We need heroes in these strange times is the thesis of this show, and Les Petites Choses’ Fighters brings us five. Five (four male, one female) talented youngsters with impressive stamina are choreographed by Nai-Hsuan Yang in a fun, energetic production of kung fu (Peking opera style), hip hop and contemporary dance. Fans of manga or video games may recognize the five ‘godly characters’, inspired by the classical Chinese Han Dynasty’s The Romance of the Three Kingdoms, though now in their modern reincarnations.
Fierce facial expressions and stylized moves express their inner as well as physical strength as they fight their demons...
Originally a stage show, this digital version adds great humour and imaginative visual effects (though a warning, some of these are laser effects). The film director, Hsiao-Lu and the Director of Photography, Yo-Young Chuang, are to be congratulated. Starting with the slow awakening of the five, fallen asleep in contorted kung fu poses, it then follows their day of disciplined training. In one especially captivating moment, the colourful red robes are matched by floating curtains in one room whilst the young woman practices on a rooftop. Despite the necessity of social distancing, their individual moves are skilfully choreographed to work as a whole. Fierce facial expressions and stylized moves express their inner as well as physical strength as they fight their internal and extrernal demons.
This is a joyful show full of vitality which will encourage everyone to get up and dance or at least chase their demons away.