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27 May 2008

Opera Meets Animation to Tell a Chinese Tale

monkey.pngBy DANIEL J. WAKIN [NY Times, 26 May 2008]

CHARLESTON, S.C. — The opening scene is a vast cartoon, projected on a scrim, with viewers zooming past clouds and mountain peaks to an egg, which falls, bursts and gives birth to Monkey. The scrim goes up, and the cartoon dissolves into a stage full of flipping acrobats, a monkey tribe flying from bamboo pole to bamboo pole. The score pulsates with an electronic beat.

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