Monkey King and Robin Hood 美猴王闹天宫

posted Sep 28, 2018, 5:58 AM by Louisa H   [ updated Sep 28, 2018, 7:57 AM ]
The Monkey King is perhaps the only animal that appears on the Beijing Opera stage as a lead character.  He possesses supernatural powers and a great sense of humor.  It’s a trickster character originated from Chinese folklore and classic literature, a combination of Robin Hood, Superman, Zorro and Charlie Chaplin in the western culture. While the Beijing Opera version of the Monkey King is not what any Westerner would think of as opera, it is a highly stylized form, lacking scenery and with combat scenes that are closer to dance than to stunt work. The level of acrobatic skill is incredibly high and the action is full of physical comedy.  In this act, the plot itself is simple:  the Monkey King disturbs a banquet in the celestial palace because he was annoyed being looked down upon by the supreme emperor.

为了把经典猴戏《闹天宫》呈现给乔治华盛顿大学的观众,京花成员和义工克服重重困难,全力以赴劝说和协助两位老艺术家朱楚善和李思祖登台献艺。这也是我第一次有幸这么近距离地欣赏这出骨子老戏。真是名不虚传!分分钟都值得。孙悟空是家喻户晓的名人(名猴),他那与生俱来的“人人平等”“藐视权威”的价值观,幽默风趣的性格,百折不挠的精神和打遍天下无敌手的本领,是无论什么国家的观众都“一见他就爱上他”的。孙悟空在蟠桃会上偷桃,被丁甲神发现,两人你一棍我一枪地一通好打,嘴里还时常冒出几句英语,把观众逗得前仰后合。没能来现场的朋友们啊,真是替你们感到惋惜……别的不说,你见过这么笑容可掬、慈眉善目的天神吗?😎



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