Stay Calm and Play with Fire

August 28, 2013 at 11:47 am | Posted in itchy mouth | Leave a comment
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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?

Getting ready for the show…

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…

Hang in there….

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…

Three’s a crowd…

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”.

Stay calm and hold on to dear life… 😀

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….

After minutes of swinging in their own void, they decided to descend to 
the lower end of the pyramid and join forces….

And finally rotate in unison….

Before hanging loose and relax….it’s finally over…for them and the audience….

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…

Caught the solo performance of this lady playing with the hula hoop…but with
fire torches burning around it!

She looked totally calm and at ease playing with fire! Must have taken lotsa 
practise to perfect the act!

Fiery babe! Hot and sexy! 😀

Be careful not to burn your pretty face! 

Nice outfit with matching hair pattern!

She was soon joined by others. These torches formed a kinda chain…We couldn’t
take in all the others as our view were partially blocked…

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


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