The End of the Rainbow is based on The Burial Song, often sung on Taiwanese funerals to guide the spirits through hell. Along with the song and the dancers, the audience too experiences the afterlife world. We begin by walking through a bridge that leads to life after death – a classic symbol in Taiwanese folklore.
Then we see the four dancers in white faces and hemp-like funeral clothes, knocking bamboo boards in their hands. The setting and the small stepping dance moves accurately depict the spirit world that all Taiwanese hold in awe.
As the white-faced spirits/dancers start to dance to light and happy music, some even smiling, you may think: the end of the rainbow might be…a party?But the moment doesn’t last. The lights go down, the beats turn slower, and the solo and duet dances become full of heavy steps, twirling movements and struggling faces. The spirits come to the time to reveal and reflect.
The audience is led through spaces and corridors until at the last venue we watch the spirits dance in front of burning fires projected on the screen as if burning their bodies to the unknown world. When the dance comes to an end, the wall behind the dancers opens, maybe by the wind, and we are blown towards rebirth into the physical world again.