Low Yi Qian
Jul 16, 2016
One wrong move, and they could end up seriously injured - or even dead.
Hailing from the fabled Shaolin Temple at the foot of Song Shan mountain, the legendary Shaolin monks took to Singapore's stage with eyebrow-raising moves. Walking on knives was one of them.
But the most dangerous stunt in the show is the one where the blades of five spears are used to hoist a monk into the air, according to Master Pang, the Abbot of the Shaolin Soldier Monk Troupe.
"Even the smallest mistake can cause serious injury or death," he told SPH Razor when we met with the performers backstage.
Monks have to train for years before they are able to perform such dangerous feats. Injuries during training are common.
A 35th descendant of Shaolin Temple, Master Pang is leading his 27-member troupe for the show Shaolin, which runs till the end of July at Marina Bay Sands Theatre.
The aim of the show was to promote authentic Shaolin kungfu throughout the world, said Master Pang.
The audience can expect nifty kungfu moves, dangerous stunts, dance and theatre.
There is, in fact, a plot. The loose narrative revolves around an evil emperor who grew wary of the Shaolin monks' kungfu prowess and tried to eliminate the monks.
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