Silent Actors II: Puppets of Myanmar and Vietnam

Research Trip
31 June - 5 July 2015

26 August - 28 August 2015
Room B3-04, Dance Studios C5-16 & C4-10

25 September - 11 October 2015
Lim Hak Tai Gallery

Following a research trip by ISEAA to Hanoi and Mandalay on water puppetry and marionettes, students from Arts Management, Dance, Fashion, Fine Art, Screen Media and Theatre embarked on separate journeys to Ho Chi Minh City and Mandalay to continue research on puppetry practices in Southeast Asia before attending artist-in-residence workshops by local professionals invited from their respective countries.

Through this learning journey, students found ways to thread what they learnt through their own practices and the project ultimately provided a strong baseline for ancient Southeast Asian cultures, forms of physical and artistic expressions as well as the communicative strategies embedded in such heritage to be demonstrated over generations. Through live interviews and documentation, the exhibition outcome of this interdisciplinary project showcased the students’ learning journey in photographs, videos, objects and drawings.


Visiting Water Puppet artist, Mr Phan Thanh Liem in his home studio in Hanoi where he makes puppets and hosts performances to small groups of overseas guests

Fine Art student, Ho Seok Kee explaining her work to NAFA President Mr Chia Mia Chiang at the opening of Silent Actors II: Puppets of Myanmar and Vietnam

Students learning how to manipulate the marionettes from principals from the Myanmar Marionettes Theatre in a 3-day workshop

Performance outcome by students after the 3-day workshop