Taiwan’s Golden Melody Award winning Rom Shing Hakka Opera Troupe will make its American premiere at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium on Sunday, August 6, at 7 pm. The troupe will perform the ancient folktale Journey of the Monkey King, perhaps the most fabled story in all of Chinese literature and opera – in its own martial arts-filled and acrobatic rendition.
The Hakka Opera Troupe makes their first visit to the United States to showcase music, dance, and high-flying acrobatics that many consider to be all but forgotten arts. “It is a unique and special treat to attend a performance of an ancient lost art form, revived and brought back to life, from the only troupe still performing these in Taiwan,” said author Kailin Gow, the event’s program director and host. “Rom Shing Hakka Opera Troupe, which has received Taiwan’s prestigious Living Heritage Award for reviving and continuing the region’s cultural traditions, and a Golden Melody Award (Taiwan’s Grammys) for Best Traditional Music Album, infuses its work with acrobatic movements, dance, and martial arts. The troupe spans four generations, with its 70-member-strong cast.”
The evening’s program will also include the 25-member Lei Dance Theatre, also from Taiwan, and the 20-member Irvine-based Sun Musical Concert Choir, performing Chinese and classical music. There will more than 150 performers overall onstage over the course of the entire evening.
The variety show will last 2 hours 30 minutes with two 15-minute intermissions. Besides introducing you to ancient art forms, this event seeks to raise funds for the Dr. Susan Love Foundation Research for Breast Cancer and The John Wayne Cancer Foundation. Tickets range $39 to $89 and can be purchased online by following this link.
The Pasadena Civic Auditorium is located at 300 East Green St. in Pasadena.
Photo courtesy of the production / Used with permission
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