Intriguing take on history

The Mysterious Lai Teck sets out to unveil the mystery behind a critical figure from regional history but further cloaks the truth in a shroud of conflicting accounts.
The Mysterious Lai Teck sets out to unveil the mystery behind a critical figure from regional history but further cloaks the truth in a shroud of conflicting accounts.PHOTO: SINGAPORE INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL OF ARTS

Intriguing and annoying in equal parts, The Mysterious Lai Teck sets out to unveil the mystery behind a critical figure from regional history, but further cloaks the truth in a shroud of conflicting accounts.

This is in keeping with the artistic goals of creator Ho Tzu Nyen. He does not aim to arrive at a single, authoritative account of reality. He is fascinated by the way history is retold and reshaped to serve the needs of the time.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 20, 2019, with the headline 'Intriguing take on history'. Print Edition | Subscribe