Friday, November 16, 2012

Life is a game, so let’s Get Started!

By Chua Khai Woon, Year 2, Diploma in Banking and Financial Services

As Shakespeare once wrote:
“All the world's a stage,
And all the men and women merely players:
They have their exits and their entrances;
And one man in his time plays many parts.”

It was certainly stage magic at its finest during the third and much-anticipated  annual Foreign Bodies concert this year. The auditorium was packed by the time I arrived. People were streaming through the entrances even at the last minute. Titled “Get Started 2012”, the programme sheet was laid out in sections that showcased different aspects of gameplay.

The show began with a lively beatboxing act by a vivacious and enthusiastic host. He was able to mimic a variety of sounds, using only his vocal chords. I was thoroughly impressed. Clearly, it was a feat I could never undertake.

There were a total of seven main acts. Dancers were garbed in outfits that represented their theme. The night also featured the choreographers’ creativity in combining dance with story-telling.

Themes such as Water Works in the Monopoly segment emphasised the dexterity and fluidity of their techniques. Limbs moved with such grace, that they gave a new meaning to the themes, which I associated with simple activities.

At some point, it seemed as if they had danced with so much passion that it had ignited every fibre in their bodies, breaking down all physical restrictions.

As the first half of the show drew to a close, the host engaged the audience in a mini Red Bull hunt. We were told that there were cans of Red Bull placed under random seats for our refreshments. The crowd responded with great spontaneity.  I was lucky: I found two cans of the energy drink under my seat.

I decided to give the drinks to a lovely couple seated next to me.

In the second half of the show, the performers popped and locked (a form of breakdancing) to familiar tunes such as Adele’s Someone Like You and a remix of Adele’s Set Fire To The Rain. Needless to mention, the highlight of the second half of the night was the Monopoly segment. A young, cheerful bespectacled gentleman representing Uncle Pennybags (Mr Monopoly) had transformed into a “conductor” later in the act. The two ladies seated near me also loved that segment.

As the dancers readied themselves for the next act, the audience was treated to an interactive display on a backdrop which depicted the subject of the upcoming dance. Games such as Snakes and Ladders also showcased a simulated backdrop. It entertained the crowd, while providing ample time for the performers to get into position. The whole process was smooth and well organised.

The theme of “life” being a “game” was one which resonated with the audience.  The dancers also made a conscious effort to dress accordingly to the games they represented. They were able to connect with their audience, incorporating the concept of familiar games such as Reversi, Snakes and Ladders and of course, the all-time favourite Monopoly.

As the curtains drew to a close, the dancers huddled together as the host thanked the production team for the success of the evening. The audience burst into a boisterous applause consisting of hoots and whistles.

The production was a roaring success. Like everyone else, I enjoyed myself. It had been a novel experience for me, and it was certainly a Friday evening well-spent.

Khai Woon is a Year 2 student pursuing a diploma in Banking and Financial Services. Watching movies and reading are among some of her hobbies. Above all, she enjoys listening to music and likes writing.  She is also a member of the NYP Symphony Orchestra. She believes  life should be unpredictable; because that is the only way it will be exciting. 

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