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In 2012, fifteen years after 1997, Ong revisited his Lear to create a new performance, distilled and visionary, entering one man’s mind, a past king and his memories – Lear Dreaming. In a present time where giants fall and lines of power are redrawn, Lear Dreaming reimagined this tragedy on patriarchy and succession through the pristine philosophy of Japanese Noh theatre. The turbulence of King Lear’s humanity, time’s passing, and transience became an allegory of the world today.
Lear was a groundbreaking intercultural theatre production based on Shakespeare’s King Lear. First produced by the Japan Foundation Asia Centre in 1997, the work premiered to critical reception in Tokyo, Osaka and Fukuoka. In 1999, it toured to six cities in the Asia Pacific region and Europe, including the Theater der Welt in Berlin. Ong’s Lear brought stunning discourse to the place of Asia and its art, both traditional and contemporary, and remains an internationally-referenced classic.
First presented as part of the Singapore Arts Festival 2012, Lear Dreaming toured to the Singapour en France – le Festival 2015 at Théâtre Des Abbesses, Paris, France.
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