Sunday, 10 July 2016

Shaolin - A performance showcasing skills and strength (theatre review)

Five minutes into this performance, the Chinese audience knew that they would be experiencing a different treatment of a show we are familiar with.  Presenting from a Western point of view, the production was like a different version of Kung Fu Panda, the movie.

But of course, no one came for the storyline.  Fans of Chinese martial arts were still being treated to the good pugilistic skills of the Shaolin monks from Henan province.  While the choreography may not be the most entertaining, what we got was real skills on shows: pugilists being lifted aloft on sharpened spears, break marble slabs with their heads, perform handstands on two finger tips, splinter wooden staves with their bodies, break bricks on their heads and fly through the air in a series of incredible back flips.

The most distracting thing in this performance was the music, which was loud and a bit house music.  Even the Chinese music was borrowed from folk tunes, and funeral tunes?

Verdict: second half better than the first.  Go for the pugilistic skills entertainment.

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