Spoiler Alert: This review contains spoilers for The Mysterious Lai Teck, which will run from 17 to 19 May at the Singapore International Festival of Arts.
“I am the shadow of Ho Chi Minh,” a voice states. It starts as a whisper, before being repeated later as a fast, sharp claim. This narrating voice recounts his origin story: about growing up in his home country of Vietnam, vaguely alluding to being from the same birthplace as Ho Chi Minh – as though to solidify his ties with communism, great leadership and power. Yet, he later admits he is not from the same region, only nearby. This voice, that openly lies, belongs to a man known as Lai Teck, the leader of the Malayan Communist Party, and a triple agent working with the French, British and Japanese secret service.
If you type in “blanClass” into Google Maps, it takes you to this seemingly nondescript location. It is in a residential neighbourhood in Yokohama off a main road lined with a McDonald’s, a Daiso and a car dealership. With the Japanese winter still persistent, I arrived at Idogaya station on a wet gloomy 15th of February. I made my way towards blanClass to attend Heights Takayama, part of TPAM Fringe.
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A darkened room
A large crackling paper
A silent boom that
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I landed in Tokyo at about 950am on a chilly Tuesday morning, 12th February. After a short journey to Yokohama and registering for TPAM, I took a brief stop at The Retreat workshop at Kanagawa Arts Theatre (KAAT) around 1pm.
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