Three action-packed plays draw on the fables of the Monkey King, the greatest of all Chinese myth cycles.
(Oct. 1, 2004) GENEVA, N.Y.–“The Adventures of the Monkey King: A Beijing Opera” is coming to Geneva, courtesy of the Freeman Grant for Asia Outreach given to Hobart and William Smith Colleges. The performance begins at 8 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 15, at the Smith Opera House.
Beijing Opera is one of the most dynamic forms of theater in the world, blending singing and dialogue with acrobatic tumbling and kung-fu fighting. The costumes sparkle with silk brocades and faces are painted with bright, stylized masks.
The International Monkey King Troupe consists of 15 performers, most of them trained at the National Academy of Beijing Opera in China. They are led by Ghaffar Pourazar, a British performer who became the first Westerner to complete the rigorous course of training at the Academy.
Each performance in Geneva incorporates an introduction to the Beijing Opera forms, and the dialogue of selected scenes is spoken in English. Tickets are $10 for the general public and $5 for students. Purchases can be made at the Smith Opera House, 82 Seneca St., (315) 781-5483 or (866) 355-5483, and The College Store, 51 St. Clair St., (315) 781-3449.
The Freeman Grant has four major components: Asia awareness through outreach to local schools; immersion, which supports travel to China by HWS students and faculty and local schoolteachers each summer; Freeman Scholarships, which bring three Asian students each year to study in the United States; and an Asian Studies Center on campus.
The Beijing Opera is sponsored by the outreach component of the grant and spearheaded by David Patt of the Outreach Project at Cornell.