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Internationales Sommerfestival 2018
Ho Tzu Nyen:

The Mysterious Lai Teck

  • © Ho Tzu Nyen
  • © Anja Beutler
  • © Anja Beutler
  • © Anja Beutler
  • © Anja Beutler
  • © Anja Beutler
  • © Anja Beutler
  • © Anja Beutler
Theater & Performance / Film / Wheelchair users / Kampnagel / Art
  • Thu, 09.08.2018 19:00 [World Premiere]
    Kampnagel – P1
  • Thu, 09.08.2018 21:00 [Talk]
    public talk after the show
    Kampnagel – P1
  • Fri, 10.08.2018 19:00
    Kampnagel – P1
  • Fri, 10.08.2018 21:00
    Kampnagel – P1
  • Sat, 11.08.2018 19:00
    Kampnagel – P1
  • Sat, 11.08.2018 21:00
    Kampnagel – P1

When visual artist Ho Tzu Nyen presented his first theatrical work at the Vienna Festival in 2014, the audience and the theater world were fascinated. Using a mixture of mechanical stage elements, acting, striking video work and exactingly composed sound pieces, Ho was able to turn highly complex discourses about the Southeast Asian colonial history into something sensuously overwhelming and touching. This work was part of a long-term project, THE CRITICAL DICTIONARY OF SOUTHEAST ASIA, a post-national encyclopedia in different artistic formats (and an inspiration for our conference, HEIMATPHANTASIEN). Works from this encyclopedic series are on display of an acompanying exhibition at the Kunstverein in Hamburg, and Ho has created a world premiere for the opening week of the International Summer Festival: THE MYSTERIOUS LAI TECK, about the Secretary General of the Malayan Communist Party from 1939 to 1947, who was later revealed to be a triple agent for France, the United Kingdom and Japan. With an animatronic puppet, shadow play, projections and music, Ho Tzu Nyen explores the life of a man who had approximately 50 pseudonyms and about whom almost no biographical details are known. A visually powerful spy story about the figure of the “traitor” and its significance for a region whose national borders were created by the colonial powers and which is until today being torn apart by countless conflicts and nationalisms.

Audience discussion after the show on Thursday, 9th August.

THE MYSTERIOUS LAI TECK production leaflet (PDF download)

  • concept, direction, text edit: Ho Tzu Nyen
  • performaer, voice, translation: Tay Kong Hui
  • research, consultance: Marc Opper
  • light design, set realiser, technical manager: Andy Lim
  • digital visual effects: CG Graham Lamb
  • Animatronics: Creature NFX Workshop
  • sound design: Jeffrey Yue
  • musician: Black to Comm
  • production & stage manager: Mirabel Neo
  • administrative producer: Yap Seok Hui

Production: Tzu x ARTFACTORY Commissioned by: Singapore International Festival of Arts. Co-production: International Summer Festival Kampnagel (Hamburg), National Museum of Modern & Contemporary Art (Seoul), Arts Centre Melbourne and Asia TOPA (Melbourne), Holland Festival (Amsterdam), Kunstenfestivaldesarts (Brussels), TPAM - Performing Arts Meeting in Yokohama.

Hamburg residency and shows are funded within the frame of the Alliance of International Production Houses, funded by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media.

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