Saturday, March 12 - Performance day.
With heavy hearts carried from the day before, we started early in the afternoon to clear up the trash around the riverside.
But two hours before the show, it poured.
Will people still come for our performance? Is the flow of the river going to be strong? Can we dance on the slippery, muddy riverbank? Do we cancel the show? Are we taking too much risk?
20 minutes before the performance. With umbrellas in hand, dozens of people streamed into the site and congregated on the pedestrian bridge over Penang River. We did not expect this at all; not in Penang.
|Kids from the near-by village watching the performance|
The team came together and we prayed. Compared to the catastrophe in Japan, it seemed trivial and selfish to pray for the rain to stop. Instead, we prayed for everyone’s safety and we prayed for Japan.
10 minutes past the scheduled start, the rain stopped. The crew quickly finished the lighting setup. We pushed our anxiety and doubt away, and began the performance.
The rain brought the river to life, the current rushing under the bridge, giving us the opportunity to voice its story and issues through our work. On that night, I felt I was finally a part of the space.
|The performers with our artist collaborators - Aida Redza, Lisa Foo and Tan Sooi Beng.|
These gorgeous photos are taken by Okui, a talented Media Art student from Penang and also Doris Lee & Joie Koo from Allspire Photography. Thank you Okui, Doris & Joie!
(For a clip of the performance, please visit Capturing Penang on YouTube)
To read about River Art Project mentioned in the press, please click here & here.