“Lady Triệu is a symbol of strength and at the forefront of women who fought against oppression. Her legacy has inspired many women, it challenges gender roles, and I felt it was fitting for her to be reimagined in this festival to welcome the new artistic director Annette Shun Wah.“ Truc Truong
Examining the influence of the past and its continuing effect on the present lives of diaspora communities, emerging South Australian artist Truc Truong’s work evokes the stories and histories passed down through her family and heritage of Lady Triệu (famed female warrior of the third century).
Still celebrated in Vietnamese tradition, at age 19 Bà Triệu led over a thousand men and women into battle to resist the rule of the Eastern Wu dynasty. Described as three metres tall wearing a golden tunic, with breasts one metre long and the voice of a tower bell, Bà Triệu’s image was embellished to be larger than life.
Truc’s work pays homage to this important story of Lady Triệu through the use of sewn fabrics that have been collected by South Australian primary school students during Shibori natural dyeing workshops. Her designs can be seen in the Dunstan Playhouse Foyer, Her Majesty's Theatre Foyer and at the InterContinental Adelaide Bar.