A Chinese martial arts spectacle that delivers on both action and story
The beauty and artistry of Shaolin kung fu takes centre stage this month as Soul of Shaolin brings to the Genting International Showroom 33 highly skilled warrior monks ready to dazzle guests with awe-inspiring stunts.
The critically acclaimed Broadway show has created waves around the world since making its debut in 2009, and tells the tale of Hui Guang, a child separated from his mother and found by a Shaolin monk. The monk takes him back to his temple to be raised there and taught the ways of kung fu until in later years, Hui Guang finally encounters his mother once again.
Mother and son wish to leave the temple to begin life anew, but rules dictate that a monk who wishes to leave, must fight his way out. As fate has it, Hui Guang’s final opponent on his path to freedom is the monk that found him as a child, and so an epic battle begins.
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Deftly blending the rich history and traditions of China with incredible displays of kung fu, the performance was created by world-class artists from Chinese theatre, opera and ballet. Elements such as the fist technique and wrestling skills of the shaolin sit side-by-side inactive parts focussing on meditation and thus underscore the spiritual essence of the discipline.
Staffs and sabres are all part and parcel of the sometimes whirlwind production that often sees performers launch into the air at near horizontal angles. It’s impressive by all standards and will leave your head spinning at times.
A Broadway show that has held more than 500 performances worldwide. The show was the first Asian original production to appear on Broadway, and has earned nominations at the Tony Awards and Drama Desk. Billed as China’s key cultural export project by China’s Ministry of Culture, Ministry of Commerce, the State Administration of Radio, Film & Television, and the General Administration of Press and Publication, the event has been deemed “the Best of China” and continues to stun audiences worldwide.
Soul Of Shaolin
WHERE Genting International Showroom
WHEN 9pm (28 May-26 June), 9pm and 4pm (24 June)
TEL 03 2718 1118