Acrobatic Show: Journey to the West of China
On Wednesday we were invited to attend one of the first presentations of the new acrobatic show "Journey to the West"(西游记Xī Yóu Jì) in the acrobatic(an acrobatic movement or display involves difficult physical acts such as jumping and balancing, especially in a circus) theater. Many of my colleagues wanted to attend this presentation and after having dinner together we went to the theater, which is facing the Li River. In the entrance hall there was a huge picture of a Buddha, lots of people entered the building and searched for their seats.
Most of us were sitting close together. At 8pm the light turned off and music began to play. The story was about Tang San Zang's (a monk) journey to the west, in order to receive scriptures of a living Buddha, and the difficulties he and his disciples face in between. It is overflowing with magic, gods, immortals, and adventure, being very funny sometimes. Monkey King Wu Kong and the other disciples, a pig demon Zhu Ba Jie and the river demon Sha Wu Jing, have to battle demons, who all want their master because his flesh will give immortality to anyone who eats it.
In the show, mostly the natural environments of the travelers were presented, like the jungle, the river or India, each time accompanied with professional acrobatic performances and a picturesque(a picturesque place is attractive and interesting, and has no ugly modern buildings) stage decoration. The show lasted one hour and ended with the scene, when the explorer have gotten the scriptures of the living Buddha, and start their long journey back home.
As the theater was well equipped with "subtitles" in English and Chinese, it was easy for me to follow and understand the events on stage, without being familiar wit the story. The music was well chosen and diversified, and there were no conversations.