30 June 2011

Directing the ASEAN School Games Opening - Preview Show!


It's the preview show day! This is our first performance with an actual live audience! A last minute mad rush to get everything up and running :-)

Some minor changes to parts of our act

Our performers hard at work!

Meetings with choreographers and productions

The audience are filling up fast!

Meanwhile, backstage we had a series of interviews with the media.

Our platform performers get a share of the limelight :-)

Artist at work...

Final preparations...

Here, we have a "ritual" that we always perform before an actual show, uniting everybody, focusing and giving all out...!

Finally, it's SHOWTIME!

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The finale!

Our students did a GREAT job! Thank you everyone!

Catch the delayed telecast of the ASEAN School Games Opening Ceremony! 10th July 7:30pm on MediaCorp OKTO Channel!

With love,
 - Kiki Tay

29 June 2011

SHINE Festival Media Conference!

Performing at the SHINE Festival Media Conference!

The  upcoming (July) season of *SCAPE Magic Carnival will be part of the SHINE Festival, and today we gave the press and media a sneak preview of what's coming!

If you haven't got your tickets yet, you can get them online at www.MagicCarnival.com.sg. Ticket price for early birds are at just $15 !

Getting ready at the all-so-familiar backstage of *SCAPE Warehouse theatre.
Lights on my costume! :-) Check out how I made them from this previous post


This is my univeral cue to get the volume of the monitors louder, this is all so important for a performer. Imagine dancing in a club to soft music :-( Loud monitors really gives the performer(s) a boost in energy!

Snippets of the previous seasons of *SCAPE Magic Carnival are broadcasted on screens all around *SCAPE! 

Here's a montage taken from previous seasons

Be sure to catch my new show on 31st July! Find out more from our website

Hope to see you there!

With love,
 - Kiki Tay

28 June 2011

Directing the ASEAN School Games - Rehearsals at Max Pavilion!

Few more days to showtime! We moved into Max Pavilion for our final rehearsals, finally we can put everything together and our performers get their first taste of being under the glamorous lights :-)

New changes to accommodate the performance space.

Here's a series of panoramic pictures taken with my iPhone using the "Autostitch" app and
a "SELF-SHOT Extender"

Panoramic view of Max Pavilion from the back of the hall.

View of the audience from the stage

Dan at his "best", posing for the camera.

Rigging up the fly system and our giant mirror ball.

The control panel that operates the fly system

I love mirror balls and all things that glows. This can be associated with my crazy obsessions with LEDs, lasers & all the other glow-in-the-dark stuff.

Alan, (boss of UnUsUaL Productions) holding up the ball of glimmering lights :-)

Beautiful, isn't it?

Briefing before the run

Xinling, our lead dancer for the item :-)
(pardon the image quality)
"Flying" with the mirror ball

Walking up the "flight of stairs" that lights up with each step.

I made each and every one of these LED platform by hand. While it's fun creating the lights and circuits, duplicating it over and over again isn't really that much of a fun as I came to realize...

As some of you may have realized, almost all of my work usually contain elements of LEDs, Lasers & lots of confetti..
The laser segment in our show uses extremely high powered lasers that are capable of actually burning stuff. Each handheld laser comes with its own key to lock/unlock as part of its safety feature. You'll need special licenses in order to import/own/operate these. Special thanks to my good friends at Glorious Singapore Pte Ltd for going through all the trouble to get us these :-)
The laser effects doesn't really show up well on cameras :-(

Uniting people of ASEAN...

The finale of the opening ceremony. Click on the video to play.

Look out for the delayed telecast of the ASEAN School Game Opening Ceremony
10th July, 7:30pm on Okto Channel!

With love,
 - Kiki Tay
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