Red Poppy Ladies’ Percussion debuted its latest percussion drama, Tian Jiao, last Sunday at the Xicheng Second Culture Palace.
Tian Jiao is an adaptation of the legend of Hua Mulan that tells the story of how China’s favorite heroine came to join the army.
The 15-chapter production is told through drums, gongs and woodblocks, as well as more exotic percussion instruments like the fou, an ancient hammered instrument featured in the opening ceremony of the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
All together, Tian Jiao uses more than 60 drums, many of which resemble baskets, desks, wine vessels and other props. [vc_single_image image=”3719″ image_size=”full” frame=”noframe” full_width=”no” lightbox=”no” link_target=”_self” shadow=”no” width=”1/1″ el_position=”first last”]
Mulan is one of China’s best known folk stories and tells how one brave woman secretly takes her ailing father’s place in the army.
The performance climaxes as Mulan joins the army and heads out to battle.
“The show was very impressive. The girls really captured the spirit of struggle,” said Kimmi Wang, an audience member.
“I was amazed, enthralled and overjoyed, I loved every second of it. The show was very stunning for how brief it was,” said Ben Pool, a British viewer.
Red Poppy was founded in 2000. The all-female percussion troupe gave 33 consecutive performances on Broadway this year. [vc_single_image image=”3720″ image_size=”full” frame=”noframe” full_width=”no” lightbox=”no” link_target=”_self” shadow=”no” width=”1/1″ el_position=”first last”]
Tian Jiao by Red Poppy Ladies’ Percussion
Xuanwu Cultural Center, 80 Caishikou Dajie, Xicheng District (northeast corner of Kaiyang Bridge)
7:30 pm, December 15, 22 and 29
(010) 8530 8307