Chung Ling Soo’s Double Dragon Spirit Show
Spectacle Theatre Show, Splendour in the Grass 2006
This massive sideshow installation pushed Festival Art into the theatre of spectacle and grand illusion. The show is based on the famous Victorian era magician Chung Ling Soo and his traveling magic show. The stage is shaped like a giant cauldron, amidst the smoke, two red dragons majestically rise up to clasp a spinning crystal. This ghostly realm is inhabited by a surrealist performance troupe of beautifully costumed Peking Opera style dancers and circus acrobats that float, disappear and reappear under the phantasmagoric powers of Chung Ling Soo.