The Twilight Zone at Singapore Night Festival 2010

[written by Bluffname, compiled and edited by KopiOkaya]

Singapore Night Festival 2010 was a challenge and an adventure for F.U.N. members in more ways than one.  But, as always, we enjoyed ourselves. We had FUN.

As to be expected, this being a night festival, many of the scenes were orlulu (Hokkien for “dark”). Moreover, the performances were spread out over the vast grounds of the Singapore Management University (SMU) campus and when you are at one corner, you don’t know what’s going on at the other.

The place was also crowded. If you are late, you shoot between or over the heads of the people in front of you. Meanwhile, you might suddenly get blocked or knocked by an elbow or even by a lens of the photographer next to you.

There was also the rain and the mud… The SMU grounds were muddy to the extent that, after the festival, workers were spotted re-planting grass on the lawn. And then, mid-way through the festival, KopiOKaya suddenly felt unwell and had to go – and eventually rush in a taxi – home to, errr… “detox”.

(Editor’s note: KopiOkaya had a mild stomach flu)

The greatest challenge, however, was that the performance highlight – Paraboles 2.0, an avant-garde show starring a row of gigantic satellite dishes, with musicians, a dancer and a conductor beneath the satellite dishes – was scheduled for midnight and 1 am.

Only “Ironman” Bluffname rose to this challenge – but not without hesitation, for he, too, was tired and tempted to join the rest in calling it quits by around 11 pm. A inner voice told him to say till the end, even when it started to rain after the midnight show and it wasn’t clear until about 1:15 am that the final performance would proceed.

By that time, there was hardly any people left. Whereas the previous night Bluffname found himself stuck in the middle of a sea of people and barely managed to shoot Paraboles from about 100 metres away, at that final show he had the luxury not only of a front row view, but also to be able to walk around (in the mud) to shoot from various angles. He was rewarded with a set of “Dirty Dancer” images that he was extremely pleased with.

(Editor’s note: Bluffname had posted a photo essay on Dirty Dancer in JPG)

Everyone was happy. As TheChef commented about our posts on SgShoot.com: “I think this thread is one of our best series for a long time.”

To which KopiOKaya added: “One of the best detox!”

Click on images to enlarge.

Paraboles 2.0 by Compagnie Off (France) & Victric Thng (Singapore)

[photo: Bluffname] Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro

[photo: Bluffname] Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro

Putho! by Phare Ponleu Selpak (Cambodia)

[photo: Bluffname] Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro

Boxing/Muay Thai by Fightworks Asia (Singapore)

[photo: Bluffname] Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro

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Taxi Girls & Taxi Boys by Jitterbugs Swingapore (Singapore)

[photo: KopiOkaya] Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro

Mak Yong Performances by Kumpulan Seni Makyong Mantang Arang (Riau Islands, Indonesia)

[photo: KopiOkaya] Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro

[photo: KopiOkaya] Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro

Paths of Time by Orangedot Productions (Singapore)

[photo: KopiOkaya] Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro

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Boxing/Muay Thai by Fightworks Asia (Singapore)

[photo: TheChef] Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro

Mak Yong Performances by Kumpulan Seni Makyong Mantang Arang (Riau Islands, Indonesia)

[photo: TheChef] Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro

Putho! by Phare Ponleu Selpak (Cambodia)

[photo: TheChef] Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro

[photo: TheChef] Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro

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Mak Yong Performances by Kumpulan Seni Makyong Mantang Arang (Riau Islands, Indonesia)

[photo: Selim] Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro

[photo: Selim] Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro

Paths of Time by Orangedot Productions (Singapore)

[photo: Selim] Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro

[photo: Selim] Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro

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Taxi Girls & Taxi Boys by Jitterbugs Swingapore (Singapore)

[photo: SgSoonhoe] Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro

Putho! by Phare Ponleu Selpak (Cambodia)

[photo: SgSoonhoe] Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro

Mak Yong Performances by Kumpulan Seni Makyong Mantang Arang (Riau Islands, Indonesia)

[photo: SgSoonhoe] Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro

[photo: SgSoonhoe] Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro

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