If not for my son, we would not think of watching this. He has to read this book as his Chinese text and to arouse his interest further, Mike suggested we watch this acrobatic drama. He invited his parents along and last night, we all had a wonderful time.
This is a production by Guanzhou Acrobatic Troupe of China. The acrobatic acts are woven into four acts taken from the classic literature, Journey To The West西游记. There is no dialogue and the synopsis of each act is screened on the LCD panels in both Mandarin and English. Thus, this is a show that transcends all cultures.
Those people who know the story would be able to identify the acts through the performance. For people like me who did not read the book, the story line really does not matter.
The acrobatics include pole dancing, jumping through hoops, tight rope walking, up in the air ribbon acrobatics, belly dancing, a modern dance incorporating contortionists, and trampoline. Not to be excluded are popular acts often seen in chinese circus like twirling ‘bobbins’, puppeteer, and wushu display. There were many moments where I literally gasped as the acrobats sail through the air.
Besides the acts, I was awed by the beautifully extravagant costumes worn by the ladies. headgear, light chiffon robes and glitters were the fashion statement on stage,. There was even an eight legged spider hanging on its web. Simply fantastic. The stage setting was not to be outdone too. If followed closely to the acts. If there is one tiny flaw, it’s the inconsistent lighting.
As if the excitement was not enough, last night’s performance was attended by President Tony Tan and his family. After the show, he went on stage to take photos with the crew. I managed to snap a photo of him and shook his and Mrs Tan’s hands as they walked by.
And guess what, Piggy猪八戒 went down stage and threw some freebies to the audience. I managed to catch one as a souvenir to this memorable evening.