Newport Beach resident and author Kailin Gow loves things that are “edgy, cool, bright, exciting, hopeful, glittery, jaw-dropping and awe-inspiring,” so says her website. She has written more than 300 books, started a production company and created an animated TV show. But behind her extensive résumé is a woman with a heart for doing things that make a difference.
This Sunday, Aug. 6, Gow will direct and emcee a Taiwanese dance showcase with proceeds benefiting cancer research. The “Spreading Love Fighting Cancer Charity Concert” at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium features the Golden Melody Award-winning Rom Shing Hakka Opera Troupe in its American premiere. Through music, dance, acrobatics and martial arts, the ensemble will bring to life an ancient Chinese fable called “Journey of the Monkey King.”
“It is a unique and special treat to attend a performance of an ancient lost art form, revived and brought back to life from the only troupe still performing it in Taiwan,” Gow said. “It is a global story that everyone can relate to today.”
The 70-member Hakka Opera Troupe spans four generations and regards their show as way to carry Hakka culture to the world and future generations.
As “Journey of the Monkey King” tells a story about the fight between good and evil, audiences will see high-energy kung fu mixed with the dramatic and elegant traditions of tea-picking opera dancing.
According to Gow, the tea dance is rarely performed and it comes from the tradition of tea farmers communicating over long distances through song.
Gow talks about this tradition in one of her books, “The Perfect Cup: TEA,” based on the “The Perfect Cup” travel and food show in which she explores the world of tea.
In addition to the Hakka Opera Troupe, the Lei Dance…