Stay Calm and Play with FireAugust 28, 2013 at 11:47 am | Posted in itchy mouth | Leave a comment
Tags: Architecture, Arts, Museum, News, Uniquely Singapore
Last Friday Itchyfingers were once again at the National Museum of Singapore for the annual Singapore Night Festival. We were there at around 8pm and already large crowds were gathered at the museum ground, waiting for the performance to begin…
If I’m not wrong, this is the first time the event name is being projected
on the facade before the beginning of the programme. Kinda nice cos people
who dunu about the event will know what’s going on…hahah… Oooo…Can you
see two person there?
Titled “Vertical Extraction” by French group Compagnie Retouramont, two
performers did stunts and jumps while hanging on bungee cords attached
from the museum facade. Video projection captured earlier of them doing
the stunts interacted with their live performance and created the illusion
as if there were more people around…
The shadow cast by these two and a third lady doing her stunt while
clinging low and close to the facade were fairly interesting, but somehow it got
a bit monotonous looking at two person swinging and bouncing on the
cord, and we could barely see the third lady as she was standing on the ground
and blocked by so many people in front of us. The background music was not
very exciting either….
We were still waiting for some grand finale where maybe the third lady would
join in the fun, but were a little dropped-jawed to know that was all on their
sleeves…Oh, wait, there was no sleeves…hahah…Might as well, cos I think I would
start to feel nauseous if they continue to bounce up and down endlessly….
But they were not done yet…Just next to the facade, a rope structure lit up…
Titled, “Pyramid of Void” by the same French group, this aerial performance
with a pyramid structure made of ropes suspended in mid-air, was supposed
to “outline the contours of a void, or an abstract space invisible to the eye”.
This stunt requires a lot of flexible, strength and guts…But again, I thought
all that was happening was three ladies hanging on tight ropes, pulling and
swinging each other’s rope….Again, the music was very uninspiring….
Totally spent after the workout….I think last year’s Argentina group, Fuerzabruta
had set a high standard for the Night Festival, so our expectation for this year
is much higher, resulting in us feeling a bit disappointed now…
Alas, there was more to come! The last performance here was “Starlight Alchemy: Redux”. The artists were actually playing with various fire and specially created LED tools…But we could not see anything! The stage created were kinda low and we were behind a thick crowd of people…We could only see some fire flying around and the only time we could see what was going on was through the LCD screen of other people’s iPad! Just as Itchyfingers were about to give up and leave with disappointment for this year’s Night Festival, we found that we could get a clearer view by standing further away nearer to the road! How dumb of us to try to sneak a peek when it was so much easier to see from far! But by this time, we had already missed quite a fair bit…
As we had to wake up early for a trip to Malaysia the next day, we didn’t see much of the other performances at other venues. Only managed to catch some exhibits at the Arts Museum. Personally, I enjoyed the previous two years’ edition of the Night Festival much better, even though this year is supposed to be the biggest event with the most performances. But I think quality beats quantity, better to have better standard performance than to try to make it too big and suffer in terms of quality. But this is just my own personal view, I will leave you to do your own judgement. The Night Festival will be on again this coming Friday 30 August and Saturday 31 August from 7 pm to 2 am. Not too sure if Itchyfingers will be attending the rest of the show cos we would be pounding the tarmac road on Sunday morning for a coming race….Stay tuned for more reports!
Also see related posts:
> The Nite We All Turned into Voyeurs
> 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