Adapted from an ancient Chinese legend, Arts Centre Melbourne presents in an Australian premiere, the China National Theatre for Children’s production of Three Monks in the Fairfax Studio for two performances only on Saturday 2 September 2017.
This beautiful, wordless production integrates traditional Chinese opera, martial arts and classic elements of Chinese culture in an exploration of philosophy of unity, cooperation and the harmony between man and nature.
On top of the mountain, in a small temple, live an old monk master and his three students. They live together in peace, but things haven’t always been so easy. As each of the monks reflect on how they came together, they will take the audience on a heart-warming journey of laughter, anger and everything in between.
Arts Centre Melbourne collaborated with China National Theatre for Children (CNTC) in 2008 and 2009 which resulted in the presentation of The Dragon Child in the Playhouse in October 2009. In August 2016, Arts Centre Melbourne Chief Executive Officer Claire Spencer and members of the programming team were invited and attended the Beijing Children’s Festival which is presented by the China National Theatre for Children.
Founded in 1956 and based in Beijing, China National Theatre for Children is the only national children’s art troupe directly subordinated to the Ministry of Culture of the People’s Republic of China. In the past 60 years, China National Theatre for Children has produced and staged a great number of exquisite works, from ancient to modern, in China and abroad.
“We created this show in 2014 and since then it has travelled to 14 countries and been warmly received by audiences,” says the China National Theatre for Children. “This show presents the spirit of Chinese traditional culture and emphasises to children the meaning and importance of cooperation- a universal theme that has resonated around the world.”
Guaranteed to take young people and their families on a journey that will stretch their imagination, Three Monks is an incredible performance opportunity not to be missed, and is presented at Arts Centre Melbourne as part of the Families and Arts Learning programs.
Fairfax Studio – Arts Centre Melbourne, 100 St. Kilda Road, Melbourne
Performances: Saturday 2 September 2017 – 11.00am & 5.00pm
Information and Bookings: www.artscentremelbourne.com.au
Image: Three Monks (supplied)