Peking Opera is the most representative and spectacular of the traditional Chinese performing arts. It
is a dramatic art form which incorporates music, poetry, singing, recitation, dancing, acrobatics, martial arts, spectacular costumes and exquisite makeup in order to relate stories from history and mythology.
Monkey King is a lecture / demonstration adaptable to all age groups and any
audience size (particularly suitable for school assemblies). Mr. Guan begins by coming out on stage in his Monkey King costume and applying his makeup while the history, training, costumes, and makeup of Peking Opera are explained, and the story of the Monkey King is outlined. With makeup applied, Mr. Guan performs four excerpts from the opera havoc in Heaven.
The magical Monkey King introduces himself and his
acrobatic and martial arts skills in the first scene. In the second scene he sneaks into a heavenly palace and steals magical peaches intended for a party to which he was not invited, then in the third scene eats eternity pills made for the Jade Emperor. In the final scene he demonstrates his abilities with the staff. The performance is followed by a question and answer period.
Dragon King is a lecture/demonstration which uses the techniques of Peking Opera to introduce the Dragon King of Chinese lends, adaptable to all age groups and any audience size. Dragon King requires the participation of at least ten student participants who can be trained in a two-hour workshop immediately preceding the presentation.
Mr. Guan begins by coming out on stage in
Dragon King makeup and puts on his costume while the history, training, costumes, and makeup of Peking Opera are explained, and the legendary Dragon King is introduced. Once in costume, Mr. Guan performs four scenes from a Dragon King story.
In the first scene the Dragon King introduces himself in his underwater kingdom, playing with his turtle, crab, fish and shrimp subjects, and polishing his treasured Sun pearl. In the second scene the Dragon King is horrified to discover
that his precious Sun Pearl is missing, and in the third scene he demonstrates his abilities with his trident. In the final scene the Sun Pearl is found, and the Dragon King rejoices. The performances if followed by a question and answer period.
Other Workshops and Residencies
Mr. Guan offers workshops and residencies in various aspects of Peking Opera, tai chi, Chinese martial arts and Chinese culture which are ideal for students studying dance, drama, music, Asian studies, etc.he can also work intensively with a small group of students who then participate in Magic of the Monkey King presented for a larger audience.
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Sample Six-Session Residency
Sample Ten-Session Residency
Guan's Bio & Resume for a listing of School and University appearances