If the above header evokes images of Ju-On colliding with House of Flying Daggers in your head, give yourelf a gold star, you’re not that far off, my friend. The Curse of the Forbidden Palace is a multi-disciplinary (read: new age fusion synergetic) performance based on the life and times of the Empress Dowager Ci Xi of China’s Qing Dynasty by experimental performance art troupe Nyoba Kan. The tale revolves around three facets of her mythic existence: the deft mistress of imperial court politics, the graceful lady of the forbidden gardens, and a woman stripped of all pretense on the roof of the Forbidden City, looking out at an Empire that is at once completely hers and yet completely alien to her.
The Curse of the Forbidden Palace will take place at the top floor of The Annexe, Central Market from Thursday 5th to Saturday 7th April at 8.30pm. Tickets are RM38 for adults and RM24 for students, and are available at the Central Market Information Counter (03 2274 2757) and Cha-No-Yu Tea Art, No.9, Jln Balai Polis (03 2026 7599).