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This speculative design project combined Ancient and modern politics set in a conflict-devastated country influenced by Cambodia’s Killing Fields in the aftermath of the ‘year zero’ genocide attempt.  The design mirrored the script’s use of ancient and modern by combining the temples of Angkor (Banteay Srei) with the colonial Russian Market in Phnom Penh, embodying Buddhist beliefs of seven levels of enlightenment.

The model and collection of costume designs were inspired by the Cambodians, Americans and Chinese to show the conflict over/inside Cambodia.  The hand cut sand floor represents the mandalas of the Buddhist religion which the crumbling palace was situated upon.  This was on a revolve which opened the space up for large, multiple character moments but also changed to a more closed off space for intimate moments.