like the cat sitting on the edge of an ocean of milk, hoping to lap it all up challenges the parameters of contemporary dance by working with narrative, the grand epic and a personal response of parallel dream universes, the identities of a revered Asian text and the outsider.
This collaboration between Benoît LaChambre and Ong Keng Sen starts from the great Indian epic “Ramayana”, which has transmigrated to diverse parts of South East Asia and which has become assimilated as the Thai, the Indonesian, the Laotian, the Burmese, the Malaysian, the Cambodian story of all times. A thrilling tale of abduction, battle, love played out in a universe thronged with heroes, deities, monkeys, demons and Sita. The first work running to twenty four thousand stanzas was said to be composed in a state of pure inspiration in 1500 BC.
like the cat… is conceived by Ong as an experiment of culture where LaChambre and the audience, who know only fragments of the original story, enter into an abstract landscape vibrating with fleeting characters and intense dream states. With LaChambre singularly suggesting the major characters, our landing pad is far away from any preconceived space, time or identity.