Beauty in Kaos

Just a few days ago, I went to Resorts World in Pasay City for the first time to watch theĀ circus musical, Kaos. It was the first of its genre I would watch, so I was pretty curious as to what I would see and how I would like it.

Once we were seated at the theater (a very wide space with comfortable seats if I may add), and the show began, we were greeted with a computer-animated lion graphic (he was Kaos) talking about the premise of the story – a corrupt political adviser of an olden kingdom who sent Kaos away. It was a promising plot, and my expectations of the whole play grew.

However, my high expectations for the story were not met. Instead of a play about political intrigue, depicted through stunts, dances, and musicals, the story instead morphed into a watered down cliched romance between a prince of a medieval kingdom, a woman from the far future, and an antagonist trying to steal the woman away from the prince.

My disappointment was largely my fault – I did not take the time to read the synopsis of the show prior to watching it. So I decided to look past that. After all, this was supposed to be more of the choreography, dangerous stunts, and the singing right?

In this light, there were high points in the show – particularly the wheel of death which featured two large hamster wheels at opposite ends to almost look like an infinity symbol, that were being made to revolve by two very courageous and charismatic stuntmen. They would then jump rope, leap, and do other crazy things (sometimes blindfolded!) in their precarious situation. To let you grasp how scary this was: when the wheel revolved to the very top, it was over 20 feet (maybe more!) above the ground.

There were also beautiful, poetic displays of acrobatic prowess, the most memorable of which was a man and woman gliding towards the stage airborne with just a cloth rope to support them, as the prince sang about his loneliness. This was perhaps the most cohesive portion of the show – it was able to cleverly combine the musical aspect, the emotion of the story, and the stunts.

Sadly though, this cleverness was not carried throughout the whole play. Instead, sometimes it became simply three separate entities concurrently playing in front of you. In a way, the title of the show pretty much nailed the right word to describe the play overall – chaos.

None the less, one cannot discount the fact that the show delivered on the entertainment aspect, through its vibrant costumes, energetic dancers, motorcycles running around in the small stage, a larger than life thespian (Joel Trinidad), the riveting Manila Symphony Orchestra, etc. I would say that overall, there was beauty amidst the chaos.

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