The performance is a modern dance interpretation of the traditional Chinese folk dance and cultural heritage “Drunken Dragon”, which is local to Macao’s fishing industry. During these traditional folk dances there will be a leader in front, holding the “eye of the dragon”.
For the stage, we wanted to showcase elements and symbolism from the dance, with the stage being a symbolisation of the “eye of the dragon”, as the guiding light for thedancers to interact on.
The curved shape was inspired by a photograph by Andreas Feininger of Gorilla ribs taken in 1951, we wanted to incorporate the rib cage shape within the stage to symbolise the rib cage of the dragon. Many audiences also interrupt the stage as the barrels used to ferment alcohol, relating to the whole theme of “Drunken Dragon”.