Rehearsals for the 8th ASEAN Para Games Opening Ceremony (Photo Credit: Michael Larsson)
The 8th ASEAN Para Games (APG) opening ceremony has brought together performers and artistic minds from diverse backgrounds, motivated in part by creative director Philip Tan’s vision and the Games’ quest to break boundaries.
Besides the show’s crowning glory of establishing a platform where persons with disabilities work alongside the able-bodied in all aspects of production, the performance will also showcase meticulously crafted video projections and visuals.
These striking projections, which will feature heavily in Movement II – A World Of Creative Possibilities, was the brainchild of 25 year old chief associate visual director Genevieve Peck and artists from various special needs schools.
“All the source images are from students from various schools, so I went down to schools like Pathlight, Grace Orchard, and Rainbow Centre. From there, I collected their existing artwork and animated them into various types of content that can be showcased, to create a magical atmosphere for the performance.”
One of the handful in Singapore who boasts both lighting and projection design as specialties, Genevieve’s love affair with the stage begun when she was a 16-year old, fiddling around with the moving lights in her school’s auditorium.
The sense of wonder birthed from such experiences is what she hopes the special needs students who contributed to Movement II will feel when witnessing their artwork come to life within the Singapore Indoor Stadium.
“Working with the various special needs students and adults has been quite an experience. To be honest, I never knew there were so many special needs schools, so it was quite an eye-opener for me,” the graduate from The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama added.
“They’re actually very, very talented. When I saw the first art piece from Pathlight by Joven Neo, I thought ‘This is too good. I’ll never be able to achieve something like that.’ For example, one of the main artworks I’m highlighting from Movement II is a map of Singapore that the artist drew out, and it was so detailed!”
Singapore City Map by Joven Neo, Pathlight School
Besides Genevieve’s creative efforts, the APG opening ceremony will also feature work painstakingly put together by five other distinguished associate visual directors, with expertise ranging from filmmaking to stop-motion animation.
These creations are labour of love, all in the name of fashioning a dazzling stage for each unique performer to shine.
“The most important thing to me is that the audience enjoys themselves,” Genevieve stated.
“The overall idea is to change how people look at persons with disabilities. We could have gone the easy way out of working with the able-bodied throughout, but Philip and the entire team has a very strong belief in involving groups with varying disabilities. I think that’s the main selling point. Just because they are disabled in one way or another, that doesn’t mean that the show won’t be good.”
Catch the 8th ASEAN Para Games’ opening ceremony on 3rd December at 8pm on our TV App: https://www.aseanparagames2015.com/digital-stadium/mobile-app