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How I Met My Dead Husband - Melbourne Fringe

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The curse of three lives in reincarnation love story
This week, Lansy Feng debuted her original cabaret How I Met My Dead Husband in the 2018 Melbourne Fringe Festival, on now at Gasworks until 27 September. Book your ticket here

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Lansy Feng as Cheun-Jiau - photo by Sarah Clarke

Set in a funeral parlour in Taiwan, Cheun-Jiau (Lansy Feng) delivers a eulogy about her 'dead husband' Yeuh and recalls their romantic first meeting and courtship through the dropping of a handkerchief. Cheun-Jiau believes she is cursed, as this is the third husband she has lost in her third reincarnation.

Cheun-Jiau travels back in time to her former lives from 1884 to post World War II 1950, through word and song in three languages - English, French and Mandarin. She performs jazz classics from those eras including Nina Simone, Frank Sinatra and Edith Piaf, pop and musical theatre numbers to help tell the story.

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Lansy Feng in How I Met My Dead Husband

The story references French and Taiwanese culture, eras and culture, including Buddhist beliefs about death, reincarnation and rebirth and references to the significance of ancestry and lessons past down from her grandmother about relationships.

Each time Cheun-Jiau reincarnates she resumes the search for her true love Yeuh. She recalls jumping off a bridge after she discovers her French husband is cheating and numerous domestic disputes which haunt Cheun-Jiau, and remain unresolved.

how I met my dead husband, north of eight theatre, melbourne fringe, lansy feng, gasworks, albert park, taiwan
Lansy Feng as Cheun-Jiau - photo by Sarah Clarke

The highlight of the show is Lansy Feng's romantic and animated performance of 'La vie en rose' by Edith Piaf. There are many moments in this story which are not fully explored in this 60-minute cabaret. However, there is enough content to unravel in each life about the experience of loss, grief, abandonment and displacement. Perhaps a sequel?

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Why? The curse of reincarnation
When: 6:45 pm
Phone: 03 8606 4200
Where: Gasworks Arts Park - ARB Gallery, 21 Graham Street, Albert Park, Vic, 3206
Cost: $23.00 - $28.00
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