Headlined by Bao-Chun Li, the pre-eminent star of contemporary Chinese Opera, the Taipei-based company will perform The Monkey King Wreaks Havoc in Heaven on Sept. 5, and highlights from Farewell My Concubine and The Golden Falcon on Sept. 6. Based on a popular children's fable, The Monkey King is the tale of a mischievous creature with magical powers. The story of Farewell My Concubine, familiar to Western audiences from the 1993 Kaige Chen movie of the same name that starred Gong Li, concerns love, tragedy and devotion between a king and his favored concubine. Golden Falcon is about the forbidden love between a falcon and angel, who choose to continue their affair even after one is banned from heaven.
The productions are being presented under the banner SilkRoad 2003 which derives its name from the historical Silk Road which served as the vital trade route linking China to Europe between 2nd century B.C. and 16th century A.D. The event is produced by Hydra Ventures and the Koo Foundation.
Silk Road 2003 will play at Lincoln Center's Avery Fisher Hall, located at the corner of Columbus Avenue and 65th St. Tickets can be purchased at the box office or by calling 212-721-6500. For more information, visit http://www.silkroad2003.com.