Taiwanfest Puppet Show - Monkey King / by Granville Street

Saturday, September 4, 2010 - 14:00, 15:00
Sunday, September 5, 2010 - 15:00, 16:00
700 Block Granville X Georgia

Why did Monkey King in the Journey to the West raid the Crystal Palace? Winning awards at puppetry festivals in New York and France, I-Wan-Jan will bring “Raiding the Crystal Palace” and “A Chance Encounter” to Toronto for the first time.

Founded by the world renowned Master Puppeteer, Tien-Lu Lee, “I-Wan-Jan,” literally means "vivid mimicry," to show that in his skillful hands these wooden puppets came alive as if they were real persons. Besides his dedication to passing on the performing art of glove puppetry, Lee is known for his innovative approach with the incorporation of martial art sequences and acrobatic stunts into the scenes acted out by his puppets, Lee’s lively choreographies resulted in tightly knit, action-packed stories filled with thrilling fight scenes.

With the puppets, twirling, jumping and somersaulting from hand to hand in front of creatively designed props, the story of Monkey King brings a whole new way of story telling for kids and parents to enjoy this summer.