Video footage shows the moment a choir riser suddenly collapsed during a performance at Sichuan’s South West University of Science and Technology on Friday, bringing a chorus of 60 students down with it.
Coincidentally, the 60 students were from the school’s civil engineering and architecture department. Their performance was part of a celebration to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the Sino-Japanese war and anti-Fascist war.
Halfway into the performance, the students held hands and began swaying their bodies to the music when the last few rows of the choir stand suddenly fell out beneath them, causing the students near the back to drop out of sight in an almost magical display.
Turns out that an overpacked stage, rather than the powers that be, was actually to blame.
It’s speculated that the choir stand was not strong enough to withstand the weight and movement of the students. No one was seriously injured, but the school went ahead and awarded the students with consolation certificates. Yey?
Someone in the audience recorded the incident and the video has since, of course, gone viral.
In a nearly identical case from earlier this year, a choir stand collapsed during a rehearsal at the Bijie Grand Theatre, taking down all 80 performers with it.
By Crystal Lau
[Images via Oriental Daily]