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Acclaimed acrobatic drama “Journey to the West” comes to Singapore

Singapore, 30 April 2009 - “Journey to the West”, one of China’s greatest literary classics, will be brought to life in an acrobatic drama to be performed in Singapore for the first time.

“Journey to the West”, jointly presented by Lianhe Zaobao and Scorpio East Productions, will premiere at the Esplanade Theatre from 16 to 19 July, 2009.

Performed by an 80-strong cast from the renowned Guangzhou Acrobatic Troupe of China, this production boasts visually-breathtaking sets and showcases a variety of acrobatic forms. From dance, martial arts to puppetry, this adaptation of the much-loved Chinese classic, which has charmed audiences around the world, is a must-see for the young and old.

The Guangzhou Acrobatic Troupe of China has won over 80 awards at domestic and international show competitions. Founded in 1957, the troupe has carried on the traditional art of acrobatics while incorporating other art forms including dance, artistic gymnastics and drama to create its own unique style.

"Journey to the West" has been well-received by both critics and audiences when it toured China. Some of its accolades include the first prize at the Acrobatic Theme Show Competition in 2006, 12th Wenhua Grand Prize at the 8th China Arts Festival presented by the Ministry of Culture (China) and Gold Medal at the 7th China Acrobatic Gold Chrysanthemum Award in 2008. It has also enjoyed a successful tour of Beijing, Wuhai (Inner Mongolia), Hongkong and Germany.

"Journey to the West" tells the adventures of a 7th century monk Xuanzang who travels to India in search of Buddhist sutras with his three disciples, led by the irreverent but capable Monkey King "Sun Wukong", together with Pigsy and Sandy.

Largely based on the original classic tale, the acrobatic drama has five acts including Storm in the Heavenly Palace, Three Attacks against the White-Bone Demon, the Kingdom of the Spider Demon, Flaming Mountain and the Epilogue.

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', 'Purple Phoenix Ladies' Ensemble' and 'A Tale of Shaolin' which were all well-received by the Singapore audience. ‘Journey to the West' will continue our aim of bringing quality arts productions from China to Singapore. We are confident that the performance will be a visual treat for the audience.”

"Journey to the West" is supported by omy.sg as the Official Online Media and SPH MediaBoxOffice as the Official Outdoor Media.

Excerpts of the show will be available online at http://showbiz.omy.sg from 1 May, 2009.

Programme details:

Journey to the West (西游记)
Date: 16 to 19 July, 2009, 8pm & 2.30pm (19 July- Sun matinee)
Venue: Esplanade Theatre
Ticket price*: $108 (VIP Box), $88, $68, $48, $38
*Not inclusive of SISTIC booking fee.
Senior citizens aged 55 years and above, SAFRA and Passion card holders will enjoy 10% off tickets for $88, $68 and $48 categories. For bulk sales, purchase of 20 tickets and above will enjoy 15% off tickets off for $88, $68 and $48 categories.

Visit www.sistic.com.sg for ticketing details. Tickets will go on sale from 1 May at all SISTIC outlets.

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For more information, please contact:

Francis Mah
Manager
Corporate Communications Division
Tel: 6319 1028
Email: mahys@sph.com.sg

Ann Choo
Asst Manager
Cultural Industry Promotion
Chinese Newspapers Division
Tel: 6319 1968
Email: choowta@sph.com.sg

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