As I walked in from the parking lot, the volume escalated, bombarding my ears with noise as it echoed around the shopping complex. A loud chatter was interspersed with shouts, yells, kids screaming, a voice on the intercom and at a lower level, some Asian music, to which I started walking towards.
Janice was late turning up and the program was about to begin so I managed to squeeze in to the crowd, amazingly managing to secure a chair, which a little old lady pushed toward me. Maybe I looked like I needed saving.... A loud drumming began and cymbals crashed then an orange and gold dragon poked its head above peoples' heads, snaking towards the open area which we were all standing or sitting around.The dancers were all dressed in black and moved smoothly like liquid as the dragon above them weaved and rolled in front of us. It had lights running throughout its body and inside its head, it was magical. I snapped a few photos but then had to put my camera down and watch the performance.
The next dancers were school kids enacting a story that included 3 dragons and people from a village.
I found the original story here. I loved watching the kids giving the dragons the red envelopes as payment, reaching into the dragons' mouths tentatively as though expecting their arm to be bitten off.
Here's a video of some tricks here.
I'd come to this mall without high hopes, not really expecting to see much, but had instead witnessed half the world's wonderful traditional dances and costumes in about 2 hours. It had been a riveting experience, colorful and dynamic, wonderful to enjoy so many varieties of music too, from floor moving drumming to stringed melodies. A spellbinding day!