Youth Olympic Games Open Ceremony - Playing with Fire, Pushing the Limits

In 2010, Bornfire, together with the Singapore Soka Association, worked closely over 10 months with the wonderful organising team for the opening ceremony of the Inaugural Youth Olympic Games in Singapore.

164 days of training, 3936 hours,
550 'Dragon Gate' carp performers, 100 fire performers,
21 safety crews, 10 fire trainers,
Countless pails of fuel, spins, ignition, blisters and burns through the journey, with one story to tell:

Be bold. Push one's potential beyond the limits

Sypnosis: This segment tells the legend of the Dragon Gate waterfalls in ancient China.

It is said that many carps gather in the basin below, hoping to climb the falls, and that any that succeeds will turn into a dragon. Some are swept away by the strong currents, some fall prey to eagles, hawks, kites, and owls, and others are netted, scooped up, or even shot with arrows by fishermen who line both banks of the falls ten cho wide. Such is the difficulty a carp faces in becoming a dragon.

How often do we hear parents warning their children not to play with fire, knowing well the dangers and risks involved? The carps too, know that there are hazards up ahead in their journey to scale the waterfalls. However, armed with a greater purpose, they chose to boldly surge ahead and rise against the currents.

This segment aims to share the Olympian ideals in its creed.

"The most important thing in the Olympic Games is not to win but to take part, just as the most important thing in life is not the triumph but the struggle. The essential thing is not to have conquered but to have fought well."

Date: August 14, 2010
Venue: Marina Bay Floating Platform

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