Get ready for an all-in-one mind-blowing show in Genting


  • Arts
  • Tuesday, 19 Nov 2013

Quick with their hand s: Puppet masters Chilsom (left) and Probst posing proudly with their puppets which include Michael Jackson and a catty Mae West.

AS a child, Englishman John Chilsom liked animating things, be they dolls or toys.

A stint as a puppeteer on a TV show brought out his passion for the subject. He has not looked back since.

Joining him in the unique venture is Austrian Josef Probst, who started out with hand puppet shows, until a chance meeting in England one day brought the two entertainers together.

For the next 25 years, the pair travelled the world, thrilling audiences in Europe, the United States and the Middle East with their life-like marionettes.

Now, for the first time in Asia, catch the pair in an exclusive three-week only show dubbed ‘Stars on Strings’, at Resorts World Genting.

With a unique combination of storytelling, compelling humour and music, the pair moves thousands of strings, breathing life to ‘stars’ including singing animals and icons such as Michael Jackson and Mae West.

The duo’s meticulous attention to detail incorporates complicated movements, making their marionettes play the violin or tap dance.

Putting on a show is no easy feat, as the pair controls the entire process, from puppet-making to choreography. The 88 dolls, some measuring up to four feet (1.2m) in height, weigh a total of 600kg.

“The Michael Jackson puppet took five weeks to create,” said Chilsom, who makes them from scratch using latex rubber.

He added that they had to figure out the techniques and coordinate eye, hand and mouth movements with the music.

“It’s not only about pulling a couple of strings. We want the marionette to do something, to be entertaining,” said Chilsom.

Probst added that no two characters are the same, as each had their own controls.

“Sometimes you ‘make a dress’ and put it on the puppet, and the puppet doesn’t work anymore. You have to think of it as a whole,” he said.

‘Stars on Strings’ will run until Dec 9 at 3pm and 5pm daily.

Tickets are priced at RM25 (VIP) and RM15. Genting Rewards card members enjoy a special rate of RM18 (VIP) and RM11.

First World Indoor Theme Park or Fantastica!2 ticket holders need only top-up RM10 to get one normal ticket.

Fantastica!2

The excitement continues with Fantastica!2, which returns to Resorts World Genting after 10 years.

Be amazed by inverted acrobatics, bubble mastery, gravity defying stunts, aquatic gymnastics, hilarious comedy and contemporary dance moves in this show offering non-stop entertainment.

The new resident show, which plays at the Genting International Showroom from Nov 2 onwards at 9pm daily, features an international cast from eight countries.

Dancers in colourful costumes entered onstage to upbeat music, while the The Upside Down Ceiling Walkers made their entry from above.

Performers Kai Leclerc and Ms Kai played a badminton match suspended upside down from the ceiling, to seemingly absent cables, much to the awe of the crowd.

Meanwhile, Portuguese performer Dany Daniel had the audience holding their breath as he performed complicated balancing acts,

Known as ‘The Rola Rola man’, the veteran entertainer has won various awards throughout his career.

Another must watch is Jano Yang with the Gazillion Bubble Show, cleverly combining science and entertainment as he blends different solutions and lighting effects to create beautiful, magical looking bubbles.

The show ended with an aquatic performance by Mongolians, Anudari and Khaliun as they moved fluidly like mermaids in a giant water-filled bowl.

Fantastica!2 tickets are on sale at RM115 (VIP), RM85 and RM55 for adults, and RM60(VIP), RM45 and RM30 for children.

Genting Rewards card members also enjoy a special 30% discount while non-members enjoy a 20% discount if booking is made between Nov 16 to 30.

For enquiries, log on to www.rwgenting.com or call 03-6101 1118 (for ‘Stars on Strings’) or 03-2718 1118 (for Fantastica!2).

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