Singapore, get ready for some Bubble Magic this September holidays!
Bubble Magic – Pep Bou’s Wonderful World of Bubbles is a colourful two-man show that combines the fleeting beauty of bubbles with clowning, ingenious lighting, music and crazy costumes.
Kids will be enthralled with fishbowl bubbles, animal bubbles, bubbles on a high wire, sliding bubbles, puppet bubbles and even a train inside a bubble tunnel. The show is a blend of visual poetry and sheer fun in equal measure.
The show has been created and directed by the award-winning master of bubbles, Pep Bou. The Spanish-born artiste has been playing with bubbles for more than three decades. Here’s a little interview that I managed to do with him.
1. How did you get started on this unnconventional and exciting career?
I am an architect and I have always felt great passion for the world of the performing arts. Theatrical performance and live creation in front of an audience was what interested me most. Bubbles seduced me with their beauty and poetry and, especially the fact that they always have to be made again. The risk of their fragility will always be a source of inspiration to me to keep researching and perfecting my shows. You could say that I swapped solid architecture for delicate and ephemeral architecture.
2. What are some of the obstacles you met with, and how did you overcome them?
There are a huge number of obstacles and difficulties when making bubbles. In addition to obtaining a good soapy liquid, the atmosphere must be humid, since if the ambient environment is dry, due to the weather or air conditioning or heating, it shortens the life of the bubbles to 20 seconds at most. Conversely, if the ambient environment is humid, the bubbles can last for more than one minute.
At times, we have also had unpleasant or other odours, such as paint, varnishes, food, air fresheners, fireworks and so forth, which negatively affect the bubbles, making them pop almost immediately.
Experience and knowledge of bubbles lets you discover the most efficient way of resolving difficulties for each specific situation. Furthermore, when the bubbles resist doing what you want them to do, a good job with the comic and theatrical presentation is extremely important. In the world of soap bubbles, there are no mistakes, as everything is random. They are a good metaphor for our existence.
3. What would you say to someone who’s considering a career in performing arts and theatre?
Giving advice… I would rather say motivate. Every person in any trade or profession has to find the way to stimulate and maximise their own skills and abilities. This requires hard work, done with passion and a search for each person’s own individual language. Imitation is never the right path to take for artistic development.
Bubble Magic will be performed for the first time in Singapore at the Jubilee Hall Theatre, Raffles Hotel, from 10 to 14 September 2014. Catch a glimpse of the show below.
And here’s a giveaway for a pair of tickets to Bubble Magic on 10 September 2014, Wednesday, 3.30pm. (The show is a 65-minute visual and comic feast.)
All you have to do is…
1. Like our Facebook page, if you haven’t already done so.
2. Leave a comment on this FB post, and tell us what you love about bubbles!
That’s it! Contest ends 11.59pm, Sunday, 31 August 2014. The winner will be contacted via email. The tickets can be collected from an hour in advance onwards from outside Jubilee Hall, Raffles Hotel on 10 September itself. For Singapore residents only.