A giant mythical dragon-horse and spider roam the streets of Ottawa this weekend. To celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday, the city of Ottawa organized an incredible event and experience like no other. The live performance is called: The Spirit of the Dragon-horse: The Stolen Wings. It was created by Francois Delaroziere, the Artisitic Director of La Machine, a French theatre production company.
The show’s characters Long Ma, the dragon-horse, and Kumo, the giant spider, will roam keystone public spaces around downtown Ottawa and interact with its environment. Before their live performances, I had the opportunity to see them up close and personal while they were still “sleeping.”
Check out these photos:
Kumo, the Giant Spider
As seen at: Notre Dame Cathedral on Sussex Drive
Long Ma, the Dragon-Horse
As seen at: City Hall in downtown Ottawa
If you’re curious about the story about these creatures and the one that will unravel this weekend, here is a brief synopsis directly from the Ottawa2017.ca website:
From the ninth level of heaven, Long Ma—a cosmic creature who is half-horse, half-dragon—keeps watch over humanity. But a sinister force that has taken the form of a giant spider slips into his home as he sleeps, burning his wings and robbing his sacred temple. From this time forth, the Dragon-Horse roams the seven seas in search of his missing temple.
The giant spider, Kumo, takes refuge in Ottawa, the mother-city of all spiders. Buried deep beneath the waves, the temple remains concealed. But the recent work undertaken by the city to build Ottawa’s new transit line has disturbed Kumo, and she is forced to emerge from the ground. Her power depleted, the spider becomes vulnerable and loses control of the temple, which reappears in the city. Alerted by this apparition, Long Ma sets out on the route taken by Champlain several centuries earlier, with the intention of recovering his temple of travel, a shrine that he alone has the power to properly restore.