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Crouching Tiger, hidden metaphors

Helmi Yusof
Published Thu, Apr 24, 2014 · 10:00 PM
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IN the theatre production Ten Thousand Tigers, hybrid artist Ho Tzu Nyen has created for the stage a huge "assemblage box" - a type of sculptural art made popular by artists like Joseph Cornell and Louise Nevelson in the mid-20th century.

The assemblage box here, designed by Ho, Andy Lim and Jed Lim, covers the stage from wall to wall. Within that box are numerous partitioned sections containing symbolic objects such as a gramophone, an aquarium, a patch of lallang grass, a wayang kulit scene, and a broadcasting station. Light illuminates various portions of the box at different times to reveal secrets and surprises.

There are also a few "wax figures". Some of these figures are played by actors who speak but don't move, move sporadically, or move in a strange fashion as to suggest a puppet or a toy whose actions are being controlled. The actors are Bani Haykal, Hiro Machida, Rizman Putra and Sim Pern Yiau.

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