"Kung Fu Theatre: Tales from the Beijing Opera"

"Kung Fu Theatre: Tales from the Beijing Opera"

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StrangeCandy produces bilingual (English and Chinese) movement based theatre. The actors are all trained in Beijing Opera performance. Our shows are a series of comic and dramatic scenes which combine music, dance, acrobatics, stage fighting, mime and dialogue.

Biography

As an American traveling through Asia, I saw Beijing Opera for the first time in Taiwan. It was loud. I didn't understand the language. It was strange, but also sweet...like candy. Culture encounters can be like this. This was my first experience with Chinese theatre. I hope to recreate that sense of wonder for American audiences with our shows.
StrangeCandy is interested in creating theatre using Beijing Opera and other Chinese forms as a starting point for artistic exploration. All of our actors have trained since childhood in the art of Beijing Opera performance, but are currently based in the US.
The history of Beijing Opera is uniquely intertwined with the history of China's cultural, political and military experiences with the West. For this reason, Beijing Opera is more international than many realize. StrangeCandy is committed to bringing the charm, humor and passion of traditional stories to the American stage and to writing and producing our own stories using Beijing Opera performance techniques. It's emphasis on movement, acrobatics and mime, make Beijing Opera accessible to all audiences.