The Nite We All Turned Into Voyeurs

October 31, 2012 at 3:13 pm | Posted in itchy mouth | Leave a comment
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It was close to 8pm on a Saturday night. People of all ages, races and nationality gathered under some big trees, waiting patiently…It was a warm night; there were no seats; and standing spaces were limited. But no one complained…Well, until the singer on stage asked if we would like to have more…Oh, please, NO….!

The noise from the local rock band continued to pound…It continued to torture the people for at least a good half an hour…Kinda felt embarrassed to have local bands of such standard performing at an annual event together with acclaimed international groups…The vocal was completely drowned by the deafening music and couldn’t really make out what they were singing…

Itchyfingers were back at the Night Festival at the Singapore Management University Green, waiting patiently under the majestic trees where a translucent 15 metre pool was suspended high overhead. Performers will be dancing and swimming in the suspended pool, which will be slowly descended to fingertip level. It was to be one of the highlights by an Argentina group, Fuerzabruta. Actually in Itchyfingers’ humble opinion, it was the best performance of all the Night Festivals we had attended…Why? Because it was something that was so refreshingly new and creative…

After about what seemed like eternity, the rockers finally decided to retire (for now…!) and all eyes were glued on the suspended pool…Then….


Four dancers slipped and slided in rapturous motions in a rippling puddle
of water bathed in clouded lights of changing hues and tints!


Don’t they look as if they were engulfed by fire?


Too hot to handle! 😀

When the music started and the dancers started moving around, I heard two guys exclaiming excitedly to themselves, “Wow, upskirt! Upskirt!”.


The dancers were all wearing flowery dresses made of thin fabric, so you
really felt as if you were some peeping toms…


Turning and tossing around in the shallow pool of water


Flipped!


Then the four dancers gathered in the middle of the pool, holding hands
and kicking away….

Then as the dancers were still splashing water around, the pool gradually lowered…


…to such a low-level that we could even touch them…!


Don’t we look like a bunch of voyeurs peeping upskirt? 😮


The reflection from the audience on the pool formed an interesting picture.
But I think the dancers should have swimming costumes underneath their

dresses, or at least worn darker coloured clothing…


…to protect their modesty…cos some people just aimed their cameras
at the private areas or tried to touch…aiyo!


Sometimes you see nothing but shadows…


Took a deep breath…


And submerged the whole face in the water…


She decided to peep back at the audiences below…


Hi….


This is one of my favourite parts where they stood up and then dived down
into the shallow water….Not pain meh? Cos they did dive down quite
forcefully….But I think there should be two layers to the pool – one hard
layer below so that audiences with itchy fingers cannot poke through or
feel the dancers’ body and a softer flexible layer on top so that they won’t
get bruises all over while performing! 😀


This is another of my favourite where one dancer stood up and flirted with 
the water using her legs to create these ripple effects…


And the ripples even followed her, absolutely amazing!

See some of the video clips here..

Interacting with the audiences…

I like the diving part!

See this!

I love the bursting light at the end, looked like an explosion!

Certainly looking forward to even better and more creative performance for next year’s Night Festival!

Also see related posts:
> Running On Curtain
The Nite is Still Young
iLike. iLight
Voyage Night Festival and Night Lights 2011
The World’s Slowest SMS vs Broken Satellites – Night Festival 2010
Night at the Museum – Night Festival 2009

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Running on Curtain

October 16, 2012 at 11:14 am | Posted in itchy mouth | Leave a comment
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Haha…Itchyfingers know we are super late again…But was really busy with “home affairs” and also cos we took too many photos hence it is always an uphill task trying to decide which pictures to use… :p This was the second night of the Singapore Night Festival held last month… More to come in a second installment…:p

At the Singapore Management University Green, audience looked in awe as scene reminiscent of the acclaimed Kung Fu movie, Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon’s bamboo fighting unfolded…


Sounds so funny in dubbed English, couldn’t find the original Chinese version…Had a good laugh though… 😀

Only this time, instead of two martial arts experts flirting around the bamboo forest, we had two ang mo dancers hung on wire, dancing, somersaulting and running horizontally on a huge foil silvered curtain….


Titled Corredoras, it’s Spanish for “Runners”


Colourful lights thrown onto the canvas created magical effects…


It was a physically demanding act, but the dancers made it look so effortless.
Seemed to be enjoying themselves too!

Then over at Armenian Street, we were treated with another running feat…


Suspended from a crane, a female dancer danced to the beat of exotic music…
But as it was the Lunar Ghost Month, she looked so much like a legless ghost
with long hair in long white robe…hahah…


Frankly speaking, her performance seemed so much easier compared to the
two running on curtain. Her dance moves were simple and the same throughout,
it looked a bit like running in the air…Then the blower next to her 
feet had to
send paper confetti flying all over and littering the street…


Street littered with these small strips of papers that really looked like those
that people threw on the street during the Ghost Month…This performance
was quite a disappointment and letdown considered the amount of manpower
needed and the inconvenience to drivers during the road closure period…

Also see related posts:
> The Nite is Still Young
iLike. iLight
Voyage Night Festival and Night Lights 2011
The World’s Slowest SMS vs Broken Satellites – Night Festival 2010
Night at the Museum – Night Festival 2009

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