Singapore, 15 February 2012
- Acclaimed acrobatic drama“Journey to the West”, which made its Singapore debut in 2009, will return this year due to popular demand.
Jointly presented by Singapore Press Holdings' (SPH) Chinese flagship daily Lianhe Zaobao, Scorpio East and Asia Arts & Culture Pte Ltd, the production will be staged at the Kallang Theatre on 6 and 8 April 2012.
Performed by the renowned Guangzhou Acrobatic Troupe of China, this award-winning production boasts a visual spectacle involving various types of acrobatic feats. Combining dance, martial arts, puppetry and modern stage techniques, this world-class circus act has wowed the Singapore audiences three years ago.
Apart from Singapore, Journey to the West has also enjoyed resounding success when it performed in Wuhan, Beijing, Nanjing, Changsha, Qingdao, Fuzhou, Guangzhou, Hongkong, Macau, Taiwan, Australia and Germany.
Based on one of China's literary classics, Journey to the West tells the tale of monk Xuanzang who travelled to India in search of Buddhist sutras, accompanied by the irreverent and capable Monkey King known as Sun Wukong, and two other disciples Pigsy and Sandy. They had to overcome various obstacles and battle numerous demons along the way before reaching their destination.
The Guangzhou Acrobatic Troupe of China has won over 100 awards at national and international competitions. Journey to the West was named one of China's Best Ten Masterpieces of Performing Arts for 2007 - 2009 and bagged the 12th China Wenhua Grand Award in 2007.
Mr Lim Huan Chiang, Vice President of Cultural Industry Promotion of SPH’s Chinese Newspapers Division, said: “The debut performance of Journey to the West in 2009 received such an overwhelming response that we had to add one more show to meet the demands of our supportive audiences. We decided to bring back the show this year so that more people can enjoy this top-notch act. The show is not just quality family entertainment, it is also good education material for teachers to cultivate the interest of Chinese culture amongst the young."
NTUC FairPrice and Kwan Im Thong Hood Cho Temple are the Main Sponsors for the production.
Acrobatic drama Journey to the West
Date/Time: 6 & 8 April 2012 Fri & Sun (8pm) , 8 April - 2.30pm (Sun matinee)
Ticket price*: $88, $68, $48, $38
*All students and senior citizens (aged 55 years and above) and NTUC Union Members will enjoy 10% off ticket prices. (Discount is applicable only for $88, $68 & $48 tickets)
for ticketing details. Tickets will go on sale tomorrow at all SISTIC outlets.
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