By Xing MU Directed by Ernan MAO for the China National Theater for Children


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  • 70 minutes
  • +3 años

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Physical theater, martial arts and Chinese opera come together in a family-orientated piece that has toured 16 countries telling the story of an ancient legend of collaboration and unity.

Los tres monjes is the adaptation of an old childhood legend, brought to the stage by the China National Theater for Children in an enthralling production that uses no words. Instead, it harnesses the power of physical theater and body language, the martial arts and elements of traditional Chinese opera - as well as projections and music - to tell the story of an old monk and his three students, living in a small temple at the top of a mountain. They’re finally at peace, but things haven’t always been that way. As each monk reflects on how they came to be living there, they take the audience on an exhilarating journey filled with laughter, anger and so much more. Having toured 26 cities in 16 different countries since its premiere, this show is based on the concepts of collaboration and unity. “A child’s a child; two children, half a child; three children, no child at all” is a common saying in Chinese culture, because it’s much easier to share the load between three people than do it alone.

Director: Ernan MAO | Written by: Xing MU | Cast: Xiaoming LIU, Yan TANG, Jingbo HU and Qiang FU | Composer: Junli LIU | Set designer: Juntao YANG | Lighting designer: Kunhao FANG | Costume and image designer: Ran YU | Choreographer: Meichi LIU | Martial arts trainer: Jingbo HU | Multimedia: Erwen BAO | Coordinator: Longtao CI | Producer: Xiaodong YIN | Artistic directors: Li FENG and Zenghong SHAN | Production supervisors: Fan YANG, Hanbing ZHAO and Xiaoyan YU.

Los tres monjes is an incredible opportunity not to be missed, guaranteed to take young people and their families on a journey that will stretch their imagination”.

—Arts Review, Australia

It gives young audiences the opportunity to experience Chinese culture as part of a really dynamic show. As well as incorporating cultural elements, it copies oriental theater by giving the audience something to reflect on - in this case, the importance of team work, cooperation, empathy and respect.

It’s a multidisciplinary show that uses a repertory of examples of different arts from Chinese culture. On stage, the performers play instruments, perform martial arts routines, sing, dance and recreate some of the country’s religious traditions, without losing sight of the fact that its audience is made up of youngsters.

It’s visually entertaining for children, with a large number of interactive scenes using lights and animation, as well as dance routines involving martial arts and live music.

—Physical theater: This is a kind of theater based on the body’s expressive and communicational abilities, in performances whose aim is to tell a story using corporality. Its roots are in Japanese nō theater, Italian commedia dell’arte, circus acts, certain types of Asian theater and mime. Its modern-day version is usually said to date from the first half of the twentieth century.

—Chinese opera: This could be described as a dark comedy or drama with lofty discourse and music, including dance, acrobatics, disguises and striking make-up and movements, the latter of which is the most emblematic of all.

Los tres monjes trailer on YouTube

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