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monkey: journey to the west

Here's some footage from the opera I mentioned a couple posts ago, it was so amazing.

And I saw on joeyweiser's page that Damon Albarn and Jamie Hewlett have tied it in to a trailer for the Beijing Olympics, cool!


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Jul. 28th, 2008 09:20 am (UTC)
Out of curiosity did this mean that between scene changes there were animated clip projections?
Jul. 28th, 2008 01:21 pm (UTC)
Yes, especially in the first part, and then there weren't so many near the end. The first animation really set the stage, the screen was the whole size of the stage and it was pretty amazing when it finished with the red Chinese character; instead of fading out, we zoomed into the character until it was just an enormous black knife point and then completely black. Really striking, like something the Russian Constructivists would've gone bananas over.
Jul. 28th, 2008 10:12 am (UTC)
Hey, I'm kinda teaching myself to make animated gifs these days, and here's what I just came up with :

Jul. 28th, 2008 01:25 pm (UTC)
Oh wow, oh wow, oh wow... that is so cool!!!! Is it okay if I post it on my main post, I am totally excited about that. :-D
Jul. 28th, 2008 03:11 pm (UTC)
Of course ! You can even use it as a LiveJournal user icon. It's the right size for it.
Jul. 28th, 2008 03:20 pm (UTC)
Thank you! :-D
Jul. 28th, 2008 11:06 am (UTC)
Woah thanks for posting the trailer I did not want to miss that. Makes me nervous about the monkey comic I'm doing though.
Jul. 28th, 2008 12:53 pm (UTC)
I took Ben and Alex to see the free performance of Monkey at the British Museum in February. We all love the films / artwork and the music was very unusual & interesting to. Jamie the artist literally bumped into us and Damon made an apppearance at the end. Not being a Londoner going to the ROH would have been difficult so I'm very jealous that you saw Monkey. Glad you enjoyed it. The boys love the new Olympics trailer!
Jul. 28th, 2008 01:24 pm (UTC)
Hi Patrick, that's great you got to see the British Museum version of it! Yes, it really was a remarkable show.
Jul. 28th, 2008 01:23 pm (UTC)
I'm guessing it's okay, I think everyone's doing monkeys (hmm, that's my avatar!), even more so with the Illustrated Ape and all that. But I think there are a remarkable number of ways to draw monkeys, almost as many as humans, and no one says there are too many humans in comics. :-)
Jul. 28th, 2008 02:46 pm (UTC)
I meant monkey as in the mythical monkey. I really liked Jamie Hewletts version when I saw it on stage. I'm doing a modern version for ztiocals anthology.

P.S. I like your monkey
Jul. 28th, 2008 03:22 pm (UTC)
I've heard the monkey myth in China is as ubiquitous as, say, Santa Claus in western culture, so you're probably still okay. Lots of Santa stories.
Jul. 28th, 2008 04:52 pm (UTC)
wow sarah thank you for posting this! i've been reading (slogging through-- it is dense!) a translation of the first book of journey to the west and had no idea that this existed. so wonderful to see! though the olympics ad amused me because a goddess gives him his gifts (as opposed to him stealing and being a jerk, which i is why i enjoy monkey!)

Jul. 28th, 2008 04:58 pm (UTC)
Yes, I like that part, too! But is it a goddess who gives him the gifts or that boy monk (who is sung in the opera by a woman wearing white)? I don't know the story very well, but I love it when she gives him the crown that tightens whenever she starts meditating, to keep him in order. He gets naughty and then, ouch!, while she hangs out, looking serene. Also in the opera it was the sea people who gave him his shiny staff. I don't know how true to the story they were, or if there are lots of versions.
Jul. 28th, 2008 05:03 pm (UTC)
yeah, the sea people do give him the staff, but i believe it held the tide in place so by doing so he pretty messed up the ocean for them (and if i remember correctly, he demanded a weapon from them). i have to reread it-- so maybe that is what happens, i don't know (like i said, dense). i like that he's a jerk and a naughty character! :)
Jul. 28th, 2008 05:13 pm (UTC)
That's right, he was pretty nasty about getting gifts from the sea people! I couldn't quite figure out why they were so afraid of him when he was a little monkey at the bottom of a big ocean.
Jul. 29th, 2008 09:07 am (UTC)
Ooh, Stephen and I saw this on Thursday! Which day did you go? We were at the matinee...such a lovely day out. Thanks for the Beijing clip....I'm going to watch it right now!
Jul. 29th, 2008 02:12 pm (UTC)
I saw it on the Saturday, the closing night. Wasn't it fab?!!
Celeb spotting: my neighbour saw Bob Geldof in the audience but I totally missed him. ;-)
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