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Art of the Tattoo; Film Review - "Kung Fu Panda"; Choreographer Xing Liang "Out of the Box"; Studio Performance - La Sax (24 Jun 2008)


Until July 9th you can see a unique exhibition devoted to the tattoo in a billiard hall in Central. In the minds of many, tattoos have long been associated with underground activities and gang members. Today though you find them on entertainment figures, sports stars, and people from all walks of life. Hong Kong's tattoo artists, both old and new, are finding a new popularity. The movie "Kung Fu Panda" has run into a bit of a controversy in mainland China, with some activists calling for a boycott, not only because they are angry with one of its producers, Steven Spielberg, linking the Olympics with human rights in Darfur, but also because they say the panda – as a Chinese icon – should be treated with more respect. Controversy aside, it's worth remembering that "Kung Fu Panda" is basically a pretty harmless computer-animated movie, mostly aimed at children. It's about Po the panda, the son of a noodle shop owner, who secretly aspires to be an awesome kung fu warrior. Gary Pollard is here to review it. Dancer and choreographer Xing Liang is particularly inspired by Pina Bausch and William Forsythe, two choreographers known for stretching the traditional boundaries of the art form. Xing takes his cue from their pioneering spirit in his choreography for the City Contemporary Dance Company's latest production "Out of the Box". He says that in this dance he wants to explore pure body language. In the process, he may also be challenging some audience expectations. In our studio performing tonight is the saxophone quarter La Sax. They, and special guest trumpet player Fung Ka-hing, play Harold Arlen's "Over the Rainbow".

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Tuesday, June 24, 2008
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