Key WordsA Streetcar Named Desire, Abjection, Affect Studies, Ambivalence, Baroque, Burlesque, Collaboration, Contemporary Music, Copy-Original, Copying, Counter-Appropriation, Detranslation, Drag Queen, Electronic Music, Elia Kazan, Embodiment, Enigmatic Signifier, Extravagant Enigmas, Gay Culture, Gender Studies, Internal Alterity, LGBTQI, Mis-En-Abyme, Queer Studies, Race Studies, Section 377A Penal Code (Criminalising Male Gay Sex), Singapore Politics, Stereotype, Transdisciplinary Performance, Transgender, Trauma, Unhappy Archives, University of North Carolina, Video Art, Vivien Leigh/Blanche DuBois, Walter Benjamin's The Task of the Translator,
Vivien & The Shadows is a soul-stimulating post-modern spectacle that melds film/performance, race, gender and sexuality.
Inspired by the 1951 film adaptation of Tennessee Williams’ “A Streetcar Named Desire”, director Ong Keng Sen gathers some of the best talents in global performing arts and transports us into the fantasy world of Vivien Leigh’s Blanche DuBois.
He is accompanied by multiple OBIE-winner Karen Kandel, art-burlesque star of the New York underground Julie Atlas Muiz, and the charismatic Charlotte Engelkes from Stockholm. This time round, Keng Sen also returns to the stage and plays an Asian accountant in New York City who transforms to drag queen when sun downs. The play is penned by acclaimed US-based Singaporean playwright Chay Yew and explores the relationship between copies and originals.
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