Vivid Sydney: The Rocks Fire Water Show

The 2009 Vivid Sydney Fire Water saw a spectacular show with a re-enactment of a convict ship rise from the deep dark waters and burst into flames. This year’s spectacle can be dubbed as Bad Bollywood comes to the Rocks.

Vivid Sydney - The Rocks Fire Water Show

Crowds around Campbell’s Cove

After a dramatic start with talented indigenous performances and tunes that held an audience captive, and a nostalgic dance by an early settler washerwoman and an undergarment, the show deteriorated into a YouTube-like video of a self-absorbed teenager who spoke, “like, you know…” and referenced characters from Twilight.
Vivid Sydney - The Rocks Fire Water Show

Indigenous performers

The eleven year old Australian-Indian girl was set to educate us about her heritage and cultural links to the voyage of the Sydney Cove tall ship that was sent in 1797 from Calcutta to Sydney Town by merchant Robert Campbell. Instead, Stargirl 99 as she calls herself, blabbered to a yawning audience.

Two minutes into her too long a soliloquy and people were chatting among themselves. The story, told through her annoying delivery and school project graphics was lost on me. I zoned out for a good few minutes staring at the colourful projections on the Sydney Opera House sails until Bollywood dancers took to the stage in repetitive moves and a tall ship with acrobats, light, fire and smoke filled Campbell’s Cove.

The Rocks Fire Water is part of the Vivid Sydney event. The show which concluded today ran from 11 to 14 June 2010 with performances at 6.15pm, 7.15pm and 8.15pm. The Lighting of the Sydney Opera House Sails continues until 21 June 1010. Macquarie Visions runs nightly from 27 May to 20 June 2010.

Vivid Sydney - The Rocks Fire Water Show

Light, colour and movement

Vivid Sydney - The Rocks Fire Water Show

Tall ship arrives with acrobatics on board

Vivid Sydney - The Rocks Fire Water Show

Vivid Sydney - The Rocks Fire Water Show

Vivid Sydney - The Rocks Fire Water Show

Vivid Sydney - The Rocks Fire Water Show

Bollywood dancing from the heights

Vivid Sydney - The Rocks Fire Water Show

Flaming fire hearts

Vivid Sydney - The Rocks Fire Water Show

Smoke on the harbour

Vivid Sydney - The Rocks Fire Water Show

The colours of Sydney

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Corinne Mossati is the Founder/Editor of popular online magazine Gourmantic and Cocktails & Bars, a website dedicated to cocktail culture and the discerning drinker. She is named in Australian Bartender Magazine’s Top 100 Most Influential List, is a member of The Academy responsible for judging the World’s 50 Best Bars. She has also judged the inaugural Australasian Whisky Awards and various national cocktail competitions.