Directed and adapted for stage by Chen Shi-Zheng with music by Damon Albarn and visual design, animations, and costumes by Jamie Hewlett, it also features 45 Chinese acrobats, Shaolin monks, Chinese vocalists, and the UK Chinese Music Ensemble led by Cheng Yu.
The opera is a co-production between the Manchester International Festival, the Théâtre du Châtelet Paris and the Berlin State Opera and is set to play at all these venues. Follow the links for scheduling and ticketing.
UPDATE: Alan Yentob will be presenting "Damon & Jamie's Excellent Adventure" on July 3, 2007 on BBC1. LINK
From the last single of the Gorillaz album Demon Days, here's the video for El Mañana:
And here is a compilation of imagery from Jamie Hewlett's exhibition at the Design Museum(London-2006):
Monkey Journey to the West
Manchester International Festival
Théâtre du Châtelet
Berlin State Opera
Guardian Unlimited - 9 June 2007
Wired article 26 June 2007
BBC article 28 June 2007
USA Today article 29 June 2007
Monkey Train Gallery
Cheng Yu - UK Chinese Music