Parade — At the crack of a whip, the 3,500 pound movable Barge
retracts, while a parade of characters circles the lip of the pool. There's Le Vieux,
dancing merrily along; the four contortionists dressed to the nines, following
in close step; the crazed ballerina, jumping haphazardly about; Aurora, on
a unicycle; the Burning Man, twirling his bowler hat; the Veiled Woman, covered
in a white sheet; the Transvestite, feathering his fan; the Organ Grinder, pulling
a rather large skeleton puppet behind him; Guifa, running after Aurora; and a
Comet, swinging a thurible (a metal censer suspended from chains, in which incense
is burned during worship services - usually Catholic).
Clowns — While the Parade keeps our attention, a house floats into
view. Atop is clown Leonid who, at first seems concerned about water surrounding
his dwelling ("Ay, ay, ay!"), is later more concerned where he may fall asleep...
as he's having trouble. He asks clown Valery for help, but as the more accident
prone of the two, he just can't seem to get the most simplest requests right.
Africa — Following the clown's chaos, the setting turns serene and Le
Vieux and Aurora appear as silhouettes in a soothing African setting with
Toumany Kouyaté serenading us with his Kora, a 21-string bridge-harp used
extensively in West Africa.