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The Korean Plank astounded audience with acrobatic feats and designs of human pyramids. The performers remain on teeterboard throughout various stunts. The amazing mystery of this performance was added effect that stage is rotating and danger of Korean Plank is evident. The act requires extreme precision, timing, courage and trust, as spotters play a key role in routine. Their timing mysteriously never faltered.
The Trampoline and Fast Track was performed by comic chorus. With their frivolous energy these bouncing characters were always jolly, always laughing. This huge, winged trampoline was unlike any other in world. The trampoline artists rely on timing, acrobatic ability, and phenomenal spatial awareness to accomplish intricate movements. I watched how these performers used their bodies to explore mystery of time, space, and energy.
The Aerial High Bar delighted me with ecstasy of suspended aerial motion surprise. They used a metal structure with which fourteen national caliber athletes from Russia, Romania, Canada, and United States fly and spin 40 feet above stage.
The adventure in performance reached a dramatic frenzy with Taiko performance. It was a unique style of drum playing that comes from Japan. The deep rhythmic reverberations from sounds of beating drums touched a primitive part of my heart. This ancient Japanese art of drumming awakened in me a need to revel in this mystery that sound creates. The pulsating drums beat a rhythm of new life through every cell in my body.
The performers were astounding but theatrical experience was mysteriously beyond anything I’d ever experienced because of unique costumes and phenomenal lighting designs. It was costume designer’s genius for creating costumes for fantastic characters that wove dramatic story of life unfolding and ultimately surviving against all odds. Each costume was expertly created to weave colors, patterns, and fabrics with aesthetics that enhanced artists’ movements and th
Yet, it was lighting designs that influenced my perception most. The designer set tone of stage acts by what Luc Lafortune, Mystere’s Lighting Designer calls, “sculpting spectators”. By reinventing use of light he was capable of sculpting emotions and feelings of his audience. He believes it is “chiaroscuro” that is lighting designer’s anvil. It was how he was able to create contrasts in hues, angles and beams that draws focus and transforms a scene from humorous excitement to tragedy. I know because as I watched play of light on stage I felt my emotions swell with each illuminating color and incandescent shadow.
The musical score provided show a freedom of expression that reached beyond stage and conjured memories of a mysterious past. The chorus of voices chanted haunting harmonies that sent chills down my spine. The rhythmic beat of drums stirred feelings of unyielding sounds of protection and love. The musical instruments blended melodies of enchantment and fantasy.
Mystere has entertained international audiences of all ages at spectacular theatre in Treasure Island for last ten years. It is a success story of great magnitude but above all it is a story of a remarkable bond between performers and audience. For at end of day it is audience who sparks creative passions of show with their love for mystery, artistry, and thrilling entertainment. This is third time I’ve seen Mystere. It’s a show that beckons you to return. It is creative. It is humor. It is spectacle. It is mystery. It is artistry in perpetual motion. It instilled in me a hope that only comes from experiencing great truth and beauty.
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