said. On Saturday night, about 200 people saw the free show - samba and salsa dances featuring dancers in miniskirts and vests, acrobatic performances and singing. Audience members said the show was clean and included nothing pornographic. Ching Mee-yong, 61, said it would be a pity to close the theatre. 'The show is good and it would be a pity to stop the shows,' she said. 'I watched many dancing shows. There is no porn here. It is acceptable. Local residents may be a bit conservative as they may seldom watch dancing.' A security guard at the theatre for the past 18 months, Au Yeung Tan-tan, agreed. 'The show is suitable for both adults and kids,' she said. 'My daughter also watched. If the show was sexy, I wouldn't bring my daughter. Two children perform in the acrobatic shows. Those kids would not perform if the shows were sexy.' She said the theatre was a boost to the local economy. 'Mainland tourists go shopping after watching the shows. The theatre can create job opportunities,' she said. Dancers from a Lithuanian troop performing at the theatre said they did not understand the criticisms. 'No one is naked. It is just a kind of art. It is not fair to make such allegations against us,' Donata Maciulaity, a 23-year-old dancer, said. Renaldas Grubliauskas, 26, said cultural differences caused misunderstandings. 'I understand their concerns,' he said. 'They may lack knowledge about dancing. They may change their mind if they watched more dancing shows. Moving our body is to express our feelings.' But Lam said the theatre only provided the free shows because it was losing money. 'They only want to use us as promotion. I have to stress that the district council has no power [to stop the theatre's business].'