|The Crane Dance - official image, Resorts World Sentosa|
In spite of their size, the mecha-birds move with astonishing grace and their 'awakening' from powered-down robots to frisky cranes was, for me, one of the highlights. Once both birds are fully upright with giant TV-screen chests aglow, the courtship dance begins. The cranes' wooing of each other is aided by pyrotechnics, uptempo music, quirky animation, and colorful jets of water with an enchanting resemblance to flapping wings.
At the climax of this high-tech love story I found my eyes drawn back to the cranes' faces; the simple design is a stark contrast to the busyness of their bodies and, like real birds, their expressions stay vacant even when the rest of them is a flurry of action. Once the cranes have won each other's hearts, they grow real ones (courtesy of the digital effects) and fly off into the distance united as real birds.
|Climax of the Crane Dance -- Tanya Procyshyn|
The Crane Dance is the creation of Emmy-winning theater designer Jeremy Railton and took over 3 years to complete. Like so many of Singapore's new attractions, it's an astonishing example of the man-made and the sight of the giant birds rising from the harbour is truly beautiful. That said, it's debatably worth a trip to Sentosa for just a 10-minute show and free admission means you'll need to fight the crowds when The Crane Dance officially opens on December 25, 2010.
The Crane Dance is part of Resorts World Sentosa and can be found at the FestiveWalk near the new Singapore Seafood Republic (dinner and a show, anyone?) Performances will take place at 9 PM each night and are expected to draw a steady audience of 1,000 people. Seating is at an outdoor amphitheater and spectators can expect to get a little wet (even in the back row my glasses got a fine misting of water). Official information for The Crane Dance has been added to the Resorts World Sentosa website.
Can't wait until December 25 to see it for yourself? Then check out these 3 short videos of the Crane Dance I took at last night's preview: