Secret Detours engages the audience with overwhelming vistas in a full spherical presentation, encompassing the viewers from all angles.
The movie short is set within a lush Chinese garden, adapted from the great traditions of imperial landscaping – in the Yunnan Garden in the West of Singapore. Four dancers, dressed in the colours of the cardinal directions, examine the spaces, the paths and the detours of the green scenery. The 360° video relates to the experience of being surrounded by mythological creatures and their traces inside the garden. As the beautiful layout of the grounds is composed from a range of intersections with multiple meandering paths to choose from, the omnidirectional video invites similarly to explore the atmosphere between an exquisite selection of trees, shrubs, bushes and pieces of architecture.
A work by Elke Reinhuber &
Benjamin Seide and Ross Adrian Williams
Director: Elke Reinhuber
Producer: Elke Reinhuber, Benjamin Seide and Ross Adrian Williams
Director of Photography: Benjamin Seide
Sound Design and Music: Ross Adrian Williams
Edit: Elke Reinhuber
Choreography: Susan Sentler, Lasalle College of the Arts
Dancers: Chua Pei Yun (East, Azure Dragon), Tan Zi Wen Vasantha (South, Vermillion Bird), Tan Ling Lynn (West, White Dragon), Lim Wei Li Valerie (North, Black Turtle)
Costumes: Wee Sher Ying
Additional support: Chen Yu, Clara Chong, Dorothy Yip Woon Yee, Azrizal Bin Abu Che, Dylan Goh, Sulaiman Abdul Rahman, Ahmad Azahki Bin Mustafa
Recording and stitching: Hiverlab
The production of the work was kindly supported by NTU Singapore.
Special thanks to Alan Chan, Vibeke Sorensen, KK Luke and Andrea Nanetti