Shaolin, Wudang to present Kungfu shows at Shanghai World Expo

10:03, October 30, 2009      

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Shaolin and Wudang, two leading schools of Chinese martial arts, will both stage performances at the next year's Shanghai World Expo, offering a Kungfu gala for fans from around the globe.

It will be the first time for Shaolin monks and Wudang Taoists to perform at the World Expo that has a history of 158 years, as Shi Yongxin, principal abbot of Shaolin Temple from central China's Henan Province, and Li Guangfu, president of Mt. Wudang Taoist Association from central Hubei Province, singed here Tuesday performance agreements with the Shanghai World Expo organizers.

Shaolin, in cooperation with Chinese, Australian and German artists, has produced a 45-minute stage play that tells a story of the cultivation and growth of little Shaolin monks in four scenes of the four seasons in a year. Dances, acrobatics and multi-media art forms can also bee seen in the play.

The stage play, titled "Shaolin Temple: Saga of Warriors Monks," will be performed at designated theaters in Shanghai for two months during the Expo.

In addition, Shaolin monks will present a total of 736 Kungfu shows in the half year when the Expo is held, about four per day.

The Shanghai World Expo, with the theme of "Better City, Better Life," will be held from May 1 to Oct. 31 next year and is expected to attract 70 million visitors.

"In Kungfu shows, Shaolin monks will carry out exchanges with spectators and teach them face-to-face some ways to strengthen their bodies and preserve a good health," Shi said.

"Monks will also perform the famous 'Shaolin 72 stunts' that are exclusive to Shaolin Kungfu, such as the forefinger deep meditation stunt and the iron cloth stunt," he said.

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