Kiss of the Sea, created by a French producer, has become the latest sensation attracting visitors to Phu Quoc Island this year.
This multimedia show fuses state-of-the-art technology with the exceptional artistry of 60 international performers to deliver a captivating spectacle that ends with a nightly fireworks display.
An eye-catching extravaganza
Just in time for the festive season, Vietnam’s Sun Group has introduced the multimedia show Kiss of the Sea, adding to the appeal of Sunset Town on the southern coast of Phu Quoc. This town boasts the island’s most breathtaking beaches.
The show is the brainchild of ECA2, a French production company that crafts spectacular multi-sensory experiences.
Over the past 30 years, ECA2 has successfully developed more than 60 bespoke spectacles across 17 countries, including game-changing shows such as Wings of Time in Singapore and The Fountain of Dreams in Mount Wuyi, China.
Backed by a multi-million-dollar investment, Kiss of the Sea features cutting-edge technology on an epic scale.
With a seawater screen spanning across an area of 1,000sqm, it makes this the world’s largest sea-based theater.
The stage also comes equipped with three consecutive projection domes and employs 300 devices to create a diverse range of special effects, including lighting, flames, water, laser, and pyrotechnics.
“This now stands as one of the world’s largest outdoor multimedia shows, boasting the world’s largest seawater screen, modern technologies, and artists from various countries, all of which will give audiences an unforgettable multi-sensorial experience and deliver a magnificent spectacle to the island of Phu Quoc,” remarked Julie Cugurno, vice-president of operations at ECA2.
Jean-Christophe Canizares, CEO at ECA2, affirmed that everyone would especially love it.
“The Kiss of the Sea show is one of a kind. It’s our latest and biggest development so far,” Canizares said.
“When we take it as a multimedia show integrating cast at this scale, we have not done anything at this scale.
“We have cast, we have costumes, we have fireworks everywhere, and you have to like it.”
An attraction for the ages
Since its opening nights, Kiss of the Sea has quickly become one of the most talked-about outdoor shows in Asia, wowing audiences of all ages with a dazzling blend of technology and artistry.
The domes, seawater screen, and aquatic stage create an immersive experience, blurring the boundaries between the show and the audience.
Each spectator becomes a character embarking on a cosmic adventure, both romantic and thrilling.
They will feel the warmth of the lava as a volcano erupts and burst into happiness as the characters triumph over evil amid a night sky filled with dazzling fireworks.
While the cutting-edge technology delivers the awe-inspiring special effects, it is the artists who heighten the emotional experience.
Draped in luminous costumes and wielding a series of colorful props, up to 60 international artists make a surprise entrance from the seawater stage to perform an eye-catching array of movements, including ballet style spins, leaps, flips, acrobatics, and more.
Over the course of five performances, the artists undergo a series of captivating costume changes, accompanied by diverse transformations in their choreography.
“The audience will be enraptured as they watch the ethereal movements of planets within the galaxy or more intense and dramatic moments when evil makes its presence known!” said Charline Munnier, creative director of ECA2.
“Kiss of the Sea is a unique fusion of multimedia special effects and artistic performances.
“Each scene is carefully crafted with distinctive elements, incorporating variations in space, music, and effects.
“The show’s concept takes you on a journey through different dimensions, combining poetic charm, a romantic love story, and, of course, action-packed scenes, all leading up to an exciting climax before the audience witnesses a happy ending.”
A unique fusion of fantasy
Kiss of the Sea narrates a love story between a young man from Phu Quoc and a girl from the far side of the galaxy, who mysteriously arrives on Earth through a Black Hole.
In a tale of love, unity, and wonder, the main characters must rise to conquer the looming darkness threatening Earth and the galaxy.
This unique theatrical concept also celebrates the cultural nuances of Vietnam through its special effects and narrative.
Indeed, sharp-eyed spectators will notice that the names and depictions of the characters are rooted in the five-element theory – namely, Metal, Wood, Water, Fire, and Earth.
For example, the Earth element represents the distinct essence of Phu Quoc.
The traditional art of Vietnamese shadow puppetry has also been skillfully woven into the character design while the setting takes inspiration from the coastal regions of Vietnam.
Beyond singing the praises of everlasting love, the Kiss of the Sea show delivers a powerful message by highlighting man’s responsibility toward preserving nature and safeguarding wildlife from the brink of extinction.
The audience will have a chance to meet characters such as the Phu Quoc ridgeback, a unique species of dog only found on the island, and the dugong, a marine mammal that is currently facing critical endangerment.
The Kiss of the Sea show culminates in a spectacular fireworks display every night.