Friday, July 6, 2007
MONKEY KING JOURNEY TO THE WEST!
On Wednesday night Lisa and I went to see the Monkey King Journey to The West Opera. It was a long trip on the train (I think I look tired!) Up to Manchester England. It was an amazing experience! We were friends with the director Chen Shi-Zheng he directed a film "Dark Matter” The music is by Damon Albarn and the show design by Jammie Hewlett. This was the dream team to bring this story to life for the stage. 2D Animation seamlessly integrates with the stage/set design and action. Illustrated characters brought into the 3D world through over the top costumes, Chinese acrobats and a very clever and contemporary musical score. Besides it’s just f***ing cool! Choreographed fights, flying demons, a trip to an under sea kingdom! It had everything. Look for more press and pics on line. We got to hang out with Chen Shi-Zheng and Jammie and the crew after the show. For me it was a great treat just to be surrounded with such a talented group. And have a few drinks. I’m still reeling from the whole experience!