Festival (Santana)

The Singapore Arts Festival is back and having missed the opening ceremony, I decided to head down to the Marina Barrage last evening to catch the second performance of Hélios II, by French urban theatre extraordinaires La Compagnie Malabar. Took advantage of the free shuttle service from Marina Bay MRT station to the venue, which was surprisingly fuss-free as the buses arrived rather fast. The only snag was the slight traffic jam halfway through the journey caused by those who decided to drive or take taxis to the venue.

It was already around 5 minutes into the performance by the time I stepped into the smoke-filled place and greeted by what looked like one giant praying mantis, with a couple of men on its back churning out some ambient trance music. It was quite a spectacle as numerous stilt walkers followed behind and mingled with the crowd. The weather was quite humid though, and it got worst once the crowd gathered nearer to the central fountain to catch a better glimpse of the ‘praying mantis’ and its followers who settled behind it and engaged in a few performances. Frankly, I don’t really know what to make of it except that they remind me of Cirque Du Soleil performances. A couple of shots and I soon boarded the shuttle bus as it made its way to Tanjong Pagar MRT station.

Hopefully if I have the time, I’ll probably drop by a few more performances during the festival.

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~ by blackcadillac73 on May 17, 2009.

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