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Jarry as terra cotta warrior

May 31, 2008|Diane Haithman

Beginning today, Orange County's Bowers Museum is making live "statue performance artist" Chi Chang Cheng -- known in the Western world as Jarry -- a daily participant in its special exhibition "Terra Cotta Warriors: Guardians of China's First Emperor," on display through June 22.

Jarry -- realistically costumed as one of the 2,000-year-old, life-size terra cotta figures from the vast tomb complex of Emperor Qin Shi Huang that are the centerpieces of the show -- entertained at the exhibition's opening gala and a members' reception earlier this month; now, the artist, who has performed for more than 10 years in his hometown of Taiwan and throughout China, will appear daily at the exhibition and offer special dance performances Saturdays and Sundays at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. in the museum's John M. Lee Court.

His shtick: Jarry stands as still as, well, terra cotta for long periods, then slowly begins to stretch like a warrior awakening after two centuries underground. He then startles onlookers by offering to shake hands. Says Jarry: "The reward is tremendous when I make every child and adult feel happy."

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-- Diane Haithman

For The Record
Los Angeles Times Tuesday, June 03, 2008 Home Edition Main News Part A Page 2 National Desk 2 inches; 66 words Type of Material: Correction
Bowers Museum: A Quick Takes item in Saturday's Calendar section gave an incorrect time for some dance performances by artist Jarry in conjunction with the Bowers Museum's "Terra Cotta Warriors" exhibition. The morning performances will be at 11:30, not 11, on Saturdays and Sundays. The item also said that the exhibition closes June 22. That is Jarry's last performance day, but "Warriors" continues through Oct. 12.

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