22 Oct 2010, NST
Voyage de la Vie, a theatrical circus spectacular, is the resident show at Resorts World Sentosa in Singapore. ANUSHA K. is amazed by the cast’s agility and antics.
VOYAGE de la Vie is currently playing at the 1,600-seat Festive Grand Theatre. A ,colourful, stunt-a-minute show featuring death-defying circus acts, feats of agility and stunning sets and costumes, it will keep audiences mesmerised throughout its 90-minute run.
Performed by over 40 international cast members, the show is Singapore’s first original theatrical circus spectacular. Presented by Resorts World Sentosa (RWS), in collaboration with The Generating Company UK, it had its world premiere in July and will be the resident show until July 2012.
Voyage de la Vie, or Journey of Life, is about a boy’s (played by Jonathan Leong) metaphoric journey through the world of his imagination where he meets unusual characters representing themes such as love, temptation, conflict and life and death. Through his encounters, he learns to overcome challenges in life. The show climaxes in a joyous celebration of life as the boy comes to a realisation that it’s not the destination but the journey that had been his quest.
Specially designed and conceptualised by celebrated architect and show designer Mark Fisher, Voyage de la Vie is performed by a stellar cast that includes Viktor Kee, who has performed in Cirque du Soleil shows and is recognised as one of the best jugglers in the world, crossbow artist Martti Peltonen and Finnish rope aerialist Liina Aunola. They are joined by prodigy contortionist Alexey Goloborodko, Jarrett and Raja, the famous Las Vegas duo who perform innovative illusions and magic acts, French trapeze contortionist Aurelia Cats, and handstand artist Melanie Chy.
Voyage de la Vie is staged daily except on Mondays and Tuesdays, at 8.30pm from Wednesdays to Fridays, and 5.30pm and 8.30pm on Saturdays and Sundays. Tickets are S$68 (RM162), S$88, S$108, S$128 or S$188, on sale at all Sistic outlets or at www.sistic.com.sg. For details, visit www.rwsentosa.com or call (65)-6577 8888.
It’s the journey, not the destination JONATHAN Leong, runner-up of Singapore Idol in 2006, plays the lead actor and vocalist for this amazing theatrical display.
The first scene depicts an office with a computer and how a Boy (played by Leong) is unable to cope with work deadlines and stress. Then a box suddenly appears on stage and Alexey Goloborodko from Russia pops up as the Game Master.
A friendly and mischievous sprite, the Game Master leads the Boy into the world of his imagination by challenging belief and inciting wonder and amazement. He reappears throughout the show as he accompanies the Boy on his journey. Viktor Kee from Ukraine appears as the Lantern Keeper and is also the Boy’s guide in this phantasmagorical world. The Lantern Keeper symbolises the Soul of Singapore with his magic staff and red lamp. He introduces the Boy to different places and people in the strange and wondrous world of the Boy’s imagination. The mysterious Diva, Melanie Chy from Switzerland, teases the Boy with her enthralling ways and sultry moves, drawing him into an inner struggle of love and temptation. Like a serpent, she slinks out of her skin in a sensuous display of strength and agility which is both graceful and venomous. Leaving the audience in stitches are Jarrett and Raja from United States, also known as the magician-maestro team. The two act as janitors and deliver the mysterious box while showing camaraderie and friendship. They also teach the Boy that one of life’s key lessons is the need to distinguish between illusion and reality. From its perch high on the moon, the Crystal Cat is brought gently down to the stage and listens intently to the Boy’s lament as he pleads for her to send him perfect love. As the Boy falls into a dreamless sleep, the elegant Crystal Cat twirls and twists high above on her trapeze swing, weaving her charming artistry. Liina Aunola from Finland represents Life and is inseparable from her partner, Death. Together, they teach the Boy that life is nothing without risk and danger. Liina is dressed in willowy pink pants and her beautiful gold locks hang down as she swings with her aerial rope. Her real-life husband, Martti Peltonen from Finland, meanwhile, plays Death. He summons the Boy to an important lesson in the Circle of Life and Death. In the final scene, the Lantern Keeper teaches the Boy that life is about balance — with his extraordinary juggling act. In life, he will face love and temptation, and with each experience the tasks will become more difficult, but ultimately more rewarding.