Two readers will have the chance to witness the Shaolin Warriors.
The 22 kung-fu masters are returning to New Zealand from China to performat the ASB Theatre in Auckland from September 7 to 11.
Over 16 years the Shaolin Warriors have become a worldwide sensation, playing to sell-out audiences and standing ovations wherever they perform.
But it’s more than just a kung-fu show with a traditional story of strength through adversity.
The fully choreographed performance vividly illustrates the agility and miraculous physical endurance these warriors achieve through rigorous martial arts training and focused Buddhist meditation.
The show follows the journey from a young child’s initiation into the monastery, to achieving fullyfledged warrior status through diligent training and study.
Training in martial arts for several hours a day, the warriors perfect the art of hand-to-hand and weapons combat. Each performer is required to achieve an extraordinarily high level of proficiency in each of the traditional weapons, and to become a master of one. The daily practice of seated meditation enables them to sustain a demanding physical regimen.
Supported by stunning scenery, atmospheric music, spectacular lighting and costumes, the Shaolin Warriors are the ultimate display of theatre and deadly physical prowess.
Presenter and chief executive of Lunchbox Theatrical Productions James Cundall says it’s wonderful to see families of all ages transfixed by the mystical beauty of the performance.
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