And so it begins. We’re kicking off our mega-marathon coverage (health and sanity permitting) of this year’s Singapore Arts Fest with its opening spectacle, The Flight Of The Jade Bird.
A badly injured bird falls from the sky. Immediately, two beings—a woman and a river spirit—fight over it. Later, a white scroll rises up and up in the background for some visual awesomeness. Later, an earthquake. Throughout, you had some powerful singing and beautiful East-meets-West classical music.
It was, however, a case of too little, too late. Composer/writer/director Mark Chan and his team seemed to have saved the best for last, and all of these happened during the second act. At which point, a not-so-negligible number of people had given up on a bewilderingly lacklustre first act that excruciatingly stretched for an hour and a half.