Discover Beijing Red Theater which specializes in traditional Chinese theater performances.
Before we left Beijing we had the opportunity to visit the Beijing Red Theater to see an amazing Chinese theatrical production called The Legend of Kungfu; this was magic, a wonderful story and theatrical performance with spectacular choreography. Beijing Red Theater specializes in traditional Chinese performances.
The Story behind The Legend of Kungfu
The Legend of Kungfu follows the story of a young boy, who like every boy in China and many other countries, dreams of becoming a Kungfu master. At a very young age, the boy is initiated into the monastery and given the name Chun Yi (the pure one). The young monk encounters many difficulties and temptations in the outside world and within himself. Through much hard work and training in the practice of Kungfu and Zen, over time he achieves his sacred goal and becomes a Warrior monk.
This show was absolutely mesmerizing. It presents to the audience the importance of Kungfu in Chinese culture, and what it means. You really have to experience this theater performance; as well as the amazing acrobatic feats carried out by the performers and the stunning choreography, it is also a fusion of modern dance with Chinese traditional arts.
The narrations are in English, with English and Chinese subtitles shown above the stage. This production is of the highest international standard. You will not be disappointed.
At The Red Theater Beijing, meet the cast after the show
We were able to meet and speak with the cast after the show in the foyer of the Red Theater. Many of the performers were young 17 years old’s, a couple were even younger (10 and 11 years I think). They were so enthusiastic and enjoying the appreciation of the audience. I felt it was a great privilege to meet these talented and dedicated performers. This is a show not to be missed if you are a Beijing visitor.
The foyer area of the Beijing Red Theater was so crowded after the performance with people trying to get their photo taken with the cast after the show. It was impossible to take a photo without getting some unknown person in it, a bit frustrating actually. However, thank goodness for digital cameras, it seems you can almost always get a quick pic under any condition and light.
If you are planning to go on a small group tour, do buy the best camera you can afford. In all probability you will only be there once. A camera needs to be light to carry and easy to use. I love my Sony and it is giving me great service, but am longing for an upgrade. You may like to consider a Digital Camera like this one to take overseas with you on a small group tour.
Don’t miss this wonderful opportunity to visit the Beijing Red Theater
Make the opportunity to visit the Beijing Red Theater, catch a cab from your hotel and back, it is cheap and safe to do so (your hotel will call one for you). Just ensure you have a card with the name and address of the hotel you are staying at, so you get back safely after the performance. The theater performance is also relatively inexpensive.
At the Beijing Red Theater, ‘The Legend of Kungfu’ is the longest-running show in China, having been enjoyed by over two million people. The production has also performed in the US, Canada, Japan and Russia. More recently, in 2009 it was performed at the London Coliseum.
A ‘small group tour’ offers so much to the individual, in cultural diversity and traditional arts of the country you are visiting.
A must DVD collection for KungFu fans
If you are interested in Kungfu and martial arts, you may enjoy the following videos. I particularly enjoyed Ip Man and I am now waiting for the release of Ip Man 2. The movie Ip Man is based on the life of Ip Man (Donnie Yen), the grandmaster of Wing Chun, who later became the teacher and mentor to legendary martial artist, Bruce Lee. I found this a very enjoyable movie about life in China in this period of its history; and also about the integrity and philosophy of Kungfu as exemplified in the movie by Ip Man, with some amazing martial arts scenes for Kungfu fans.
I enjoyed the huge epic scenes in the historical drama Red Cliff .
Kung Fu: The Complete Series Collection starring David Carradine, a must for Kungfu fans.
Warlords starring Jet Li.
Kung Fu Panda I’m sure Kungfu Panda is a proponent of Wing Chun Kungfu.
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