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Acclaimed martial arts dance pantomime “A Tale of Shaolin” comes to Singapore - The show is in celebration of Lianhe Zaobao’s 85th Anniversary

Singapore, 17 April 2008 - When the world famous Shaolin martial arts meets the artistry of classical dance, you get the acclaimed dance pantomime "A Tale of Shaolin" (风中少林).

In celebration of Singapore Press Holdings’ flagship Chinese newspaper Lianhe Zaobao’s 85th anniversary, “A Tale of Shaolin” will premiere in Singapore at the Esplanade Theatre from 24 to 27 July. The production is jointly presented by Lianhe Zaobao and Scorpio East Productions.

Hailed by critics as the “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” of stage productions, “A Tale of Shaolin” is performed by the renowned Zhengzhou Song and Dance Theatre from Henan province, China (中国河南省郑州歌舞剧院). It is another Chinese arts production brought in by Lianhe Zaobao, following the success of the concert by the Purple Phoenix Ladies´ Ensemble late last year.

"A Tale of Shaolin" tells the story of two star-crossed lovers, Tian Yuan and Su Shui, who were separated when bandits invaded their town. Su Shui was taken away by the bandits while Tian Yuan was rescued by an abbot from Shaolin. Tian became the abbot’s disciple and trained under the Shaolin monk. Tian later led a group of Shaolin monks to chase away the bandits and rescue his loved one.

The Shaolin monks, who will be demonstrating their amazing kungfuskills in the show, are from the famed Shaolin Martial Arts Academy. Together with the troupe’s 80 talented actors and dancers who are specially selected from various provinces in China, they will wow the audience in this production which integrates Shaolin martial arts with classical dance. Apart from playing out on stage the exciting battle between good and evil, "A Tale of Shaolin" will also depict the everyday lives of Shaolin monks as well as other interesting aspects of Chinese culture.

"A Tale of Shaolin” made its debut in Henan, the city where the famous Shaolin Temple is located, in 2004. It has since toured several major cities in China, as well as Hong Kong and Taiwan, and has been well received by both critics and audiences. It will make its way to Singapore and the region for the first time this year. The popular production received several national awards, including a Gold award at the prestigious Lotus Blossom Award in 2005, China´s highest accolade for dance productions. It was also selected as one of the top 10 classical shows of the National Stage Arts Project 2005 - 2006 in China.

Mr Lim Huan Chiang, Vice President of Cultural Industry Promotion of SPH´s Chinese Newspapers Division, said: “Lianhe Zaobao has always been actively promoting Chinese culture. For the past few years, it has presented several major Chinese musical productions such as ’A Dream of Tang Dynasty’, ’Jin Sha’ and the ’Purple Phoenix Ladies’ Ensemble, which were all well-received by the Singapore audience. ‘A Tale of Shaolin´ will continue our aim of bringing quality arts productions from China to Singapore. We hope that it will be a visual and aural feast for the local audience.”

"A Tale of Shaolin" is supported by the Singapore National Wushu Federation with omy as the Supporting Media, SPH MediaBoxOffice as the Official Outdoor Media and SilkAir as the Official Airline.

Excerpts of the show will be available online at www.omy.sg/showbiz from April 18.

Programme details:

A Tale of Shaolin (风中少林)
Date: 24 to 27 July, 2008, 8pm
Venue: Esplanade Theatre
Ticket price*: $108, $88, $68, $48, $38
*Not inclusive of SISTIC booking fee. Senior citizens aged 55 years and above, SAFRA, Passion and NTUC Union card holders enjoy 10% off tickets for $88 and $68 categories.

Visit www.sistic.com.sg for ticketing details. Tickets to the show will go on sale from 18 April at all SISTIC outlets.

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Ms Ou Lihua
Chinese Newspapers Division
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Ms Lok Siow Ling
Chinese Newspapers Division
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Mr Francis Mah
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About Singapore Press Holdings Ltd

Newspapers and Magazines
Main board-listed Singapore Press Holdings Ltd (SPH) is the leading media company in Singapore, delivering news and information through print, Internet and broadcasting platforms. In Singapore, it publishes 14 newspapers in four languages. Every day, 2.9 million individuals or 81 percent of people above 15 years old, read one of SPH’s news publications. SPH also publishes and produces more than 100 magazine titles in Singapore and the region, covering a broad range of interests from lifestyle to information technology.

Internet and Mobile
Beyond print, the Internet editions of SPH newspapers enjoy over 110 million pageviews with 7 million unique visitors every month. Apart from SPH AsiaOne portal, SPH’s online and new media initiatives include a revolutionary mobile advertising and information service, ZapCode; online marketplace for products, services and employment, ST701; and STOMP (Straits Times Online Mobile Print), a portal that connects, engages and interacts with readers on the Web and via mobile phone messaging.

Broadcasting
SPH has a 20 percent stake in MediaCorp TV Holdings Pte Ltd, which operates free-to-air channels 5, 8, U and TV Mobile, and a 40 percent stake in MediaCorp Press Pte Ltd, which publishes the free newspaper, Today. In the radio business, SPH has a 80 percent stake in SPH UnionWorks Pte Ltd, which operates entertainment stations Radio 100.3 FM in Mandarin and Radio 91.3 FM in English.

Outdoor Advertising
In addition, SPH has ventured into outdoor advertising through its wholly-owned subsidiary, SPH MediaBoxOffice Pte Ltd, Singapore´s largest outdoor motion display advertising network media company, and a 35 percent stake in TOM Outdoor Media Group, a leading outdoor advertising company in China.

Properties
SPH owns and manages Paragon, the prime retail and office complex in the heart of Orchard Road, Singapore’s main shopping belt. SPH’s wholly-owned subsidiary, Times Development Pte Ltd, is also developing a 43-storey upmarket residential condominium, Sky@eleven, at Thomson Road.

About Lianhe Zaobao

Lianhe Zaobao, the Chinese flagship newspaper published by Singapore Press Holdings, is the most comprehensive, contemporary Chinese daily that reflects current issues, commercial interests, lifestyles and trends of the local and global Chinese community. It is a trusted and respected source for news and opinion for both Singapore readers as well as the region’s Chinese literate community.