“…the Law Faculty has prepared a spell-binding story of love, both for one’s paramour and for one’s nation. A story of a brave and courageous young woman, who in the face of incredible danger, willing went out into battle against the laws of her country, to defend the place that she holds so dear…”
And that they did.
On 7 August 2013, a record-breaking 103 freshmen took the stage on U-Town Green, carrying on the rich tradition of Law RAG and doing our faculty proud. They brought the tale of Mulan to life: a story of love, sacrifice and incredible bravery.
Mirroring Mulan’s triumph against the odds, they managed to clinch a Silver Award, keeping good company with RAG juggernauts such as the Faculty of Medicine. However, the day was not without unexpected setbacks.
Soon after their arrival to the Stephen Riady Centre in U-Town, the sunny weather took a turn for the worse, making it impossible to start the performances. One blow led to another as the rain necessitated a last-minute cancellation of pre-judging, a segment the Raggers had been prepared to shine in. As the morning showers continued, there were rumors that NUSSU might even have to cancel the entire event.
Thankfully, the rain didn’t last too long and the green light was given for performances to begin. An hour after they were slotted to perform, the Raggers finally got the chance to show what they could do.
As soon as Medicine cleared the stage, the floaters rushed to set up the picturesque backdrop of Mulan’s village while the dancers grabbed their props and got into position.
The cheery mood soon turned threatening as the Huns, led by the fearsome Shan Yu, invaded the village. The untrained villagers were no match for the vicious Huns, who soon decimate their homes and literally bring them to their knees.
The villagers are left reeling. However, this galvanizes the men to enlist and learn how to defend themselves and their home. Unfortunately, the only male in Mulan’s family is her ill, elderly father. Unable to let him put himself in danger, she courageously risks her own life and goes in his place disguised as a man.
As Mulan and the village men trained under Shang, the army captain, the determination in their eyes and their movements was palpable even from a distance away. The precision of each whirl of their spear was especially striking and were a clear reflection of the amount of effort they had put in to perfect that sequence.
Their training is put to the test as they go to war with the Huns. The athleticism involved in the stunts and the intense aggression they displayed was incredible, and was made even more impressive by the dazzling backdrop depicting the emperor’s palace.
The war scene came to a head during an epic fight between Shang, Mulan and Shan Yu. They manage to defeat Shan Yu, but not before he reveals her true identity. Despite this, Shang and the other villagers bow to her as a sign of respect, signifying their acceptance of her. The heart-warming scene took a romantic turn as Shang and Mulan share a tender moment before running off hand-in-hand.
The performance culminated in the spectacle that was the celebration scene. The kaleidoscope of colors from the props and the sheer exuberance of the dancers made it a finale to remember.
To all of you, I truly want to say thank you. I could not have spent my summer with better people.
Photography by: NUS Law Club – Kenny Low (Year Three), Isaac Ho (Year Two), Cyril Ting