3D play from China to be staged for charity

Legend Of The Moon tells the story of one of China's minority races, the Dong people. It is directed by the choreographer for the Beijing Games' opening ceremony and will feature 3D effects. Net proceeds from the opening show on Jan 6 will go to the
Legend Of The Moon tells the story of one of China's minority races, the Dong people. It is directed by the choreographer for the Beijing Games' opening ceremony and will feature 3D effects. Net proceeds from the opening show on Jan 6 will go to the President's Challenge.PHOTO: A-SMART HOLDINGS

Those impressed by the opening ceremony of the Beijing 2008 Olympics are in for a treat.

Its choreographer, Zhang Jigang, is directing the musical Legend Of The Moon in Singapore next month.

The 105-minute show uses drama, song and dance to tell the story of one of China's 55 minority races, the Dong people. They live in remote mountain valleys.

This is the first time Legend Of The Moon is being staged outside of China. The musical is co-organised by A-Smart Media and AC Music Entertainment.

Mr Lim Huan Chiang, executive director of A-Smart, said the company wanted to contribute to society, so it thought of organising a charity show for the President's Challenge.

The Legend Of The Moon performance will be staged against a backdrop of 3D effects, with 80 performers and five containers of props and costumes.

Said Mr Lim: "This 3D stage has never been seen here before, and it is done in such a way that you don't have to wear 3D glasses."

Viewers of the opening show will also be contributing to charity - net proceeds will be donated to the President's Challenge, which supports 58 charities.

President Tony Tan Keng Yam will watch the opening show on Jan 6, with 1,000 beneficiaries of the charity. The company hopes to raise $150,000.

Show director Zhang is also the producer of Thousand Hand Bodhisattva, a dance drama featuring 21 hearing-impaired dancers, which was first performed internationally in the United States for former US president Bill Clinton.

Legend Of The Moon will run for two days, Jan 6 and 7, at 8pm at the Star Performing Arts Centre. Tickets can be bought from Sistic at $28, $48, $68 and $88. PAssion Card holders get a 10 per cent discount.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on December 20, 2016, with the headline '3D play from China to be staged for charity'. Print Edition | Subscribe