Wukong: Before the Journey to the West
Wukong is a monkey? The Monkey King or The Great Sage, Heaven’s Equal? Male or Female? A Xian or a Yao? Who is Wukong exactly?

“On the top of the mountain, there is a magic stone with a magic core inside. One day it bursts open to produce a ball-sized stone egg. By the touch of the wind, it turns into a stone monkey. It has five features and all four limbs, with his eyes move, two beams of golden light shoot toward the Jade palace.” This is the birth of a stone monkey that we call today “Sun wukong” in Wu Cheng-en’s Journey to the West. The stone monkey passed through the Shuilian Waterfall in Mountain of Flowers and Fruit and became the Monkey King. After being given the name of Sun Wukong, he learned Cloud of Somersault and the Seventy-two Transformation. He obtained the golden-banded staff from the Dragon King of the East Sea, and wiped his name out of the Book of Life from the Hell. The supernatural power of Sun Wukong alerted the heavens and the four-dimensional world. All the way from Bimawen (horse keeper in Jade palace) to The Great Sage, Heaven’s Equal, he stole the magical peach and magical elixir, wreaked havoc across the Jade palace. Finally, Buddha pressured him under the Wuzhi Mountain.

 Following the adaptation of the role “Ole” of Hans Christian Andersen’ s fairy tale in 2016, FOCA’ s newest production – Wukong: Before the Journey to the West is based on the first seven chapter of Wu Cheng-en’ s Journey to the West, rediscovering the adventure story of Sun Wukong. The entire show features circus performances such as aerial silk, cyrl wheel and hoop diving. Being coupled with high-technical tumbling and acrobat, the show interprets the story of Sun Wukong constantly challenging himself and authority.

 The stage is his Paradise of Mountain of Flowers and Fruit, where he runs, leaps, climbs, and plays. As a metaphor of Shuilian Waterfall, the aerial silk is also the stream of flowing desires. The full range of juggling props is weapon that transforms, is an obstacle, and a challenge.

This is the birth of a stone monkey that we call today "Sun wukong" in Wu Cheng-en's Journey to the West.


Wukong: Before the Journey to the West

P r o d u c e r    |Yu Tai-Jung    Choreography  |Chen Kaun-Ting

Administration|Chou Ying-Ting    M u s i c|Ke Zhi-Hao

Stage Manager |Hung Yan-Xun    Lighting |Liu Gu Jia Ming

Stage Designer |Lin Shi-Lun    Costume|Cheng Cephas

GD|Zhang Zhong-Wei    Props Marker|Kuo Ching-Te

Photographer|Lin Zheng-YiWang Xun-Da

A s s i s t a n t |Chen Ting-Yu    Assistant|Hung Yiu-Chen

Actors|Huang Chao-MingHu Chia-HaoLo Yuan-Yang

Hsu Yue-WeiChao Wei-ChenShih Yung-Hsin

Guest Actor  |Ke Zhong-Chong

M u s i c i a n|Hu Xu Ba Bo YuHu Xu Gu Jia Ming

Chen Yu-WeiChen Yin-Chun

Motion Design|Lin Ba Bo Syun

Tags : 讀馬戲,FOCA,FOCASA,馬戲團,馬戲藝術節,馬戲教室
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