October 8, 2006

backstage pt.5


Dressed in funereal garments, Yingtai makes her way to Shango's final resting place. A storm ensues. Ma Wenchai, narrates the final scene as the procession crosses below him. The procession stops and for one fleeting moment, as Yingtai appears from the wedding sedan, you see that Ma and Yingtai are identically dressed. And in that moment they both look at each other for the one and only time in the entire show. However, she immediately notices Shangbo's tomb that sits right behind Ma. She calls out his name and runs past Ma. I walk away and Yingtai begins her final lament with thunder claps echoing her every word. She sings for the gods to allow her to join her true love in death. Then the storm, intensified by strobe lights, show Shangbo calling out to her. She runs into the grave and disappears.

The storm breaks and the members of the procession notice she's gone. They call out for her. The music rises and suddenly two giant butterflies appear from the shattered tomb. They realise it's the Lovers and everyone falls to their knees. The final song.

A thousand rainbows and a hundred flowers
Never equal a love this eternal
For this is their story
Liang Shangbo and Zhu Yingtai


This is Dominique Devorsine, the costume designer and personal make-up artist to me and most of the boys. The rest of the cast have the sponsored make-up crew, A Cut Above.

9 Comments:

Blogger Pod said...

some great shots edwin. like the backstage series, esp 5. very of the moment. thanks!

10:58 AM  
Anonymous Gavin Hart said...

A nice over the shoulder human interest shot. It looks like it is not contrived so seems quite natural.

1:39 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

La photo est une reussite, tu l'as bien prise au bon moment, l'oeil du photographe bravo

2:13 PM  
Blogger wmw said...

A peep shot! Nicely done!

5:00 PM  
Blogger Michael said...

Dear Daily Photo blogger. I'm sorry for the generic message, but I wanted to get this to as many of you as possible.

I have set up "The Daily Photo Spot" on Fanpop. If you go there, you can enter your specific City Daily Photo blog (Add link). Paris, London and Dubai are already there, so it would be great to see all of you DP Bloggers listed.

While you are there, vote for the others!

5:27 PM  
Blogger Rafleesia said...

Love the story of the butterfly lovers - beauty in tragedy, an oriental romeo & juliet/midsummers night dream. you look fab in 'ku cheong' - very inch the rich evil playboy!

9:07 PM  
Anonymous John - Melbourne said...

Nice portraits to go with the story Edwin. Good idea. Well done.

1:01 PM  
Blogger edwin s said...

Glad you guys are enjoying the series. I've decided to post a few more ;)

Hey Michael, I couldn't access Fanpop. I'll try again.

10:20 PM  
Blogger Michael said...

Edwin, it looks like you've accessed Fanpop. Not bad, eh? Glad to see you put your blog there which is fantastic!

4:32 AM  

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