Folk Instrumental Play Xuanzang's Pilgrimage Premieres in Beijing

July 10, 2017
Editor: Yang Yang

More than 100 traditional Chinese instruments have been employed in a new play adapted from the epic story, Journey to the West.

Xuanzang's Pilgrimage, which premiered at the Tianqiao Performing Arts Center in Beijing on Friday, combines folk music of the Han people with Uygur, Kazak, Tajik and Indian music influences to reveal the diverse cultures along the ancient Silk Road.

"It's very difficult indeed to present a story with instruments," Jiang Ying, composer, scriptwriter and director of the play, said. "Xuanzang is an epic figure. The historical, cultural, religious and ethnic background behind him is huge."

In order to write the story, she spent two years collecting materials and reading documents.

It's based on the classic Chinese novel Journey to the West, telling the story of Tang Dynasty (618-907) monk Xuanzang's pilgrimage to the West - what is now known as Central Asia and India - to obtain Buddhist sacred texts.

The play is on until Tuesday and will tour Chengdu, Shanghai, Suzhou and Nanjing from September.

(Source: China Daily)

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