The Legend of Kung Fu is a unique theatrical production, which celebrates the philosophy and skill of the martial art of Kung Fu through story-line, dramatic design, choreography and breath-taking music. This show breaks the traditional Kung Fu mold. Its poignant and touching story line combined with exquisite ballet and music, blends the best of Kung Fu and wonderful theatre. The production was developed at the Beijing Red Theatre by China Heaven Creation, one of China 's leading performing arts producers.
A young boy, brought by his mother, enters the temple of Kung fu and trains to become a monk in the Kung Fu tradition. The master begins the boy's apprenticeship, giving him the name "Chun Yi", the Pure One. As he grows and develops, he learns the physical skills of Kung Fu. He also learns that he must withstand temptations and distractions along the way, and throughout his life in order to maintain his discipline and Kung fu focus. Chun Yi meets the challenges, falls for and overcomes temptation and finally attains the honor of being named Master, becoming a wise teacher for the next generations.
The little monk arrives at the temple, but being of an adventurous spirit he can not settle into the strict discipline of the temple. So his master demonstrates his unbelievable powers, and soon he realises that this is the only way for him, and so is initiated into the temple and given the name Chun Yi (the pure one)
The little monk is studying Zen and gong fu very hard, he soon masters many gong fu skills, the years have passed by and the boy becomes a man.
The razor sharp swords are created from the sweat and toil of the blacksmiths, after many years of similar toil, our monk Chun Yi transforms his body into iron.
During any form of spiritual growth the biggest obstacle we encounter is ourselves. Chun Yi can not suppress his natural desires, and so chases the beautiful fairy he has created in his mind, and hence can not continue with his Buddhist practices.
The monk Chun Yi looses his way of Buddhist practices, and so damages his Gong Fu. Once the illusion has gone, Chun Yi suffers from great remorse, and punishes himself and then mediates longing to be liberated from all earthly desires. Finally he returns to the path of enlightenment, he demonstrates his strong will and courage by breaking metal and stone with his iron body.
Passing through the temple gate is a glorious ritual for a monk; he must achieve this final task to become a warrior monk. Chun Yi, having freed himself of his ego he now fears nothing; he and his fellow monks have demonstrated their courage and heroism in winning the battle.
After his long and arduous journey his old master passes on the stave to him, and he becomes the Zen master, after the final lesson, the master lights the funeral pyre to celebrate the end of this life.
How to book?
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Price per person: USD 30
Time: 20h00 - 21:20
Include: round trip transfer hotel/theatre, show ticket.
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