Monkey: Journey to the West
26 June – 7 July 2007
Palace Theatre, Manchester
World premiere 28 June 2007
11 November 2008 – 4 January 2009 at Monkey’s World, the O2, London, UK
23-26 July 2008 at the Royal Opera House, London, UK
22 May – 8 June 2008 at the Sottile Theatre, Charleston, SC, USA as part of Spoleto Festival USA
26 September – 13 October 2007 at the Théâtre du Châtelet, Paris, France
Damon Albarn also contributed to It Felt Like a Kiss at MIF09, and co-created Dr Dee for MIF11 and wonder.land for MIF15
For centuries, the epic tale of the Monkey King’s journey of enlightenment has been an omnipresent part of Chinese culture, delighting young and old with its heady mix of adventure, mystery and magic. For MIF07, East met West in Monkey: Journey to the West, a new production that reinvented the legend with a thrilling combination of music and action. Bringing together the chart-topping Gorillaz team of Damon Albarn and Jamie Hewlett with Chinese director Chen Shi-Zheng and a vast cast of actors, acrobats and musicians from China and Europe, Monkey made for a dazzling opening to the first ever Manchester International Festival.
‘A daring, dazzling conjunction of Chinese opera, circus and breathtaking imagery’ The Sun
‘A theatrical triumph’ The Times
Designed and created by the Théâtre du Châtelet, Paris in co-production with Manchester International Festival and the State Opera House, Berlin (Staatsoper Unter den Linden).