Dubai World Trade Center will be hosting the ultimate “pop” stars this weekend, when the Arabian Bubble Celebration rolls into town. Bubble artists Melody Yang, 24, and Deni Yang, 26, are bringing their off-Broadway show — which in New York is known as the Gazillion Bubble Show — to the GCC for the first time.
The Canadian brother-sister duo are part of a family who, as the song goes, are “forever blowing bubbles” – “My father, mother, uncle, sister and myself are all professional bubble artists,” explains Deni.
Like many kids, Deni picked up his first bubble wand when he was about 3. But it quickly became more than just child’s play. “Two months later, I was up on stage blowing bubbles with the rest of the family”, he says.
Deni’s dad Fan Yang currently holds 11 world records for bubble-related stunts — including encapsulating 100 Oprah Winfrey Show audience members in a gigantic bubble, and enclosing a 4,000kg elephant in a bubble too.
“Last year, we created the world’s largest bubble wall in China”, says Deni. “We simulated the Great Wall of China — the bubble was 51 metres in length. It was so successful that the bubble wouldn’t pop. We’ll be showing a mini model of that bubble during our Dubai show.”
Deni says there is more to being a bubble artist than creating spectacular shapes from liquid. “You have to take into account temperature, air conditioning, electrical currents and dust”, he says. “Bubbles are very fragile.”
Deni says laser lights will also be used to add sparkle to the 70-minute proceedings.
“When the lasers hit the bubbles, it looks like you’re in outer space — as though stars are glittering everywhere in different colours” he says.
Those in the back seats are also assured a chance of getting up close to the bubbles during the interactive performance. “We’ll be filling up the entire auditorium with gazillions of bubbles”, says Deni. “There’s a lot of wow factor. It brings out the kid in everyone.”
As most parents know only too well, the downside of bubble-play is the resulting slippery floor. “I like to run around on stage, so occasionally I do fall”, Deni admits. “But its all a good laugh.”
Deni says audiences tend to wrongly assume that his bubbles will never pop. “But bubbles do pop, all the time”, he concedes. “We have to make sure that our bubbles last as long as they can — which can be up to four minutes.”
Deni makes up the bubble mix himself. He says the solution has to be right in order to create longer-lasting bubbles. For Dubai’s hot climate, Deni says a few teaks will be made to the family formula. “When it’s hot you have to add more water, which keeps the bubbles hydrated — the heat makes them evaporate.”
• Twelve Arabian Bubble Celebration shows will be held at Dubai World Trade Center between Thursday, May 19 and Saturday, 21 May. Tickets cost from Dh75 to Dh999 at dubai.platinumlist.net
Source: art & life