Back in the days, I was a big fan of Oprah Winfrey. While she has some really great quotes that I still love, there is just so many better quotes, aphorisms, as well as quotations that I have learned to simply love over the years. As it has become evident in these posts, I am someone who just loves to travel which has been a very fruitful experience in terms of learning a “great word” from here and there. Sharing it, together with explanations of the actual meaning has been the other very rewarding aspect of the whole trip. Everything is a whole at it’s best, a composition that makes the big picture, the meaning and creation that is in fact created with mere words.
Speaking of “wholes”, it is often in the performing art world where I seek such compositions that give the fame words are suppose to have. I previously mentioned several venues in Beijing, namely that of the acrobatics, kung fu and opera. But it is only recently that another great gem within the proud nightlife of the buzzing Beijing city has come to my attention. With fantastic effects and impressive acting, this wordless creation is performed at the OCT Theatre in Beijing.
While it’s a huge production with tremendously huge production costs, there has been put twice as much work into the performance itself. While Chinese love to talk, it’s not just all chatter.. but instead something that can produce beauty of unbelievable scale. I had the great honour of visiting the theatre and meet up with some of the OCT production leaders. They were a dedicated bunch of people that were not quoting just Chairman Mao, even though it was on their list of inspirations to help create the show. Named as the “Golden Mask Dynasty Show”, it tells the story beyond the cultural revolution in China and goes deep into the forgotten myths that impress audiences around the world. With daily shows to boast with the cool big stage theatre, we have decided to go almost wordless on this one. Some things are just better seen with your own eyes rather than being explained. And if someone, it is the Chinese that have perfected this method of enjoying without thinking too much. I am especially the kind of person that should definitely learn from them.
If you want to learn this Chinese sacred art of enjoying yourself to the max without words. Just head on to the Beijing Happy Valley. Not actually inside the park, but besides it you have this amazing venue itself.
OCT Theatre, Golden Mask Dynasty Show
Xiaowuji North Rd, Beijing, China.
Show time (Daily): 5:30PM – 6:40PM