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Vivien and The Shadows explore methods of human survival, gender, sexuality, copyright law, and the art of copying in traditional Asian opera, dance, theatre, and music inspired by the fantasy world of actress Vivien Leigh’s embodiment of Blanche Dubois in the1951 film, “A Streetcar Named Desire.” Internationally lauded Singaporean director Ong Keng Sen collaborated with some of the best talents in global performing arts: text by playwright Chay Yew, soundscapes by London electronic artist Kaffe Matthews, videography by media artist Brian Gothong Tan, and four performers who witness, impersonate and inhabit Vivien Leigh / Blanche DuBois: actor Karen Kandel and art-burlesque artist Julie Atlas Muiz from the United States, Charlotte Engelkes from Sweden, and drag dame BuckWheat from New Zealand.  


Vivien And The Shadows was first presented at the Carolina Performing Arts, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill on October 21, 2008. It was directed by Ong Keng Sen.

Vivien: Charlotte Engelkes, Karen Kandel, Julie Atlas Muz, Ong Keng Sen

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