Singapore, 23 July 2008 - A Tale of Shaolin (风中少林), the mega dance pantomime showcasing breathtaking martial arts skills, makes its debut at the Esplanade Theatre from tomorrow (24 July) to Sunday (27 July). The production by the Zhengzhou Song and Dance Theatre is jointly presented by Lianhe Zaobao and Scorpio East Productions in celebration of the Chinese newspaper’s 85th anniversary.
Due to overwhelming response, the organisers have added one more matinee show on 27 July for the spectacular performance, which combines the strength of Shaolin martial arts and the elegance of Chinese dance.
The $260,000 production tells the story of two lovers, Tian Yuan and Su Shui. When bandits invade their hometown, Tian is rescued by Hui Shan, a famed Shaolin monk. Under his tutelage, the young man is able to fight and defeat the bandits.
The dancers and Shaolin monks who will be performing in the production are specially selected across nine cities in China. The Shaolin monks will wow audience with stunts galore such as using brooms as weapons and executing moves while in mid-air. Some of them will also jump from a 5.6 metre high rock wall. The production also features many grand scenes - including one which has 53 cast members performing on stage.
A Tale of Shaolin first premiered 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 even bagged 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 named as one of China’s top 10 cultural events from 2005 to 2006.
The main sponsors of "A Tale of Shaolin" include Main Sponsor CapitaLand, Official Airline SilkAir, Official Freight Partner Cosco Singapore, Official Outdoor Media SPH MediaBoxOffice, and Official Radio Station 100.3 FM. Other sponsors include Audio House, Super Coffee, Lian Beng Construction and Nature’s Green. The production is also supported by the Singapore National Wushu Federation, Singapore Tourism Board, Novena Holdings and omy.
Excerpts of the show will be available online at www.omy.sg/showbiz
A Tale of Shaolin (风中少林)
Date: 24 to 27 July, 2008, 8pm
(Additional matinee show at 2.30pm on 27 July*)
Venue: Esplanade Theatre
Ticket price: $108, $88, $68, $48 (Not inclusive of SISTIC booking fee)
*matinee show on 27 July only available for $108, $88 and $68
Visit www.sistic.com.sg for ticketing details.
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