Hungry Ghost, Dybbuk duet 2012
25 Sep 2012 : St Paul's Church, Melaka, Malaysia
A duet with WeiZen Ho developed specifically for the historical church site in Melaka, the walls of which are lined with oversized Dutch tombstones. A curiously unfolding series of traverses and occasional meetings between two mythological creatures: Chinese Hungry Ghost, a wandering unappeased soul; and the Jewish Dybbuk, a possessing spirit believed to be the dislocated soul of a dead person. This we compounded with the Jewish Golem, a servant of the people created from mud and mystical letters. An undercurrent of our parents’ and forebears’ journeys and fears: from the Holocaust of WWII, to the migration from China , Java then across the Malacca Straits, and the possible presence of Jews since the Colonisation of Malaya. We wonder about the ghosts that already haunt our cultural fusion.
|Dates||25 Sep 2012|
|Producer||Melaka Arts and Performance Festival|
|Credits||Images by Rizduan Rasheed. Soundtrack by WeiZen Ho.|