On the way to a pageant held in their honor, the Imperial Twins challenge
each other's skills in the ancestral art of sword play.
On this day of celebration, little do they know of the real challenges awaiting
them... Of the roaring thunder that will soon shatter the joyful sounds of their
laughter... Of the destruction and mayhem that will force an entire people into
exile and... Of the chaos of war about to separate a brother from a sister.
This is the story of the coming of age of a young man and a young woman through
their encounters with love, conflict and the duality of KÀ, the fire that can either
unite or separate, destroy or illuminate.
The ushers who great the audience are part of the pre-show
animation; they are courtiers in the Imperial court, they are
“in character”, chatting and interacting with the guests while
they seat them. The cavernous showroom suggests that we are in
an underground cave or mine Large fireballs periodically leap
from the abyss at the front of the theatre. Atmospheric sound
effects, dissonant chords of music and guttural whispers can be
heard throughout the theatre (played through the personal sound
system embedded in each theatre seat).
Slowly, the Archers creep out onto the catwalks. They have a
fearsome demeanor as they jump from catwalk to catwalk flying
from level to level and set about their work in the mine. The
theatre is aflutter with activity with Archers flying about
when the Evil Counselor emerges and slinks across the ledge of
the pit where he is joined by his son. They are about to
discuss the rare element which the workers are mining when some
hapless audience member flashes a camera in their faces The
Counselor's Son pulls the inconsiderate guest from the audience
onto the ledge of the abyss, confiscates his camera and tosses
it into the void where it erupts in a fiery flash. The same fate
befalls the guest's cell phone when it starts to ring and, when he
is about to light a cigarette, the guest himself is thrown into the void!
With a tap from the Evil Counselor's percussive sticks, the
Archers on the catwalks erupt into a series of battle cries,
the lights dim and the show begins.