Adding to my collection of dancicals is FLYING, the first Korean non-verbal sports comedy presented incorporating b-boying, gymnastics, cheer leading, and martial arts. It was an 80 minute performance that spanned from the past to the present. Held at the Esplanade Theatre, this time DramaQueen and I got to seat in Circle 2 instead of 3, so it was closer to the action. Thank goodness for the GV (Golden Village) card 10% discount!
Synopsis and ReviewThe story of FLYING starts off in the past during the Silla Dynasty where a goblin appears during a Hwarang martial art competition, causing mayhem. The scene opens with a girl dancing some traditional dance and starts off with some martial arts: very high jumps and breaking of tiles. In the middle of the competition a goblin appears and wrecks havoc: he goes around terrorizing the warriors and with his club, he turns the warriors into goblins. One warrior, the protagonist, manages to find a way to turn those who have been hit by the demon’s club back to normal and the process is pretty hilarious, I found it hard to try to stop laughing.
During the chaos, as the protagonist Hwarang warrior tries to subdue to demon, he ends up getting caught in a time portal which transports both warrior and demon to the present time - Silla High School. Their appearance disrupts a group of misfit students who are in the midst of training for the National Cheerleading competition. Love blossoms along the way with funny antics and really good gymnastics, cheerleading, martial arts and b-boying. The four different elements were successfully blended into the show seamlessly, creating entertaining visuals.
From that point onwards, it supposedly becomes a joint effort between warrior and students as they join forces in an attempt to capture the demon. Well, it was that way until it was nearing the end of the performance. The goblin ended up being friends with everyone? He not only helped with the budding romance of the protagonist, he also joined the students in the cheerleading competition and they won. The fact that they were supposed to catch the goblin seems to have been forgotten with not much of a resolution except for the time portal to open up again and those from the past returning to their time after they won the cheerleading competition.
Nevertheless, despite that small inconsistency, the antics, running jokes and amazing movements (high kicks, gymnastics and b-boying) make up for it. I think this is a hilariously entertaining show of laughter. The coordination was very well done and the cast was also very interactive with the audience.
Highly recommended if you just want to have fun and have loads of laughter. FLYING incorporates technology (animation graphics) in some of the fighting scenes, which made the performance more interesting. The icing on the cake was the “Gangnam Style” dance was added towards the end, simply adorable!
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