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Lear Dreaming (review)

Lear Dreaming (review) johor/24-festive-drums-treat-at-jb-arts-fest-1.127274#ixzz2E7rPiFXC, accessed 4 December 2012. "2nd International Invitation of the 24 Festive Drums." 2012. 9th JB Arts Festival 2012. http://jbartsfest.com/24-festive-drums/, accessed 3 December 2012. Hands Percussion Ensemble. 2000­2012. "About Us." http://www.hands.my/about_us.html. Accessed 4 December 2012. "Hands Percussion in Action--120 Seconds Version." 2010. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E5PQ4OaaZTY, accessed 4 December 2012. LEAR DREAMING. Conception and direction by Ong Keng Sen. Text by Kishida Rio. Singapore Arts Festival 2012. School of the Arts Drama Theatre, Singapore. 31 May­1 June 2012. My expectations were high for this revisiting of the King Lear theme that the auteur-director Ong Keng Sen first explored in 1997. Ong is a celebrated figure in intercultural theatre practice, mounting works in New York and European Festivals as well as in Asia.1 His works are studied as intercultural performances in theatre journals and books on performance, and this was an opportunity to see how he remounts a work that gained international popular applause and yet also roused critical hackles (a cultural pastiche, thought some; an appropriation of Western intercultural bad practices by an Asian subject, said others; politically incorrect or hyper-masculinist, said a few when it first played).2 Aesthetically, this 2012 performance was strong, with striking visual design, virtuoso performers, and http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Asian Theatre Journal University of Hawai'I Press

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johor/24-festive-drums-treat-at-jb-arts-fest-1.127274#ixzz2E7rPiFXC, accessed 4 December 2012. "2nd International Invitation of the 24 Festive Drums." 2012. 9th JB Arts Festival 2012. http://jbartsfest.com/24-festive-drums/, accessed 3 December 2012. Hands Percussion Ensemble. 2000­2012. "About Us." http://www.hands.my/about_us.html. Accessed 4 December 2012. "Hands Percussion in Action--120 Seconds Version." 2010. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E5PQ4OaaZTY, accessed 4 December 2012. LEAR DREAMING. Conception and direction by Ong Keng Sen. Text by Kishida Rio. Singapore Arts Festival 2012. School of the Arts Drama Theatre, Singapore. 31 May­1 June 2012. My expectations were high for this revisiting of the King Lear theme that the auteur-director Ong Keng Sen first explored in 1997. Ong is a celebrated figure in intercultural theatre practice, mounting works in New York and European Festivals as well as in Asia.1 His works are studied as intercultural performances in theatre journals and books on performance, and this was an opportunity to see how he remounts a work that gained international popular applause and yet also roused critical hackles (a cultural pastiche, thought some; an appropriation of Western intercultural bad practices by an Asian subject, said others; politically incorrect or hyper-masculinist, said a few when it first played).2 Aesthetically, this 2012 performance was strong, with striking visual design, virtuoso performers, and

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Asian Theatre JournalUniversity of Hawai'I Press

Published: Oct 14, 2013

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